Mapping middle earth and real earth
A few weeks ago, Strange Maps made a great post aligning Tolkien's maps of Middle Earth with actual European geography. And thus we present the Shire, home to the hobbits. Or what we think is the Shire. Tolkien himself said that he based the Shire on rural England, and between Strange Maps' approximation and that, this is our best guess. We also think that the thing in the picture is a hobbit house. Maybe.
So what do you do in the shire, since there aren't any Hobbits around to drink ale and eat second breakfast with? We suggest staying at the Four Pillars in Tortworth. We know, we know: a four-star hotel in a Victorian mansion is entirely un-hobbit like. But Tortworth is also home to an arboretum with over 300 acres of parkland, where you can wander around and commune with nature just like the little people.
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