Woods, wilderness and the wildmen of Middle Earth

By on 16/05/2011 in Culture, News

The theme of trees, woods and wilderness in the works of JRR Tolkien is the inspiration for the 12th annual Middle Earth Weekend at Sarehole Mill, 21-22 May (11am - 5pm). Admission is free.

Tolkien was fond of the countryside and trees in particular, and they form an important part of his writing.  He wrote of his most famous book 'The Lord of the Rings' that the story was 'so largely concerned with trees.'

The author spent part of his childhood at Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog, later in life he spoke of a willow tree that he climbed there as a child and the sadness he felt when it was cut down.

There will be family entertainment throughout the day, including performances at Moseley Bog by outdoor drama group Shire Productions, a Viking camp and re-enactments, craft demonstrations, poetry readings, archery, live music, guided walks with the Park Rangers and family activities.  There will also be prizes for those who attend in the most inspiring costumes and entrance to the Mill is free over the weekend.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “The extremely popular Middle Earth Weekend gives local people the opportunity to celebrate Birmingham's links to the famous author in one of the most beautiful parts of the city. Its continued success is yet another effective demonstration of Birmingham's rich cultural heritage.”

Now in its 12th year, Middle Earth Weekend is organised solely by volunteers.  It is open from 11am to 5pm on both days. Entrance is free, although there is a small charge for some of the activities.   Full details of the all activities will be included in the programme, available at the entrance for £1.

For further details log on to www.middleearthweekend.org.uk or contact Sarehole Mill on 0121 777 6612.

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Media Contact: Jason Lewis  – 0121 303 4266

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