Burren Tolkien Festival

Welcome to the website for the inaugural Tolkien Burren Festival, which takes place in the Burren region from 9th to 16th May 2013.

This unique gathering is a celebration of the eerie beauty of the Burren area, which is believed to have been a considerable influence on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic novel The Lord of the Rings. The untamed, rugged local landscape, including a cave known as Poll na gColm (pronounced ‘Pole na Gollum’), as well as elements of Irish mythology, may have provided inspiration for Tolkien’s creation of Middle Earth.
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The Festival...

The festival came about due to the unexpected discoveries, research and questions of a local businessman from Lisdoonvarna Peter Curtin. Due to his love of the Burren area alongside the growing interest in the possible link between some of JR Tolkien’s writing he proposed a festival, which will have its launch on May 6th 2013...
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The Burren Stories & Art...

Human civilisation came to the Burren shortly after the end of the Ice Age, 10,000 years ago. Stories of the ancient peoples are still passed on by word of mouth, through imaginative tales that take the form of the folklore for which Ireland is famous as well as through serious scholarship.
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Poll Na gColm...

For many years now there has been words written about the character of Gollum who appears in 'The Hobbit' book published in 1933 but whom I'm told only gets a more developed persona in 'The Lord of the Rings'...
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