Save The Three Cups Hotel

The Three Cups Hotel

Campaigning for preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and gained inspiration for his mythology. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel featured in the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. Comments are closed at WDDC for the plans to redevelop the site but you can still write to the papers.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Tolkien Attraction and Distraction

A BBC website story from Saturday, 8 April 2006 describes plans for a Treebeard statue in Birmingham. Apparently, it was thought that this would be distracting drivers.

There are also references to The Shire Country Park, Sarehole Mill and other places in Birmingham which may have inspired the Old Forest and the Two Towers.

Although I admire these efforts to create visitor attractions with Tolkien connections in an area which some might not associate with tourism, I can't help noting the contrast with the Three Cups Hotel. The Three Cups Hotel was built for visitors and already has unquestionable links with Tolkien and it is in one of the most beautiful parts of England which has attracted tourists for centuries.

As with all BBC News web pages, there are some interesting links including one about the listing of a house which Tolkien lived in.


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