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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style

Shaunacy Ferro
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park / Dan Bell
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Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

Peak District National Park in central England
Peak District National Park in central England / Dan Bell
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland / Dan Bell
Lake District National Park in England
Lake District National Park in England / Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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