Gipsy Green was an idyllic location. On his first visit there in August 2016, Tolkien’s biographer, John Garth, author of Tolkien and the Great War, described it as “a paradise”. Recent research suggests that the Tolkiens knew of Gipsy Green through a family connection to some workers on the estate. The cottage was not only set in quiet, beautiful countryside but it was within cycling distance of the Chase camps and Ronald could live there with his family, and for the first time enjoy being a husband and a father. Just as Great Haywood was to become Tavrobel (Wood-home) so Gipsy Green was to be Fladweth Amrod (Nomad’s Green) in the topography of Middle-earth.
During several weeks living in the cottage Tolkien wrote little but produced some beautiful sketches, particularly two drawings entitled Gipsy Green and High Life at Gipsy Green. The former is a detailed sketch of their cottage, with its prominent chimneys which can still be seen today, while the latter records, in a series of small sketches, the daily life of the Tolkien family at Gipsy Green as well as some daily happenings on the Teddesley Estate. A third sketch entitled Road nr. Stafford is probably of the road over the Chase through the Satnall Hills.
Unfortunately, Tolkien fell ill again in late June and was sent back to an officer’s hospital in Hull. Edith, who had lived in over twenty different lodgings in two years, decided to stay at Gipsy Green with John and Jennie. The family were re-united with Ronald at Oxford in November 1918 after the war had ended.
So join us as we take a tour around Tolkien’s Staffordshire, the exhibition is full of wonderful exhibits, original photos and more from the time Tolkien spent in Staffordshire.
There’s no need to book a place, simply head down and be prepared to learn more about one of our most beloved authors!
See below for full details.
Where: Shenstone Community Library
When: Saturday September 4th – October 15th
Who: Our Tolkien Exhibition is suitable for all children aged between 4-10 years (it’s even fun for older children and adults too!)
How Much? The Tolkien in Staffordshire event is completely free for everyone.
For more information, please feel free to contact us