The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien is the lavishly-illustrated book by author and Middle-earth scholar John Garth, which takes us on a journey to the places that inspired the fantastical realms featured in Tolkien classics like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Garth will introduce us to places, near and far, that helped shape many iconic Middle-earth locations. Find out how Tolkien’s beloved West Midlands and Oxford played their part, before discovering the real-life locations that inspired Hobbiton, the elf-retreat Rivendell, the glittering mine of Helm’s Deep, and much more. 

Don’t miss this fascinating journey through some of Tolkien’s favourite landscapes.  


About The Author

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John Garth

Tolkien expert John Garth is an author, freelance writer and editor. Known worldwide for his award-winning work on Tolkien, he talks and teaches internationally. His latest book, The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places that Inspired Middle-earth, was published in the UK and the USA, with translations into several languages.

Tolkien and the Great War is his acclaimed and award-winning book about the origins of Middle-earth against the backdrop of the First World War, and about Tolkien’s all-important friendships with his friends in the T.C.B.S. His booklet Tolkien at Exeter College is a vital and richly illustrated book on the key undergraduate years when Middle-earth was conceived. John is also a contributor to the forthcoming collection of essays in memory of Christopher Tolkien, The Great Tales Never End.