J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the cult classic trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings", will be invisible star of the inaugural Burren Tolkien Society Festival.
Peter Curtin, the organiser of the festival and initiator of the Burren Tolkien Society, had discovered through a chance encounter that Tolkien seemed to have based part of the environments described in his trilogy and the book "The Hobbit" on the landscape of the Burren that he knew very well from his visits to Ballyvaughan.
The festival will be a treat for all those innumerable fans of the "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit". Not only will excellent speakers explore the width and depth of his books - and there is so much more than meets the eye -, there will also be walks to discover the archaeology and the landscape of the Burren which undoubtedly inspired Tolkien to his master piece.
Every night, musicians and bands will be playing, and there will be craic and merriment going on in the Roadside Tavern in Middle-earth (also known as Lisdoonvarna). A hog will be roasted Hobbit-style, and there will be a special Hobbit menu created by Kieran's Kitchen in the Roadside Tavern. To top it all off, Peter has started brewing a very special Hobbit Ale to be launched during the festival!
The festival will be held in Ballyvaughan and in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, from 9th to 16th May 2013.