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  Middle Earth comes alive in Scottish exhibition
Updated 17 February 2003, 17.20
Take a seat in a wizard's outfit
The magical world of the Lord of the Rings has come alive in the Scottish town of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

The town itself might not look much like Middle Earth, but it's host to a free exhibition which has just opened called A Land of Shadows.


The exhibition is a tribute to JRR Tolkien, but also helps kids get ideas for creative writing.

Tolkien set out the myths and legends of the First Age of Middle Earth in The Book of Lost Tales.

But it wasn't published until after he died. It came out eventually in 1977 and was called The Silmarillion.

Hairy feet

Exhibition visitors are invited to dress up in costumes while they explore the many stopping points, including:

  • The Witch-King
  • The Rune Table
  • The Giant Book
  • The Dragon's Hoard
  • The Palantir

The official artwork for A Land of Shadows
Official artwork for A Land of Shadows

Tolkien-lovers are also encouraged to write secret messages for mates at a table carved with runes.

And they come face-to-face with a dragon guarding a treasure chest.

There's also a cosy hobbit sitting-room where fans can read, tell stories or just rest hairy feet.

The exhibition's at the Cadzow Gallery in Chatelherault Country Park, but tours around UK later in the year.

The exhibition has been put together by East Lothian Museums Service with the help of South Lanarkshire Council and the Tolkien Society. It runs until 27 July.

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