Last year, a map of Middle-earth, annotated by Tolkien himself, was unearthed in a copy of a book owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes. The map’s now been purchased by Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, who very kindly put a full, authorized, version of the full map online, which is sure to be pored over by fans forever and ever.

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You can actually see it right here. Tolkien’s annotations appearing in green and in pencil:

Image: Map of Middle Earth, the Bodleian Libraries. A larger version is here.

Oxford’s a good home for this map. Not just because of Tolkien’s real-world connections to the place, but because, according to the map, “Hobbiton is assumed to be approx. at [the] latitude of Oxford.” It will be joining the largest collection of Tolkien manuscripts and drawings in the world.

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[Bodleian Libraries]