- Tyne Tees
- 2 updates
On the day the new film The Hobbit:" An Unexpected Journey" is released, a secret has been revealed on Tyneside.
The author of The Hobbit, J.R.R.Tolkien had strong links to Newcastle.
To discover what it's all about we visited a cemetery in Newcastle.
It has been revealed that Tyneside holds a special Tolkien secret.
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien had strong links to Newcastle, and a dedicated team renovating graves in Jesmond Old Cemetery uncovered the grave of his aunt Grace Tolkien - whom Tolkien is believed to have visited frequently.
The author is also said to have based the character of Saruman on Grace's husband and Tolkien's uncle, William Charles Mountain, who was the vice-president of the North East Institute of Mining.