Rain Doesn’t Damper this Year’s “Fun at the Mill” Tolkien Weekend

by May 19, 2009Events

The Birmingham Mail just reported on the recap from this year’s “Fun at the Mill” event.  Sounds like that despite the rain, people still really enjoyed themselves… Here’s an excerpt:

FANTASY fans had a magical weekend in a Birmingham suburb transformed into a scene from Middle Earth to celebrate author JRR Tolkien.

About 5,000 of them went along to the tenth Middle Earth Weekend at Sarehole Mill, in Hall Green, a former childhood haunt of Tolkien, who once lived in Wake Green Road.

They enjoyed costume parades, poetry, music, Viking re-enactment, a village fair, the Moseley Farmers’ Market, medieval crafts, a falconry display and adventure games.

Excerpts from The Lord of the Rings were performed and visitors could try their hand at Elvish writing.

A 30ft climbing wall was specially modified for the event with one of the book’s character’s Shelob the spider at the top for the young climbers to reach.

Tours were also running to the Oratory Church, in Edgbaston, which Tolkien attended, and Moseley Bog, another of his boyhood playgrounds.

Rain showers on both days made little difference to the event, said organisers. Dave Corby, event co-ordinator, said: “People really got into the spirit of it, they realise it rains in Middle Earth.

“Quite a lot of entrants in the costume competition were of a very high standard. People seem to really enjoy it.

“There were medieval dresses and Hobbit costumes worn by the younger entrants. One of the winners this year came as Aragorn. Entrants were asked to describe which characters inspired them, who they were dressed as and why.”

[Via Birmingham Mail]


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