Lord of the Rings pub in Moreton in Marsh?

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Lord of the Rings pub in Moreton in Marsh?

A pub in Moreton-in-Marsh has been presented with a special print by a branch of the J R R Tolkein Society.

After painstaking research the Society claim that The Bell Inn in Moreton in Marsh is the inspiration behind The Prancing Pony, Middle Earth's most famous pub.

So will Keith Pendry, the leaseholder of The Bell Inn, be taking full advantage of his pub's historic influence in the hope that hobbit-esque types will be beating a path to his door in order to drink a pint in the closet thing they will get to the fictional pub?

The Society believes the similarities between the The Bell Inn in Moreton in Marsh and The Prancing Pony in Tolkein's town of Bree is irrefutable evidence Tolkien used the pub as inspiration. These similarities include the three storeys of the pub building and its entrance via a courtyard, and Moreton in Marsh's similarities to the town of Bree, where the hobbits find the Prancing Pony on a cold, rainy night.

So will Keith now be known locally as Barliman Butterbur, only time will tell.

Posted : 02/11/2006 11:20:19

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