Atlas of Middle-earth

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Karen Wynn Fonstad's THE ATLAS OF MIDDLE-EARTH is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans. Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated—nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised—the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, and THE ...

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Overview

Karen Wynn Fonstad's THE ATLAS OF MIDDLE-EARTH is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans. Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated—nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised—the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
Hundreds of two-color maps and diagrams survey the journeys of the principal characters day by day—including all the battles and key locations of the First, Second, and Third Ages. Plans and descriptions of castles, buildings, and distinctive landforms are given, along with thematic maps describing the climate, vegetation, languages, and population distribution of Middle-earth throughout its history. An extensive appendix and an index help readers correlate the maps with Tolkien's novels.

This atlas is the most complete and authoritative guide to Tolkien's world containing seperate two color maps and exlplanatory text relating to Tolkien's works.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Tolkien loved maps and geography played a great importance in his books. In the paperback revision of a hardcover that is out of print, cartographer Fonstad here details that aspect of these stories. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Revision of Fonstad's 1981 version of the topography and synopsis of Tolkien's great epic. Her maps are quite faithful to the spirt of those drawn by the master himself. Changes reflect the recent releases in the History of Middle Earth series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618126996
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 55,325
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion . His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Karen Wynn Fonstad, the author or The Atlas of Pern, The Forgotten Realms Atlas and other guides to fantasy worlds, is a noted cartographer. She lives in Wisconsin.

CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion , Unfinished Tales , and The History of Middle-earth .

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction ix
The First Age
Introduction 1
Valinor 6
Beleriand and the Lands to the North 9
The Great March 16
The Flight of the Noldor 18
Realms--Before the Great Defeat 19
Menegroth, the Thousand Caves 20
Nargothrond 21
Gondolin 22
Thangorodrim and Angband 22
Coming of Men 24
Travels of Beren and Luthien 25
Travels of Turin and Nienor 26
The Battles of Beleriand 28
The First Battle 28
The Second Battle 28
The Third Battle 30
The Fourth Battle 30
The Fifth Battle 32
The Great Battle 32
The Second Age
Introduction 37
Refugee Relocation 40
Advent of the Dark Years 42
Numenor 43
Voyages of the Numenoreans 44
The Realms in Exile 46
The Last Alliance 47
The Third Age
Introduction 51
Kingdoms of the Dunedain (1050) 54
Battles (1200-1634) 56
The Great Plague (1636-37) 56
Wainriders and Angmar (1851-1975) 58
Deepening Difficulties (2000-2940) 60
Migrations of Hobbits 64
Migrations of Dwarves 65
Regional Maps
Introduction 69
The Shire 69
Eriador 72
Wilderland 78
The Misty Mountains 79
The Brown Lands, the Wold, the Downs, and the Emyn Muil 83
The White Mountains 86
Mordor (and Adjacent Lands) 90
The Hobbit
Introduction 97
Over Hill and Under Hill: Goblin-town 102
Out of the Frying Pan 104
Beorn's Wide Wooden Halls 105
Attercop, Attercop 106
Thranduil's Caverns 107
Lake-town 108
Lonely Mountain 110
The Battle of Five Armies 112
The Lord of the Rings
Introduction 117
Hobbiton and Bag End 118
Along the Brandywine 120
On the Barrow-downs 122
At the Prancing Pony 124
Weathertop 126
Rivendell 127
Moria 128
Lothlorien 130
Helm's Deep 132
Isengard 134
Edoras 136
Dunharrow 136
Minas Tirith 138
The Morannon 140
Henneth Annun 141
The Path to Cirith Ungol 143
The Tower of Cirith Ungol 144
Mount Doom 146
The Battle of the Hornburg (March 3-4, 3019) 148
Battles in the North (March 11-30, 3019) 150
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields (March 15, 3019) 151
The Battle of the Morannon (March 25, 3019) 154
The Battle of Bywater (November 3, 3019) 155
Pathways 156
Bag End to Rivendell 162
Rivendell to Lorien 164
Rauros to Dunharrow 166
Dunharrow to the Morannon 168
The Journey of Frodo and Sam 170
The Road Home 174
The Fourth Age 176
Thematic Maps
Introduction 179
Landforms 180
Climate 182
Vegetation 184
Population 186
Languages 188
Appendix 191
Notes 191
Selected References 200
Index of Place Names 202
Index of Selected Place Names for The History of Middle-earth 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Amazing Book

    This book is quite posibley the best Middle-Earth Map book EVER! The Best part about it is that it is truley about Tolkein's world, not the movie's. It has a map of almost every reigon of middle earth. Maps of the middle-earth globe, battle plans, and thematic maps, this book has it all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    The perfect companion

    If you're someone who loves getting involved with middle-earth lore, or even just love having something to help with visualizing every journey taken throughout its lands, you must get this. Having the maps Tolkien placed in the books is great and all, but having these enlarged and clarified versions is even better. I would go so far as to say Tolkien himself would approve with how much he loved maps and how important they were to him personally.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 18, 2013

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    A must have for Tolkien Geeks!

