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“The Shire” theme park to open in Málaga

The Province of Málaga Government has announced that it is investing €500,000 in a theme park in Rincón de la Victoria in Spain based on the works of Tolkien.

Announced at Madrid’s International Tourism Fair on Thursday, La Cormarca (Spanish for “The Shire”) will see a total investment of €1.7 million and will be be set over a 12 hectare site will use renewable energy to make the park sustainable as part of a full interactive environment. The Mayor of Rincón de la Victoria said:

The Shire is a park set to become one of the most emblematic tourist, scenic and recreational attractions of our town, where the materials used have a low environmental impact to provide an integrated image in nature. It will be a place in which family leisure, sports and nature will go hand-in-hand in a unique space of great beauty set in a time of fairy tales and the magic of the elves. Without a doubt, Rincon de la Victoria will have a top-rated tourist attraction, which will also add to the variety of attractions of Malaga.

Elias Bendodo, President of Málaga, said: “It will be a milestone for our province, an infrastructure of social, environmental and economic interest will result in the benefit of all Málaga.”

It is unclear whether the park will be based on Tolkien’s works or whether this is supported by the Tolkien Estate.

Original story via Olive Press.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.