Friday, December 17, 2010

map

I know someone who loves reading, but one of his criteria for books he will not read, is if they have maps in the front.
I think he has fantasy books primarily in mind.....


but I love them
this is a favourite - and this is the Middle Earth map I most like, partly because it was framed and on the wall at home when I was growing up:



And here is another favourite:



And another map which immediately came to mind is from Milly Molly Mandy, a favourite childhood book:



from Milly Molly Mandy, by Joyce Lankester Brisley

There is an earlier post here about Milly Molly Mandy, and.... maps
...... and other Theme Thursday map posts here.

Happy Theme Thursday!

19 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

OH I totally agree, as soon as I see a map near the front of a book it comes off the shelf and into my shopping basket.

The Clever Pup said...

Like Winnie the Pooh
the Swallows and Amazons probably had a map.

Shammickite said...

what about the delightful Arthur Ransome books about the Norfolk Broads, featuring the Swallows and Amazons, didn't they have maps in the front??

Shammickite said...

Sorry.... just looked up Swallows and Amazons on Wikipedia and it wasn't the Norfolk Broads, it was the Lake District.

Marilyn said...

I love maps in books, fantasy or otherwise, I can study them for so long and as I read I go back and refer to the map. Just wonderful.
The Middle Earth maps also make me think of my son, he read and re-read The Lord of the Ring and the Hobbit when he was growing up and he created many ink maps of very fine detail of his own, of his own imaginary lands. I have them and still treasure them.
The Lord of the Ring was filmed in NZ in many of my son's favourite places.

Anonymous said...

Dennis loves Thomas Hardy's map of Wessex. Dennis likes real maps and pretend maps

Tom said...

i had that middle earth map hanging in my room too..
you're about the only name i recognize over here at tt anymore...where'd everyone get to?

Rinkly Rimes said...

The Milly Molly Mandy map brought back great memories.

herhimnbryn said...

The first and second images I know like the back of my hand!

I do like the work of Pauline Baynes, who illustrated the first map you have here. She also illustrated many of the Narnia stories.

Thankyou for the trip down memory lane.

Nanc Twop said...

Reminds me of the map I had on the wall of my room as a child.

Thanks for posting it. :) Nanc


My TT post

Brian Miller said...

oh that map of middle earth is gorgeous...these are lovely lettuce...

Baino said...

Ah, sweet. You know I didnt read LoR until I was in my 30's so no map I still prefer the real things to show e where to go rather than a SATNAV. Soz been conspicuously absent from TT, must get back on the horse

wordwitch said...

I have often referred to the maps at the front of books...as well as wished that MORE books would offer such a benefit.

Hope your holidays are grand!

Betsy said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I'm so glad we've met in blogland! xo

Doctor FTSE said...

As a small boy, I loved the map printed on the endpapers of "Wind in the WIllows" with the Wild Wood, and the Riverbank, Toad Hall etc. I remember wondering if those places really existed.

Shammickite said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 2011 is here, hope it's a good one for you and your family, Letty!

lettuce said...

thanks for all your comments! sorry I've not been here.... or there... or over at your blog....

thanks Shammickite! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too!!!

:-D

tut-tut said...

maps are the best; i remember riding in the car w/L, teaching her how to figure out where we were. Now she's guiding herself, I think

Nicky Schmidt (Absolute Vanilla) said...

I love maps in fantasy books too - the Earthsea map is one of my favourites, I can look at it for ages!