J.R.R. Tolkien’s , The Fellowship of the Ring, is a very action and adventure filled book. So action and adventure filled that the story needs more than one place for it all to go down. Tolkien always has many places where the travelers and heroes of his book battle, explore, and travel. In , The Fellowship of the Ring, the key places for the characters are, the Old Forest, Rivendell, the Shire, and the Mines of Moria. From the elven halls and orc infested forests to the home place of the Hobbits and mines of the dwarfs, these places provide the perfect setting for the plot to play out.
The Shire is home to many of the small humanlike creatures known as hobbits including the main characters Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. The shire was founded in 1601 of the third age in the north-west of middle Earth.
The Old Forest lies just outside the eastern border of the shire and is home to sinister trees and Barrow Wrights, evil ghost-like creatures cursed by the witch-king of Angmar. This place is considered dark and fearsome although the heroes and their party often come into confrontations with orcs in the forest.
Rivendell is one of the homes of elves left and is home to the half-elven hero Elrond. Rivendell sits at the bottom of the Misty Mountains and is said to be based off of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland where Tolkien once holidayed.
The Mines of Moria are a very large stronghold mined out of the Misty Mountains by the dwarves. The stronghold was the home to many dwarves until it was overrun and many including Durin, the leader of the dwarves at the time, were killed. Tolkien uses these many mystical lands and places to convey the plot and adventure of the story and quest the heroes of his books seek to fulfill. Tolkien also does a great job of conveying the settings of his books as many are inspired from real towns and places.
Tolkien uses theses places and mystical lands for his characters and heroes to fulfill their quests and adventures. Many of the places Tolkien uses for his books are based off of real towns and places.