The Tolkien Triangle

The Tolkien Triangle

Discover the Tolkien Triangle

2017 marks the centenary of Tolkien arriving in East Yorkshire to convalesce after contracting trench fever at the Western Front.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are surely among the most famous works of fiction in English Literature, yet few people realise J R R Tolkien spent about eighteen months in East Yorkshire during World War 1. 

Apart from two months at Brocton camp, Tolkien was in the East Riding of Yorkshire from April 1917 until October 1918.

Tolkien spent time at Kilnsea and Easington and learned about the villages which were lost to the sea due to coastal erosion.

In 1917, his wife, Edith, danced for him in a wood at Roos while he was stationed at a nearby camp. He acknowledged that this event inspired the tale of Beren and Lúthien which he wove into the story of Middle-earth soon after.

During his stays in Hull and East Yorkshire, Tolkien wrote a number of poems and stories and he also created two mythological languages!

Tolkien even directly copied some East Yorkshire place names into his work, with the village of Wetwang, for example, appearing in the Fellowship of the Ring.

It’s now generally accepted that the landscape and coastline of East Yorkshire informed Tolkien’s later writing. It has been dubbed ‘The Tolkien Triangle’.

Wassand Hall

When Tolkien was sent to Brooklands Military Hospital, Hull, (now the Dennison Building at the University of Hull), he met the Commandant, Margaret Strickland-Constable of Wassand Hall, Hornsea.

Wassand Hall is open to the public on selected days, please check website for opening details.

Tolkien blue plaque

To commemorate the time J R R Tolkein spent in East Yorkshire, a plaque was mounted on the former Brooklands Hospital.


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The Tolkian Triangle

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire locations in the Tolkien Triangle

Streetlife Museum in Hull

Take time to visit Hull's attractions, or stroll to the Marina and the retro Fruit Market, home to an abundance of new cultural venues including the world's only Museum of Club Culture alongside art galleries and eateries.

Hornsea Mere

Hornsea's charming seafront promenade atop a Blue Flag beach has a Floral Hall which hosts events throughout the year and, in the town centre, a Folk Museum, also, the Hornsea Mere and Hornsea Freeport outlet shopping village.

Withernsea Steam Rally

Where else but Withernsea would you find a town-centre lighthouse housing a museum dedicated to a movie star? For more examples of Withernsea off beat charm, look no further than the Pier Towers, entrance to the beach, or take a tour of a former Cold War era nuclear bunker just 3 miles out of town. Click for Withernsea events.

Spurn Point
A trip to the rugged landscape of Spurn Point is a truly unique day out. Explore upto 3 miles of sand dunes sculpted by the North Sea on foot or on a 4x4 'Spurn Safari'. There is also a newly restored lighthouse and an array of rare wildlife.
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