Wilderland to a hobbit is the stuff of legend. Places like Rivendell, Mirkwood and Dale are known to very few and there is little there that would interest a Hobbit. Esgaroth, Gundabad or the Lonely Mountain are alien places mentioned only in drunken tales by travellers and vagabonds.
The original prop for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was designed and drawn by Daniel Reeve of the 3 Foot 7 art department.
Weta's map has been made from a scan of the original map and printed in Middle-earth (New Zealand) on finest Italian Marina Conchiglia parchment paper
Map of Wilderland - Parchment Art Print is a very cool piece of art.
The Map of Wilderland is part of a range of Middle-earth maps from Weta. Others in the series include:
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Great parchment print at a good price.
This is a great map, and even though I knew the dimensions... Read more.
This is a great map, and even though I knew the dimensions going in, it surprised me with just how big it is!
The only downside is that it is very thin (being printed on parchment paper, after all) and it crumples easily due to that fact; but it is made to look old and worn so that could just add to the effect.
It does look a bit monochrome as it is tinted one shade all over - like another reviewer mentioned about the map of Middle Earth - but I can see what they are going for, and it still looks good. I understand it’s hard to make something look properly aged, especially at this price point. The replica maps both from Weta and elsewhere (for big $$$!) would do the trick 100% in that way, but I wasn’t prepared to splurge quite that much at this time.
Framed or not, this is a great looking piece. It can come in handy to follow along when you read the books, versus using the tiny maps that are printed in the book.
I like to keep it out of the frame, along with the map of Middle Earth, thinking of Bilbo “Spending hours poring over old maps”, and so I keep them in my library with a magnifying glass nearby, to pore over them myself!
Overall, I’d recommend this to any Tolkien buff, especially those on a budget. Hide.
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