Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show with such an amazing, well thought out world that you’d kill to go there? Hogwarts? The many incredible planets in Star Trek or Star wars? How about Camp Half-Blood or the demon filled New York city of the mortal instruments? Everyone has them, the fantasies of far off worlds with adventures and romance.
There is one world that stands out in my own opinion. It is a world that was created in such detail that it has touched the lives of millions of people and countless movies and adaptations, from the early animated versions to the Peter Jackson versions, which won many academy awards, Middle Earth has inspired so many other fantastic books and series.
Its incredible to think that a series written by a linguistics professor for his children (Yes, The Hobbit was a children’s book, the Lord of the Rings was written for young adults) could grow into such an incredible franchise that has inspired many others such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. Lucas has even openly admitted to being inspired by the Lord of the Rings and though Rowling has never admitted to being inspired by JRR Tolkien the similarities in Harry potter are too much to be a coincidence. Shall I name a few?
-Young orphan protagonist raised by an uncle (Frodo and Harry).
-A wise wizard mentor (Gandalf and Dumbledor).
-Dark lords with incredible power that cannot take physical form (Sauron and Voldemort).
-Objects of extreme power that hold the soul of the dark lord (The One Ring and the Horcruxes).
-Hooded followers (Nazgul and the Death Eaters).
-Moving and thinking trees (The Ents and the Whomping Willow).
-Wormtail and Wormtongue? Does it need an explination?
-Giant spiders (Shelob and Aragog)
-Fred and George and Merry and Pippin were a form of comic relief.
Honestly there are too many to name but I think I’ve made my point. Either way, if there was anywhere on earth that I could visit it would be Middle Earth. There are so many incredible places to visit, The Shire, Rivendell, Mirkwood, Moria, Erebor, Lothlorien, Rohan, or Gondor. I could really get into it but I'll stick to my top six.
Lets start with the only place you can even remotely visit in the real world:
Hobbiton or The Shire
The incredible set was built in New Zealand and, when the crew of the Hobbit Trilogy left the set after filming the final trilogy they left the hobbit set built into the hills in New Zealand.
Who wouldn't want to spend their time in The Shire, hanging with the hobbits, eating until you can't walk anymore, smoking some longbottom leaf and causing trouble with Merry and Pip around town. The Shire would be a quiet vacation with some peace and quiet to enjoy being lazy with polite neighbors, assuming you don't stay next door to the Sackville Bagginses, they might try to steal all your silver.
My next stop would be Rivendell
The river city of Lord Elrond and his elves would be incredible. It was where Aragorn was raised and where Bilbo resided after leaving the shire. The city was featured in both The Lord of the Rings when Frodo woke and the fellowship was formed and in The Hobbit when Thorin and Co. were running from Agog and his orcs.
Could you imagine just relaxing and listening the the elves singing their ancient songs while you sat back and watched the stars?
Next stop? Mirkwood
The Elven city is hidden deep in the forests of Mirkwood and led by the Elven King Thranduil, a vacation here could be wonderful, if you can make it into one of the parties. If you end up spending your time in the dungeons it may not be so fun, unless of course you have your own Bilbo Baggins who will free you and take you on a thrilling barrel ride down the river toward Laketown.
Lothlorien, the Elven city literally built into the trees and Led by Lady Galadriel and her husband. You may have noticed that I've mentioned three elvish cities so far, why? Because the abodes of the elves are so beautiful. The ancient beings created cities as graceful and unique as their own race and none accentuate the grace of the elves like Lothlorien. A stay here would be a stay in nature, something I love very much, not to mention that Lady Galadriel would probably be crazy fun to hang out with.
A stay in Rohan with the Rohirin or the horse people would be unique. They may not be the most high tech of Kingdoms in Middle Earth but the Rohirin know how to handle horses. They are great warriors known for their horses who are smarter, stronger, and faster than other horses, enough so that the horses themselves are enough to scare orcs. Imagine staying in Rohan and spending some time getting to the horses that are descended from the horse lord Shadowbox, not to mention getting to know their riders.
Imagine spending some quality time in Gondor, in Minas Tirith, the white city. In my own opinion it is one of the most easily recognizable kingdoms in Middle Earth. it is where Aragorn sets up shop after accepting his title as King of Gondor and where his children live and rule on. Wouldn't it be amazing to spend some time in the greatest kingdom of man before you head home from Middle earth?
Now some might wonder why I didn't mention the Dwarf cities, for example, Erebor and Moria. Well as much as I love the dwarves wouldn't it be depressing to spend a lot of time where Fili and Kili died (Erebor) or to visit the ork infested city where Balin met his grizzly end (mora)? and unless you're Gandalf I wouldn't recommend trying to pick a fight with a Balrog in Moria.