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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: June 2020

6 - Mapping Worlds: Tolkien’s Cartographic Imagination


Chapter Six considers the importance of the map for Fantasy with particular reference to J. R. R. Tolkien as the creator of that genre. Tolkien’s cartographic imagination in the process of creative composition is unique so that the chapter is largely devoted to a full exploration of this. The chapter works across Tolkien’s compositional process, tracing his need to map in order to write. The final section of the chapter draws attention to a post-authorial context for literary mapping, reflecting the larger cultural power and influence of Tolkien’s maps. (89)