Who were the maps drawn by?

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Ronaya 27/Nov/2006 at 07:57 PM
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I’m not sure about this, and I don’t really believe it, but I heard somewhere that Tolkien didn’t draw any of his maps. That they were drawn be other people, such as Christopher Tolkien. I really don’t beleive this but if someone could set me straight I would be very greatful.
Alcarináro 27/Nov/2006 at 08:22 PM
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Nope. J.R.R. Tolkien drew maps. He drew a great deal of maps, which you can find in the volumes of HoME. But Christopher Tolkien did draw the final version of the map that appears at the back of your copy of The Lord of the Rings. That is why in the legend, there are the letters ’CJRT’.
Son of Huor 28/Nov/2006 at 03:44 AM
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That is rigth, as far as I know, but isn’t it so than it some instance Tolkien in his letters is commenting on hiow he is unable to draw a right (as in correct) map of a certain region, and that he hopes Christopher will return home soon, so that he can do it, since he is far better at it? I am not sure, it just sprang to my mind immediately.
Tenharien Calmcacil 05/Dec/2006 at 09:56 AM
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Those Maps always helped me a great deal. I would forget names of cities and such, so i would refer to them and they would tell me where something was,a nd help me remember. Good for measuring distabnce...as most maps are lol.
elendil88 11/Dec/2006 at 02:48 AM
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the maps are very useful and most beautiful - it is amazing how much effot goes into them. it must have taken tolkein ages to draw them aswell as write the books. i wouldnt have though that his son would have drawn any of the maps because he wouldnt have the same visions and may not turn out how tolkein wanted them.
Hithleen Eltoran 19/Dec/2006 at 10:49 PM
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As far as I can recall, JRR Tolkien drew the original maps of Middle Earth, and then Christopher Tolkien redrew up more maps later - which were in turn the basis for the maps by Steven Raw for the maps we see in the ROTK.
Alcarináro 20/Dec/2006 at 02:49 AM
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’We’, Hithleen? The maps in my copies of The Return of the King are drawn by Christopher Tolkien. Stephen Raw was two years old when the Fellowship of the Ring was published. His redrawings appear in only a few newer editions of the works.
Hithleen Eltoran 20/Dec/2006 at 03:20 PM
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My copies are only a few years old. Apologies

Magradhaid 01/Jan/2007 at 05:24 PM
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If you have some of the volumes of the HoME, i.e. IV & VII, you can see some of the earlier drafts of JRRT’s maps of Middle-earth.