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The Shire and Surroundings - First Version



This map represents the Shire, the country where the Hobbits lived, directly inspired by the drafts of J.R.R. Tolkien.
The final version, presented in first book of "the Lord of the Rings", the "Fellowship of the Ring", was drawn by Tolkien's son, Christopher. 
The interest of this map is to present the topography of the surroundings of the Shire, not well known. 

The main difference between this Fisrt map and the Second one I drew is the path of the river Brandywine in the south of the Shire : Tolkien hesitated between two very different versions. The second version is presented here :…

The drafts are published in the book "The Art of The Lord of the Rings", by W.G.Hammond & C.Scull, HarperCollins (2015). 
The different elements of this map are detailed in the following infography :…

Note on the scale : one little square = 5 miles.
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