Chapter published in:Maps and Mapping in Children's Literature: Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes
Edited by Nina Goga and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
[Children’s Literature, Culture, and Cognition 7] 2017
Chapter 12. Mapping Middle Earth
A Tolkienian legacy
In this chapter, J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy maps in The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954–55) are assessed and analyzed. The analysis shows that the five maps – two in The Hobbit and three in The Lord of the Rings – are less uniform than one would assume. It is also clear that the maps in The Hobbit represent a more child-oriented aesthetics than in the latter work. A few examples are then given of how Tolkien’s maps have influenced subsequent writers of fantasy. Finally, it is demonstrated how the Tolkienian fantasy map is transformed when it is moved from the printed page to the screen.
Published online: 14 August 2017
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