PEOPLE living in rural Northumberland were surprised to learn they live in “Middle Earth” after a poster for the forthcoming film of The Hobbit used part of the county as a backdrop.
The image shows the wizard Gandalf striding through JRR Tolkien’s mythical Shire – but on closer inspection, the scene for the poster is the view from Corby Crag above Alnwick, looking west towards the Simonside Hills.
Phil Murray, from nearby Rothbury, spotted his home county in the Hollywood poster, and said: “When I saw the poster, I immediately thought it looked similar to Edlingham Castle.
“I didn’t think any more about it until I picked up this month’s copy of Total Film which had an A3 poster of the image inside.
“The level of detail in such a large version of the picture piqued my curiosity and I dived on to my computer to hunt for a picture I’d taken of the castle a couple of summers ago to see if my hunch was correct. I was stunned when it matched up perfectly, even the field boundaries around the castle were the same in the poster as in real life.”
The poster was officially launched in the US in July ahead of Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic book and popular arts convention held in San Diego.