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Peter Parka 28/Jul/2006 at 08:30 PM
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Has any one visited places where you could quite easily think you’re in Middle Earth? I live in England where there are a lot of places where you could think you’re in Middle Earth. Where I live, in the county of Essex, there is a lot of country side which reminds me of the shire. One village called Finchingfield is a lot like a Hobbit village with a friendly community pub selling real ale and traditional food. it has a green with duck pond and a windmill and a strong, living off the land feel to it. I’ve also climbed mountains in Wales where you feel like you could be in the Misty mountains. 
Loin Stealtharm 29/Jul/2006 at 01:10 AM
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Here in belgium we have this woods. Once we were playing a game in it in which some people with little soft balls have to hunt you down (search you and hit you with the ball). I really felt like the little hobbits being chased by the riders (as we didn’t have any defense) at the beginning of the books.

In South of switzerland or North of Italy there was this mountain. I really hoped to find a hidden passage there to go and look for dwarves!

Arthur Weasley 29/Jul/2006 at 05:20 AM
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There are some wonderful Caves in Kentucky and Indiana (locals actually call the region around the Ohio River "Kentuckiana").  If you check out the websites for Marengo Caves and Mammoth Caves, you will find maps and nice photos.  Whenever I visit these caves with school field trips (I am a teacher), I sometimes find myself thinking of the Glittering Caves of Helms Deep, Gollums cave in the Misty Mountains or perhaps Erebor or some places in Moria.  Once in Marengo caves, I saw a wonderful underground cavern with a dark pool and I half expected Gollum to appear and offer a riddle game to me and my students. 
Celebrimbor 29/Jul/2006 at 07:18 AM
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Here’s an interesting comparison; I live in Plymouth in England which is located on the south west coast. Plymouth is a naval and port city having innumerable deep water ports and access to several major tributary rivers. It was from Plymouth that the Pilgrims first set sail on their journey to discover America. With all these things in mind might we compare Plymouth to Mithlond? It is the furthest west of any of the UK major ports and if we can make some very general metaphorical comparisons we might relate the Pilgrims departing to find their homeland as the Elves departing for the Undying Lands. Obviously I say all this with tongue firmly planted in cheek.  
Arthur Weasley 29/Jul/2006 at 08:14 AM
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Very interesting comparisons Celebrimbor!   Maybe New York’s Long Island would be The Lonely Isle (Tol Eressa) and the Appalachian mountains would be the Pelori!  Of course in history,  the Pilgrims who left England from Plymouth were Puritans wanting religious reforms and I would imagine that most of the traditional Anglicans in the 17th Century were glad to see them go.  Would an Orc ever be welcome in Valinor?  Not likely.  Some would say not possible.  
Lady Leafra Elatani 29/Jul/2006 at 08:22 AM
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One or two years ago (sorry I lost track) I went to Scottland for a club trip and I saw the High Lands and I thought that it could be either the gap of Rohan or the hills of Dundland. (Sorry about the spelling if any misspelled words.)  
finrodliandar 30/Jul/2006 at 07:15 AM
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In the algerian desert, there’re, gushing from the sand, arrows of stone that remids me the teeth of mordor, the citadel of Morannon. The pic and towers of Mordor seems to have been abandonned in this desert. In the same country, there’s land that looks like the mordor, with fields of stone and in the heart of the landscape some volcanic mounts. You could imagine that the bedouins are some haradrims... 
Roxas 30/Jul/2006 at 09:13 AM
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Umm down here in Canada i cant say that there are much places that remind me of Middle-Earth (sadly) Off the top of my head id say that the Parlament building in Ottawa,Ontario kinda reminds me of The Golden Hall of Rohan because its on the top of a hill and it towers over the houses on the other side of the street. Not to mention that there are a ton of Canadian flags, just like theres a ton of Rohan flags in and on The Golden Hall.

Arvellas 30/Jul/2006 at 01:25 PM
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A big YEEHAW from Central Texas!  I swear this place looks positively Tolkienesque sometimes!  Particularly the Lost Pines, where the mixture of pine trees and farmland is very Shire-reminiscent, and in summer the warm, bright atmosphere coupled with all the green is just amazing- kind of like the scene in the movie when Gandalf arrives for Bilbo’s party.  Sometimes in the evening, when the light illuminates the grass and turns it the brightest shades of green and gold, I think "The Shire cannot be any more beautiful that this."  I also like to joke that "The Lost Pines" are the Entwives!  (They’re called that because they’re located over a hundred miles west of the Piny Woods, and there are no other major forests in Texas.)
King Gothmog 30/Jul/2006 at 10:12 PM
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New Zealand
Melkor6000 31/Jul/2006 at 08:54 AM
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They filmed the majority of the movies there!


Places in central New York Remind me of the Shire... lotsa rolling hills and very much unspoilt grasslands where rabbits and small critters thrive


Grand Teton Nat’l Park in Wyoming reminds me, aside from the mostly coniferous trees, of the elven woods.  Had there been a northern elven race that would be a perfecthome: lots of wildlife, trees, very nice in all

Andune10 31/Jul/2006 at 02:34 PM
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I live in Kent. We have lots.of woodland there. It reminds me of Lothlorien. There’s one in particular that always makes me think of Fangorn. I keep expecting to see Ents walking about.
Thaliondae Suchi-ru 01/Aug/2006 at 09:25 AM
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Where i like there is a very very wide passage which is farily deep but you wouldnt get too hurt if you jumped in feet first, once ofr a dare i had to cross this really really thin bit of stone across and i had this strange de javu, i later placed it with the Bridge of Khazad-Dum
Turien Silverleaf 01/Aug/2006 at 03:27 PM
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 Yeah! I just vvisited some caverns in Kentucky, and one of them looked eerily like Shelob’s lair. When the tour guy turned out the lamp, I was just waiting for Shelob to pop out and get us all. And, my room looks like Middle Earth. My bed is the Shire, underneath that is Moria, my desk is Minas Tirith, the space between my bed and the window is Rivendell, underneath my desk is Lothrien, my rug is Rohan, and my closet is Mordor (it shares a close resemblence)X(
Asha Greyjoy 01/Aug/2006 at 03:29 PM
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Ireland. Especially the day we went up to Tara...yea, I thought I was in ME....the Shire, to be exact, of course...but Connemara did remind me a bit of Rohan.
Brandywine74 01/Aug/2006 at 09:23 PM
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I live in Western Australia and we have Karri forests there. Karri’s only grow in this tiny corner of the state and are found nowhere else in the world. They have silver/golden bark which they shed annually. While they aren’t as tall as Mallorn trees I’ve always thought of them as the woods of Lothlorien. They do grow to quite a height and where their branches come out the bark ’wrinkles’ around the branch like no other tree I’ve seen. It really looks like skin and gives them a sort of elvish quality.

There aren’t many left as they were extensively felled during the early colonial period in the 1800’s but now there are efforts to portect them and there are a few stands that are nature reserves. I’m sure Tolkien and Treebeard would be quite delighted as they are so unique.

Miriath 02/Aug/2006 at 10:38 AM
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I guess this must be cheating, but I am from New Zealand. I have visted the sets of Hobbiton in Matamata and have ridden by horseback to the filmset of Edoras in Canterbury. In all of my life, I have never felt more in tune with Middle Earth, Tolkien, than I did when I visited the filming locations of LotR. I rode my horse across the field towards Edoras at a gallop, I sat and watched the sun rise in Matamata while sitting out front of a Hobbit hole, I’ve watched the sun set behind Hobbiton while sitting at the base of the famous party tree. My grandparents live in Matamata - so during the after hours when the tourist congregadtion dies down - I bring a book  - often times LotR and sit and read until the light diminishes.
Daelin Elsen 02/Aug/2006 at 11:53 AM
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I live in southwestern Pennsylvania, over here in the eastern U.S. and I must say that I’ve seen quite a few places that I thought looked just like something out of Tolkien’s books. When I go out riding (horseback) by myself I stumble across the neatest things - riding along a stream I found one day, I came across a huge willow tree whose roots stretched into the water and whose aura seemed just rather... forboding. I didn’t laugh about it then, of course, being by myself, but the first thing I thought of was when the Hobbits were lost before Tom Bombadil found them and Old Man Willow. It was really quite an experience. Also, whenever I’m breaking in a trail in the forests around home I feel like the trees are watching me - PA has some oooooooold trees in our forest, let me tell you, we’re not "Penn’s Woods" for nothing. I’ve come across some oak and maple and elm trees that are so old that I feel like bowing to them, just in case they really are alive!
geordie 02/Aug/2006 at 12:13 PM
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NZ? nah. That’s PJ’ M-e, not Tolkien’s. I live in a shire - Buckinghamshire to be exact - about 30 miles from Oxford, and 90 from Sarehole. And I was born in Northumberland; the moors there are very like those in the Northfarthing.

