A misspelled road sign has people wondering if a village near Swadlincote actually has ties to Lord of the Rings and Middle-earth. Eagle-eyed residents spotted the sign directing people to Moira at the junction between Willesley Lane and Willesley Woodside in Ashby.
However, while close, it’s just not quite right. The sign for the old mining village says Moria instead of Moira.
It’s a mistake that’s become quite the talking point since it was posted online, drawing plenty of laughs – and comparisons to the famous location in JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings novels. Moria is an underground realm beneath the Misty Mountains of Middle-earth, prompting several people to suggest online that the region may have previously unknown ties to the place whose name means “Dark Void”. reports LeicestershireLive.
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“Definitely saw a few Balrogs walking around to be fair,” one poster read, referring to a famous creature from Lord of the Rings. “Literally the ‘Mines of Moria’,” added another.
A third poster thought there might be a more mundane reason for the mistake. As for the sign maker, they posted, “Maybe they were a Tolkien fan.”
However, others didn’t quite see the funny side. One person even believed that the mistake would go unnoticed by many. “Ridiculous!” they posted, adding, “The really sad thing is some people wouldn’t notice it’s fake!”
One person remarked, “They had a job…”, while others tried their hand at finding a previously unknown linguistic tool to justify the error. “‘I before R except after O’…or something?” a position.
In a statement, Leicestershire County Council, which installed the sign, acknowledged the error and said it would be corrected. He also gave fans of the Lords of the Rings franchise a tongue-in-cheek warning.
“We would like to reassure those following the sign that it will get them nowhere near Moria and we thank them for bringing it to our attention,” said the senior member of the County Council’s cabinet for the highways and transportation, Councilor Ozzy O’Shea. “We’re sorry to disappoint Lord of the Rings fans, but we’re working to get the sign fixed as soon as possible.”
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