lord of the rings map

“The doors of Durin, Lord of Moria, speak friend and enter"

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By now you’ve probably gathered that I’m a big Tolkien fan. So when this set of The Lord of the Rings, featuring custom “Doors of Durin” dust jackets arrived on Saturday from @juniperbooks, there was definitely a pig squeal involved.

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The books themselves are made by Houghton Mifflin with gorgeous Tengwar embossing on the front and spines BUT THERE ARE FOLD-OUT MAPS OF MIDDLE-EARTH IN THE BACK OF EACH BOOK. (I actually made my husband stop what he was doing and come unfold the maps with me when I discovered their existence, because it was one of those things you need to do with someone.)

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They are pretty big maps, and they are gorgeous. (by now you’ve probably also gathered how I feel about maps) I will definitely show the maps in another post soon.

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There is something really amazing about owning a beautiful set of books that really mean something to you. (just as much as the old set that you’ve read one million times and is falling apart.) It’s like having a beautiful gown hanging in the closet next to your favorite, worn pair of jeans.

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Honestly an all around special set of books and custom covers by @juniperbooks.

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The Doors of Durin, also known as the West-gate, the West-door of Moria, or Elven Door, were built into the Walls of Moria in the dark cliffs of the Silvertine, and formed the western entrance to the great Dwarven city of Khazad-dum.

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The Elven Door was constructed in cooperation between Dwarves and Elves, sometime between S.A. 750 and 1500.It was the two greatest craftsmen of the Second Age, the Elf and Lord of Eregion, Celebrimbor, and the dwarf Narvi who built the Doors.These were the days before the Dark Years of Sauron’s dominion in Middle-earth, and the friendship between Elven and Dwarven kingdoms was a rare and special event. During this peaceful time the Doors stood open, allowing unfettered trade. But during the War of the Elves and Sauron (in S.A. 1697) the Doors were sealed shut after Hollin fell to Sauron’s forces.

So I was staring at my Middle Earth map poster for no reason today

and for the first time, I notice this blip down in the southwest corner…

THE FUCKING MENELTARMA’S STILL THERE

let me rephrase

the Meneltarma of Numenor, the giant mountain atop which was a sacred shrine to Eru, still stands above the waves despite the total destruction of the island by Eru.

as @samwise-po-tay-toe-gamgee so beautifully put it, HE SANK EVERYTHING BUT THE FUCKING SHRINE TO HIMSELF

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Bibliosaurus Challenge, February 8th: Maps

My favourite genre is fantasy, especially high fantasy. And we all know a high fantasy book just isn’t compete without a map.