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Fifteen places named after J.R.R. Tolkien to honour the author

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J.R.R. Tolkien has inspired so many and it is logic that all over the globe people many locations, items, pets, children, species and even entire genera have been named after elements of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. But some Tolkien fans have gone so far to honour the author by naming locations to the author himself. Only recently a crater on the planet Mercury was named Tolkien in honour of the beloved professor.This inspired me to go and look to see what else was named Tolkien and I found fifteen places, locations, items and a tree that carry the name of J.R.R. Tolkien. In this list we will travel from the planets into complete neighbourhoods, places where we can live, eat, rest, read, sail the sees and end our little trip with a giant tree. The message is clear, all over the globe their is a huge respect for the author Tolkien and because he has inspired so many people wish to honour him and spread his message.

Crater Tolkien on Mercury

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved a proposal to assign names to nine impact craters on the planet Mercury.

Mercury's north polar region is of high scientific interest because of the shadowed craters there that host radar-bright deposits that may consist of water ice. All of the nine newly named craters host such deposits. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, they are all named after famous deceased artists, musicians, or authors or other contributors to the humanities.

One of the craters has been named in honour of JRR Tolkien.

Asteroid 2675 Tolkien

2675 Tolkien is a small main belt asteroid, which was discovered by M. Watt on April 14, 1982 at the Anderson Mesa station, which is operated by the Lowell Observatory.

Asteroid Tolkien sticks between Jupiter and Mars with no propensity to ever cross the Earth. Tolkien has an absolute magnitude (brightness) of 12.5. You can only see up to magnitude 6.0 with your bare eyes, unfortunately. And the asteroid is probably much, much fainter than even that from our position on Earth. You'll probably need some mega-telescope to glimpse it.

To honour J.R.R. Tolkien some more the same person M. Watt named the second asteroid he discovered 'Bilbo'. 2291 Bilbo is also a main-belt asteroid and was discovered on April 21, 1982.

Neighbourhood Tolkien Avenue

In the Dutch town of Geldrop, near Eindhoven in The Netherlands, the streets of an entire neighbourhood are named after Tolkien himself (Tolkien Avenue) and some of the best-known characters from his books. The neighbourhood was built in 1998 to 2000 and exists of 107 exclusive houses, designed by the architect office Van den Pauwert.

The neighbourhood is full of streets named after the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium, while the main road is named Tolkien Avenue (Dutch: Laan van Tolkien). Though the neighbourhood has streets with names of lesser known characters as Farin, Cirion and Silmariën, there is no street named after one of the best known characters, Bilbo Baggins.

Tolkien Road in Eastbourne

At least 65 families can tell they live in a street named after the famous author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In Eastbourne, East Sussex in England, a street was named after Tolkien and is known as Tolkien Road. One would expect many streets and little parks to be named after Tolkien, especially in the United Kingdom where it was some sort of a tradition to name new streets after their local heroes.

The practice has fallen from favour in recent decades but it seems that slowly the idea is being taken up again. Already a road and a swimming centre have been named after Rebecca Adlington, the 19-year-old swimmer who won two Olympic gold medals in Beijing.

Tolkien Street and Tolkien Lane

There must be one big Tolkien fan in the department of new street names in the sunny state of Florida in the United States, since we can find Tolkien Street in Orlando and Tolkien Lane in Jasksonville.

Both look very typical Florida streets and just like in Eastbourne, East Sussex in England I don't see the connection between the location and the author Tolkien. Nonetheless it is amazing to see streets and lanes named after the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings all over the globe.

One thing is certain if I ever decide to move to Florida, I will try and find me a house in Tolkien Street!

Bistro Tolkien

In Bruges in Belgium a one time famous Genever (Low Country Gin) bar, 't Dreupelhuisje, has become a Restaurant called the Bistro Tolkien, which is in the same ownership as a long-established place on the other side of the road, with a related name, De Hobbit (Dutch: The Hobbit).

The restaurant gets good reviews in guides for its grills, pasta and croques. It is open each day for all hungry hobbits, elves and dwarves to come over and enjoy a fine and good meal!

Pub Tolkien's House

In Zagreb,  the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia, you can eat and drink in a pub called Tolkien's House, which of course is decorated in a The Lord of the Rings theme and sells drinks named after places and characters in Tolkien's books. 

Tolkien's House can be found close to Lotrscak tower, on the street to the left, next to the Indies cocktail bar. It is a fantastic small pub named and decorated in the style of the famous writer, you'll find some of the most adorable hot chocolate there. Try it, you won't regret it and you'll definitely come back!

Tolkien restaurant

In amongst the glitter and fast moving city that is Birmingham it is comforting to find a few relics of earlier times still offering tradition and stability whilst having quietly moved with the times sufficiently to absorb the best and discard the shallow. Of such is the Tolkien Restaurant at the Plough and Harrow, founded in the reign of Queen Anne, a wonderful Neo-Gothic confection less than a mile from the city centre.

The restaurant offers a menu which features local specialities alongside traditional dishes from a wide spectrum served with decorum and charm. There could be few better places to start off your evening in the city.

