Map and RPGs

Michael S. Schiffer mss2 at attbi.com
Wed Jun 5 07:41:10 PDT 2002

At 09:16 AM 6/5/2002 -0400, Chris Turkel wrote:
> >...
>Now Tolkien's maps, though beautifully done, irritate me. He basicly said 
>anything off to the east and south, off the map, were "darklands" and home 
>to barbarians so everytime I looked at the map south of Gondor I always 
>thought he should have written THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD ENDS.

It represented the part of the world then known to the peoples he was 
writing about, more or less.  (The Eldar didn't do a lot of travelling 
outside the northwest of Middle-Earth, and neither did the people of Gondor 
by that time.  Hobbits didn't even leave the Shire or Bree much.)  European 
maps in the Middle Ages were similarly pretty vague and inaccurate about 
the rest of the world (though they were more willing to make things up to 
fill up the blank spaces).