Press Release: The Real Middle-earth: An hour long documentary –

by Dec 18, 2003Other News

 An hour long documentary
Available now on DVD and VHS video from and

The Real Middle-earth is a brand new documentary that uncovers the real places that inspired The Lord of the Rings.

Sir Ian Holm (Fellowship of the Ring, Alien, The Borrowers) narrates a fascinating exploration into a world that, although imaginary, seems so solid we pore over its maps and contemplate journeys made from one place to another.

Is this because the foundations of fantastic Middle-Earth were laid on the bedrock of factual places? 

Was there a shire to inspire the Shire?  What shaped the darker and more troubled lands beyond its borders?  How did European languages fuse in Tolkien’s mind to create a vocabulary that evokes extraordinary places and heroic adventure?

The quest for The Real Middle-Earth takes us to England’s west midlands, to Warwick and Oxford, to an ancient Lancashire school, to Saxon burial sites and many other places, including the real Dead Marshes, otherwise known as the Great War battlefields of the Somme.

The Real Middle-Earth is 58 minutes long.  There are also 50 minutes of extras on the DVD, including a profile of the official The Lord of the Rings mapmaker and a look behind the scenes at the prosthetics teams behind some of the LOTR movies’ special effects.

To find out more and purchase The Real Middle-Earth, please visit

Alternatively, eBay shoppers can buy The Real Middle-Earth from the moving picture store –

The Real Middle-Earth is a Region 0 DVD and available in either PAL or NTSC formats.

The Real Middle-Earth DVD costs £14.99 + £1.50 p&p (or £2.50 p&p for overseas shipping).  The VHS video costs £11.99 + £1.50 p&p (or £2.50 for overseas shipping).

The Real Middle-Earth is a Multi Media Arts production


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