Hand Drawn Maps Inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Amateur cartographer Dan Bell, 25, began his hobby of reimagining British national parks after recreating the Yorkshire Dales in the style of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Tolkien’s maps are recognisable for the font and sketch style of art which Dan has recreated perfectly.

“I like to think the maps allow people to imagine where they live in a Tolkien style.” he told the BBC.

He adds that the maps are “not drawn with accuracy in mind”, and are more an artist’s impression of each area.

He has currently drawn nine out of fifteen parks, including the Lake District, Dartmoor National Park, and the Brecon Beacons. Find his work, and to order your own, at his website. 




Check out a few of his wonderful maps here:




School Dance Team Goes Viral with Book-Themed Dances

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A school dance team from Arizona, USA is exploding in popularity all over the internet with their amazing performances.

Walden Grove High School’s dance team have been very busy these past few years with creative and fun dance routines based on their favourite books. Currently going viral, especially among Harry Potter fans, is their latest dance that follows Harry’s journey from the cupboard under the stairs to his final fight with Voldemort.

The talented, young dancers have also appeared on America’s Got Talent, dancing as characters from The Wizard of Oz, impressing both the audience and the judges to go through to the next round.

Check out their amazing dance routines below!

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6 Literary Road Trips to Fuel Inspiration

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There’s nothing better than the concept of bringing a story to life. It’s why so many of our favorite novels have made it to Hollywood and onto our TVs — there’s something truly magical about recreating the imagined. Even better, we love those narratives that feature a trying or thought-provoking journey. It’s a way for readers to connect with the characters and resonate with the story.

There are a handful of works that do a particularly good job at inspiring readers to follow the journeys laid out among the pages — particularly travel novels. Iconic authors like Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Tom Wolfe and many others used writing as a way to document their adventures on the open road, and in some ways, seek out answers to life’s greatest questions.
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Film combo challenge brings us 10 hilarious literary adaptations

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Those clever folk at b3ta.com love to come up with funny challenges for their followers to join in with. The film combo challenge is one of their best- with people all over the world squashing film titles together to make one ridiculous and intriguing movie titles.

We have grabbed any literary adaptation or movie inspired by literature from their list for your amusement but make sure you pop over to their site to see more!

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Bookish art that will speak to your soul

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Bookish art can be anything: paintings of people reading, depictions of the adventures we are taken on when we open a book, dreamlike mindscapes, or abstract figures stepping into pages…

We put together a batch of some of the best bookish art we have come across on our internet travels- most of the artists have remained elusive despite our efforts to Google reverse image search… If any of you know who any of the artists are- just let us know and we will credit!

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13 Ridiculous Ways to Store Your Books

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Storing books used to be so easy: all one would have to do is place a book on a shelf and hey presto! Your books are displayed.

Some people have decided that bookshelves are so last century and have been attempting some daring and kooky shelving options. Books can now be dangled, strung up, float on invisible shelves, be shoved in some foam padding, or displayed like an arty picture. Anything constitutes a shelf now: pipes, crates, a knife block- the ultimate recycling.

Check out some of the ridiculous idea below and see if you fancy adopting one of these shelving ideas!

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