I had JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit read to me by an inspirational teacher Mrs Jean Morris-Jones in Year 2 at my Primary School George Dixon Junior and Infants with Tolkien’s links to the City of Birmingham.
Tolkien, born in Bloemfontein in South Africa in 1894 gained his inspiration from the City of Birmingham and lived variously in Hall Green, Moseley and Edgbaston where he loved to walk in the rural setting with the love of his life Edith Bratt around Edgbaston Reservoir, near to his two Towers: Perrotts Folly and the Waterworks Tower, and also Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog before the industrialisation of #Birmingham
The Shire in The Hobbit was inspired by Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog in Hall Green in the City of Birmingham and The Two Towers of his more adult work which started the ‘Fantasy Genre’ The Lord of The Rings being inspired by Perrott’s Folly and the Waterworks Tower both in Waterworks Road in Edgbaston, where I am from and where I was schooled at the George Dixon Schools and where I attended the University of #Birmingham
The Hobbit was the first book placed on the shelves of the new Library of Birmingham which was opened by Birmingham schoolgirl and campaigner for Women’s Rights to Education and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai when she opened the new Birmingham Library, which places books, reading learning and literature on a pedestal in the City of Birmingham, the youngest City in Europe with more under 25’s than any other comparable European City…..
I cannot think of a better book to read to Birmingham/Black Country school children……..
And #Birmingham needs a statue of its ‘Greatest Literary Son’ JRR Tolkien and the literary legacy for Birmingham The City of Enlightenment