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Atlas of Middle Earth Revised Ed [Hardcover]

Karen Fonstad
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739422006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739422007
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 20.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ILUVATAR SENT THE VALAR to order the world, preparing Arda for the coming of his Children - Elves and Men. Read the first page
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
This is a fabulous book!
All the maps are line drawings in simple tones such as black and brick colours - don't expect funky digital maps or a wealth of colours; that, however, does NOT detract from the excellence of this work! In fact - it is a bonus in my view: makes the maps clearer and more precise: it's also a nicer "feel".
I have sat and studied some of these maps for ages - and they really bring to life the travels of Frodo, Bilbo and the Fellowship in great detail. You get info right down to climates of the regions! I was enthrawled for who knows how long on the Moria maps (my favourite Tolkien place!) and it really gave depth to the extent of the journey the Fellowship took.
This is simply a MUST, not just for staunch Tolkien fans but as a trusty companion to the LOTR books for any reader (along with a Tolkien dictionary/encyclopedia).
You will be so glad you invested in it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 14 Dec 2007
Clearly the result of many year's work and research, the Atlas of Middle-Earth has all the background info on Tolkien's world that a person could ever want, ranging from the very creation of Middle-Earth to the Fourth Age. Put simply, if you are a fan of Tolkien, this must have a place on your bookshelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid! 20 Jun 2009
By Omally
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Quite simply a masterpiece. Any Tolkien fan will love using this Atlas to explore Middle Earth, thanks to the stunning detail and ease of reference. Normally, when reading a book, one gains enjoyment from building an image of the landscape in one's own mind; this Atlas does not detract from that enjoyment, rather it enhances one's own imagination and makes all of Tolkiens' works much more enjoyable, which is hard to believe!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but could be greater 12 Aug 2011
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I would really love this book if it was in coffee-table format and printed on art paper. The actual book is certainly very good value at the current price, but I would gladly have paid more for better quality paper.

There is a good level of detail in all maps but I would have liked even more in some of them.

Tolkien's Geology and Earth Science knowledge may have been somewhat confused but Ronstad's Geography and Cartography skills are great at bringing breadth and depth to the experience of (re-)reading Tolkien's works.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have to confess to being something of a Tolkien nerd. For me, this atlas is essential, and I am prepared to put in some work to get full use and maximum information out of it. However, this is also the reason I am only giving it 3 stars - because although it met all my expectations on one level, with its detailed presentations of many areas of Middle Earth and of the main characters' journeys, I can see that for a general reader, making best use of it could be somewhat difficult.

This is not because of any lack of ability on the part of the author. The late Karen Fonstad was a professional cartographer and she devoted quite a few years of her (far too short) life to developing atlases of imaginary worlds, including Ann McCaffrey's Pern and the Forgotten Realms of AD&D fame. She knew what she was doing. However in the case of this edition of this particular atlas, she is let down by the almost monochrome colour scheme to which the maps are restricted (brown, black and beige ... really could not be less helpful if it tried!) and also by some very dodgy proofreading.

'Erresea'? Where is that? And 'Aqualonde'? These two mistakes occur on the same map, p.7 of this edition. That's just careless.

I appreciate that providing full colour maps would probably have driven the price of this book up too high, but it's still a pity that neither those, nor some more effective proof reading, could be provided before the latest edition went to press. Perhaps it's not much to hope for that a future edition might address at least the misspellings. Unfortunately the maps themselves seem destined to remain almost impenetrable to anyone who is not, well, something of a Tolkien nerd.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars precious 18 Oct 2005
Beautifull illustrated maps, with interesting comments and notes. Things you hadn't even thought about are in it, climate in middle-earth, a map from menegroth, moria, ..., an endless list of beautifull, unseen maps. Only downside I think is the colors of the maps. There isn't much color, and this gives it an authentic touch, very nice. But sometimes you can't clearly see what is meant with what arrow since the means of making different arrows are limited. But everything else makes it definitly worth to be bought. The Climate of middle earth, rock types, average speed of the fellowship per day, ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bought this for my Tolkein mad partner, who hasn't put it down since! Apparently it's very good and there is lots of cross referencing and 'ah''s and 'ooh''s going on along with me possibly never seeing him for a protracted period of time again...unless it's to tell me all about Numenor and other places I have no idea about...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3 Sep 2012
By Sonny
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This Atlas of Middle Earth was fantastic. For a Lord of the Rings fanatic this is perfect. I have read and reread all the works of J.R.R Tolkien and to see maps when your reading is exciting and interesting. This book is detailed and split into several sections to help indicate what age of middle earth your viewing. This is well worth buying for any fan of the books. This will be a treasured item and a fantastic companion for The Silmirillion, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Top drawer
Published 3 days ago by Gerry Noonan
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and informative
This book is written in easy, accessible style. it has all the maps and drawings you could need, all taken from the Tolkien legendarium. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gill Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable
If you really want to understand the geography of Middle Earth and other realms, this is the book. The maps in Tolkien's are good as far as they go, but this covers as much detail... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MR PHILIP COX
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover
Honestly, from the moment I received it I couldn't let it out of my hands. Read it cover to cover and it's brilliant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrei
5.0 out of 5 stars Billliant
Great for a tolkien fan, especially those who like the silmarillion (sp). Text and maps are great, maybe too much for those who have only seen the films.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing: maps not Tolkien-ian in feel at all.
As a child I used to love spending hours poring over maps, and the maps in Tolkien's books were no exception. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sebastian Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars My husband likes it
My husbands thinks this is great. I was hoping more for maps of the type that could be framed on your wall. However, they are just simple, colourless, hand drawn maps. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Emily J
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlas of Middle Earth
Having begun reading Tolkien later in life! I am so enjoying the books and this Atlas of Middle Earth is brilliant. Read more
Published 18 months ago by susie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great add on to a fan of middle earth
I love the maps and info provided in this book it is in my opinion a great way to put some meat on the bones, of what you already know, but I feel that for some it will be either... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Fritz
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a lot better.
So far I'm finding this book a real disappointment.

The maps are generally fine, although there are a few labelling errors such as "Erresa" (page 7, map of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by BG!
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