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Tolkien's hand-annotated Middle Earth map up for sale

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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/23/jrr-tolkien-middle-earth-annotated-map-blackwells-lord-of-the-rings

 

Apparently this was one of the printed fold-out maps from an earlier edition which Tolkien made notes on for illustrator Pauline Baynes to make a big color poster of in 1970.

 

It has various jotted notes in pencil and green ink and is being offered by Blackwell's Rare Books for £60,000.

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Can't help but feel that things like this shouldn't be in the hands of a private collector, but rather an educational institution/museum.

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Can't help but feel that things like this shouldn't be in the hands of a private collector, but rather an educational institution/museum.

If it should be in any private person's hands it should be his family's. But I'd love to see it in a museum. I would go to that museum just to look at it... they'd have to drag me away at closing time! :lol:

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Can't help but feel that things like this shouldn't be in the hands of a private collector, but rather an educational institution/museum.

If it should be in any private person's hands it should be his family's. But I'd love to see it in a museum. I would go to that museum just to look at it... they'd have to drag me away at closing time! :lol:

 

Gods, no. Anyone but the Tolkien Estate. Bunch o' wankers.

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