Familiar fantasy lands
An amateur cartographer from the Lake District has set out on a quest to depict all of Britain’s national parks in the style of author JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the
Rings designs. Dan Bell, who grew up in Crook near Windermere, made his home national park the first of his Tolkien-style creations in September 2017. Since then he has drawn the majority of the 14 other national parks, including the Cairngorms, Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. Each map takes him a whole day to complete and Dan, who is a biologist and a keen
Trail reader, hopes to complete the rest of the national parks by this spring. The 25-year-old said he uses OS maps for reference when drawing his maps but his designs aren’t made with accuracy in mind.
A lifelong Lord of the Rings fan who has read all of Tolkien’s novels, Dan is a keen hillwalker too – his Wainwright count currently stands at 34, while he’s also a trainee mountain leader. Perhaps biasedly, Dan lists Pavey Ark in Great Langdale as his favourite peak, due to the ‘mind-blowing views’ at the summit. Now, we’re not suggesting you ditch your OS maps and head to the hills with Dan’s drawings, but they’re certainly damn good fun to look at!
Ogle some more of Dan’s amazing work at www.middleearthmaps.com