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The atlas of Middle-earth (original 1981; edition 1991)

by Karen Wynn Fonstad

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Find your way through every part of Tolkien's great creation from Middle-Earth to the undying lands of the west. Completely revised, Karen Wynn Fonstad's The Atlas of Middle-Earth is an indispensable volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans. Here is the essential guide to the geography of Middle-Earth from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, re-creating the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated -- nearly one third of the maps are new with a fully revised text -- it 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 day by day -- battles, castles, forests, far lands, distinctive landforms, climate, vegetation, and population. - Back cover.… (more)
Title:The atlas of Middle-earth
Authors:Karen Wynn Fonstad
Info:Boston: Houghton Mifflin, c1991.
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Tags:fantasy, reference, art, coffeetable

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Maps of fantasy books are love. ( )
  Ayanami_Faerudo | Mar 29, 2017 |
The book feels cartoonish, written for an audience with no more than highly superficial knowledge and a generally television-ish appetites. But I should have seen that coming; Tolkien's is not a particularly strongly cartographic world, although it certainly beats the chivalric romances (which didn't even have maps). ( )
  ex_ottoyuhr | May 8, 2014 |
An adequate set of maps, but not artistically up to the Iron Crown publications in this area. It has the advantage of being the real publisher's version of Middle Earth. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Apr 18, 2014 |
I recall fondly the hardbound edition I owned in High School, but the content remains as satisfying and edifying as I hoped, and I expect the revisions and expansion of material in this revised edition will prove worthwhile. Apparently only some of Christopher Tolkien's History of Middle-earth was made available for the revision, and near to deadline, so the decision was made to restrict emendations and new material to existing entries, rather than attempt to add entirely new placenames, battles, or locations. That said, new maps apparently were prepared for some of those existing entries.


I enjoy reviewing relevant maps with my daughter as we read through LOTR together, though she has not entirely resisted the temptation to read entries we've not yet reached in the story. It would have been great to have at our elbows as we read The Hobbit. ( )
2 vote elenchus | Apr 28, 2013 |
One of my favourite reference books, Atlas of Middle-Earth is not only wonderful in and of itself, it is also an informative and enchanting companion and guide to and for J.R.R. Tolkien's substantial oeuvre, a detailed and fascinating array of both general and specific maps, helping readers trace and visualise the paths taken by elves, dwarves, men and others during the three ages of Middle Earth. And most importantly (at least for me), Atlas of Middle-Earth also shows how Middle Earth as a whole has changed in shape, size and features since the First Age (The Elder Days). Recommended for anyone who is a fan of Tolkien's Middle Earth, to anyone who would love to be able to visit Tolkien's Middle Earth. ( )
  gundulabaehre | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The hundreds of maps and diagrams Fonstad has created or expanded upon make it much easier to enjoy the narrative in Tolkien's older lays and legends. They make it less of a struggle to keep the geography straight in your head and are a godsend to those of us who have a hard time following the action in battle scenes.
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Tolkien, J.R.R.Creatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schütz, Hans J.Übersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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