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Aug 7 2013, 12:15pm

Post #1 of 44 (930 views)
How have I never heard of/been to this place before? Can't Post

Google Maps.

This is clearly where all the real fans of Tolkien live in the UK. I don't mind which road I live on. But I'm moving there! Laugh


Aug 7 2013, 12:29pm

Post #2 of 44 (555 views)
That's awesome! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Aug 7 2013, 12:57pm

Post #3 of 44 (575 views)
I am fascinated with what it looks like there. [In reply to] Can't Post

There are a number of streets yet to be named. If anyone lives fairly close they could take a shot or two *hint*
I love it:).

''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are one in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."
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Aug 7 2013, 1:46pm

Post #4 of 44 (581 views)
ahem... Google Street View! [In reply to] Can't Post

See the little yellow fellow?

Drag him onto any street you want a view of.

Once you're in street view, you can just navigate by turning east/west/north/south (click and drag on the image) and moving forward (clicking 'down the street' you want to go).

The little yellow fellow can now be seen in the lower right hand corner placed on the map so you can get a sense of what direction you're facing.

If you want a better idea of where you are by the map, click the arrow and the map portion will enlarge.

Google Street View can be addicting and I use it often to get a better visual sense of some place I'm going to (new restaurant, etc) and how to find the parking lot, etc.

You can also switch from map view to satellite view (top right corner) and get a better sense of how much green space there is.

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Aug 7 2013, 3:27pm

Post #5 of 44 (540 views)
Beautiful! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's like the most Tolkien-centric area possible ... amazing! Wish I could live there!Angelic

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Aug 7 2013, 3:54pm

Post #6 of 44 (541 views)
If I were naming the streets, I'd start with [In reply to] Can't Post

'Ere, 'Oo Are You Avenue


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Aug 7 2013, 4:15pm

Post #7 of 44 (526 views)
Fabulous! [In reply to] Can't Post

I clicked onto Satellite and saw all the trees, too!

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Aug 7 2013, 4:26pm

Post #8 of 44 (522 views)
That is totally wicked! [In reply to] Can't Post

I would love to live there or even just visit. Maybe go there and back again. Why can't america do more things like this?


Aug 7 2013, 4:49pm

Post #9 of 44 (522 views)
I think it was fate for me to find it ... ;-) [In reply to] Can't Post

I had ordered something Tolkien related online. The senders address was one of these roads, and I couldn't believe it. I had to google it! I was stunned to find an entire neighbourhood with Tolkien themed road names. Laugh


Aug 7 2013, 4:54pm

Post #10 of 44 (528 views)
South Woodham Ferrers - it's the place to be. [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's a small portfolio of street signs by a local photographer.

The town is called South Woodham Ferrers, in Essex, UK. It was a small rural place until the 1970s when it was heavily developed as a New Town, a planned community/suburb (watch the 1981 promo, see if makes you want to move there). I'm not clear just why one neighborhood is all named for Tolkien places, but there's no doubt that's the theme. I particularly like the Eyott Yacht Club.

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Aug 7 2013, 5:06pm

Post #11 of 44 (535 views)
OK, we all need to just start moving there... [In reply to] Can't Post

Bywater Rd. by Fenn Creek for me. How amazing! Its so silly but really those road names would simply sell me on whatever home I might be looking at over anything else...

Another possible use of 'Ere oo are you?' could be the local Neighborhood Watch signs.

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Aug 7 2013, 6:42pm

Post #12 of 44 (572 views)
Yes!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

And after generations of descendants have colonized the ENTIRE area, we can then declare ourselves a Free State.

ShockedAll hail Tolkiena!! (Toll-Kenya)Shocked

Now all we need is an anthem to rally the fans to settle here!

Behold TORnsibs!! The day has come!! The Age of Tolkienlightenment is at hand!!


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Aug 7 2013, 6:51pm

Post #13 of 44 (512 views)
In the Netherlands... [In reply to] Can't Post

...there also is a town with a Tolkien District:

''Do not fear the shadows, for seeing them means light is near...''

(This post was edited by Ereinion Nénharma on Aug 7 2013, 6:52pm)

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Aug 7 2013, 6:55pm

Post #14 of 44 (516 views)
Look where I live [In reply to] Can't Post


All the Dutch translations, but still.
You may come over for a visit!

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Aug 7 2013, 6:57pm

Post #15 of 44 (497 views)
You beat me just to it [In reply to] Can't Post

Are you from this region, or did you just know about it?

