I love Tolkien's work, especially the Silmarillion, and I've had this map for a while, but being, as I said, black and white, it just seemed like something was missing, so I attempted to give it a more authentic 'old map' kind of look and feel. Let me know what you think!
Allan Curless for the B&W original: [link]
~flyingfish98 for discovering Curless' name in the first place!
i`m reading the silmarillion and this is a great help!!!!
Beleriand sank into the ocean after it was devastated in Morgoth's crushing and casting out. Also the Undying Lands were removed from MiddleEarth at the end of the 2nd age.
Numenor was roughly star-shaped.Was. The Akallabaleth epic relates its sinking after all the warnings and signs were ignored and only the Faithful set sail in time to the East, even as the Great Armament sailed to the West, provoking the Wrath of Eru !!
Also there are lands east of Mordor and Rhun. These are inhabited by the Easterlings and other heathen peoples that were allied with Sauron -and still are !
Because Tolkein never extended the map of MiddleEarth which was published in LOTR -Ballantine edition (I wore out volumes 1 & 3 and had to buy newer ones), various fans tried their hand and none are canon.
I think it would be interesting to see an Earthsea-like region come into contact with the denizens of Middle-Earth.
If you've read the Silmarillion, then places like Helcarax should be familiar to you, as well.
What I have read of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' is unquestionably better reading, at least as far as the the writing itself is concerned. I would say that Martin is probably the best writer in fantasy in a long, long time; not the greatest fantasist, but the best writer - Jack Vance and Ursula K. LeGuin are my absolute favorite fantasists (and their sci-fi is also great). I haven't finished Game of Thrones yet, though; I want to, so I can get to the rest of the series, but I have a ton of other books higher on my list of priorities right now. I just have to find the time to read them.
I must admit, I haven't even seen the Game of Thrones tv series; have you? If you have, how would you say it compares to the books?
Unless it was done in a series of somewhere around 50 different movies!
Anyway... I try not to have my hopes up too much, since I've allready read the book. And most likely will ruin at least some of the film for me, especially since it's the only book good enough to make me read it more than once.
The effect you've applied however, is sweet.