Puzzlewood – Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth

Puzzlewood is a 14-acre section of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. JRR Tolkien was quite charmed by the peaceful, green woods, which inspired his descriptions of the Shire of Middle-earth in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

During the early Victorian period a multitude of stone pathways were laid down.  These are now close to hundred years old themselves and add to the feeling that you are in an ancient place. Many of the trees are much older than the pathways and as you walk through the wood you come across bizarre rock formations, hanging bridges and hidden caves.

Nature has a way of eventually making stone pathways look like a natural part of the scenery, or at least ancient. See many more pictures of this beautiful and inspirational forest at Kuriositas.

(Image credit: Flickr user Trubble)

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