Two different places, two different worlds, can actually be located in exactly one same container of space. However, two can be just a given number, one can always insert different and many meanings to the creation of one place.
The brilliant creator of Middle-earth and author of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien, has envisioned and formed not only a new place but also whole new ways of life, races, languages, and history. Now readers all over the globe are sharing and are a part of his captivating world. Among those readers is another genius who caught Tolkien’s vision and translated it in a way almost as accurate as in the book scenery of New Zealand. Peter Jackson exposed the beauty of the places in the book through this chosen place. The Lord of the Rings can almost be tasted by anyone who will stop by to visit here.
The story and the film attracted many to New Zealand’s soil and atmosphere. Tourism even spiked in this place. Due to popular curiosity, imagination, and connection of the fictional story to the places where it was filmed, a map was constructed portraying these. Interestingly, The Lord of the Rings film is the only movie I know that lead to the production of a map of the real site where the movie was shot; integrated with overlays of the fictional places in the book. Moreover, the aesthetics of this map is harmonious with the map of Middle-Earth which was invented by Tolkien as well. Evident to this is the unique language from the book that was written and placed as grid to the map. Other elements that are noteworthy in this map are the scroll on the upper right of the map that locates places in Middle-Earth to the corresponding places in New Zealand from the film and the list of job descriptions of the crew on the lower left part of the map located all over the country. The place names, fonts, other labels, shapes and images are all characterized with the old ways of mapping. One example of this is the cursive and tail marks in the letters.
This map has a simple goal and that is to portray, mainly to the viewers of the film, where the exhilarating sceneries have been taken. The utilized aesthetics through this map tries to satisfy and resemble the Middle-Earth map that Tolkien created to attract the readers. It is certainly eye-catching and interesting in every side where details on the making of the film are also incorporated. However, though it complements the style of the real Middle-Earth map and those of similar ancient maps, the small figures and numbers within the map are too many and make it quite redundant. Thus, an ordinary reader will eventually grow weary in reading all the details at the two legends. Typically, maps like these that tries to catch the attention of film viewers are very visual types and would appreciate if the famous fictional places in the book and film are sketched at the locations it was shot (e.g. Mordor, Rivendell, Shire, etc.), since the monotonous and identical mountains are quite uninteresting as compared with the fictional places. These are some details that can be improved in this map.