Every great adventure needs a treasure map and in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the map was created by Thror, grandfather of Thorin Oakenshield.
It shows not only the lay of the land, but also detailed instructions. Some clear as day, some concealed.
Thorin's Map is an exquisite piece of art from the 3 Foot 7 Art Department.
Hand made by calligrapher and artist Daniel Reeve, who made the original prop used in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, this is an absolutely authentic replica.
Daniel has scanned his original map and digitally printed it on high-quality watercolour paper as used in the films.
Daniel explains the choice of paper: "The Map is made on 190gsm Rough S&W watercolour paper. A lovely surface for painting, with a nicely random tooth. Care must be taken when doing calligraphy on this surface, as the texture can easily catch the nib, or guide it in unintended directions!"
Daniel then commences the process of 'breaking down' the map. Breaking down is the art of giving the prop believability. Adding a history to it and making it look real.
Daniel painstakingly applies every crease and every wrinkle by hand, 'distressing' the paper to achieve an authentic looking prop replica.
The reverse of the map is coloured black, except for the outlines of the famous Moon Runes that play a part in the story. This allows you to see the runes when the map is held up against the light or framed with back lighting.*
Each individual map is the work of one man and totally unique.
Daniel Reeve's craft is indeed a rare one and this is a prop replica the likes of which are few and far between.
Available in strictly limited supply and always subject to the artist's availability, Thorin's Map will be shipped direct from Weta in New Zealand and includes a printed Certificate of Authenticity signed by hand by Daniel Reeve. It ships folded in a vinyl bag in a plain cardboard box for protection.
Thorin's Map is part of a range of high end authentic prop replicas from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. All created by the artists who work on the movies.
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We used a small strip if LED lights (about 6-7 individual lights that are about 3-4mm each in a strip that is about 10cm long.) The strip is mounted to the black matt board behind the print (there is space between the backing board and the map itself). The LED strip is wired to a small powerbox that hold 8 AA batteries and a toggle on/off switch. This whole unit tucks up nicely in the back of the shadowbox.
If you are not confident taking this on yourself, please discuss with your framer as this makes a really cool display. The parts are readily available from an electronics retailer like Radio Shack in the US or JayCar in New Zealand.
Creating these things for the films was such a pleasure - but after their fleeting moments in the movie, they’re gone. So it’s fantastic now to be able to faithfully reproduce them for fans, to own for themselves, and enjoy all the detail that went into them, the detail that can never be fully appreciated on screen.”
Very high quality product, that really looks and feels the part. Received... Read more.
Very high quality product, that really looks and feels the part. Received NZ-UK in less than a week. Will need to use my best DIY skille to put together a suitable lightbox case though... Hide.
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As if discovered in an old cave...
The weathering and quality of the map are superb. It has... Read more.
The weathering and quality of the map are superb. It has a heavyweight, authentic feel to it and the moon runes are amazing. I agree with their decision to sell it as-is, shipping the framed product worldwide would be very expensive and probably as much as having it done locally by a framer of your own choice. Very happy to have bought one in the Cave on my visit to NZ! Hide.
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Same paper used in the movie
It is a cool replica. I own the poster print too ,... Read more.
It is a cool replica. I own the poster print too , and the prop has more definition and subtle colour variations on the watercolour washes that are not so evident on the print.
The wrinkles are well done and the effect of moon runes are spectacular.
It could have been sold not with a frame , but with a set of leds with slow-lighting effect to be attached to a frame at home.
Anyway , a good prop made by the original artist with a cool signed COA . Hide.
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