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
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