Is That The Shire or Wensleydale? Man Draws Tolkien-Esque Map of Yorkshire Dales

By Dave Meikleham on at

There and Back Again, a Hobbi... actually, make that a Yorkshireman's tale. An amateur cartographer has clearly taken inspiration from the works of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, after drawing up a map any hairy-footed Halfling would be chuffed with.

Image: Dan Bell

Dan Bell, who's from Crook in Cumbria, has reimagined the Dales in a map that's a dead-ringer for the one we see in The Lord of the Rings movies... well, as long as you replace markings of Mount Doom with that of Giggleswick. You can stare at the full Tolkien-inspired map below. It's quite the thing:

Image: Dan Bell 

Speaking to the BBC, Bell (who's a biologist) admits he's no expert when it comes to cartography, but that it's "just something I appear to be very good at," though he admits his works are "not drawn with accuracy in mind."

I don't know about you, but looking at Bell's map puts me in the mind to spend the next 193 hours watching the extended version of Peter Jackson's Sauron-slaying trilogy.