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The Atlas of Tolkien's Middle-earth Paperback – October 14, 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (October 14, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026110277X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261102774
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Absolutely indispensable! in its scope and coverage it is a masterful work, a fitting monument to the talents and imagination of the cartographer and of the man who invented these lands' -- Mythprint

About the Author

Karen Wynn Fonstad is a noted cartographer who has a master's degree in geography from the University of Oklahoma and has taught geography at the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of The Atlas of Pern, The Atlas of the Dragonlance World, The Atlas of the Land and The Forgotten Realms Atlas. She lives in Wisconsin, USA.

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Format: Paperback
The atlas of JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad clarifies the geography of his creation and highlights the adventures which took place there ~ including the first, second and third ages. From the Undying Lands of the West to the Shire and Hobbiton, this revised edition contains within hundreds of two-color maps and diagrams spanning across the vast plains of Middle-Earth. Utterly enchanting and indispensable, this single volume records the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring as well as the journeys, epic battles, Castles, Forests and peoples of this fantastic fantasy world.

A comprehensive, illuminating guide for all Tolkien fans which is extraordinary in its scope and coverage of such a masterful work. This is a fitting monument to the talents and imagination of the cartographer and of the man who invented these lands ~ a master myth-maker and remarkable writer. Explored within this book is the first age; Valinor, the fight of the Noldor and Beren and Lúthien, the second age; Númenor and the last alliance, the third age; Dúnedain kingdoms, Wainriders of Angmar and Hobbits and Dwarves. In addition to this are various regional maps as well as in-depth material on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

It even contains information on the evolution of languages ~ the origins of Sindarin, Westron (also known as the common speech) and Rohirric.

This wonderful book is so interesting, deeply fascinating and insightful that I could not imagine reading and exploring Tolkien's works without it. Adding a whole new layer of understanding and visual interpretation to Tolkien's most significant works (i.e The Lord of the Rings); this is something that is definitely an essential edition to your bookshelf and/or Tolkien library.
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