Some neighborhoods are just blessed with the coolest street names ever.
At the city center is Laan von Tolkien (Tolkien Avenue), from which the streets branch out with names of hobbits, elves, dwarves, maiar, Rohirrim, and even Ents. The streets are, quite surprisingly, well-organized according to the characters’ relation to each other. For instance, up north lie the streets inspired by the men of Gondor: Boromir, Faramir, Aragon, and Denethor. A little to the west lie the streets named after the dwarves of Tolkien’s The Hobbit: Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Balin, Dwalin, Dori, Ori, Fili and Kili. There’s also a Rohan section with Eowyn, Eomer and Theoden. And even further north are the Numenorians whose tales appear in The Silmarillion: Elros, Amandil, Silmarien, Elendil and Valandil. As a plus, the town’s charming elementary school is called De Hobbit.
No literature is currently available explaining why and how the town officials decided on naming this Tolkien-inspired district, but we sure are glad they did.
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