A never-before-seen map of Middle-earth has surfaced that includes annotations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The map was found in the estate of Pauline Baynes, an illustrator who created the pictures for a 1970 publication of ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Apparently, the map was just loose in her copy of the book.It includes notes by both Tolkien and Baynes that detail the topography of Middle-earth.
The map was acquired by Blackwell’s Rare Books and is on display at Oxford.
Sian Wainwright, a spokesperson for Blackwell’s, stated that the find is “perhaps the finest piece of Tolkien ephemera to emerge in the last 20 years at least.”
So what’s the cost of this fine ephemera? It looks like you’ll have to shell out £60,000 ($91,800).
For Wainwright, this map not only shows the vast details of Middle-earth, it also is an indicator of Tolkien’s work ethic.
“The map shows how completely obsessed he was with the details. Anyone else interfered at their peril. He was tricky to work with but rewarding in the end.”
Take a look at the map below:
Source: The Huffington Post