- Letter 294, The Letters of JRR Tolkien.The action of the story takes place in the North-west of Middle Earth, equivalent in latitude to the coastlands of Europe and the north shores of the Mediterranean. But this is not a purely 'Nordic' area in any sense. If Hobbiton and Rivendell are taken (as intended) to be at about the latitude of Oxford, then Minas Tirith, 600 miles south, is at about the latitude of Florence. The Mouths of anduin and the ancient city of Pelargir are at about the latitude of ancient Troy.
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