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The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth by Brian Sibley
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Jan 06, 14

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Read in January, 1987

A middle class, middle aged dad in khaki shorts and fanny pack lays a map out on the hood of the family station wagon. "Well kids, I thought we'd start in the Shire then head off to Rivendell. Maybe catch the stoned trolls if we have time." His finger eagerly traces the route, passing over the map's many lines showing roads and rivers. "After that we'll drive along the scenic Misty Mountains. I hear that's nice. We're not going to be able to make Mirkwood or Isengard, not if were going to have time to zip down to Mordor and snap off a few shots before heading home. What do you think, sounds like a nice little trip, doesn't it honey?" Wind whips the map up into his face, which draws snorts from the bored children and causes the wife to sigh and roll her eyes.

The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth is a lovely fold out map of Middle Earth with a booklet containing summary details of locations. The whole package is put together like one of those map guides you might get from Lonely Planet or Fodor's right before you head off on your week-long vacation to see the major sites.

The map itself is decent:

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However, the descriptions in the booklet are pretty lightweight, eschewing historical depth. All in all, this is probably only of interest to rabid LotR collectors, or it might make for a good companion/supplement to Tolkien's works for first-time readers in the age range of about 12 to 15, generally speaking. Otherwise, save your money.
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message 1: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie nooo I wanna go to Rohan and ride the ponies!


Jason Koivu B0nnie wrote: "nooo I wanna go to Rohan and ride the ponies!"

You can ride the ponies in Bree when we stop there for the night!


message 3: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie yay! & get some weed and beer...


Jason Koivu B0nnie wrote: "yay! & get some weed and beer..."

I'll pretend I didn't hear that!


message 5: by Nefariousbig (new)

Nefariousbig I love maps! Don't tell my husband, he thinks I can't read them, I tell him I just like to look at the pictures. 8)


Jason Koivu Frances wrote: "I love maps! Don't tell my husband, he thinks I can't read them, I tell him I just like to look at the pictures. 8)"

I love maps so much I went and got myself a job at Maps.com!


message 7: by Nefariousbig (new)

Nefariousbig Wow...that is LOVE! I just like to look at the pictures.


message 8: by Monika (new) - added it

Monika As a rabid LOTR collector, I have no control over my wallet, and this will probably end up in my library. Lol!


Jason Koivu Monika wrote: "As a rabid LOTR collector, I have no control over my wallet, and this will probably end up in my library. Lol!"

Not that I get any sales commission or anything but…

Exxxxcellent…*rubs hands greedily*


message 10: by Jim (new)

Jim Monika,

You may like

The Atlas of Middle-Earth

http://www.amazon.com/The-Atlas-Middl...

I recall that it bespeaks the requisite obession required for such a project.

133 Amazon reviews show that her obessession is not unusual.


message 11: by Monika (new) - added it

Monika Jim, the Atlas is already in my library. :-)


message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim And also on your electronic "shelf, I see. I think I checked Jason's but not yours.

(hey Jason.....)


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