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Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 29 16:10:00 BST 2019


From: John Lennard <john.c.lennard at gmail.com>

John:  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.

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

John: But Middle-earth is an immersion fantasy, not a portal one (however
JRRT sorta has it both ways, using Hobbiton as a point of departure into a
much stranger world) ; the general tech-level is pre-mediaeval, and JRRT
plainly disallowed a bunch of technologies he hated, and to which the
conception of hobbits is inimical, but that doesn't stop Hobbiton from
being a version of Sarehole or Cotswoldy points south c. 1890s, as
experienced in his own childhood......

Gwynne: And Hobbiton is a child's view of the Cotswolds, his childhood
memories, focussed on the parts he liked and felt most comfortable about.


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