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

By February 24, 2018Arty, Inspired by Literature

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:

Mystery signs show you the way to your favourite literary place

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If you travel along the A4130 in the UK you may be surprised to see road signs pointing you towards magical, fictional places.

Charlotte Westgate, a local resident, said she saw a man in his 20s adding “Gotham City” to a sign on Friday: “He was on his own, and didn’t seem worried that anyone might be looking at him, but no one driving past did anything to stop him.”

Although technically considered ‘vandalism’ and ‘a distraction to drivers’, book lovers everywhere are amused by the signs pointing them towards Narnia or the Emerald City.

A statement said: “We will investigate as soon as the weather improves. While on the surface amusing, it is vandalism and a potential distraction for drivers.” 

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10 Hilarious Book Reviews

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Whether you love a book or hate it, sometimes it just needs to be reviewed. Opinions in reviews matter when it comes to reading material- especially for those of us who enjoy knowing a little about a book before we read it.

Online book reviews can be a little hit-and-miss as people can review anonymously and occasionally the people reviewing can be a little cheeky…

Check out these 10 hilarious book reviews posted online. Let us know if you agree with any of them!

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Celebrating International Women’s Day: 10 Strong Women From Literature we Love

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Today is International Women’s Day and we’ll be marking the occasion by bringing you a selection of ten of the strongest (and most badass) female characters from literature. Strength comes in many forms and, whilst some of these characters can certainly hold their own in a physical confrontation, others show their strength through courage, empathy, intelligence, and defiance. Without further ado, here are ten great females from literature we would all do well to emulate. Read More

Jane Fonda stars in new movie ‘Book Club’, coming soon!

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A host of talented stars are set to appear in this new movie directed by Bill Holderman. Book Club will be Holderman’s directional debut with the screenplay written by Holderman and Erin Simms.

Book Club stars Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton as a group of book club members who seem to be getting bored of the usual books they read together until one day someone suggests 50 Shades of Grey. Suddenly the women discover a tantalising peek into a world of sexuality they’ve never considered before… Romance blossoms, sexualities are awakened, and hilarity ensues!

Watch the trailer below, and keep an eye out for the movie coming in May 2018.

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Step into Hogwarts through your phone!

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For those of us who never did receive our letter from Hogwarts, we still have an opportunity to visit thanks to Jam City’s upcoming mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery on Google Play.

Created alongside Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, Hogwarts Mystery puts you in the place of a wizard or witch at one of the most best magical schools in the world: Hogwarts. You can attend classes, cast spells, brew potions, and go on adventures. Student wizards and witches can also make friends, or start rivalries, with their fellow students.

Hogwart’s Mystery is not to be confused with the augmented reality game named Wizards Unite which is also out soon

The trailer gives us a fantastic insight into what the game has to offer- check it out below.

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