something i made a long time ago, it's the journey bilbo, gandalf and the dwarves went on in the hobbit by jrr tolkien... you start in the lower right, in bagg end and you end at the upper right, at lonely mountain... GO!
I love the map of Middle Earth that was used for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. It has that nice, ancient feel and yet is extremely readable. When looking for maps to use for Celtic things, I'm constantly looking for things that look like this map.
There's a great hi-res version of the map that is floating around the internet. In my searches I discovered that the artist responsible for the map is Daniel Reeve [link] .
I thought the map would be great as a wallpaper for my widescreen computer. But some editing needed to be done since the original was square. I wanted to keep the border that the original artist used, but now it cuts off on the sides so anyone who reads elvish will notice that it is messed up that way. I also wanted to avoid cutting off any words or objects on the top, bottom or either side. To do this I squished the map in a bit and had to remove wording and some things to make it work. I'm actually pretty happy with the way it turned out, and put enough work into editing the original piece that I feel comfortable putting this up as a wallpaper here.
Just to be clear, though. The art is not my own in any way. Rather I have just taken an incredible piece of art by Daniel Reeve that was commissioned and used for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and edited it down to fit a widescreen computer.
"Aman 'Blessed, free from evil', the name of the land in the West, beyond the Great Sea, in which the Valar dwelt [...]. Often referred to as the Blessed Realm" (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion)
I wanted to make a Middle Earth series a long time ago and today I finally found the time/mood. I started with 'Aman' since I've always felt a very special interest for this place. It's where it all began, where they all came from... So I also started out from here. Others will follow
I paid a lot of attention to the details in this piece:
1) I rendered the image with a very small zoom amount. This way, the image seems to have a gathering point in the middle, where there's land. Your entire attention should be drawn to this place.
2) The water seems very smooth, indicanting great peace... a place where even the sea stays still
3) The lights on the shores of the island are Alqualonde, the haven where the Teleri Elves dwell. I think I've left out Tol Eressea in this image [it's supposed to be close, somewhere in front of Aman], but I did that on purpose. I wanted to leave out any element of earthly existence (except Alqualonde, which belongs to Aman) and show the place where the Gods, a.k.a. Valar, live.
4) The hills in front are 'the walls of the Pelori'. They are covered with mist because they are mysterious; they are a doorway into another world. There is much light behind these hills: it's Valinor, the Guarded Realm.
5) The 'smoke' that seems to rise from Valinor is symbolic: it represents the connection between the Valar and the world beyond Arda, the connection with Eru.