The UK’s Middle-earth. Well, some of it anyway.

The Spork Man 02/Aug/2006 at 01:35 PM
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The Matterhorn reminds me of Caradhras with lots of snow on it.
The walled cities of Rothenburg and Nuremburg remind me of Edoras and a single-level Minas Tirith, respectively.
There’s a forest-type-thing near my house that reminds me of the forest around Amon Hen. And, finally, while driving around Germany, I noticed some vineyards around that looked like the could’ve belonged in the Shire.
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Templar Forgil 08/Aug/2006 at 05:19 AM
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go to the black hills, one time iwas there, I was looking across this river from the hilltop, there were small little hills everywhere! And not only that, they looked like smials! I swear, it looks exactly like it, I told my cousin, doesn’t that look like the Shire? He’s like, dude, we’re in Middle Earth!
An Capall Dubh 08/Aug/2006 at 06:07 AM
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Ask About Climoncha,you’ve hit the nail on the head.Connemara and several other parts of Ireland can easily remind one of Rohan.The Hill of Tara is another great spot,it’s very peaceful ,the burial sites can remind people of the Hobbit holes.Beside this,I only have to look out of the window and I have a nice view of the Dublin and Wicklow  Mountains.It can be compared with looking to the east from Minas Tirith ( without the red glow of course ) and walking in the mountains will give the idea of walking in ME.Last but not least ,a lot of the pubs in Ireland would fit in the Shire,they are nice and cosy like the Green Dragon.
Region 08/Aug/2006 at 06:55 AM
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Well when I ride to uni by bike I pass a forest-like region where there’s a small bridge and an overhanging tree (creepy in winter, beautiful in Spring and Summer). Although not exactly the same scenery, it could be the perfect place for Aragorn and Arwen in Imladris!
Dagorn Brewhard 09/Aug/2006 at 01:09 PM
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I have been to Romania several times and it reminds me alot of ME. The people over there dress alot like you would think MEer people would. They have huge plains and fields often times surrounded by large mountains. Also they have several large fortresses build by the Romans and such that look just like the ones in the LOTR. I visited one that reminded me of Helms Deep. Its really cool over there you should go sometime.
CirthErebor 10/Aug/2006 at 07:33 AM
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Outside my church there’s a forest, out behind a memorial playground built for the children, that looks almost exactly like the golden wood. Huge trees, outcroppings, a stream running through’s incredible.
luthrien 10/Aug/2006 at 09:00 PM
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There is a place outside ofToas New Mexico  callled Doltin canyoun.   Me and my parents spent several weeks there and along the river is vivid green medows tons of waterfalls and it is just beautiful.    In the spring the the aspen trees would have tons of leave and it reminded me of the mellorn trees in lothlorien.  In all my travels I have never seen quite any thing so beautiful.  If you ever get the chance check it out. it is so totaly worth it .

Minuialwen 10/Aug/2006 at 10:14 PM
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I live in California, so there isn’t much that is too exotic enough to be counted among middle earth like places.

But I went to Yosemite last year, and the hilly trees there were pretty reminiscent of the wilderness overall of ME, well, if you forgive all the campsites...

Then there was this Canyon that we took over an hour going down into, I forget what it was called, but it’s got an entire smaller community down there with a grocery store, two horseback riding camps, and a hotel. The way the buildings were situated underneath huge mountains with many hiking ways along their sides reminds me of Imladris, where everything is built into/around a valley. Also, that was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been too =3

Melanoriel 11/Aug/2006 at 06:06 AM
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I used to live a little close to where Lord of the Rings was filmed and certain hills and valleys look exactly like the places near Rohan. It’s amazing because sometimes I can really see everything and sometimes I get lost in daydreams of the characters, do you ever get lost in just a classroom or a meeting thinking about Lord of the Rings?
shadowoflegolas 11/Aug/2006 at 01:02 PM
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Yes. Bumming around these forums and being able to discuss and learn more about LOTR every day is the only thing that gets me through work every day!

Well, since Tolkien based Middle Earth on several places in the UK, it’s logical to find middle earth like places all over the UK!  However Japan (especially in Kyoto and Nara) has some BEAUTIFUL gardens and places that remind me quite a bit of Lothlorien or Rivendell.  

Aeariel 11/Aug/2006 at 01:26 PM
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In Croatia we have national parks, and I think they all look like from ME.
Few days ago, I was in our most beautiful national park, Plitvick lakes, and this one scene looked as was beautiful.
Arvellas 11/Aug/2006 at 01:37 PM
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The other day, I was in the truck as we were driving through the Austin area, and they’ve got a lot of roads there that are built on top of columns so that they go over other roads, saving them from have to put in a million intersections, and a lot of those are paved with concrete, so they look pale, and as we were driving around, I suddenly got the strange sensation that we were in Minas Tirith, the white, tower.  Weird, I know, but it’s just another example of how LOTR gets into your life; you find little reminders of Middle-earth everywhere you go, whether you’re looking for them or not.
Earlendil 11/Aug/2006 at 03:09 PM
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OK well there are some really beautifull places in Wyoming that remind me of both Rohan as well as the Misty Mountains (the Grand Tetons). Yellowstone and the surrounding area are beyond beautiful. The wooded trails are incrdibly quiet and scerene. If you haven’t been, your missing out!
HADHOD 12/Aug/2006 at 01:35 PM
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When I went to Italy, I had to fly over the swiss alps, and they looked something like the misty mountains. Also, theres a place, believ it or not, tha looks like middle earth, and its only about a half hour or so from mississauga, which is where i live(mississauga is right beside toronto). Its called Keloso, and its a really big cliff with a lake for swimming. however, if your taking the path up  and to the top of the cliff, it feels like a middle  earth forest, in a way. Also, theres this huge random canyon in the middle of a forest! Thats what really gives it a middle earthy feel.

Ronaya 12/Aug/2006 at 06:14 PM
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I live in washington and where I live I feel like I’m in rivendell all the time. I have a beautiful woods in my backyard. Also, when I went to minnasota I felt like I was in the shire. I dont think the shire would smell quite like that tho.
Lintesiriel 12/Aug/2006 at 10:07 PM
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I am in the Southern Coastal part of California, and there are many lagoons around here, and I was driving along one of our freeways and had the realisation that one in particular is exactly how I pictured the Dead Marshes to be. 
Earlendil 12/Aug/2006 at 11:32 PM
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Another would have to be in Utah where you can find some mustangs running throuh a desert like area. Every time I am there I cant help thinking of Rohan. I don’t know what it is but it must have something to do with horses running free like through the untainted wild surroundings.
Arvellas 13/Aug/2006 at 02:18 PM
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Ronaya-You don’t think the Shire would smell quite like that?  I have never been to Minnesota(It would take some coaxing to get me to come that far north!) so I don’t know what it smells like.  I infer it might not be good.

Earlendil-Is that you?  Did you change kingdoms?  I can see what you mean about Utah from what you say, though you said "desert like."  I always imagined Rohan as being covered in grass...very green.  There are some places here in Central Texas in the hill country, around, say, Fredericksburg that could be rather Rohan-ish.

Ethirost 15/Aug/2006 at 09:59 AM
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Quote: Originally posted by Templar Forgil on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
go to the black hills, one time iwas there, I was looking across this river from the hilltop, there were small little hills everywhere! And not only that, they looked like smials! I swear, it looks exactly like it, I told my cousin, doesn’t that look like the Shire? He’s like, dude, we’re in Middle Earth!

