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Edgbaston, Birmingham, a Birds' Eye View in 1904
Birmingham was where J.R.R. Tolkien called home through most of his childhood from 1895-1911. Tolkien's parents Arthur and Mabel came from this city.
Many of the people, places, and objects of Middle-earth were derived from this city.
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide, pp. 115-8