This site uses cookies to improve your experience and the quality of our services. By using this site you agree to its use of cookies. More information Hide

Middle Earth

Need a hotel nearby?

Sponsored links

Routes nearby

Places of Interest nearby

Matched content

Hotels nearby

Restaurants nearby

Sponsored links

🔎
Region
Location type: Region
Location address: SUISSE, Luzerne
Number of texts: 1
3 stars
Made by Dromos
Made by Dromos | Reference BBC Travel

With a little imagination you could find yourself staring into the world of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. That’s because thes steep-sided cliffs, glacial grottoes and fertile dells of forests and wildflowers in this area were the true inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth sagas. Check the Alpine villages of Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald and Wengen – and the soaring Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks that guard them. Travellers have been exploring these valleys since the Berner Oberland Bahn railway opened in 1890. But their role in the creation of Tolkien’s fantastical Middle Earth epic is less known. The author acknowledged as much in the 1950s in a little-known letter to his son, Michael. “From Rivendell to the other side of the Misty Mountains,” he wrote, “the journey… including the glissade down the slithering stones into the pine woods… is based on my adventures in Switzerland in 1911.”

Linked characteristics: Peculiar, Did you know..., Spectacular, Child friendly
Linked themes: Literature, Film, Geography

Classify this POI
Link to route

More information

Comments

Add comment