I used to live in Rapid City, South Dakota and totally understand.  The foothills of the black hills, out towards the east are gentle and could be Hobbiton and the Shire.  If you go west from Rapid City, you come to Badlands which remind me of the Paths of the Dead.  It’s an eerie place with holes and crevices everywhere.  The plains to the southwest and east always seemed like eastern Rhovanion or the plains of Rohan.  I loved that land, which is why I’m among the Rohirrim.

Tamin Monsar 15/Aug/2006 at 04:45 PM
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I’m currently in Iceland and it’s a very rough and beautiful place. You wouldn’t be surprised to see Hobbits walk in the valleys or to see the Riders of Rohan in the plains. It’s somewhat how I picture ME in the third age, a bit lonely and grand nature.

Entaure 15/Aug/2006 at 06:22 PM
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In Conneticut we have a cave system that looks exactly like shelob’s lair it even has lots of cobwebs

also a cliff face in canada that is very foresty if you look down the cliff it would not supprise me is you saw isengard and the tower orthanc it even has a large damed up water fall that broke and flooded the surounding area.

in africa there is a plains that looks just like the area outside of the black gate as a joke they build a black numenorian (a.k.a mouth of souron) in the middle he has his head chopped off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

kellinor 16/Aug/2006 at 07:15 PM
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me and my six freinds went to new zeland looking for the places in the movies and while we were driving we see this big hill that looked just like edares from the movies so we climbed up the side of the hill and walked around im not joking it looked just like it it went further up and you could just see were the goden hall was they should have left all that stuff there it would look great and would be a great torist atraction
kellinor 16/Aug/2006 at 07:20 PM
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i dont care if you dont beleve my last one just dont comment on it i now what i saw

any way i forgot to say i went kiyaking with my best friend down this big river and we stoped on the side to take a break and it looked just like the pass of the kings all it was to status of kings but it had the forests on ether side and a water fall further up
sacredfeminine 17/Aug/2006 at 03:05 AM
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I like the idea that Tolkien would have related Middle Earth to our earth (which i think is actually the same place but just in different era’s) I’ve always thought of the English countryside as being the shire as its all green and verdant and stuff and wether its wrong or not doesnt particularly bother me because the thing that makes the guessing great is that its shrouded by mystery and that we will probably never discover a real truth so we just make our own up  
Anwarünya 17/Aug/2006 at 03:04 PM
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When I was a child, there was a woods behind my family’s home. In the woods I had a favorite tree. This tree had branches that wept to the ground and formed a room of sorts. Flowers grew all around and there were butterflies and birds. When I read about Lothlorien, I pictured it looking like my little tree room, only bigger and more beautiful and taller.
Ash. 18/Aug/2006 at 09:42 AM
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Im from the county of Hampshire which is all forests and lovely villages, Their is one pub in a place called brockenhurst which has a pub with Elvish writing on it, I resemble this to the shire (Hamp-shire), Visit the place someday.
Maftur Barâk 18/Aug/2006 at 12:16 PM
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I live in hollland and I swear theres not one place here that even slightly reminds me of ME  as far as i know at least


Laitaine Adarlas 20/Aug/2006 at 05:16 AM
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There’s an area behind my house here in Australia where it’s just all rolling plains and a few trees.  In the summer, it looks just like the fields of Rohan.  I fully expect to see a whole army of men on horses to come thundering towards me.  I will confess to standing on one small hill and yelling out "Riders of Rohan, what news from the Mark?" when I think no one will hear me.
shirefolk 20/Aug/2006 at 09:34 AM
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Anwarünya - that sounds absolutely lovely. How magical!

I was in Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado, US) three years ago, and Pike’s Peak (I think it was) made me think of Caradhras.
Here in France, in some areas, there are homes that have been built by hollowing out rooms in the limestone (or some other soft stone) cliffs. The doors and windows are not round, but they remind me of hobbit holes, nonethless!
Dis 20/Aug/2006 at 10:23 AM
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I live near three mountains. Their rugged looks remind me of the mountains over Khazad-Dum. I cannot see the tallest of the three from my garden because I live so close to them (about 5 miles) that the two shorter peaks block my view. There is a big hedge surrounding my property. When I sit in a chair under the big shady tree in the front, the hedge blocks the view of the houses across the street but not of the mountains. It makes for a very lovely view, especially in winter when they’re covered in snow. I sincerely hope no one builds any high rises near me.

Narija 20/Aug/2006 at 12:10 PM
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In Croatia there are many places that look Middle-Earthy. For instance in city Osijek you can find catacombs all covered with grass. They have little round windows and remind me very much on hobbit holes.
And recently I was driving through Velebit mountains. It was very cloudy and the scenary looked quite Mordorish- high mountains and flat plains.
Also in many other occasions I find myself comparing my environment with ME places
Linwen 21/Aug/2006 at 04:54 AM
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I sometimes go to Sidmouth for the annual Folk Music Festival, and I always stay in the same place. This place is pretty as it is, but if you stand in one particular spot that overlooks some green hilly scenery, it almost feels like you could just walk in that direction and end up in the Shire.

There’s also a spot in Birmingham university (where I’ll be going this year) that reminds me of Rivendell; it’s one of the student accomodation areas (which I hope they’ll put me in!). It’s grassy with some water and hilly and secluded from the rest of the world and has in interesting old Tudor-type building and so pretty. >w<
PallandotheBlue 21/Aug/2006 at 07:33 PM
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Everywhere I go reminds me of Middle-Earth! Whenever I’m in the mountains, I feel like Strider, and whenever I’m near a river I feel like Gollum. But most especially, the Rogue River in Oregon reminds me of the four Hobbits’ travels. Also, Eastern Oregon brings me visions of the Weatherhills.
Cameilla Brandy 22/Aug/2006 at 10:14 AM
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I live in Arizona in the US. It’s mostly cities and dessert here. Unfortunately there is no place in AZ that reminds me of middle earth. But in Massacussettes there are many forests/wooded areas that if your in them, and you have a really good imagination, you can picture them in middle earth. lol
Laielinwen 22/Aug/2006 at 10:32 AM
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This summer during my drive through England and Scotland I saw places that definitely reminded me of the Shire and Rohan. The area south of me here in Southern Germany is where the Black Forest is and it reminds me of Mirkwood. The trees are so tall and close together and it is totally dark inside there! In the Rocky Mountains I saw some places that looked like Dwarves would love to live! I didn’t make it inside the mountains though into any caves to check that part out!
Wood Walker 26/Aug/2006 at 05:18 AM
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At my home in South Carolina, we have a pretty big amount of land and right in the middle is a pond that is long and narrow. On three sides it’s all hemed in by think woods. Towards the back it gets narrower and narrower, so that when you look at it straight it looks like the Great River that the fellowship boated on. Is there another name for the river? I could only remember that has it’s name.
Lord Zael 26/Aug/2006 at 08:41 PM
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There are not many places in the OC that reminds me of Middle-Earth.  yet, when we go up North and drive through the Sierra’s, I can’t help but think that this is the Misty mountains.  tall and blue in the moring, with snow still covering the tops, even in the Summers. 

Ambarvänye 26/Aug/2006 at 09:08 PM
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I live in Sydney and i can’t think of anywhere specific that reminds me of middle earth but whenever im in a place by myself where you can’t see any of the impacts of modern society (i.e. high rise buildings etc.) I always imagine middle earth... like the country when everything is silent ad peaceful it reminds me of the serenity of the shire.

Jinniver Thynne 27/Aug/2006 at 10:40 AM
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I always enjoy this kind of topic.

When I’d just read the books (many, many moons ago, when there were dragons in the world...) just about everything I saw would make me think of Middle-earth and even my parents (who quite firmly do NOT like LotR but had got used to their kids being obsessed) used to say things like "ooh, that wood looks thick, it’s just like Mirkwood!"

Anyway. The Lambourne Downs are Rohan, especially as they are well known for training race horses, and if you drive or walk in that area in the winter and its misty, with frost on the dew, and you see the horses coming out of the mirk then you start looking for the Rohirrim. There’s also the White Horse, on a tremendously steep chalk down (don’t try to drive up it, I did and almost murdered my car), which looks suspiciously like a Rohirric emblem.

