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Talk:Sea of Rhûn

[edit] Concerning the mystery island

According to an on-line discussion, this is an e-mail received by a forum user regarding the mysterious island. I am putting it here for reference:

"A staw poll revealed that in a very early version of the map, the Sea of Rhun had a large island in the middle. (Unfeasibly large, given the scale of the Sea, which is very big.) By the time the map hit publication, this had vanished and the dots appeared.
Those who have looked carefully at the various maps point out that there are similar dotty effects at the Mouths of Sirion and near Balar (Silmarillion), and references to "sands" in the Sil. The dots in the Sea of Rhun (on scale) could quite easily represent a constellation of small islands, but are more likely to mean sands, swamp or sand bars. (Actually small islands would make better geography on that scale.) There appears to be no actual reference to what is going on there.

Sage 13:04, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

That would be The Tolkien Society's Helen Armstrong. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 19:21, 9 January 2016 (UTC)