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Follow Tolkien's footsteps through the Swiss Alps

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Dec 1 2012, 12:18pm

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Follow Tolkien's footsteps through the Swiss Alps Can't Post

In 1911, at the age of 19, J.R.R. Tolkien took a trip to the Swiss Alps. The trip left such an impression on the young man that landscapes and events from the trip served as a basis for places and events in his future books, namely, "The Hobbit." In October 2013, Swiss touring company, Alpenwild will be offering "In the Footsteps of Tolkien," a tour that follows the same path that Tolkien took in 1911. Along for the trip will be Alex Lewis, Chairman of the Tolkien Society of UK from 1988-92, and author of three books of Tolkien studies. The tour, which will also visit the soon-to-be opened Bernd Greisinger Middle Earth Collection museum, is scheduled for October 12-20, 2013. Read More...

Kristin Thompson

Dec 2 2012, 5:02am

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I've long wanted to replicate Tolkien's hike through the Swiss Alps [In reply to] Can't Post

What a terrific chance to be able to actually do so!

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Dec 2 2012, 10:53am

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I immediately began wondering if I could get in shape by October [In reply to] Can't Post

for an 8 day trek. Then I read the details - rails and hotels will be used throughout. I'm a little disappointed. I really wanted to know what Tolkien's journey was like, including the groping fingers of the wind and the discomfort of sleeping outdoors. Though, I'd like to pass on the ice boulders rolling down the glacier and nearly taking out the party.


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