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Art made with blue ink : 37 items

TAI #3Thror’s map

East is on top.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 34r
artifacts maps
blue ink red ink
arrows · compass roses Cirth dragons mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas spiders · insects
Celduin (River Running) The Desolation of Smaug Erebor (The Lonely Mountain) Long Lake Rhovanion (Wilderland)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1937The Hobbit A·3·bfront endsheet
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd28monochrome, with yellow-brown runes; moon-letters omitted
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd63monochrome, with runes on left in light yellow-brown
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-03-13spider & web only, rotated
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-03-27upper dragon only, flipped horizontally
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-09-25manicule and runes (from left) only
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 50moon-letters omitted
2011Art of Hobbit [3]lower dragon only; rust-colored ink
2011Art of Hobbit 5328
2018Maker of Middle-earth [292–93]96
2018Tolkien Treasures 92
TAI #14WilderlandSee also TAI #463
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 35r
friezes maps
black ink blue ink
arrows · compass roses dragons mountains · hills roads · paths spiders · insects trees · forests
Anduin Bruinen (Loudwater) Carrock Celduin (River Running) The Desolation of Smaug Erebor (The Lonely Mountain) Ered Mithrin (Grey Mountains) Esgaroth (Lake-town) The Forest River The Old Forest Road The Gladden Fields River Gladden Greylin River Langwell Long Lake Mirkwood Misty Mountains (Hithaeglir) Mitheithel (Hoarwell) Mount Gundabad Mountains of Mirkwood Rhovanion (Wilderland) Rhudaur Rivendell (Imladris) The Withered Heath
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1937The Hobbit A·3·bback endsheet
1987Hobbit: Drawings, W’colors, MSs D·ii·664452monochrome
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd336monochrome
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-06-26dragon only, in red, mirror image
1995Art. & Ill. 9487monochrome
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 399monochrome
2018Maker of Middle-earth [318–19]item 144
2018Tolkien Treasures 96
2018Tolkien Treasures [97]enlarged detail
TAI #31Fingolfin heraldic device

Inscribed in pencil to right, “Fingolfin & / his house”. MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 4r, shows that all reproductions of this device before 2018 are rotated 90º counterclockwise to what was intended; also, that each side is (or should be) 51mm — though this figure was crossed out and not emended.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 3r
heraldic devices
blue ink colored pencil pencil red ink
emblems · insignia stars sun
Fingolfin
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back covertop leftrotated 90º counterclockwise
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Februarytop right[unsure of orientation]
1977The Silmarillion A·15·adust jacket (back)top leftrotated 90º counterclockwise
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Novemberverso, rightrotated 90º counterclockwise
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, top rightrotated 90º counterclockwise
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-03-06rotated 90º counterclockwise, then inverted
1992Life & Legend 67top leftrotated 90º counterclockwise; monochrome
1995Art. & Ill. 195192, lowerrotated 90º counterclockwise
2018Maker of Middle-earth 8139 (lower)
TAI #62“Eärendil” heraldic device

Oriented on page such that the four star tails extend to the SW, with “Earendil” inscribed in pencil to the right, with the same orientation. However, there is an arrow pointing NE, and another “Earendil (2)” inscription with that orientation; if that’s done, then the tails of the stars travel straight down, as if the stars are rising, rather than falling.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 35r
heraldic devices
blue ink colored pencil pencil
emblems · insignia stars
Eärendil
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Februarylower right[unsure of orientation]
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Februaryverso (left)rotated 180º
TAI #65“Melian” heraldic device

Inscribed to the lower right in pencil, “Melian”, with the orientation shown in Pictures and A&I.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 32r
heraldic devices
black ink blue ink colored pencil pencil
emblems · insignia stars
Melian
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Aprilcenter[unsure of orientation]
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Septemberverso
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, top center
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-08-14rotated 180º
1995Art. & Ill. 196193
TAI #120Númenórean helmet
diagrams · designs objects
black ink blue ink green ink red ink
crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1982Unfinished Tales A·17·efront cover
TAI #122Doors of Durin, later manuscript
Marquette 3/4/15/1a
Durin’s doors
diagrams · designs
blue ink pencil
crowns · hats · helms moon stars Tengwar tools · instruments trees · forests
Eregion (Hollin) Moria
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1984Manuscripts E·i·3front cover
1995Art. & Ill. 158151monochrome
2015Art of LR 6742
TAI #144Earliest map of the Shire
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 104r
maps
black ink blue ink pencil red ink
bridges · fords mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths trees · forests
Baranduin (Brandywine) The Barrow Downs Bywater The East-West Road The Hill Hobbiton The Old Forest The Shire The Water The Withywindle Woodhall Woody End
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1988HM6: Shadow iiiplate
2015Art of LR 2611
2015Tolkien Estate web site Maps gallery1st item (“The Shire”)
2018Maker of Middle-earth 390–[91]item 176
2018Tolkien Treasures 122
2018Tolkien Treasures [123]enlarged detail
TAI #152first “The Lord of the Rings” map

