J.R.R. Tolkien Annotated Map Of Middle Earth Discovered

October 26, 2015

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This is a map of Middle Earth annotated by J.R.R. Tolkien in green ink with some of the real-life European inspirations for locations in Middle Earth. The map was discovered by Blackwell Rare Books in a copy of Lord Of The Rings that used to belong to British illustrator Pauline Baynes, who worked with Tolkien in the 1960s to produce a colored map of Middle Earth. The book shop is selling the map for £60,000 (~$92,000), which is entirely too much to pay for any map that doesn't lead to buried treasure. Man, why can't I find something worth a lot of money in a book? The only thing I've ever found in old books are somebody else's boogers, which is why I haven't renewed my library card.

Thanks to my pal Michael K, who paid $40 for a treasure map made out of real human skin at a yard sale. Now that's a good find.

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