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Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Wed Aug 28 14:42:07 BST 2019


On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 05:05:01PM +0100, John Lennard wrote:

> John: Um ... right reasons, but why Regency? 1890s, surely, when Tolkien
> was growing up in Sarehole, then still a village quite detached from
> Birmingham, with a working watermill, but destroyed before he left King
> Edward's School by, mostly, the suburban commuter railway, and latterly
> what Churchill called the "infernal combustion engine", violently
> downsizing the enormous equine economy. That's what T. was on about in the
> foreword to the 2/e when, after lamenting the death of friends by 1918, he
> says the country he grew up in was under assault before he was 10.
> 
> Shippey reckoned Hobbiton in *The Hobbit* as a Cotswold village c.1890s,
> and I can't see any good reason to push the date much if any further back.

No guns, no printing press, no telegraph, no railroads, probably no
advanced carriages...

-xx- Damien X-)


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