Moseley Bog

Moseley Bog was way out of bounds when I was growing up... except that I went to a school that had half days and odd holidays and at 12 I was old enough to have a doorkey. So, Mum didn't know if I stopped off on the way home on the bus route that passed the bog, as long as I took care not get too muddy... It was a lovely place to wander and think.

Apparently it was another inspiration for Tolkien. According to a piece in The Telegraph in December 2007:

"The trees do not like strangers. They watch you. They are usually content merely to watch you, as long as daylight lasts."

Tolkien was writing, in Book One of The Lord of the Rings, about the mysterious Old Forest, haunt of the ageless Tom Bombadil.

Image (c) Ashley Dace and used under this Creative Commons Licence.

Co-ordinates are approximate.

Moseley Bog

Another view of Mosely Bog. I still dream about this place.

Image copyright Darius Khan and used under this Creative Commons Licence.

Co-ordinates are approximate.