News for Sep. 13, 2006

Builder sites Middle Earth in Central Oregon

9/13/06, 4:51 pm EST - Xoanon

BEND -- Ron Meyers isn't given to long discourses on Hobbits, elves or any other inhabitants of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination. In fact, the man building The Shire -- a new subdivision recalling the mythical home of Tolkien's most famous characters -- hasn't read the author's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, though he does own the DVDs. It was a friend who came up with the name for the development on Bend's east side. "He is the one that's the Tolkien freak," said Meyers, The Shire's sire. "Not me." [More]