When J.R.R. Tolkien created the world of The Shire, Rivendell, Rohan and Mordor he breathed life into an enchanted place. Who wouldn’t want to stroll across those lush green fields and knock on Bilbo Baggins round door? Or maybe go for a adventurous climb over the White Mountains? But in more recent years Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Ring’s and Hobbit films have made Middle Earth an actual place, New Zealand. And the following quote seems to confirm that Tolkien meant it to be just that…real.
“I am historically minded. Middle-earth is not an imaginary world. The name is the modern form (appearing in the 13th century) of midden-erd>middel-erd, an ancient name for the oikoumene, the abiding place of Men, the objectively real world, in use specifically opposed to imaginary worlds (as Fairyland) or unseen worlds (as Heaven or Hell). The theatre of my tale is this earth, the one in which we now live, but the historical period is imaginary. The essentials of that abiding place are all there (at any rate for inhabitants of N.W. Europe), so naturally it feels familiar, even if a little glorified by enchantment of distance in time. J.R.R.Tolkien
Now you can go for a tour of Hobbiton in Matamata, NZ. and have a mug of ale at The Green Dragon.
LAND OF OZ
L. Frank Baum wrote fourteen children’s books and six shorter stories set in his wonderful land of Oz. It’s a magical place with Munchkin Country, The Yellow Brick Road and The Emerald City. Of course, with the fresh release of Oz, the Great and Powerful, you can see it all in 3D. But have you heard of The Land of OZ park at Beech Mountain, NC? It operated as a small theme park from 1970-1980. And it’s now available for personal tours, birthday parties and private functions. The enchanting private garden is perched atop the 5,506 ft. mountain. So you really can take a trip over the rainbow and follow the yellow brick road right to the doors of Emerald City.
It’s first mention in the poem “Lancelot, The Knight of the Cart” gave no indication that it would become the kingdom of the legendary King Arthur and his queen Guinevere.
Upon a certain Ascension Day King Arthur had come from Caerleon, and had held a very magnificent court at Camelot as was fitting on such a day.
The word Camelot brings about visions of magnificent castles, misty forests, and the knights of the round table. But today if brings to mind Merlin, the BBC fantasy-adventure television program filmed in Wales and France. The castle used in the series is Le Château de Pierrefonds vu depuis le Parc located in Oise, France.
HOGSMEADE & HOGWARTS
A fantastic village inhabited solely by magical beings. Just down the road from the Hogwarts school, near the Hogwarts Express train station, it’s a picturesque little town of thatched cottages and shops.
“They make a fuss about Hogsmeade, but I assure you, Harry, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. All right, the sweetshop’s rather good, and Zonko’s Joke Shop’s frankly dangerous, and yes, the Shrieking Shack’s always worth a visit, but really, Harry, apart from that, you’re not missing anything.”
“Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” J.K. Rowlings
Now you can stroll down the cobblestone streets, buy a chocolate frog from Honeydukes Candy Shop, drink a butter beer at The Three Broomsticks, and pick up a wand at Ollivanders Wand Shop at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.
Can you think of others?
THE PRIMORTUS CHRONICLES ARE SET IN A MYTHICAL WORLD OF THEIR OWN.
A magical mixture of post-apocalypse, futuristic and the real world, well, sort of. From the shining city of New Washington to the candlelit village of Dunedinshire it’s overflowing with strange delights and mysterious places.