They could also pass for the Barrow Downs too, given the amount of stone circles and megalithic tombs in the area, though I’d place the Avebury area as the Downs.

Close to where I live is a hidden valley called Padley Gorge that’s like a ruined Rivendell. There are even real fairies there.

And though I’ve never been there nor likely ever will, I always think of Yosemite when I think of Rauros.
PallandotheBlue 27/Aug/2006 at 11:51 AM
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Lord Zael, I definitely agree the Sierras are like the Misty Mountains! I never really put it into words, but I think I realized it when I went through them. Also, I summited a mountain a couple days ago, there were some extremely rocky places that reminded me of Emyn Muil...I feel very sorry for Frodo and Sam now.
Vebrithien 28/Aug/2006 at 01:17 PM
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I live near a place called Sherwood Forests, and the forests kind of remind me of the outskirts of Lothlorien, because of how space the trees are on the out side, and how they are a bit scary.

And the one’s in the more densly populated part of the forest, kind of reminds me of Lothlorien. Very claustrophobic, and a bit scary.
Aragonia Dunami 29/Aug/2006 at 12:15 AM
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I was fortunate to live in Alaska for 22 years and moved about 5 years ago. Where I lived, we had massive mountain ranges so like the snow covered peaks depicted in the opening scenes of TTT, however, even though that is a movie scene, I feel that Tolkein’s mountain descriptions mirror the view I had of mountains when I lived in Alaska. Wild uninhabited country, so like many of the ME locations.
Crystophalax 03/Sep/2006 at 04:15 PM
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After watching the films, I would agree that New Zealand looks alot like middle earth, especially mountainous scenes. But I don’t think it looks right in scenes that feature trees and fields. There’s a peculiarity to the european countryside that’s difficult to recreate outside of europe. Possibly it’s the type of trees?
Thosk 03/Sep/2006 at 04:26 PM
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A couple of years ago, I went on a vacation into the western US states.  While in Idaho, my buddy, his ex-fiance and I went to this place called Craters of the Moon. It is a national monument.  This national monument was formed by volcanic rock.  While I was walking through it, I was thinking that I was in Mordor.  There was hardly any vegetation there. 

Here is the official website for the Craters of the Moon.

crazylexisa 06/Sep/2006 at 09:27 PM
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I live in Oregon, in the United states... I used to live on a 10 acre farm that had a canyon. That reminded me of the battle at the place that the people from rohan went to to hide in. Also, Mount St. Helens reminds me undoubtly of Mount Doom. Also, the irragation canals remind me of the banks or the brandywine river. The golden gate bridge reminds me of Kazadum bridge, because they are both so beautiful.
LParsons 09/Sep/2006 at 05:41 PM
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I think the White mountains of New Hampshire remind me of middle earth, and Vermont reminds me of the shire, or greater Eriador, possibly the foothills of the misty mountains
MistressRosie 10/Sep/2006 at 07:18 PM
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There is this small town a few miles from me.  It’s built on a small hill, narrow roads, full of Victorian houses - many of them "painted ladies".  It reminds me of what I imagine Bree to be like, although this town’s roads are paved and not dirt and muddy.   (check out the "walking tour")

cister 13/Sep/2006 at 06:36 AM
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i’m from belgium, and i must say that there are some places with houses that remind me to hobbits (for exemple: some houses in s’gravenwezel, near schoten) When i was on vacation to france, there were some water stairs who really remind me to the water stairs of khazad dum. On my skivacation i went out to the mountains (the alpes) for some snowfun with my snowboard, there was a weird mountain who looked like the caradhras to me. there are so many place in the whole world that reminded me to lotr, i choosed some

Avornin Adamas 13/Sep/2006 at 07:20 AM
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When we visit relatives in North Carolina I like to walk through their woods that remind me of the territory of Ithilien that Suaron laid waste to. There is a wood with blackened dying pine trees, and an almost dried stream running trough it. There are low hills and little vallies that almost make you feel like you are at the foot of the mountains. The whole scene seems ancient and spooky, especially at dusk.
MistressRosie 13/Sep/2006 at 04:14 PM
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That reminds me....driving home, if I take a major highway, there are some wetlands that remind me of the Dead Marshes.  Dead, dried trees, standing in water with tufts of grass sprouting up here and there.  When the weather is cool there is a mist which hangs low over it, adding to the forboding feel of this place.
natepope_77 13/Sep/2006 at 07:30 PM
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I live here in Texas. There are many places that remind of middle earth. the first place that comes to my mind is the great piney woods of north east Texas. I grew up in a house that was seated upon a holler. It had a wide river running through it, with a little( no more than a two foot drop) waterfall. it reminded me of rivendell. my friends and i would play out our favorite moments from the books, and we also created our own epic adventures. we had bows and arrows and when we ran out of arrows we used bb guns, it is amazing that none of us lost an eye. anyway, the next place that reminded me of middle earth was a place called enchanted rock state park. it is a bald hill that rises admists a pine and oak forest. it reminds me of the hill that Turin stayed in, i think it was called Amon something. anyway it was fun playing out my adventures there as well. the last place that comes to mind is a boy scout camp called el ranco ceima. it has a wide running river that reminds me of the discriptions of the shire. any way those are the places here in Texas that reminds me of middle earth.
Endril 15/Sep/2006 at 08:05 AM
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I think any wild landscape on Earth can remember us about Middle Earth. I like the forests and mountains in my country that are very similar with Mirkwod andeven Imladris sometimes. The cityes remember me about nothing elsethan Isengard ( a lot of imagination).
Angmar Warlock 16/Sep/2006 at 06:55 AM
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i think worcestershire is most like the shire.  Its a beutiful green county with the malvern hills on the west, like the tower hills.  With the river seven running through it and the large forest/woods around cheltenham/evesham that could be the old forest.
Annabel~~ 16/Sep/2006 at 02:56 PM
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I hope that I will have a long vacation in England some day. In fact, after watching Lord of the Rings, nearly every wild landscape, gardens, woods, fountains can reminds me of Middle Earth. There is a inner garden in the building in my university, fountain, garden, flowers, trees, chairs...It is not really like ME, but it reminds me of Rivendell everytime I went there.
Beregond Abell 17/Sep/2006 at 10:49 AM
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When I go to Canada, through the Canadian shield, there is a river that flows by the road. It reminds me of someplace in Middle Earth. I don’t know where, but there could be a band of Rangers travling down the river and I would think it normal. Then where I live in Wisconsin. In my woods there is a hill with oaks all over it and in the fall when the leaves are falling it reminds me of the place where Boromir fights the urks. They could have filmed it there and it looked the same.
Ædeling Beorhtlig 18/Sep/2006 at 11:33 PM
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i live in Sydney AUST and in the Blue Mountains (1 hr west of sydney) when you are bush walking it reminds me of when the hobbits are getting chased and weathertop with all the shrubs spread out trees, and hilly land
elendil elessar 19/Sep/2006 at 09:44 AM
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In the Rousillon in the south of France close to spain there is this area with castle built on top of cliffs, they date from the Cathare and most of them are ruin in a jagged country side a top broken hills above narrow road.
Remind you of anything?
elendil elessar 19/Sep/2006 at 09:45 AM
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In the Rousillon in the south of France close to spain there is this area with castle built on top of cliffs, they date from the Cathare and most of them are ruin in a jagged country side a top broken hills above narrow road.
Remind you of anything?
Wooley 23/Sep/2006 at 06:00 PM
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 One place in particular comes to mind, I live in Ontario, Canada and we have a provincial park called Algonquin Prov. Park run by the Ontario governement. It is the largest park in Ontario I believe, but it’s heavily forested areas, many, many steep undulating hills really remind me of numerous places in the both The Hobbit and the LofTR. I have gone backpacking with a friend several times there and could picture my friend and I as being Frodo and Sam as they ventured on their journey. 

 Real wilderness is the best description of Algonquin park. A local park in the town where I presently live also has a much smaller park but it also is forested with a well trodden path going through it. At one point the trees seem to close in on either side of you, somewhat similar to walking through Mirkwood.

gileithel 24/Sep/2006 at 02:43 PM
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Peter parka, I live in England to, and I’d definately have to agree with you that Wales is very Middle Earth-like. Snowdonia is just like the Misty Mountains. And there are parts of the Forest of Dean that look like Fangorn with big old knarly trees etc.

