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The lands of Mordor
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Let me start by saying this is not fully canonical. :)
I made some changes and used my own interpretation of some things.
I had to scour the net to find more info for cities, roads,etc. I made the mountain chains broader and flow differently based on my knowledge of geography so they do look a bit different than Tolkien's original. Just keep that in mind. ;)

Over on the Cartography Guild we got into a friendly challenge between a few members to do some middle Earth maps.
I couldn't decide so I started mapping the whole of Middle Earth. It is a big task, especially done in this technique.
So I decided to to do 4 region maps and then the big map. Mordor got done first as it was the most complete.

I was going for a sort of atlas style look that was a bit homage to Tolkien's black and white map but also had more detail and information.
As there isn't much info to go on for certain land features I had to work them out for myself and that also leads to the semi-canonical nature of the map. I feel like it came out well and am pretty happy with the new technique.

Next map will be the region of Rhovanion and the lands of the north. Not sure when, but soon. Cheers.

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Thank you Dante. :D
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steave1425|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is awesome.
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Thanks Simon. :D I have a new ME map coming up today.
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steave1425|Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. I'm waiting for it. :)
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I just uploaded it. ;)
Rhovanion [Middle Earth] by SirInkman
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f700es|Professional Artist
Love it!!!! I was secretly hoping to see some M.E. maps from you sometime. You did not disappoint.
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Thank you Sea. :D
I really appreciate that.
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as the radio guy used to say "and now you know, the rest of the story".

I rather like this take on Mordor & its lands...for one thing, it explains which direction (and a hint of distance) for Khand and the archers and oliphants(sp) had to travel.

superb mapwork!
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Thank you Rodlox. :D
I have several other region maps to do and then the whole Middle Earth map. That map will show even more info - Khand, Harad, and some other not well known areas as well.
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this makes Mordor look ... almost livable ...
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Thanks Sinclair. :D
Who knows, maybe down by the sea it's actually pleasant. ;)
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TopplingDominoes|Student General Artist
You really have a talent for awesome maps!!!
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Thank you Chantel. :D I keep working to improve.
There's always room for improvement and new styles. :)
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Lots of great details, well done!
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Thanks so much Bogie. :D
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wow
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Thanks asari. :D
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arsheesh|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
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Thank you arsheesh. :D
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Great!
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Thanks Rob. :)
It's too bad you didn't have time.
I was looking forward to seeing what you were going to do with ME.
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You're welcome, John.

It's just moved, not cancelled.
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That's good to hear. :)
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