    I can't put this book down! It is an essential companion to The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Hobbit, and The Lord of The Rings! It delves deep into the topography of middle-earth and gives you a fuller perspective of the travels of all the characters throughout these writings. It has allowed me to better envision the geography and thus solidify my own imaginings as I am reading. After each chapter I read in The Silmarillion, I pick up the Atlas and refer to the corresponding section. It is amazing! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is true student of Tolkien!

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Excellent and essential guide to understanding and visualizing Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings

    Without this guide, I would be lost, it really has helped me understand in detail the path that Frodo and the others followed on their adventures, how far they went each day or night, where they camped, what they saw, how the battles took place etc. Tolkien provides an enormous amount of detail about geography as well as detail about the settlements, cities and fortresses. While I am reading Lord of the Rings, I keep this atlas on my side in order to follow along in detail where they are and to visualize in my mind the entire scene in 3D. Also, many of the poems and songs contain so many place names and I can find these in the atlas. This atlas will also help me when I go on to read the Hobbit and the Simarllion. The maps are very big and easily readable and have a text that cross references with the books.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    Amazing

    This book is just that, amazing. It blows my mind to think JRR Tolkien came up with all this stuff. (If only real atlases were this good). The Atlas of Middle Earth is as complete a collection of tolkien maps and data as you can get. You WILL love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    What an awsome book!

    I bought this book at a homeschooling convention and new this would be a fun read. I love to study the battle plans and read about the battles them selfs. But its not just a battle plan map, it shows population count, and much much more. Any Tolkien fan will enjoy not only enjoy looking at the maps, but reading about what is going on in the illustrations. Buy it and see for yourself!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    it just kicks!!!

    This book will help you better understand Middle Earth. I really don't care that some people say that it is poor. I think that it is allsome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2003

    NICE MAPS

    this book helps the young and old understand Tolkien's books, and also is very ineresting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    just not enough for a me!!

    This book is okay.. I would hope that when an author puts together such a book, that he/she does more research in the book. Many maps are copies, or incorrect adaptations. That said it is still a fun and neat book to look at. I just hope that a real tolkien scholar could sit down and make the corrections needed. Plus more color and pictures would be nice.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2003

    Not accurate

    Folks, I465 surrounds Indianapolis, not I470. I will not bother to bore you with the nitty-gritty, but there are numerous errors that have not been corrected in the revised edition. Check elsewhere for better cartography. Sorry, this is a failure written by a Tolkien fan, not a scholar. Christopher must not have had great input here...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Amazing illustrations

    When you look at the pictures in this book you feel as if you are looking through the archives of Isenguard or Minas Tirith. They are so detailed it seemed they must of come from middle-earth itself. When you buy this book you are truly buying up a piece of Middle-Earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    READ THIS

    Overall, this is a wonderful companion to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It is thorough and detailed, and aids visualization and understanding of battles, paths, buildings, etc. It also has some history in it that's useful! Unfortunately, I found the diagrams to be somewhat lack-luster, with black and a drab brown. If it were more colorful, it would have received five stars, but is still worth your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    !!!!!!WOW!!!!!!

    Unlike Howard there who has the bladder of a ninety-three year old, I only drooled over it all and had to buy another copy...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2003

    Awsome Book!! Must Buy!

    If you are reading The Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit. This book will help you visualize the places and buildings that are mentioned in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Great illustrations!!

    I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. It was extremely helpful as I read LOTR I also like the charts, and the maps of the battles. A must for LOTR fans, I highly reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    This book is amazing!!

    If you are interested in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings then this book is a must. It is very helpful while reading the trilogy and it is well done. Accuracy and detail are of top quality in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    Amazing!

    If you like LOTR then I highly recommend this book! No matter how long you spend looking at this book, you will never be bored. It is so good. BUY it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2001

    Great companion to the Lord of the Rings books!

    Currently reading the Lord of the Rings, I have found this book a wonderful resource in helping me get my 'bearings' for all the lands, villages, lakes, rivers, forests, mountains, etc. within the trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2001

    BUY THIS BOOK!

    This book is a must-have for any fan of Tolkien's books. It's great! It has maps of every area of Middle Earth, from the Shire, to Mordor. It also has many maps of places from the Silmarillion. If you have read the Lord of the Rings, then you must buy this book!

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