Speaker: Kate Sloan

Finding the Shire

J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings” is much more than a simple fairy tale. As Tolkien watched industrialization overtake the lush Midlands where he grew up, a nascent environmental passion was born. One of the last chapters of the Lord of the Rings – the Scouring of the Shire – became Tolkien’s own statement on man’s stewardship of the earth. Join us as we explore the wonders of the Shire, the threat faced by that small corner of Middle Earth and Tolkien’s challenge to us to protect what is good & green in our own environment.