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on March 15, 2013
This is, to say the least. is a very, very disappointing product. First the good. The "maps" are on good heavy paper that should last with reasonable care. The printing is adequate but not exceptional in any way. The 'maps' come in a protective binder and are also enclosed in a box that contains both the 'maps' and a short book that tells something about the 'maps' but there are no references provided.
Now for the bad. The maps are more art than map. The maps at most take up 50% of the available space and one map maybe 25%. The art work is distracting and adds little to nothing the ascetic value of the product. The title of the product lead me to believe that the maps contained therein would be like the wall maps one sees of the world and of the United States, and they are not. The author is an artist and defiantly not a cartographer. The detail on the maps themselves is very rudimentary and would add little to your understanding of Middle Earth. There are no contour lines to aid in determining the type of land in the area being depicted. One map has only regional names and no cities or other boundaries provided.
I have been a longtime lover of maps (my father was a cartographer for the Corps of Engineers US Army) and have studied in some detail the entire published works of professor Tolkien. I began reading the work of the good professor in 1967 and have not been able to stop. I was lead to believe that these maps were well researched and would provide some help as to scale, but since no distance measure is provided it is of no use there either.
If you love maps and not just wall posters with uninspired art taking up most of the printable area and maps providing no detail I strongly recommend the work of a real life cartographer Karen Wynnfonstad titled "The Atlas of Middle Earth Revised Edition" ISBN:0-618-12699-6 available through Amazon or one of the used book dealers. The price is better, the product is better and real maps are there. Be aware that the maps are not intended to be displayed. This book will provide you the answers you are seeking presented in a professional manner and well referenced to Tolkiens works.
If you are interested in a wall poster at a high price with gaudy uninspired art work then the "Maps of Middle Earth are for you, but not for me. My wife runs a book business with Amazon and my copy, just received this week will be on sale today. No use keeping low production value work in my library.
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on December 11, 2014
Some wonderful color work here with interesting borders. I especially liked the use of the the sigils. However I would have preferred more map and less border. Some place names were missing, such as the Gap of Maglor and Thangorodrim. I guess I prefer the cleaner pen and ink style maps(the reproduction of Christopher Tolkien's gloriously minimalistic map of Wilderland) but this was a quality effort. I was somewhat pleased to see the Numenor map though it seemed, I don't know, empty or wanting for more detail. Still one can't find many maps of Westernesse so it is a great find. As to the Middle Earth map of the Third Age, I looked for place names that should have been there but were left off. Dorwinion, Framburg, Cirith Ungol, Elostirion, Mount Gram and Rhosgobel were a few I noticed but then I guess I'm picking nits here. Like the other maps this one seemed to have too much border and not enough map. A noteworthy effort all around.
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on March 17, 2015
Thoroughly disappointed. Not enough illustrations to compare to other books on Tolkien lore. And the maps are nowhere near in beauty or in detail in comparison to The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad.
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on April 26, 2012
Being an experienced Tolkien reader, having read The Silmarillion, The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Books several times each, I was very disappointed by the lack of real map-like detail contained on the 4 separate maps. The only thing that was clarified for me by these maps where the position of the "Eryd Luin" (Blue Mountains) between the 1st age in the Beleriand Map & the same mountain chain which were shifted in terms of their relationship to the Western Seas in the map of Middle Earth during the 3rd Age due to the opening of the huge Chasm after the fall of Numernor during the 2nd Age.
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on March 26, 2017
It's alright but much shorter and smaller maps than I had expected.
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on November 5, 2011
The 4 maps are beautiful, with excellent mapwork and skilled illustrations to accompany the maps. They are quite suitable for framing, but since they are double-sided, once they are framed, you do lose access to some information. Nevertheless, they make for terrific bedroom art for any boys who love Tolkien's stories (as mine does). You will likely need get custom frames, as the 28" square size does not fit well into pre-formed frames sold in most home decoration stores. The companion volume is an added treat.
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on March 20, 2014
Absurdly overpackaged, and the book adds nothing to the maps themselves if you've read the original books. The color maps are not as easily readable as Tolkien's original monochrome maps, and the borders are huge and make the maps ungainly to use. I think they're supposed to be "art", but they look too cheesy to consider framing.
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on June 22, 2017
Gorgeous maps for Middle-Earth/Tolkien collectors
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on July 22, 2015
I hope there is a place like Middle- earth somewhere in the world we all need one.
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on November 21, 2015
The maps are GORGEOUS! I do not suggest shoving these beauties in cheap frames as it lessens the feel of them, a nice wooden frame does perfectly! No two in this set are the same, and the book that accompanies it explains each chosen detail and location named in the map!
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