for 2004 are classes in Sindarin, the elvish language. Tolkien fans
could find out about how it was devised as well as learning to converse
in it, with local teacher Zainab Thorp.
year there was also a chance to go inside Perrott's Folly, one of
the Two Towers, as part of the bus tours visiting Tolkien related
sites led by Hall Green Librarian and Tolkien expert Mike Reed.
- Tolkien's favourite characters
could take a ride on the Miniature Steam Railway from the Birmingham
Society of Model Engineers, or take part in a large scale role play
fantasy games. They also made wizard wands, mini Ents (walking tree
people) and a huge building block tower.
Visitors took themed walking tours "in the footsteps of Tolkien"
or visited the Bog and enjoyed one of the excerpts from Lord of
the Rings performed by local theatre company Shire Productions.
the recreation ground next to the Mill there was a Viking settlement
with Dark Age Vikings demonstrating life from 800 BC and War of
the Roses re-enactments with the Fauconberg Household.
born in South Africa, Tolkien grew up in Sarehole and Moseley, attending
King Edward's School in Birmingham. Sarehole Mill and the Moseley
Bog were hugely inspirational on the young Tolkien.
a look at the pictures by site user and Tolkien addict Adam Yosef,
and meet some Middle Earth folk.