In case you forgot or you hadn’t noticed, the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings was based upon the novel that J.R.R Tolkien wrote. When you read a book like this you can’t help it but wonder how a man at that time could imagine places like the ones described in the book. The famous writer was inspired by Puzzlewood, which is a wooded area in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. The forest looks so mysterious that we no longer wonder how Tolkien was inspired to write a book like this while strolling around it.
The forest covers 14 acres, where tall trees, twisted roots and mossy rocks have taken over.
The forest used to be a place where iron was extracted, which has left the ground with many amorphous pits.
These pits, known as scowles, were originally formed naturally as an underground cave system.
Uplift and erosion revealed those scowles to the surface and brought up iron, probably from the run-off rich minerals.
The iron ore was probably the one that formed the caves as well and the limestone that was later exploited by humans.
After the Roman period, when humans left the area, nature started working its natural course in order to bring back the place to its original look.
The forest stayed close to the public for many years after the Roman times and was first opened in the 19th century.
Many people suggest that J.K Rowling was also inspired by Puzzlewood when writing Harry Potter.
Tolkien and J.K Rowling were not the last people to have been inspired by Puzzlewood. Many TV dramas have used its natural landscapes to shoot a few scenes, including Doctor Who, Atlantis and Merlin.