The Bird and Baby Inn

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Bird and Baby Inn
Region: The Shire
Area: The Delving Fields
Settlement: Michel Delving
Location: [33.4S, 75.3W]

The Bird and Baby Inn is a lively tavern in Michel Delving, in the Shire. [33.4S, 75.3W]

The Bird and Baby is Michel Delving's major hub of social activity, and the largest tavern in the Shire. Weary travellers can indulge in food and drink, and share stories of adventures by the fire. It also offers the services of a barber and healer.

This is also the home of the Inn League and Friends of the league have access to a room where they may barter for faction items.

In a back-room are some members of "The Inklings literary discussion group". See Lore below.


The Bird and Baby Inn Exterior


Name Function
Carlo Blagrove Tavern-keep
Estmar Bolger Hobby Master
Gardenia Bracegirdle Healer
Tulip Chubb Barber
Alric Banks Inn League Taxidermist - Festivals
Frago Sandheaver Inn League Trader - Festivals
Ivy Tunnelly Inn League Barmaid - Festivals
Forge-master Forge-master - Outside
Lorgo Boffin Bar hand
Carlo Williams Author
Jack Lewisdown Author
Owen Farfield Author
Rabbit Rodent
Esmerelda Burrows Quest
Ioco Underhill Inn League Member - Festivals


The Bird and Baby Inn's Sign



Festival quests:


Sign of the Eagle and Child Pub
Real Life Inspiration
The Bird and Baby Inn did not appear in the trilogy of Tolkien. The inclusion of a tavern named "Bird and Baby" is a reference to the real-world tavern "Eagle and Child" in Oxford, England, which was frequented by the members of The Inklings literary discussion group which included J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, and other well-known professors and authors.
Students of Oxford University who frequent the "Eagle and Child" often refer to the tavern as the "Bird and Baby" (among other colourful names).
From 1939 to 1962, the Inklings members regularly met in a back room of the pub which is now known as the Rabbit Room. Several members of the Inklings are represented in the game: C.S. "Jack" Lewis (NPC Jack Lewisdown), Owen Barfield (NPC Owen Farfield), Charles Williams (NPC Carlo Williams), and a Rabbit. These NPCs refer to a fellow member of the Writing Club named Ronald Dwale, which is a reference to J.R.R. Tolkien.


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