Fiona Cairns, Director of Suffolk Preservation Society, likens Suffolk to ‘The Shire’ in Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ in her Foreword for the SPS Autumn magazine ‘Suffolk View’,
She writes: “The industrialisation of The Shire was based on Tolkein’s childhood experience of the blighting of the Worcestershire countryside by the spread of heavy industry. In the Fellowship of the Ring the main protagonists have their homeland in The Shire: Frodo,Sam, Merry and Pippin all had to face great danger in their quest against grave threats to life as they knew it. I think many of the [Suffolk]communities that I have spoken to in recent months will identify with the plight of Frodo and his friends."
Illustration J.R.R._Tolkien_-_The_Hall_at_Bag-End_Residence_of_B._Baggins_Esquire_Colored_by_H.E._Riddett - courtesy of Open Culture
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