Contributor: Michael Flowers

SPOILER ALERT What follows is a selection of excerpts from some of the major press reviews on the opening day of the final Hobbit film.

Tourism is an important source of income for any city, region, or country. It was estimated that in 2013 tourism was “worth £106bn to England’s economy”(1). It should therefore come as no surprise that there is such a thing as a Tolkien tourist industry. For several decades Tolkien’s readers have been making private pilgrimages to […]

Yesterday to mark Armistice Day the BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire) regional news programme included a short feature on J.R.R. Tolkien’s convalescence in East Yorkshire during World War One.  I wrote a piece for this blog back on 11th of August, so this acts as a sort of sequel to the more […]

The leaves were long, the grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, And in the glade a light was seen Of stars in shadow shimmering. [The Fellowship of the Ring, ‘A Knife in the Dark’, p. 191]

SPOILER ALERT What follows is a selection of excerpts from some of the major press reviews on the opening day of the final Hobbit film.

Yesterday to mark Armistice Day the BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire) regional news programme included a short feature on J.R.R. Tolkien’s convalescence in East Yorkshire during World War One.  I wrote a piece for this blog back on 11th of August, so this acts as a sort of sequel to the more […]

Tourism is an important source of income for any city, region, or country. It was estimated that in 2013 tourism was “worth £106bn to England’s economy”(1). It should therefore come as no surprise that there is such a thing as a Tolkien tourist industry. For several decades Tolkien’s readers have been making private pilgrimages to […]

The leaves were long, the grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, And in the glade a light was seen Of stars in shadow shimmering. [The Fellowship of the Ring, ‘A Knife in the Dark’, p. 191]

About the Author: Michael Flowers

I am a self-employed wildlife guide. I take people to beautiful places to learn about their local nature. I’ve been reading Tolkien from the age of 9, and have recently become interested in Tolkien’s time in East Yorkshire during WW1. I completed a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield in the Victorian Ghost Stories of Ellen [Mrs Henry] Wood.