A GUIDED WALK OF TOLKIEN'S ORIGINAL SHIRE, IN BIRMINGHAM

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: John James/Alamy ‘It was kind of a lost paradise,” JRR Tolkien told the Guardian in an interview in 1966. “There was an old mill that really did grind corn, with two millers, a great big pond with swans on it, a sandpit, a wonderful dell with flowers, a few old-fashioned village houses and, further away, a stream with another mill.” Four m...