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Friday, October 23, 2015

Tolkien's annotated map of Middle-earth discovered inside copy of Lord of the Rings

An important piece of Tolkien ephemera has been found in a copy of the illustrator Pauline Baynes’ copy of The Lord of the Rings by a specialist at Blackwell’s Rare Books. It is a map of Middle-earth copiously annotated by JRR Tolkien in green ink and pencil, with Baynes adding her own notes to the document while she worked.

 The notebooks reveal that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as Oxford,
and imply that the Italian city of Ravenna could be the inspiration behind Minas Tirith.
Photograph: Blackwell’s Rare Books

Blackwell’s is currently exhibiting the map in Oxford and selling it for £60,000

More: The Guardian

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