- "No one had a more attentive audience than old Ham Gamgee, commonly known as the Gaffer. He held forth at the The Ivy Bush, a small inn on the Bywater road..."
- ― The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring "Book 1: Chapter 1: The Long-Expected Party"
The Ivy Bush is the name of a public house located on Hagley Road, Birmingham, England. When Tolkien lived on Stirling Road this would have been his local hostelry and could be found halfway between his house and the Birmingham Oratory, where he worshiped for a time.