Every great adventure needs a treasure map and in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the map was created by Thror, grandfather of Thorin Oakenshield.
It shows not only the lay of the land, but also detailed instructions. Some clear as day, some concealed.
Thorin's Map is an exquisite piece of art from the 3 Foot 7 Art Department.
Hand made by calligrapher and artist Daniel Reeve, who made the original prop used in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, this is an absolutely authentic replica.
Daniel has scanned his original map and digitally printed it on high-quality watercolour paper as used in the films.
Daniel explains the choice of paper: "The Map is made on 190gsm Rough S&W watercolour paper. A lovely surface for painting, with a nicely random tooth. Care must be taken when doing calligraphy on this surface, as the texture can easily catch the nib, or guide it in unintended directions!"
Daniel then commences the process of 'breaking down' the map. Breaking down is the art of giving the prop believability. Adding a history to it and making it look real.
Daniel painstakingly applies every crease and every wrinkle by hand, 'distressing' the paper to achieve an authentic looking prop replica.
The reverse of the map is coloured black, except for the outlines of the famous Moon Runes that play a part in the story. This allows you to see the runes when the map is held up against the light or framed with back lighting.*
Each individual map is the work of one man and totally unique.
Daniel Reeve's craft is indeed a rare one and this is a prop replica the likes of which are few and far between.
Available in strictly limited supply and always subject to the artist's availability, Thorin's Map will be shipped direct from Weta in New Zealand and includes a printed Certificate of Authenticity signed by hand by Daniel Reeve. It ships folded in a vinyl bag in a plain cardboard box for protection.
Thorin's Map is part of a range of high end authentic prop replicas from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. All created by the artists who work on the movies.