I saw this seventeenth century map of Bergen by the Dutch cartographer Jan Janssonius and thought it looked an awful lot like Tolkien’s map of Beleriand. Of course I have it all backward, because Tolkien copied Jansson’s style, but I read Lord Of The Rings when I was a kid, so that is how the association works in my mind. To this day when I think about maps, I think about sugarloaf mountains and little trees.

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    Maps of Oceans and Mountains.
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    ++ Maps are cool. I really love the way Tolkien did his maps, so it’s great to find his inspiration as well.
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