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Celebrating 75 Years of ‘The Hobbit’ at Sarehole Mill

Celebrating 75 Years of ‘The Hobbit’ at Sarehole Mill

12th April 2012

Middle-earth weekend 19 & 20 May 2012

This year marks the 75th anniversary since the publication of the ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. To celebrate, the 2012 Middle-earth weekend on 19th and 20th May will be offering even more Tolkien inspired events and activities to entertain elves, orcs, and goblins of all ages. This free event is open to the public and throughout the weekend, there will be archery, drama, battle re-enactments, medieval craft displays, dragon shows and much more. 

During the two-day event, entry to Sarehole Mill will be free of charge. Sarehole Mill has recently opened the new ‘Signposts to Middle-earth’ exhibition, allowing visitors to explore J.R.R. Tolkien’s connections to the mill and discover how the surrounding area inspired his writing. The exhibition includes copies of Tolkien's own illustrations, displays on how the wider Birmingham area influenced his work and a specially commissioned short film about Tolkien's life in the city.

Irene de Boo, Curator Manager of Sarehole Mill comments, “We are really pleased to be able to open up Sarehole Mill and the new ‘Signposts to Middle-earth’ exhibition to the visitors of Middle-earth weekend.

The exhibition celebrates the life of Tolkien and his connection to Birmingham and it is great to be able to offer Tolkien fans the chance to experience this fascinating new display”

Vivienne Wilkes, Chairwoman of Middle-earth weekend comments; “We are expecting this year’s Middle-earth weekend to be bigger and better than ever. Warner Bros are releasing the first film of ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy this November, which will once again bring focus to Tolkien and his inspiration from the area.

We are expecting 10,000 visitors over the two days of the Middle-earth weekend, and we are sure our visitors are going to enjoy the Hobbit-inspired activities.”

Highlights of the Middle-earth weekend will include a barefoot walk, climbing wall, guided walks in the surrounding area, dragon puppetry, re-enactments from the classic Tolkien books and a range of medieval arts and crafts. All visitors are invited to come along in Lord of the Rings and Hobbit inspired costume. For ideas on dress, visit http://www.middleearthweekend.org.uk/costumes.shtml

Middle-Earth Weekend is free to visit. Certain events and activities will incur an additional cost. For more information, visit http://www.middleearthweekend.org.uk


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