Tol Eressea

Aug 7 2013, 7:00pm

Post #16 of 44 (497 views)
I envy you! [In reply to] Can't Post

Bofur(Read James Nesbitt) is too awesome!!!

BTW, are your neighbors terribly enthused, or even aware, of the origin of the street names?

Ereinion Nénharma

Aug 7 2013, 7:01pm

Post #17 of 44 (485 views)
Well... [In reply to] Can't Post

IMO you beat me, because you actually live there...awesome!
I'm not from that region, maar ik kom wel uit Nederland...Wink

''Do not fear the shadows, for seeing them means light is near...''


Aug 7 2013, 7:02pm

Post #18 of 44 (489 views)
That is marvellous! [In reply to] Can't Post

Do you live on any of the roads, or just nearby? I'll definitely visit if I'm in that area. Laugh

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Aug 7 2013, 7:07pm

Post #19 of 44 (495 views)
I actually live [In reply to] Can't Post

at Bofur 5.
Hard for anybody to get, because usually there would be a "straat (street)" following that. But it is just the name.
The only downside. The street next to is Bifur. Lots of mix ups etc. I have been doing a lot of mail delivery to Bifur 5 and they probably to me. Or midnight deliveries of pizza, that I didn't order, but had to come out of bed to tell the delivery guy he was in the wrong street.

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Aug 7 2013, 7:12pm

Post #20 of 44 (489 views)
Most of them have absolutely no idea [In reply to] Can't Post

Because all the names are just character names and hardly anything "street" to it, they know it are names of characters. And because the main road is Tolkien Avenue, they know it is from works of Tolkien. But in my road (12 homes) only one other neighbour has read the books. And some have seen the movies. A lot of them haven't even seen the movies or don't like them.

At Kili there is a family who have a large sticker of a dwarve under the streetname. It is more a Snowwhite dwarf. But it still gave me a thrill when I saw it, somebody who at least knows what the name is about.

I was already living here before The Hobbit got announced, so Bofur was just a book character than. But indeed, James Nesbitt is an amazing Bofur. I'm still hoping to see him at a convention. To get a photo with him holding a number 5. Than I will have the ultimate home number sign (I now have an image of me at the Hobbiton road sign in Matamata NZ).

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Aug 7 2013, 7:13pm

Post #21 of 44 (471 views)
Too bad [In reply to] Can't Post

Would have been nice to have somebody living close by who is also a big fan.
Well, you could still move Wink

En leuk dat er nog meer Nederlanders hier zijn.


Aug 7 2013, 7:16pm

Post #22 of 44 (471 views)
There is a College [In reply to] Can't Post

here in California that named its dorms and chow halls after Middle-earth stuff. It happens here!Wink

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Aug 7 2013, 7:17pm

Post #23 of 44 (474 views)
I hadn't thought of that! [In reply to] Can't Post

The only downside. The street next to is Bifur. Lots of mix ups etc.

I imagine people living down Fili and Kili have the same problem.

If you don't mind me prying, was it a conscious decision to move there, and are there many other Tolkien fans in that neighbourhood? Wink (And is there a connection in that area to Tolkien at all?) That makes you ARF. No NARF-hood for you, Rosie.

I love it. I would be grinning every time I had to write that as my address. Cool

Ereinion Nénharma

Aug 7 2013, 7:17pm

Post #24 of 44 (471 views)
I agree... [In reply to] Can't Post

but moving isn't really an option for me at the moment. Only if I can go to New Zealand Wink

Ja, vind ik ook! :)

''Do not fear the shadows, for seeing them means light is near...''

(This post was edited by Ereinion Nénharma on Aug 7 2013, 7:18pm)

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Aug 7 2013, 7:28pm

Post #25 of 44 (473 views)
Yeah those two names [In reply to] Can't Post

Not clever to put them next to each other.

I was already living in Geldrop (on the other end of town) before I even knew there was this neighbourhood. But they started building extentions to it (I now live here for 6 years). And at that time, when you moved from inside Geldrop, you would get priority over people who didn't empty a home in Geldrop. So I was already registered for a couple of years for a new home, and with the priority, I got one of the homes. So moving here was really a conscious decision on the street names, love geeking out over my address and telling it to people whom I know have an interest in Tolkien (hey, that streetname mention even got me an interview on NZ radio Wink). But the house is also really nice with lots of space.

But there is no connection to Tolkien what so ever. When they started to build the neighbourhood I think somebody in City Council liked Tolkien and proposed to name the streets after the characters. There is, as far as I know, no connection to Tolkien or to his writing.

Which still leaves me as a NARF, but who cares Cool.

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