Door to Moria 2On occasions we receive new facts, stats and information from our customers about the Cotswolds. We have a broad knowledge of all things Cotswolds (especially the Northern part) but we certainly don’t profess to know everything.

So when we do hear new stats, facts and information we absolutely love it!

On our tours of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon we visit the town of Stow-on-the-Wold for lunch. It’s a great town with many shops, cafes and tea rooms including our favourites Rohan and the Burrow Café.

Little did I know though that two trees attached to St. Edwards Church in Stow-on-the-Wold are widely believed to be the inspiration for something that appears in The Lord of the Rings.

The trees (pictured) apparently inspired JRR Tolkien’s door to Moria. Although it can never be proven, JRR Tolkien was known to visit the Cotswolds so there’s good reason to believe that they were. Especially as the Bell Inn pub – just 5 miles away in Moreton-in-Marsh – is thought to be the inspiration to the Prancing Horse pub which also appears in the book. So much so that a branch of the Tolkien Society presented them with a special print to commemorate this!

Door to MoriaMany thanks to Lorie Mcmillin who joined us on our September the 23rd tour for pointing this out! It’s a great story and adds to the intrigue of our fantastic area. Although it may never be proven, with such history and natural beauty in the area it’d certainly be understandable if it was.

Many thanks to Lorie for allowing us to use her pictures for this blog post.