What is the best map of all time? Not sure of the technical answer, but for me it will always and forever be the map from the world created by J.R.R Tolkien. Also, can you have a map month without writing about The Lord of the Rings? I don’t think it would be lawful.
Earlier I wrote about how the Bible was the foundation for my love for maps during my childhood. But the juggernaut that really cemented my love also came early in my life when Fellowship of the Ring came out in theaters in 2001. Since the movie was coming out I absolutely had to read the book before I saw the movie, that is also just a life rule I live by. And the first impression of the world I was about to enter was of course the map at the beginning of the novel.
That first map introduced me to Middle Earth and all the different kingdom’s and landscapes inside of it. It got me excited for the journey I was about to embark on. It gave me so much information but also increased my curiosity about what was going on inside this land. It also frustrated me that we didn’t see the full continent.
Quick side note: in prep for this blog post I found this cool interactive website that has the Middle Earth Map in it. Check it out. I’ve quickly looked through the site and it is jammed back with information from the world of Middle Earth.
But the map of Middle Earth has been an inspiration to me, it has feed my creativity and is also an example of where my creativity can lead. Since it has been so foundational in my life, that is why it will always be the best map of all time in my opinion.
What maps have you enjoyed? And what is the book with the best map that you have read?
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