But the Pete Fenlon maps from MERP really were beautiful and they are the number one reason I kept collecting the supplements over the years.
Joining the maps together was something I also enjoyed doing. You can build up a substantial map of some regions that way. The maps did evolve in subtle ways over the years. I don't have the 1st edition Angmar map but I do have the 2nd edition and it fits much better with the Mirkwood map. It looks like the 1st edition map actually ended on the eastern edge, while by the 2nd edition they had created a much larger area. The Isengard area map is the only disappointing one. It uses a completely different scale than the others. I don't have the north-western map package that they created for 2nd edition, but from what I have seen it looks to me that they created a fresh map set that may have consolidated the original maps and added some new features.
Those maps were all created before computer graphics so watercolour originals must exist somewhere. I have often wondered how large an area they ended up producing on a single watercolour sheet. I hope they go to a public gallery some day.
I've been meaning to document (beyond my one post on the topic
) how the MERP maps fit together. They really are the crown jewels of the MERP line, those maps.
I've been looking at ways to utilize MERP resources in FL One Ring/LotR RPG. Tharbad is the beginning, and I hope to return to the topic in the future.