The Tolkien Trail
Celebrated epic fantasy writer J.R.R Tolkien once wrote that when he laid eyes on England at the age of three everything around him seemed ďnovel and strange.Ē

 

Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein in what is now known as the Free State Province, an arid region of South Africa that is noted for its rolling grasslands and dry, hot summers.

 

The stark landscape left an impression on Tolkien and when he moved to England at the tender age of three his perception of the world was through the lens of his earliest surroundings.

 

It was the juxtaposition of his birthplace with this strange new world that opened his imagination to the magical possibilities of the English countryside and allowed him to see through the eyes of hobbits and wizards who travel the world.

Bloemfontein is proud to be the birthplace of this beloved author and the city has established the Tolkien Trail in his honor. For those inspired by the fantasy worlds that Tolkien created, The Tolkien trail is a way to connect with his beginnings and understand his unique view of the world.


The trail wanders through downtown Bloemfontein, beginning at the Victorian building on Maitland Street where Tolkienís father managed a branch of the African Bank.

 

Along the trail you can visit the site of Tolkienís first house and the cathedral where he was baptized, ending your walk in the cemetery on Church Street where Tolkienís father was laid to rest. For fans of Tolkien this is an attraction trail that should not be missed.

 
Accommodation nearby
For Accommodation nearby, see these towns which are in close proximity
50 Queen and 10 Twin rooms in Bloemfontein
c/o Parfitt and Henry Street
Bloemfontein
Affordale, stylish and modern hotel located in the business and sports hub of Bloemfontein..
From / night
757 ZAR
Enquire about this accommodation
Guest House in Bloemfontein
148 Nelson Mandela Drive
Motheo Region
Offers luxury & unrivalled style for the discerning traveller or business executive...
Self Catering in Bloemfontein
237 Pres Paul Kruger Avenue
Motheo Region
All rooms are en-suite bath or shower, DSTV, tea and coffee station, 100% cotton linen, Air-con...
From / night
450 ZAR
Enquire about this accommodation
Bed and breakfast in Bloemfontein
38 Louw Wepener
Dan Pienaar
This is a super-friendly B & B, run by Connie Hartley in the Northern Suburbs (Dan Pienaar) Bloe..
From / night
300 ZAR
Enquire about this accommodation
Guest House in Bloemfontein
45 Bergh street
Motheo Region
This classic sandstone guesthouse designed to conform to typical Free State architecture...
From / night
550 ZAR
Enquire about this accommodation
with Queen or twin beds, ensuite with bath and shower in Bloemfontein
2c Louis Botha street
Waverley, Bloemfontein
Florentia Guest House is situated in the Northern part of Bloemfontein in the charming up market sub..
From / night
309pp ZAR
Enquire about this accommodation
More Things To Do
Free State Attractions
1
2
3
4
5
Welcome Sign in or Register
Hide