Geographic tags, division by real-world chronology (as partially evidenced by physical sheets), and subdivision by coordinates, all forthcoming.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 103r
maps
black ink blue ink colored chalk colored pencil pencil red ink
bridges · fords mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths trees · forests
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1989HM7: Treason 302Map Ienlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 305Map IIenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 308Map IIIAenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 309Map IIIenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 314Map IVAenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 317Map IVBenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 317Map IVCenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 319Map IVDenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1989HM7: Treason 319Map IVEenlarged detail, redrawn in black ink by CT
1992Life & Legend 63176monochrome
2015Art of LR 9670
2015Art of LR 9771, top right and bottom leftenlarged detail
2015Art of LR 9771, bottom center and bottom rightenlarged detail
2015Art of LR 9771, lower rightenlarged detail
2015Art of LR 11583enlarged detail
2018Maker of Middle-earth [front endpapers]enlarged detail
2018Maker of Middle-earth [front endpaper, verso]enlarged detail
2018Maker of Middle-earth [398]enlarged detail
2018Maker of Middle-earth [399]item 179
2018Maker of Middle-earth [417]enlarged detail
2018Maker of Middle-earth [rear endpapers]enlarged detail
TAI #170Plan of Shelob’s Lair

North and south (not east and west!) are flipped on the compass rose: arrows point in direction of travel, which was indeed west to east.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 90, fol. 16r
diagrams · designs
black ink blue ink pencil
mountains · hills roads · paths
Ephel Dúath (Mountains of Shadow) Mordor Shelob’s Lair
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1990HM8: War A·28201monochrome
2015Art of LR 12694
TAI #176Plan of Harrowdale
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/2/23/2a
maps
blue ink
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths
Dunharrow Edna Edoras Harrowdale Snowbourne Starkhorn
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1990HM8: War A·28258monochrome
2015Art of LR 161125
TAI #186The ‘Second Map’ of Middle-earth
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 123r
maps
black ink blue ink colored chalk colored pencil pencil red ink
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas trees · forests
Anduin Barad-dûr (Dark Tower) Emyn Muil Ephel Dúath (Mountains of Shadow) Ered Lithui (Ashen Mountains) Ered Nimrais (White Mountains) Gondor Lebennin Minas Morgul Minas Tirith Mordor Orodruin (Mt. Doom) Rohan Udûn
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1990HM8: War A·28434–5redrawn in black ink by CT
2015Art of LR 135103track of Frodo and Sam
2015Art of LR 136104
2015Art of LR 179141detail of NW Mordor
2018Maker of Middle-earth 400–[01]item 180
2018Tolkien Treasures 134
2018Tolkien Treasures [135]enlarged detail of the White Mountains
TAI #252Doors of Durin, revised drawing
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 90, fol. 36r
Durin’s doors
diagrams · designs
blue ink pencil
crowns · hats · helms moon stars Tengwar tools · instruments trees · forests
Eregion (Hollin) Moria
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1995Art. & Ill. 158152monochrome
2015Art of LR 6743
2015Art of LR back coverwithout inscription; rendered as white on black
2018Maker of Middle-earth [340]item 153
2018Tolkien Treasures 114
TAI #357Map of the Shire
Bodleian MS. Tolkien S 11/2, fol. 6
maps
black ink blue ink colored pencil pencil red ink
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths
The East-West Road The Shire
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 3214
TAI #358Map of the Shire
Bodleian MS. Tolkien S 11/2, fols. 3–4
maps
blue ink colored pencil pencil pink ink
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths trees · forests
Baranduin (Brandywine) The Barrow Downs The East-West Road The Old Forest The Shire The Withywindle
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 3315
2015Art of LR 3416detail
TAI #359Map of the Shire
Bodleian MS. Tolkien S 11/2, fol. 7
maps
black ink blue ink colored pencil pencil red ink
bridges · fords mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths trees · forests
Baranduin (Brandywine) The Barrow Downs Bree The East-West Road The Hill Hobbiton The Old Forest The Shire The Water The Withywindle
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 3517
TAI #366Map of roads and rivers between Weathertop and the Ford of Bruinen ISee also TAI #146
Bodleian MS. Tolkien S 11/2, fol. 11
diagrams · designs maps
blue ink pencil
bridges · fords mountains · hills roads · paths
Bruinen (Loudwater) The East-West Road The Greenway Mitheithel (Hoarwell) Rhudaur The Trollshaws Weathertop
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 5030, top
TAI #421Sketch-map of Stonewain Valley
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/7/17/3a
diagrams · designs maps
blue ink
mountains · hills roads · paths
Gondor The Stonewain Valley
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 171134
TAI #422Map of Stonewain Valley and Minas Tirith
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 122r
maps
blue ink colored pencil pencil
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths
Anduin Cair Andros Eilenach Ered Nimrais (White Mountains) Lebennin Minas Tirith Mordor Osgiliath The Stonewain Valley
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 173136
2015Tolkien Estate web site Maps gallery4th item (“Minas Tirith”)
2018Maker of Middle-earth [389]item 175
2018Tolkien Treasures 130
TAI #424Sketch-plan of the Pelennor
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/7/21/2b
diagrams · designs maps
blue ink colored pencil
Gondor Minas Tirith The Pelennor
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 175138
TAI #425Sketch-plan of the roof, third tier of the Tower of Kirith Ungol
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/1/8a
diagrams · designs
blue ink
architecture buildings
Cirith Ungol Mordor
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 178140
TAI #428Aerial view of part of Mordor

