Thanks for the links and responses, all. I was aware of the Nodens
temple, having done a fair amount of research on this already for an
as-yet-unfinished article (besides which Mathew Lyons devotes a
chapter to it, while he only mentions the Forest of Dean in passing).
I know there was a sort of places-that-supposedly-inspired-Tolkien
calendar in the UK a year or two back which I never could get ahold
of; suspect it's the immediate source of the misinformation.
Re. the linked article, I actually think Tolkien's knowledge of
contemporary archeological thinking and discoveries was v. good, as I
think was first argued by Christina Scull in her article "The
Influence of Archeology and History on Tolkien's World".
On Oct 5, 2006, at 8:14 AM, Michael Cunningham wrote:
> In discussion of Tolkien's involvement at Lydney Park the attached
> link to British
> Archaeology magazine briefly mentions his essay on the votive tablet.
> I would imagine any prolonged interpretation would have taken place
> removal of the piece from its matrix and, possibly, following
> cleaning and
> conservation. Nothing in the excavation report, I can find, alludes to
> Tolkien's presence at the site.