Yorkshire and Middle-earth

While living in Australia, I used to find guidebooks full of pictures of the English countryside and imagine how they fitted scenes in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle earth. Now that I have the luxury of being able to live on the edge of the Peak District in Yorkshire, I am able to take my own photographs and ponder where each scene would lie in that fantasy landscape.

Not that Yorkshire itself isn’t its own fantasy landscape: even in the small area of South Yorkshire in which I live, there are woods which strike a walker as haunted, vistas that seem Elvish, and hidden corners where one feels certain that one will encounter a modern descendant of a hobbit. These pictures are offered as a tribute, then, not only to Tolkien’s ability to evoke real natural panoramas, but also to the beauty of the place where I live.

Michel Delving on the White Downs

Looking towards the Ettinmoors.

The North Downs.

The open heathland of Minhiriath, south of the Shire.

Farming country near the Far Downs.