Loddon pupils transform library into Middle-earth fantasy land

Youngsters from Loddon Junior School have created a Hobbit-themed library. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Loddon Junior School have created a Hobbit-themed library. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A fire-breathing dragon has left his mountain lair to look for new treasure at a Norfolk school.

The fearsome dragon Smaug has set up his new home in the library at Loddon Junior School, where pupils have been transported to magical Middle-earth.

Each year the school holds a competition for pupils to come up with a new theme for their reading space, and Year 6 youngster Elijah Dean chose to base it around his favourite film.

The Hobbit-themed library includes a giant ring forged in flames, a model of Gollum, Mirkwood Forest and other popular characters and scenery from the popular J R R Tolkien book.

Eleven-year-old Elijah said: “It’s one of my favourite films and I thought it would look really good because there’s lots of variety. I’m really pleased with it, I didn’t think it would come out this well. Everyone has had a lot of fun doing it and I have seen loads of people smiling.”

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Once Elijah’s design was chosen, the whole school got to work creating objects for the display.

Jem Brereton, English coordinator at the school said: “It has created a real buzz and the whole idea is to create an attractive space where the children enjoy coming to read. We chose Elijah’s design because the quality and presentation was really good and we could see he had a clear vision.

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“It tells the story of The Hobbit from the town of Hobbiton on the back wall, and as you go round each wall there is a different scene.

“We’ve also got all the staff as dwarves and each child has designed themselves as a hobbit.”

The library was unveiled on Monday, with pupils and staff dressing up for the occasion. The pupils also spent the day participating in hobbit-themed activities.

In previous years the school library has had a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter theme.

Have you got a Loddon story? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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