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What scenery do you imagine when reading Tolkien? Specific places familiar to you?

noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 10:24am

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What scenery do you imagine when reading Tolkien? Specific places familiar to you? Can't Post

When watching the films (or playing a video game), you're stuck with the scenery provided by that medium's creators. But when reading, you can imagine it as you wish, if you wish. Are there particular places or particular parts of Planet Earth you imagine in association with scenes of Middle-earth?

I've now lived the majority of my life so far in Oxfordshire, so readily imagine the Shire as having scenery like that fairly close to me. The Long Leagues of Eriador might be a bit like the scenery around the Yorkshire branch of my family. I'm interested to ask what scenes are called up for everyone else - can Rohan be envisaged nicely in a scene in California, perhaps? Or does an industrial scene you saw somewhere form your mental model of Isenguard?

Do attach photos if you have suitable, and can get them to a small enough file size for this site!

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 3:52pm

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Mordor or Afghanistan? [In reply to] Can't Post

When the snow is gone, it's very difficult to tell the difference.


That terrain is so desolate, it's amazing people can live there. And at night, there are vast areas with no lights at all.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 3:58pm

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Great picture! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 4:18pm

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O Kheled-zaram fair and wonderful? [In reply to] Can't Post


I Wish I could remember where I took this - it must have been the Lake District, I think...
Didn't see Durin's crown though...

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 6:36pm

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Good pic! [In reply to] Can't Post

The reflection in the water has just enough ripple to make the pool look alive.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Darkstone
Immortal


Sep 6 2013, 8:05pm

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Mahopac, New York [In reply to] Can't Post

Did some hiking in the woods up there in the late 60s. Very beautiful woods and lake.

As for Orodruin, I'd say Mount Mayon in the Philippines:



When I visited in the early 1970s the Philippines was an extremely beautiful country, much like Middle-earth. But even then you could see the beginnings of Mordor. Big companies were chopping down trees like crazy. You could look in one direction and see beautiful tree covered hills. Then turn 90 degrees and see hills covered with nothing but bare earth and stumps. Eventually they shipped off 95% of their trees to Japan. Very tragic.

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“That hobbit has a pleasant face,
His private life is a disgrace.
I really could not tell to you,
The awful things that hobbits do.”


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 8:16pm

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Mahopac scenery… [In reply to] Can't Post

Something like this?
http://static.panoramio.com/...riginal/38306229.jpg

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Darkstone
Immortal


Sep 6 2013, 8:23pm

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Yeah, but.... [In reply to] Can't Post

...I remember it being a lot greener.

I did love the rolling hills, and how when you got down in a dale you really felt isolated from the outside world.

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“That hobbit has a pleasant face,
His private life is a disgrace.
I really could not tell to you,
The awful things that hobbits do.”


Hamfast Gamgee
Gondor

Sep 6 2013, 11:11pm

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The highlands of Scotland [In reply to] Can't Post

I once went there and felt it reminded me a lot of the Misty Mountains. Not many Orcs around, however, only Scots.


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Sep 7 2013, 12:33am

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Maybe.... [In reply to] Can't Post

We could suggest a new national garb? Kilts were an Englishman's idea, so........ Maybe they COULD dress up like orcs?


rangerfromthenorth
Rivendell

Sep 10 2013, 11:47pm

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The Shire= Matamata [In reply to] Can't Post

I know this where they filmed it but i had opportunity to visit the set and it was amazing! Now every time I see it on screen I say,"I've been there!"

Not all who wander are lost
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noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 11 2013, 5:10pm

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The Kiwi-I action of Middle-earth [In reply to] Can't Post

Personally I think Peter Jackson et al did a great job of finding/making/enhancing suitable scenes from New Zealand. An unexpected side-effect turned up for me watching The Hunt For Gollum (http://www.thehuntforgollum.com/, an unofficial prequel shot mostly in Epping Forest, England - it seemed odd to be in a forest of recognizably North European tree species!

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Sam20
Lorien

Sep 11 2013, 8:21pm

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Imagination [In reply to] Can't Post

first of all, I try to get out of my head the movie characters and sceneries. I've read the books years after watching the films. It is easier for the mind to focus on things that it already knows and recognize, so you've to make an effort to keep it all at bay and let your imagination run freely. That said, Tolkien's descriptions are so precise and thorough that you can picture the nature, structure, lands, river, seas wihtout much struggle. That's what a good writter can do, imprint the images on your mind and make his world come alive.


(This post was edited by sam90 on Sep 11 2013, 8:22pm)


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 11 2013, 8:38pm

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That's a really good point [In reply to] Can't Post

If your first encounter is the movie that's different (not better or worse) than if, like me you took the scenery imagined from the book into the cinema or tv room.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


wezan
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Sep 22 2013, 5:23pm

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Post Card Middle-earth [In reply to] Can't Post

I have been looking for Middle-earth imagery since the 1960s. And one of the most interesting places to find Middle-earth type landscapes is in old vintage travel post cards from the early 20th century. The art aesthetic of many of the cards is contigious with Tolkien's writing, so they resonate in a way modern photography does not. Cards for New England, the Great Smoky Mountains, sea scapes of the northern coasts all work with an amazing sense of displaced time. I haven't collected any cards from England, but I bet those would work too. Happy Hunting.
--Wezan


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 22 2013, 5:34pm

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Welcome to the Reading Room , wezan! [In reply to] Can't Post

Art rather than photographs does sound like a interesting direction.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"

 
 

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