Hobbit-forming: book launch celebrates Tolkien links with region

The leaves were long, the grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,

Dents Garth, Roos, where it is believed Edith danced and sang for her husband in "a small wooded glade filled with hemlocks"

And in the glade a light was seen, Of stars in shadow shimmering.

The words are taken from The Fellowship of the Ring, written by Tolkien who arrived in East Yorkshire, 100 years to the day, next Wednesday.

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But researchers say it is unlikely that Edith actually danced among the hemlock in Roos - which has an unpleasant mousy smell.

Dennison Centre in Hull where Tolkein stayed - it was a military hospital in 1917.

More likely it was cow parsley, whose frothy white heads, fitted the description of the plants being like a cloud or mist.

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Dennison Centre in Hull where Tolkein stayed - it was a military hospital in 1917.
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