The Flags of Middle Earth

by Dave Martucci

Many years ago, I read and became quite fond of the stories by J. R. R. Tolkien of a place called Middle Earth. His works, The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the other ancillary books about elves, dwarves and especially hobbits, are filled with the languages, customs, lore, and especially the emblems of this mythological realm.

In 1978, I concieved of an idea of producing a Middle Earth Flag Chart. I thought I would get in touch with Tolkien's publisher and produce the thing for them and maybe make some money. I scoured the books and found a few very good descriptions of flags and some vague references. I sketched the designs, some of which I made up as they were not adequately described or pictured in the books. This is as far as I got. Following are my original 1978 sketches, scanned and colorized, for your review and comments! Hope you enjoy them!

King of Gondor Stewards of Gondor Prince of Dol Amroth King of Dale
Riders of Rohan Durin's Folk Banner of the Shire
Elrond, Half-Elven Lothlorien Elves of Northern Mirkwood Cirdain, the Shipwright (Grey Havens)
Mordor Saruman of Isengard Easterlings Haradrim

May the stars shine upon the hour of our meeting.

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