There’s a place called Michel Delving, or something similar, in the south west (of England) which is the same name as where the Mathom House is in the Shire.

But  the ultimate Middle Earth experience has to be New Zealand.  Especially in South Island where the Southern Alps run nearly all the way down the middle of the Island so you’re never far from snowy peaks. 


Brennaisolde 24/Sep/2006 at 08:00 PM
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I live in Beaufort, S.C. It’s called the lowcountry for a reason!  We have many swamps with ancient, twisted trees that remind me of the forest where Mary and Pippin scurried off into to escape the orcs. We also have many swamps with no trees at all that look very much like the bogs that Gollum led Frodo and Sam through on their way to the Black Gate. Especially when the fog rolls in! However, on a beautiful sunny day(we have more of those than anything) the swamps are quite lovely and peaceful!
Mithrandír 25/Sep/2006 at 01:18 PM
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well, there are lots of places like that in England, but i cant think of any, unless i could, i cant think of one, sorry
NineFingered 29/Sep/2006 at 06:50 PM
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When we were dricing down towards Kansas, I noticed that as we neared the Missouri River, little green hills appeared. They appeared to be abandoned, but I imagined a little thriving hobbit community could settle there. As for the plains of Rohan, I have seen a few prairie grasslands around here which could compare.
Jargoth 02/Oct/2006 at 12:33 PM
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i live South Carolina and some times when your driving around you get to areas of farm land with rolling hills and it some times reminds me of hobbiton with all of the fields and small houses. but the people aren’t as short as hobbits.
Bregweneth 03/Oct/2006 at 11:27 AM
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in england, theres a national park in derbyshire which is almost totally untouched by humans. its all rolling hills, open plains and high peaks, and i guess its more the atmosphere it creates (one of timelessness and antiquity with beauty and power) that reminds me of ME rather than its physical appearance.
also, stonehenge and avebury (near my home in wiltshire, england) remind me of the barrowdowns where Tom Bombadil lives.
bukkworm 04/Oct/2006 at 12:10 PM
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Most of the countryside in Scotland reminds me of Tolkeins descriptions of the Wilderland. Also many castles put me in mind of sme of the fortresses of Middle Earth.

May your swords stay sharp and your arrows fly swiftly!

Elrohir Arnatui 05/Oct/2006 at 10:53 AM
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I used to live in Northern Utah.  I would go hiking in the nearby mountains, where there were several hidden canyons and waterfalls.  Reminded my greatly of Rivendell....
lalla 06/Oct/2006 at 10:21 AM
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I live in Italy, in a small town next to Florence. Sometimes I look at the Chianti, the hills and the fields and the forests and they remind me of the Shire. Really, it’s a sort of fairy tale land. I always think a little fat hobbit will appear somewhere between the trees!
Veowyn Girarion 07/Oct/2006 at 04:33 PM
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I live in California, and there is a place in southern California. An area near Bakerfield, has hills that remind me of the shire. And to the north, the Redwood forest. It reminds me of Mirkwood, or maybe even Fanghorn forest.
Arvellas 07/Oct/2006 at 08:54 PM
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Veowyn-Hey, I used to live in California...gave it up for the beautiful Lone Star State, though.  As they say..."Don’t mess with Texas!" *g*  I’ve been to Bakersfield, nice place, but it’s a wee bit dry...  Last time I was there was before Buck Owens died.  I also used to live in the Redwood area, more specifically.  The Ents really make me think of that place!  Now I live in the Lost Pines area, which I like to think of as the Entwives, who were lostLost Pines.
Finduilas Faelivrin 08/Oct/2006 at 12:46 PM
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I happen to agree with PallandotheBlue on this one.  If you are really tuned in, you can find a little bit of Middle-Earth wherever you go.  I am an American but I live in Scotland now and I think that this has a vast variety of different places that could be called Middle Earth.

We have a place where we take our dog for walks along the wooded coast and there are trees that are that are big and gnarly with their roots above the ground which remind me of Fangorn.  When I went on a train trip with my friend about a month ago to the Highlands of Scotland we saw everything from Rohan to the Anduin to Mirkwood forest to Lothlorien to Rivendell to the Shire!  We have some places that look like a place for the hobbits could hide out when running away from black riders.

Most of the time, when we are out just anywhere we are constantly pointing out different places and what part of Middle-Earth they could be.  I am certain there are loads and loads of places all over the world that could be Middle Earth in our minds and it’s nice that each of us can have our own little piece of Middle-Earth in our own backyard!  I am planning to visit Finland next year to see Taranuen, and I’m certain I’ll find a little piece of Middle-Earth there too!!

Eglagaladiel 08/Oct/2006 at 01:03 PM
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When I went to the Green Dragon, that reminded me of Middle Earth! The whole area around it really looked like the Shire, too, with all the green rolling hills and such. It was very nice! Many other people have mentioned central England, and that’s where we were. Someone up there mentioned Worcestershire, too, which was another place we visited. ("we" meaning "Lilu and I". Not the royal we. lol) I thought that the area around Warwick Castle (Warwickshire, not surprisingly, lol) was very Middle Earthy, too. Tolkien’s neck of the woods, after all!
Arvellas 08/Oct/2006 at 05:43 PM
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Hey, cool Gala!  I can imagine that it must have been beautiful there.  My own stomping ground is a bit Shire-ish.  It makes me wonder, though, just what the people there would have thought if they had known that the scribe of Lord Elrond was visiting the Green Dragon in the Shire...  Tolkien’s work is coming true!  *g*
Kalidor the elf 11/Oct/2006 at 10:17 AM
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When I was in japan there were both small people and tall people walking around. much like bree
lalla 16/Oct/2006 at 09:25 AM
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I usually love city life, but from time to time I like walking in the woods, it’s relaxing and you always see or hear something beautiful between the trees. Some weeks ago I was walking in a wood next to Florence. It was late afternoon and there was a beautiful golden light on the yellow leaves. It really reminded me of Lothlorien.
Arvellas 16/Oct/2006 at 06:23 PM
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Ialla-Yeah, golden leaves would probably remind me of the mallorn trees.

Aside from reminding me of the Shire, which I mentioned earlier in this thread, Central Texas also reminds me a bit of the land surrounding Rivendell.  Being right in the middle of the state, it’s a meeting place for several types of terrain, so there’s a lot of stuff that can it can remind me of.  (Nothing shall ever take the pride out of Texans! *g*)

Ollyorin Dagda 17/Oct/2006 at 01:05 PM
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I say that Scotland is fairly like the Shire. For the simple reason that it looks like the Shire. The land is all green, save the urban areas, and the land is all bumpy like.

I wish i lived in a hobbit hole to be perfectly honest with you. Would be so fun with all the circular door frames!
Lobelia Brindleway 19/Oct/2006 at 07:34 AM
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When i go to Scotland for a holiday, the mountains remind me of ME. You know when Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli were running over the ones in the film.
Lady Aikári 19/Oct/2006 at 10:40 AM
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Places that reminds me of lord of the rings...hmm, I had it this summer on my way between Sweden and Finland, sailing between the islands there. It was wonderfull weather and I was wondering around if sailing the waters around Valinor would give the same feeling....quiet, restfull.... it was a long seatrip, so I had to cover many hours.
Kaos the Gold 20/Oct/2006 at 08:33 AM
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    I went on holiday near Flrence in Italy once, and I really thought it looked like Gondor.  I also think that dwarves would love it here in Wales because of all the mountains and ores we have in our lands.  Wales is very mountainious if yuo didn’t know, and I’ts like the Iron hills in that respect but also we have a language that very few outsiders are likely to know, seeing as only a few people outside of wales speak welsh and that the dwarves refused to teach Kazad to any other race.
Arvellas 21/Oct/2006 at 08:23 PM
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Neidr Wen-Wow!  That’s very interesting, and I thank you for sharing it with us.  Might that be part of the reason why you’re a Plaza-Dwarf?

