In writing to his publisher on the subject of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien explained that “in such a story one ... must first make a map and make the narrative agree”.
This gallery presents some of the maps that the author elaborated while working on his most famous work; we believe that they will confirm beyond any possible doubt the truth of this remark.
Start your journey with the earliest map of The Shire. Using the zoom, follow the protagonists of The Lord of the Rings in their travels through the territories of Middle-earth. Accompany the author in his more detailed cartographic expoloration of the lands of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor, and in further detail, discover the secrets of the region of Minas Tirith.
Finally, you will find the ‘precious’ map (in black and red) of Wilderland, published in the first edition of The Hobbit in 1937, with the hand-written annotations of the author himself!