In spring 2021, the new series of “Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland” was aired on Irish television. In this particular episode, John Creedon talked to Peter Curtin of the Roadside Tavern, Master Brewer in the Burren Brewery and Unearther of Unknown Historical Facts. This “Meeting of Minds” was all about J.R.R. Tolkien and his master piece, “The Lord of the Rings”.
Dr. Liam Campbell was also interviewed. He is an independent writer and scholar from Northern Ireland who is published both creatively and academically. Liam lectures in English Literature & Creative Writing for the North West Regional College in Ireland & the Ulster University.
He and Peter got in contact a number of years ago over the subject of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic work, its history and Tolkien’s intentions when writing the trilogy. Since, Liam has done a lot of research on the subject. He and even travelled to libraries in the US in pursuit of the historical facts. He also gave talks at a few of the Burren Tolkien Festivals which were organised by Peter for a few years.
For the series, Liam guided John Creedon and the film crew to the cave not far from Lisdoonvarna that allegedly lent its name to the character of Gollum.
The background story to Peter and Liam featuring on “Creedon’s Atlas to Ireland” is astounding. A chance encounter in the 1970’s in a pub in Galway led to discoveries four decades later which convinced Peter that JRR Tolkien was very much inspired by his stays in the Burren, not far from Lisdoonvarna.
Peter is sharing his incredible Tolkien story in a storytelling session with anybody who is interested. Here you can book it.