I don’t know if my background influenced the choosing of my kingdom.  I spent a large portion of my childhood living in the Old-growth Redwood forests, and if I had stuck to that, I would likely be a memeber of either Lorien or Fangorn.

lalla 23/Oct/2006 at 06:42 AM
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I teach in a secondary school (students 11 - 14 years old) and in the first week of October 2005 we had some school trips of study in one of the  woods of our town. There are lots of different trees and plants, colorful flowers, a river and even an Aetruscan necropolis! Later, a book was published on the experience, and the students decided to call it "The wood of Elves", because it was so similar to Lothlorien in the movies. 
Bearamir 23/Oct/2006 at 06:17 PM
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Here in what most people consider "flat" Kansas is an area called the Flint Hills.  Many times I have looked over these rolling (sometimes rocky) hills in the spring and thought "this is what Rohan must look like."  With the tall grass (not to mention the occassional herd of horses), you can almost imagine Meduseld as being "just over the next rise."
peachblossom 23/Oct/2006 at 11:40 PM
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This past summer I went backpacking near Cimmeron, New Mexico. Walking through the hilly valleys kept making me envision hobbit holes.

Also I have a cabin near Lake Superior in Minnesota. My parents are hermits so it’s pretty much surrounded by state forest. There’s this one section where the trees have grown really close together, and it’s just eerie. I always feel like I’m in the old forest when I go there. There’s even a little lake/pond with lilies.
Arathyn 24/Oct/2006 at 06:02 PM
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When my family and I were traveling through the Pacific northwest I was constantly reminded of both Rivendell and Mirkwood. Moss was covering just about everything, there were many stones and boulders sticking up from the ground.

Driving through the southern part of Montana reminded me of Rohan...gently rolling fields and tall golden grass. Amazing countryside.
king elessar 88 25/Oct/2006 at 08:11 AM
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i live in gloucestershire. There are loads of woods surronding where i live and they remind me of fangorn and mirkwood. There is also quite a lot of rivers and lakes by or running through woods and high places and it kind of reminds me of amon hen and the river Anduin.




This forest is old, very old. Full, of memory.

Arathyn 25/Oct/2006 at 12:39 PM
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King Elessar, what kind of trees do you have in that area? Would it be beach, ash, oak and the like? I wouldn’t think there would be many evergreens in that area. Beech trees always remind me of Lothlorien and the elves. The leaves are shaped like the broaches, though not quite like the leaves of the mallorn tree. They also turn a bright golden in the fall, much like Laurelin.
Arvellas 25/Oct/2006 at 08:40 PM
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Yes, it was said, I believe, in LOTR that Mallorns resemble beech trees.  I am not too familier with beeches, seeing as I have never lived in an area where they are common.  I have lived in the Redwoods--absolutely stunning and now live in a pine forest that is lossely interspersed with oaks.  It reminds me sometimes of the Shire and sometimes of Rivendell.
Arathyn 25/Oct/2006 at 10:50 PM
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In the woods in the back of my house we have a large grove of Beech trees. It’s a bunch of fun to go running about in a cloak. .

When I was in Alaska last summer the mountain range I was hiking reminded me a lot of the Misty Mountains. There were tons of boulders and overhands, and then higher up were snow capped peaks.
Maegolfin 26/Oct/2006 at 10:21 PM
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I live in New Mexico, which is usually thought of as a boring desert (I can’t disagree).  But whenever it rains, the fields are a perfect image of Rohan!  In the north of the state, some of the mountains are amazing!  They don’t really remind me of any specific ME place, but I term them "Lord-of-the-Ringish places".  Especially when you are up hiking in the hills, and the fog comes up in the early morning, and then blows away while you are looking over miles and miles of hills and trees!  Fascinating...could be almost anywhere in Middle-earth!
Arathyn 26/Oct/2006 at 11:37 PM
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Interesting Maegolfin, I never would have pictured New Mexico as being a Lord of the Ring’s type place. Shows you how much I know. :P I wonder though, if some of the deserty areas might look a bit like Mordor with all the dry rocks and boulders, etc. Do you find that’s the case?
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I love to come to my parent’s place, where i grew up. Early in the morning i go to the forest that is not so far away from the house. there is a place with a few oaks which are more then 400 y.o. They are even protected by government. Friends it’s increadible when you lie down on the grass on the slope of the small hill, and become the part of the forest. First minutes you notice nothing, but then you see that forest treats you like part of it. All the creatures stop being afraid of you, they pop their funny kissers from the tree-holes and from the grass. Ants are making their trail across you arm... Well, what i want to say mellons,- there are a lot of places that can remind you some parts of ME, you just have to be a little bit romantic, or "crazy" as my mother says...
Turien Silverleaf 28/Oct/2006 at 02:18 PM
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  This is a great question! Anyway, I live in the farms in Ohio, and they have alwasy reminded me of the Shire. When you are driving thorugh the country side and the sun is just setting, it takes my breath away. Sometimes, I even swear I see little hobbit children running through the fields. Or perhaps thats just my imagination....
  Also, there are these woods behind my house that remind me a lot of Lotherion. If you go thorugh them at a certain time, the trees and leaves look golden, and it is SO pretty!
Arathyn 29/Oct/2006 at 02:34 AM
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I live in Indiana, Turien, so the countryside is very similar. To get to and from school I drive through Ohio two to three times a year. There most def. are some beautiful places. I tend to like the country side of southern Ohio better. It’s little more hilly and interesting in my opinion.
Finduilas Faelivrin 29/Oct/2006 at 02:48 AM
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Turien and Arathyn, I grew up in Ohio  and at the time I never appreciated its beauty so much, except for going for walks in the woods at Metropolitan Park outside of Cleveland.  I was also not yet a fanatic of Lord of the Rings, although if I had been I’m certain I would have been picking out little pieces of Middle Earth all over the place.  At this point in my life I live in Scotland (some of which I mentioned in the previous thread here) and can find a little bit of every kingdom of Middle Earth within my grasp at nearly every turn.  The place I work is right on a huge river which of course reminds me of the Anduin, as long as I ignore the battleships, tugboats, and cruise ships!  Other than that, it is an uninterrupted view to the other side which is all forests, farms and hills.
Deagol77 01/Nov/2006 at 11:51 AM
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If you look at a map of Middle Earth, it is pretty much a messed up version of Europe. Scandinavia is Angmar and Forodwaith, the Shire is England, the Misty Mountains are the Alps, Gondor is like the Roman Empire and Harad is Africa. It is quite simple, and I really hope I am not the only one to notice it.
Deagol77 04/Nov/2006 at 02:46 PM
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I used to live in Bellingham Washington, and the woods there look like an ent could walk out and  call you an orc anytime. The way it is always dry, even when it rains, and how old the trees are also really look like Fangorn.
Nírithil 04/Nov/2006 at 03:27 PM
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Well, I remember when I was around five, I was in the car and looking out the window. I saw a hill with a door in it, and I think I said, "You know those houses that are under a hill? I want to live in one of those someday." I never saw that house again. Maybe I was hallucinating or something, but I think it’s kinda creepy since I hadn’t even heard of LotR then.

I live in Massachusetts, and depending on where in the woods I am, I see different places in ME. If there are a lot of beeches around (which happens to be my favorite kind of tree), I think I’m in Lorien. If there are evergreens around, though, I have a tendency to think of either Mirkwood or Fangorn.
Fisil Voignar 05/Nov/2006 at 09:14 AM
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I went to New Zealand this summer, and even though the films were shot there, it reminded me of all the pictures i got from the books
Linaelin 10/Nov/2006 at 08:13 AM
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There is a place in Tennessee that i go hiking at called the Fiery Gizzard (i know, it’s a very odd name).  Every time i go in I think of Middle Earth.  I’ve even given some of the places there names from the books.  I often find myself comparing places with Middle Earth...  When I went to Ireland, there was a place called Thomastown that reminded me of the Shire. 

But anyway back to Tennessee, there is a certain tree on the UT campus (they’re probably elsewhere, but i wouldn’t know because i’m from South Carolina where there is no fall) that during fall it has the most perfect yellow leaves.  The cool thing about is it is that when the leaves are partially off, the ground looks covered in gold.  The trunk of the tree also looks slightly silver.  I always thought that it would be beautiful to plant an entire forest with these and call it Lorien!  That’s definitely not a specific place but it does remind me of Middle Earth.

