Throwback Thursday: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hand Drawn Map of Middle Earth (1955)

J. R. R. Tolkien's Hand Drawn Map of Middle Earth (1955)
J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hand Drawn Map of Middle Earth (1955)

Drawn on graph paper so that he could calculate travel times between locations like countless Dungeon Masters would do decades after his books were published, I love this glimpse into Tolkien’s creative process! He put such love and effort into detailing his world. I believe that’s why it holds up so very well over time. This is a scan of the original, and if you click on the picture you can see it at close to it’s original size.

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3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hand Drawn Map of Middle Earth (1955)

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    1. You’re most welcome! I thought you’d like this as I know you’re a Tolkien fan. To me, using graph paper to map imaginary worlds is old hat and practical from years and years of D&D. But in the professor’s time it is indeed very clever… I love how you can see his army background reflected in the topographic styling he uses.

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