View Full Version : Leather Reproduction of Thror's Map (From 'The Hobbit')

Gerhard von Liebau
03-12-2014, 02:18 PM
Hello folks,

Really excited to join the community! I'm very interested in cartography but as I have more hobbies than one can shake a stick at, I don't indulge myself as often as one may. I have two maps that I deem worthy of being displayed. The first is this leather copy of Thror's Map that J.R.R. Tolkien drew for the original printing of The Hobbit. I have actually made four copies of this map in leather as commission work, but the one photographed here is the most accurate in its detail and nicely executed of the lot. None of the artwork is traced - it is all copied by eye from a smaller photo of the original map to the leather in pencil before being incised. This one is 22" wide and about 18.5" tall.

Hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

-Gerhard von Liebau






And finally, an exacting facsimile of the original by way of comparison.

03-12-2014, 04:02 PM
that is awesome!

03-12-2014, 04:04 PM
That's really cool! Great job on this.


03-13-2014, 07:43 AM
Nice job !

03-14-2014, 03:16 PM
You win! Nice work!!

03-17-2014, 02:30 PM
"There are moon letters here," said Elrond. "The cow from which this leather was made must have jumped over it."
Bilbo stared at the elf for a very long time before sputtering, "That's bull****!"

Gerhard von Liebau
03-30-2014, 10:50 PM
Nice one, Drow. That'd be quite a cow, indeed! =P

Thanks for the compliments, folks. Look forward to another carved map soon! ^.^


03-31-2014, 12:14 AM
This is amazing! Where can I buy one? :D

04-01-2014, 06:44 PM
Amazing, simply amazing. I wish I had that kind of time.

04-02-2014, 04:14 AM
Just brilliant!

04-02-2014, 08:59 AM
Unique and well done!

04-02-2014, 12:36 PM
Awesome! How would one going about obtaining one of these? I would love to give it as a gift to a dear friend.

Maker of the Way
04-03-2014, 04:14 PM
Wow! Very Cool.

Gerhard von Liebau
04-04-2014, 01:00 AM
Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies. I can make these for $150+ 10 shipping within the continental US. It might sound pricey but after material costs I'm really only making about minimum wage for the labor involved, which is rather skill/experience intensive. I've made and sold four of these particular maps and all of the clients have been very happy. You can drop me a PM if you're interested! I take 50% down for commissions and currently my backlog is a month.

(EDIT: And of course, because they are all hand drawn and carved it's important to keep in mind that every example turns out slightly different. Quality of tooling and accuracy of details are my utmost concerns, though no two are alike.)


04-08-2014, 09:34 PM
Very cool!

04-17-2014, 11:01 AM
That is probably the coolest thing I have seen. Very unique idea...