Deagol77 16/Nov/2006 at 04:56 PM
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This one time when I was in South Dakota, I was walking across the farm I was staying at and I got o the top of this hill overlooking the entire thing, and the way the plains just sort of rolled on for almost 4oo miles until meeting the Black Hills really looked like I imagine Rohan to look like.
Celebind Eryniel 17/Nov/2006 at 03:29 PM
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Last summer I climbed to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, which is the highest mountain in Vermont.  Climbing it kind of reminded me of Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves trekking over the Misty Mountains.  Especially when I had to crawl through this tunnel and I half expected something nasty to attack me.  There were no goblins though, except for my kid brother   And when I reached the summit, it was an overcast day, so I was literally walking through billowy wisps of cloud, and there were no trees, just rocks and grass and moss.  That was very Middle-Earth-ish. 
Also, back home in the suburbs of Boston, there’s this one very forest-y park in the middle of my native town, and one path in this goes through this area where the trees are really close to the path, and the air is so thick, and you almost feel as if the trees are watching you.  Very, very Fangorn.
Battlehamster 17/Nov/2006 at 04:07 PM
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There is this one area near where I live that’s this woodsy place with (I don’t know why) some huge chunks of cement from something that look like bits of an old fortress. It always reminds me of Ithilien, though probably not as pretty. There’s even a big tower by it. I’d run all over through the woods pretending I was in ME.
KnightWolf 19/Nov/2006 at 05:51 PM
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Two words for you: "Irish country"
Beriel_1229 21/Nov/2006 at 07:27 AM
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There is a redwood forest not too far from where I live , if the leaves had been golden and the trunks silver, it would be a perfect Lothlorien. Also, there are some mountains not too far from Yosemite that remind me of Hollin. Lastly,I think Yosemite is somewhat like Rivendell,being a large gorge in the earth and being beautiful and all...
Estel Underhill 21/Nov/2006 at 07:39 AM
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Ireland is very like The Shire. I live in Dublin though, which is just another city. But once you’re outside of Dublin you could easily be in Middle Earth.

There are so many small (and I mean small) villages as you drive through the Irish country side, nothing but little old cottages, a Church usually and a pub, naturally. Then everywhere you look there is nothing but green, field after field, with animals grazing, or crops growing. It’s very beautiful actually, and could so easily be The Shire.

Deagol77 21/Nov/2006 at 03:47 PM
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When I travelled to Ypres in Belgium, it had that feeling about it like The Hall of the Dead would. So many died there, it has that awful feeling that the dead are watching you.

Lady d`Ecthelion 21/Nov/2006 at 10:00 PM
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I can offer >> this thread << to answer the question of the present thread
Aeros 25/Nov/2006 at 10:42 PM
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I live in northern California... and very often I hike in the redwood forests. They aren’t the HUGE huge redwoods like you see in postcards, with the tunnel going through them that a car drives through-- but they are still are tremendously tall and quite thick. When I walk through the redwoods, I feel like I’m walking amongst the mallorn trees in Lothlorien.
Nennia Hlothram 29/Nov/2006 at 12:37 PM
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This seems like an interesting thread. Just a few weeks ago, I had a marathan walk at my school and my teachers decided that it might be nice to walk in the countryside instead of on the road. While we were walking, I noticed this huge mansion I had never noticed before. And it really reminded me of Minas Tirith. Naturally, it was nowhere near as big as Gondor but when I looked at this big house, I was instantly reminded of Gondor.
Oh sister went to Glasgow, Scotland 4 years ago and a few weeks ago I was looking through her photos for a project and they were all of grass and hills and trees and there was even one of a mill by a river!!! There was one of a hole built into the stone, too, with a little "door" (a plank of wood ) and it looked a bit like a hobbit hole. In fact, nearly all of her pictures looked like scenes in the Shire!
Gorynhk 07/Dec/2006 at 06:10 PM
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Rohan seems to remind me of my time in Wyoming. Vast lands, big mountains, just a little more grass (in Wyoming) and it would be the same!
elvenboy20 09/Dec/2006 at 08:47 AM
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I went to pennsylvania one time not to long ago and i went to longwood gardens and that reminded me a lot of middle earth or at least the shire but once you got more into the place there was a place that looked like osgiliath and it was awsome lookin so i played around there for a while and anothe part looked like fangorn forest so that place reminded me a lot of middle earth 
Morgil 12/Dec/2006 at 04:51 PM
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I was fortunate when I was groing up. Some relatives owned about 300 acres adjoining my grandmother’s property. It was a great area that reminded me of Mirkwood. It was almost all hardwoods with a lot of old growth oaks that provided a dense canopy. Even on a sunny day it was dim an shadowy in a lot of areas and had a good sized stream running through it. There was a fallen oak that bridged the stream and even a small island where I built my own fort to keep my fellow elves safe from the Minions of Sauron. I spent many a day wandering around, battling giant spiders, orcs, and trolls and wayling tresspassing dwarves.
aclj 12/Dec/2006 at 05:41 PM
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In Denver, one will find a beautiful panaramic view of the Rocky Mountains.  The largest mountain chain in north America, the vast snow-capped peaks stretch for miles and miles north and south.  Last Christmas, while on vacation, I took a long look at them and started thinking about the many Tolkein landscapes of Middle Earth.  I’d have to say the Misty Mountains and the peak of Caradhas would best resemble Mt. McKinley and the rest of the Rocky Mountain peaks. 

Watch out for the avalanches, too.  They’re a real bummer.

Novgwath 14/Dec/2006 at 03:46 PM
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well apart from New Zealand...which would be a rather obvious choice for a location to remind me of Middle Earth i would say the Brecon Beacon mountain range of South Wales, UK. I am unsure whether any of you are aware of it, but its really worth checking out online, or even better in person (boost tourism ). It reminds me very much of the gap of Rohan!
Isilmírë 14/Dec/2006 at 04:56 PM
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I took a trip up into Canada with a few friends. Part of the trip involved canoeing down some river. My friend ( a Tolkien fan) and I packed our gear into the canoe and started paddling. We came across a part that reminded me of the Anduin. Of course it wasn’t as majestic as it was in the movie (or Tolkien’s mind I’m sure). Just as I was thinking about this my friend started humming the theme song of LotR. To wrap it all up we spent the rest of the canoe trip pretending to be part of the Fellowship.
elendil88 15/Dec/2006 at 09:27 AM
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Me and my family went to the Wales while we were on a walk along the countryside, there was a mountain on its own in the middle, just in front of a range of mountains, which had snow on the top. I thought that it had an amazing resembalence to Edoras, all they needed was Meduesald’s hall and everything would have been complete, though i imagine it would be much more breathtaking to go the New Zealand and see the real mountain.

Deagol77 15/Dec/2006 at 05:33 PM
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Interesting comparison. I might connect it more to the Lonely Mountain, though. Wales is a great area for Middle Earth comparisons. Don’t bother trying to find the exact mountain(I’ve tried). It is very pretty, but the crew did to good a job removing what they left behind in filming. It is almost impossible to find the right mountain.
Novgwath 15/Dec/2006 at 05:35 PM
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Ahh elendil...someone knows what i am referring to! yes it would be great to go to new zealand. Especially if they left the sets there...that would be phenomenal...imagine actually standing at Edoras or on the walls of Minas Tirith and imagining the legions of Minas Morgul in front of you! It would be something else, and good for tourism. Think how many Tolkienites are on the Plaza let alone the world!
Mithgrothwen 19/Dec/2006 at 08:06 PM
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I went to Ireland last spring, and it definitely reminded me of the Shire.  We also took a tour of a National Forest and it reminded me of Mirkwood.  It’s a beautiful country,  and there were also parts that slightly reminded me of Rohan and Rivendell.
Battlehamster 19/Dec/2006 at 08:44 PM
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I’m not sure if this counts, but I just remembered this huge playground that I went to a few times.  It was huge, and really dry and dusty and deserty, with all sort of fake tower/mountain things, so I’d always pretend I was in Mordor.  (I was about 9 at the time.)  And I remember hiking in this one really dense, dark forest up north that had all these sort of steep dips by a river, so that made me think of the Old Forest.  Only without Tom Bombadil, sadly.
Arandorion 20/Dec/2006 at 02:48 AM
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I know a place that reminds me of Gondor ... it has great mountains and castles and at the moment the tree’s are all white! The place is called Luxembourg and it is south-east of Belguim(where i live) you really get that gondorian (no that’s not a word) feeling out there. Anybody know the place?

