map? i remember the mountain well enough without it.

are you traveling from Hobbiton to Rivendell? in need of a little assistance? well, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University has recently acquired a map of Middle-Earth for its Tolkien collection. this fictional setting map went unseen for decades until a book shop put it on display with an asking price of 60,000 pounds (equivalent to $87K). the map’s designer, Pauline Baynes, worked with Tolkien in 1949 as he was knee-deep in composing his most famous trilogy. there are annotated notes from Tolkien to Baynes, stating where certain areas should be located (for example, Hobbiton is “at the latitude of Oxford”). to the citizens of Oxford, Mr. Tolkien was a hometown legend as he spent much of his adult life there.

 

to answer the questions above, simply take the green line (see below). but mind the gap.

 

 

 

 

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