Schooner J. R. Tolkien

The J.R. Tolkien is a gaff-topsail schooner of Netherlands registry suitable for groups of 20 to 90 people. Below deck the attractive, main saloon can seat up to 50 guests for dinner and there is also a fully equipped bar.

For longer cruises and team building events the ship has 11 cabins with en-suite shower and toilet offering comfortable accommodation at sea or at the quayside.

This beautiful ship makes a perfect venue for a wide range of events though has an unusual past. It is hard to believe that the ship was first launched in 1964 as the Baltic tug, Dierkow. In 1994 she was converted into the fantastic ship J.R. Tolkien. The J.R. Tolkien is operated by Van der Rest Sail Charter.

Tolkien Room

There are so many hotels around the globe and there are so many that feature a room with a Tolkien connection, but there are some who name a room after the author like the Sylvia Beach Hotel,  who offer classic lodging on the central Oregon Coast in historic Nye Beach, in the United States.

All rooms are named after famous authors and are categorized into classics, bestsellers and novels. The cheapest category of rooms are the novels of which the room name Tolkien is one (I still think it fits in all three categories). The Sylvia Beach Hotel has a particularly beautiful coastal panorama which is something anyone will enjoy!

J.R.R. Tolkien Room

The Hallett House Bead and Breakfast, located in Northern Minnesota, on the north-side of Serpent Lake, in the United States is now for sale. Still it had some of the nicest rooms you can imagine. With names like The C.S. Lewis Room, The Chesterton Suite, you know a J.R.R. Tolkien Room must be real close by.

And indeed the J.R.R. Tolkien room is located on the second floor. It’s double windows overlook the front of the property. The room was of course named after the British author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who is famous for his Lord of the Rings series, and his novel The Hobbit.

So do us a favor, if you feel like opening up a bed and breakfast... here is one for sale with a J.R.R. Tolkien room.

Tolkien Museum and Tolkien Shop

If you ever are in The Netherlands please make sure to visit the Tolkien Shop and Tolkien Museum at Leiden, the first and only of its kind.

The Tolkien Shop started back in 1986 by Rene van Rossenberg, first via the mailing of catalogues and going to book fairs, a website and since 7 August 2007 a real shop in the lovely city of Leiden. Once you go inside, the whole place is filled with all things Tolkien, going from nice Tolkien books up to all the Peter Jackson movie merchandise.

The museum contains a large collection of first and early editions of all of J.R.R. Tolkien's works including The Lord the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. The Museum hosts regular exhibitions of Tolkien-inspired artists you are most welcome to visit.

Tolkien Library

From a very young age I started collection Tolkien books, at first every single edition I could find in every tiny second hand bookstore I visited. In some years time the collection grew out into a collection, that was being called the Tolkien Library. The internet gave access to other collectors and bookstores worldwide, so in 2002 I made a website to talk about Tolkien book collecting and share the love for Tolkien books. Since then the collection has evolved a lot and now holds all first editions, deluxe editions and a vast amount of rare Tolkien books, like proof copies, signed editions and books from Tolkien's personal library (the crown in the collection). While the Tolkien Library is not a public place, many Tolkien friends and experts come over to Antwerp in Belgium to study the books and visit the Tolkien Library. A rare Tolkien book store was created to support the growth in quality of the collection. Hopefully one day it will become an open study center for all Tolkien friends.

Tolkien Park and Tolkien Centre

The Tolkien Society in the United Kingdom become involved with an ongoing project to establish an Linear Park along the River Cole. It has also been proposed that a visitor centre for the park should be built on Brown Land near to Sarehole Mill. This location was suggested because it is central to several features of the park and its proximity to the Tolkien connection.

Proposed names for the park are The Tolkien Country Park or The Tolkien Park, to celebrate Tolkien's connection with the area. Since the Tolkien Society has an ongoing project to create a Tolkien Centre it has been suggested that the visitor centre should be The Tolkien Centre. An alternative name is The Sarehole Centre.

Tolkien Giant

In 2006 the Wilderness Committee launched a preservation campaign to force the Canadian government to take urgent action and ban old growth logging: Protect Vancouver Island's Ancient Forests.

Two of Canada's widest trees were recently discovered by the Wilderness Committee in the Upper Walbran Valley And of all the places and things named after Tolkien this was probably the biggest honour ever, one of the old trees was named after the author Tolkien.

It is not just an old tree, but it is a giant old tree! The ancient cedar named "Tolkien Giant" measures 4.76 m (15.7 ft) in diameter.

Ken Wu, who is pictured beside this magnificent unprotected big tree, reminds us: "We're so incredibly fortunate here to have these gargantuan sized old growth trees still growing in wilderness ecosystems." The senseless killing of these last big trees is an ecological crime that has yet to be fully exposed.

Let us hope Giant Tolkien lives on and on, and when all rooms, pubs, houses, boats are long gone and forgotten.. I secretly hope Giant Tolkien will still be around and inspire people just like the author does.

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