Probably the “little sketch-map” C.T. describes in HM9, p. 34, note 2.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien S 11/2, fol. 25r
perspectives
blue ink colored pencil pencil
mountains · hills roads · paths
Barad-dûr (Dark Tower) Cirith Ungol Ephel Dúath (Mountains of Shadow) Ered Lithui (Ashen Mountains) Plateau of Gorgoroth Minas Morgul Mordor Orodruin (Mt. Doom) Udûn
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 181143
TAI #429Distances and dates in Mordor
Bodleian MS. Tolkien S 11/2, fol. 26r
diagrams · designs maps
black pen blue ink pencil pink ink
arrows · compass roses mountains · hills roads · paths
Cirith Ungol Mordor Orodruin (Mt. Doom) Udûn
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 184145
TAI #430Meeting of roads in Udûn
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/4/16b
diagrams · designs maps
blue ink
roads · paths
Mordor Udûn
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 185146
TAI #431Sketch of Mount Doom
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/10/6b
diagrams · designs perspectives
blue ink
mountains · hills
Mordor Orodruin (Mt. Doom)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 188148
TAI #432Sketch of Mount Doom
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/10/8a
diagrams · designs perspectives
blue ink
mountains · hills roads · paths
Mordor Orodruin (Mt. Doom)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 190149
TAI #434Crown of Gondor (sketch)
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/13/7b
diagrams · designs objects
blue ink
crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 192151, top left
TAI #435Crown of Gondor (sketch)
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/13/7b
diagrams · designs objects
blue ink
crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 192151, center left
TAI #436Crown of Gondor (sketch)
Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/13/7b
diagrams · designs objects
blue ink
crowns · hats · helms rings · jewels · gold
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 192151, lower left
TAI #441Sketch-plan of the Citadel of Minas Tirith

blue ink

Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/8/16/1a
diagrams · designs maps
blue ink
buildings roads · paths
Minas Tirith White Tower
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 196154
TAI #443Late map of Middle-earth

Presumably the “Third Map” to which C.T. refers in HM9, p. 34, note 4. Geographic tags forthcoming.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 124r and MS. Tolkien Drawings 125r
maps
black ink blue ink colored chalk colored pencil pencil red ink
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths trees · forests
Mordor
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 200157northern sheet
2015Art of LR 201158southern sheet
2015Tolkien Estate web site Maps gallery2nd item (“Middle-earth”)
2018Maker of Middle-earth 378–[79]item 170northern sheet only
2018Maker of Middle-earth 380–[81]item 171southern sheet only
2018Tolkien Treasures [120]detail showing most of northern sheet
2018Tolkien Treasures [125]northern sheet only
2018Tolkien Treasures 126southern sheet only
2018Tolkien Treasures [127]enlarged detail of northeastern half of southern sheet
TAI #451ring with banner trial for dust jacket for The Two Towers
Bodleian MS. Tolkien A 12/4, fol. 96v
diagrams · designs tableaux
blue ink
rings · jewels · gold
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 220177, top left
TAI #452ring with satellite rings trial for dust jacket design for The Two Towers
Bodleian MS. Tolkien A 12/4, fol. 96v
diagrams · designs tableaux
blue ink
rings · jewels · gold
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 220177, upper left
TAI #453three rings trial for dust jacket design for The Two Towers
Bodleian MS. Tolkien A 12/4, fol. 96v
diagrams · designs tableaux
blue ink
rings · jewels · gold
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 220177, center left
TAI #454Barad-dûr for dust jacket design for The Two Towers
Bodleian MS. Tolkien A 12/4, fol. 96v
diagrams · designs perspectives
blue ink
architecture buildings
Barad-dûr (Dark Tower) Mordor
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 220177, lower left
TAI #455Dust jacket design for The Two Towers (II)
Bodleian MS. Tolkien A 12/4, fol. 96v
diagrams · designs perspectives
blue ink
buildings mountains · hills
Nazgûl
Barad-dûr (Dark Tower) Mordor
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2015Art of LR 220177, right
TAI #488Second Silmarillion map
Bodleian MS. Tolkien S 5/1, fols. 93–6
maps
black ink blue ink green ink pencil red ink
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas trees · forests
Beleriand Doriath Gondolin Hithlum Nargothrond Taur-nu-Fuin (Dorthonion)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth 227item 75
2018Maker of Middle-earth [228–29]detail of center section
2018Tolkien Treasures 74
2018Tolkien Treasures [75]northwest detail

Note: The omission of greeting cards and jigsaw puzzles from the above list of sources is intentional.

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