Re: [mythsoc] Karen Wynn Fonstad
- That's sad news for me also, though I never met her.
Fonstad was a careful cartographer who brought imagination and
understanding to clarifying Tolkien's geographical imagination. Her work
on the journeys in LOTR was less detailed than Barbara Strachey's, but
(without criticizing Strachey) Fonstad had a better intuitive understanding
of Tolkien's intent. And, of course, she plunged in to the Elder Days and
the further reaches of Arda fearlessly.
That Fonstad could take the same care with other fantasy-land writers as
diverse as Donaldson and McCaffrey is a tribute to her love for imaginary
geography wherever it could be found.