Middle Earth Housing
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Middle Earth is a student housing complex at the University of California, Irvine that houses approximately 1,690 students in 24 residence halls. The names of the halls and other facilities were selected from J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium.
Middle Earth is located along Ring Road, toward the core of the university's campus. The residence halls were built in three consecutive phases, beginning in 1974; the last phase was completed in the early 2000s. The first phase was designed by William Pereira.
- "The Dorms of Middle Earth", File 770, February 26, 2010.
- Spangenberg, Lisa L. (2013), "Technological subcultures: Reception of Tolkien", in Drout, Michael D. C., J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment, Routledge, pp. 636–637, ISBN 9781135880347,
Tolkien's popularity is not limited to scientists and engineers: it runs deeply and widely in academia. Between 1974 and 1990 twenty dorms were built at the University of California at Irvine and named after places in Middle-earth.
- McCulloch, Samuel Clyde (1996), Instant university: the history of the University of California, Irvine, 1957-93, University of California, Irvine, p. 146,
In September , a new student residence cluster named Middle Earth after the mythical land of J. R. R. Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings opened for 350 students.
- "350 Students Now live in 'Middle Earth'", Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1974.
- "Middle Earth (I)". Anteater Chronicles. University of California, Irvine Libraries. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
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