merrypip03 20/Dec/2006 at 07:55 AM
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I live in Ohio and my friend has some land with a nice sized forest on it. The trees are so dense and close that you can shout at the top of your lungs and the trees soak up the sound so it sounds like a whisper instead of a shout. Definitely Fangorn all the way.
Aragonia Dunami 22/Dec/2006 at 08:30 PM
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I visited the Canadian Rockies in summer a few years back and I thought "what a great place for Middle Earth." The mountains are majestic, and snow covered most fo the year. I have never seen any as beautiful. So pristine and with its lakes, waterfalls, rivers, streams and meadows, it is a magicallly beautiful environment. I could definitely picture many of the ME scenes taking place there. The forests are deep, the area is still wild, and one could easily get lost if one is not careful.   
Beregond Abell 23/Dec/2006 at 07:57 AM
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Aragonia: I own some land in ontario Canada. And we have to drive throught the Canadian Shield to get to my land. And the whole way i am reminded of Middle Earth. I have seen pictures of the Canadian Rockies and they do remind me of Middle Earth too. I wish i could build Minas Tirith by one of the mountains. That would be sweet!
Tin the wizard 23/Dec/2006 at 08:44 AM
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I live in Croatia,there is one nacional park called Plitvice lakes.The park has sixteen lakes and are in the mountains so they looks just like rivenell ,they are amazing and looks so like rivendell.The nature is incredibleand the lakes are beautiful.They are worth of seeing and i would reccomand to all to come to Croatia and see itHeres some google pic of plitvice lakes er on Croatia Plitvicka jezera


Tin the wizard 23/Dec/2006 at 08:46 AM
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thats the pic

P.S.sorry for errors in writing I dont know english that much

Poppy Burrows 25/Dec/2006 at 10:40 AM
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 This seems to be a very interesting topic. My favourite place in middle earth is the shire, and somerset in england looks just like it in some places like, you know loads of rolling hills and little villages and stuff. (unfourtuatly its not all like that but at least some of it is) Also big big citys - you know the ones that are all dirty and full of nothing but factorys making pullotion and dodgy cuncil estates were every ones getting mugged and raped and murdered all the time -They really make me think of mordor...

Cool thread

likuku 25/Dec/2006 at 12:06 PM
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Oh yes there are many places in middle-earth that remind me Latvia. The most  typical place is Rohan because in Latvia there are many fields with rocks and all othere thing that are in Rohan. But I have to say that there are different climate in Latvia and it is interesting because Latvia is in four parts like in USA. And in each part there are different climat.

 Kurzeme(the first part) - is like Ithilien because there are many many woods and I like it very much. By the way I live in Kurzeme

Vidzeme(the second part) - is like Rohan because here are thos fields.

Zemgale (the third part) - is like SHire because there all is beutifull with liitle hills and beautiful fields.

Latgale(the fourth part) - is like Anarion because there are so many waters.

Galadriel0204 27/Dec/2006 at 04:40 PM
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The forest on my dad’s farm reminded me of Lothlorien before dad had them cut down. Many of the trees were poplar and had white trunks. They were beautiful trees and were at least 50 years old. I still miss my trees, even though it has been five years since they were cut down. Anyway, there is also this hill with many beautiful trees on it that i used to drive by on the way to college and it sort of reminds me of the woods around Amon Hen. Also the hills in the area where I live remind me of the Misty Mountains when its cloudy and I can’t see their tops.
Saranna 28/Dec/2006 at 04:41 AM
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I come from Devon, and the farming regions remind me of the Shire, while Dartmoor is much like the barrow-Downs. Mind you, my friend from Cornwall says that is the Shire, and my friend from Shropshire says her county is! The entire mountain ranges of Wales and Scotland evoke the mountains of ME for me, but also of course the Alps, which we know were Tolkien’s inspiration for the Hobbit cover. Most of all, when I am on any western shore of Britain or Europe, and look out across the sea from beach or clifftop, I think of the lost road, and wish I could find it.
Padmé Amidala 28/Dec/2006 at 09:42 AM
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Here in Trondheim (Norway) we have a huge stone cathedral named "Nidaros". In the movies, Minas Tirith was depicted very much like I’d imagined the city to be myself - and the architecture of the cathedral we have here reminds me very much of the buildings in Minas Tirith. And also, the statues at the West Front of the cathedral have a very Minas Tirith-y feel to it. The whole cathedral is awe-inspiring, and I’m blessed to have it as my view every day!

The Nidaros Cathedral at Wikipedia
Narmaethor 29/Dec/2006 at 02:30 PM
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The mountains in Colorado where I went on a backpacking trip with my teen group this summer were very very Middle Earth like.  It was great especially when it rained, it was even better while we were coming down the mountain through a cloud while it was raining.
punatic 29/Dec/2006 at 06:59 PM
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I live in Hawai’i, on the Big Island. The southern tip of the island is the southern most point of the state and the USA. It has really sheer cliffs and really looks like the end of the world. You can feel the weight of the ocean, from there the next land fall is the Antartic. It always feels like that’s where the Grey Havens should be, the very edge of the world.
kahne 29/Dec/2006 at 08:18 PM
Gardener of Lothlorien Points: 258 Posts: 80 Joined: 11/Nov/2006 seems that you guys had been to really beautiful places...i live in a little province here in the philippines called bukidnon, in a housing community near a bunch of green, grassy hills that looks (to me) very much like hobbiton that sometimes i pretend that there are hobbit-houses among the turf when i go for walks there  and when one goes down south to davao one can pass some really cool mountain ranges and foothills that for me that’s how  the feet of the misty mountains would look like...  i live in a place literally surrounded by mountains (no snow-covered mountaintops here, however...bummer )

Anscemion 30/Dec/2006 at 05:50 PM
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Well i have to say one place that reminds me is the field outside my backyard. it reminds me of mordor, with all the dead trees and the dead grass and the trass thats out there, its just a mess, but i still like to go out there from time to time. its nice to take a walk out there and clear your head of your parents demanding things of you all the time
Telmar 31/Dec/2006 at 12:18 PM
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I live on the Isle of Wight, England. Plenty of Shire-like places here and still a few country pubs that I like to think the Green Dragon at Bywater would be like. Nearly every Wood I walk into reminds me of The Old Forest. I lived most of my life in London which at night was a bit like Mordor (well the people were like orcs.)

 Saranna  I had Dartmoor more like the land between Bree and Rivendell


Lady Rowena 31/Dec/2006 at 04:50 PM
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this year i went on a trip to Sierra de la Ventana (a chain of low mountain in the south of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina). the scenery remainded me much of Rohan (specially that scene in the movie in which Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas are chasing the Uruks). It was impressive, marveollous. Grassy, hilly and lots of rocks everywere.
Magradhaid 31/Dec/2006 at 05:30 PM
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Regarding England, Tolkien said the Shire is "more or less a Warwickshire village of about the period of the Diamond Jubilee"; Tolkien also based Alalminórë on Warwickshire, and Tavrobel on Great Haywood in Staffordshire. And the Barrow Downs were probably based on the Rollright Stones on the Warwickshire - Oxfordshire border, cf. here. But as for real-life places I’ve been to that remind me of Middle-earth, the green rolling hills (as they become mountains) in Vermont remind me of the Shire; the place where I sometimes live up there is really rural, and has slow, winding rivers like the Withywindle, rolling green hills, no smog, blue skies, etc. Though it’s a bit too rocky in places to be quite like Hobbiton; maybe somewhere in the Northfarthing?
Turambar_77 01/Jan/2007 at 04:43 AM
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New Zealand, of course!  When I think of New Zealand, I always think of LotR, as the films were produced there, obviously...
Apart from that, the Himalaya mountains also kind of remind me of ME, because they are so remote... without much population...
Besides, there is this cosy restaurant I know which also reminds me of the Shire, perhaps the Prancing Pony :D