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A Map of Middle Earth with Tolkien’s Annotations

You never know what you’ll find tucked into an old book.

In the 1960s, the British illustrator Pauline Baynes was working on a color map of Middle-earth, the land of wizards, elves and, of course, hobbits. While she was drafting the map, she worked closely with J.R.R. Tolkien, who sent her a copy of a map from a previous edition of Lord of the Rings, covered in notes revealing details of Middle-earth.

Baynes tucked that map into her copy of Tolkien’s trilogy, where it stayed for decades, until, just recently, it was found at Blackwell’s Rare Books, reports the Guardian.



  1. petriebry says:

    Interesting. I’d love to see the whole notebook to gain insight into his thought processes.


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