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Useful maps

  • Aug 31, 2011
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Overall, these maps are pretty useful for Tolkien fans. I'd recommend this book for anybody read Tolkien's works, but particularly for somebody reading the Silmarillion as the book really helps clarify things. These maps don't just show the landscape (most editions of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit contain basic maps of Middle-Earth) but also tracks events in the book and shows the paths the major characters took. Unfortunately, some of the depictions in this book are at odds with the Peter Jackson movies, but that's hardly the author's fault. Overall, recommended.

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The publishing world is full of Tolkien spinoff products, some trivial and ephemeral--but some, like this thoroughly researched atlas, are genuinely classy. Karen Wynn Fonstad is a qualified geographer and cartographer who first mapped Middle-Earth in 1981 and has since added much new detail based on those endless volumes of drafts, abandoned passages, alternative versions, and laundry lists published since Tolkien's death. She fills in gaps and details in the familiar Third Age maps fromThe HobbitandThe Lord of the Rings, goes back in time to map Middle-Earth's First and Second Ages, and reconstructs the route and timescale of every important journey in the stories. There are local maps of key places like the Mines of Moria, Lothlorien, Isengard, Minas Tirth, the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and the volcanic Mount Doom. War maps cover the saga's notable battles, up to the hopeless last stand at Mordor gate and the tiny later skirmish known in Shire records as the Battle of Bywater. Thematic maps show Middle-Earth's distribution of climate, geological features, vegetation, people, and (most importantly to Tolkien) languages.... It's all done tremendously seriously and would make a fine gift for enthusiastic Tolkien fans, except that they'll have bought it already.--David Langford, Amazon.co.uk--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0618126996
ISBN-13: 978-0618126996
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Mariner Books

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