Tolkien's Gates of Moria

Picture: Tolkien’s Gates of Moria

These trees are rumored to be the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's trees at the Gates of Moria. They are located at Saint Edwards Church, Stow-on-the-Wold, England.

The north door of the Church of St Edward, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England, flanked by yew trees. The trees are rumoured to be the inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s trees at the Gates of Moria.

St Edward’s Church, Stow on the Wold
The Church of St Edward is an ashlar Cotswold stone Norman church, its parts dating from the 11th or 12th to the 14th century except for its tower and clerestory of the 15th century. It stands on the site of the original Saxon church, believed to have been made of wood.The tower and clerestory required substantial funds, provided by the community’s wool trade which directly enriched the medieval rectory.


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In the late 80s I started investigating UFOs and crop circles and joined the CCCS (Centre for Crop Circle Studies) and a local group researching strange sightings and reports along the south coast of Dorset (UK). In the early ’90s I started my own research group called SPS (Strange Phenomena Studies), this was renamed in 2004 to Cryptoworld.

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