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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618126996
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/10/2001
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 167,099
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author


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 Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Introductionix
The First Age
Introduction1
Valinor6
Beleriand and the Lands to the North9
The Great March16
The Flight of the Noldor18
Realms--Before the Great Defeat19
Menegroth, the Thousand Caves20
Nargothrond21
Gondolin22
Thangorodrim and Angband22
Coming of Men24
Travels of Beren and Luthien25
Travels of Turin and Nienor26
The Battles of Beleriand28
The First Battle28
The Second Battle28
The Third Battle30
The Fourth Battle30
The Fifth Battle32
The Great Battle32
The Second Age
Introduction37
Refugee Relocation40
Advent of the Dark Years42
Numenor43
Voyages of the Numenoreans44
The Realms in Exile46
The Last Alliance47
The Third Age
Introduction51
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 Hobbits64
Migrations of Dwarves65
Regional Maps
Introduction69
The Shire69
Eriador72
Wilderland78
The Misty Mountains79
The Brown Lands, the Wold, the Downs, and the Emyn Muil83
The White Mountains86
Mordor (and Adjacent Lands)90
The Hobbit
Introduction97
Over Hill and Under Hill: Goblin-town102
Out of the Frying Pan104
Beorn's Wide Wooden Halls105
Attercop, Attercop106
Thranduil's Caverns107
Lake-town108
Lonely Mountain110
The Battle of Five Armies112
The Lord of the Rings
Introduction117
Hobbiton and Bag End118
Along the Brandywine120
On the Barrow-downs122
At the Prancing Pony124
Weathertop126
Rivendell127
Moria128
Lothlorien130
Helm's Deep132
Isengard134
Edoras136
Dunharrow136
Minas Tirith138
The Morannon140
Henneth Annun141
The Path to Cirith Ungol143
The Tower of Cirith Ungol144
Mount Doom146
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
Pathways156
Bag End to Rivendell162
Rivendell to Lorien164
Rauros to Dunharrow166
Dunharrow to the Morannon168
The Journey of Frodo and Sam170
The Road Home174
The Fourth Age176
Thematic Maps
Introduction179
Landforms180
Climate182
Vegetation184
Population186
Languages188
Appendix191
Notes191
Selected References200
Index of Place Names202
Index of Selected Place Names for The History of Middle-earth209

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Atlas of Middle-earth 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DaughterofTheKingOR More than 1 year ago
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!
konaerto More than 1 year ago
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.
nocturnewytche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must have for any LOTR fan. The maps and information are so detailed. It makes ME seem like a real place! I reference this book so often and cannot imagine any other atlas comparing to this one. A great book to have in a LOTR collection. Very cool!
middleearthtraveller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Extremely handy when discussing LOTR geography. Love it.
Magus_Manders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic reference for fans of Tolkien's works. The scholarship is amazing, and it really helps to visualize the land of Middle-Earth, if the movies don't quite suite you.
medda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whle the illustrations aren't beautiful, they are accurate and very useful for placing the characters and events as you read. It helps a lot when reading the Silmarillion for the first time. Or the second time.
ksmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written by a cartographer, profusely illustrated with incredibly useful maps, there is no more useful resource with which to follow the Lord of the Rings. This book covers the geography of the Silmarillion, and LOTR. Fabulous stuff.
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Merlin26 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book helps the young and old understand Tolkien's books, and also is very ineresting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.