Considers J.W. Gough’s book on the Mendip Hills mines (beginning in the Roman period) as a source for Tolkien’s depiction of Moria. Compares passages in Gould to descriptions of Moria, and suggests the Cornish miners as “loose historical equivalents” of Tolkien’s dwarves. Maps.
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Mythcon 52: The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
Albuquerque, New Mexico; July 29 - August 1, 2022