Annotated Map of Middle-Earth Acquired by Bodleian Library
The map was discovered only last year, inside a book belonging to the late illustrator Pauline Baynes. It will be featured alongside other materials related to Tolkein’s writing, including manuscripts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This particular map provides a glimpse into the creative process that produced some of the first images of Middle-earth, with which so many of us are now familiar. We’re delighted to have been able to acquire this map and it’s particularly appropriate that we are keeping it in Oxford. (The Guardian)