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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Special edition edition (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007169701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007169702
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 3.5 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIAN SIBLEY is a writer and broadcaster with a life-long interest in fantasy books and cinema. His fascination with J. R. R. Tolkien and the myths and history of Middle-earth led to his critically-acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings in which the role of Frodo was played by Ian Holm, who now portrays Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Brian’s subsequent radio dramas included several of Tolkien’s short novels collected under the title Tales from the Perilous Realm, C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, two series of Tales of the Bizarre by Ray Bradbury and Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and Gormenghast which won him the prestigious Sony Radio Award. His books include Three Cheers for Pooh, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Land of Narnia and Shadowlands, as well as the text accompanying three maps by John Howe based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Brian is currently writing an in-depth account of the making of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for future publication.


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Format: Hardcover
If you are a Tolkien collector, an admirer of John Howe's superb Middle Earth paintings or a lover of beautiful books, then you will love this. But be warned, if you want highly detailed maps of Middle Earth overlaid with route plans and information, then you will be dissapointed. If you want detail, instead buy Karen Wynn Fonstad's Atlas of Middle Earth or Barbara Strachey's Journeys of Frodo.
This package is beautifuly presented containing howes 4 Middle Earth maps in a hardback folder (the maps are Middle Earth, Beleriand, Numenor and the Hobbit map) with an informative hardback book by Brian Sibley explaining the role of maps in Tolkien's creations and containing a gazetter of place names for each map. The whole lot is bundled into an attractive slipcase.
Howes maps are not over detailed, and are bordered with representations of scenes from the books painted by Howe. However, the maps contain as much detail as the maps drawn by JRR and Christopher Tolkien. Howes purpose was not to create detailed cartography surpassing the original maps in detail and annotation, but to create artistic interpretations of the maps.
In other words, view the maps as art rather than detailed guides to Middle Earth and then you will not be dissapointed.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
John Howe and Brian Sibley are both towering figures in the "Lord of the Rings" fanbase -- Howe has been known for years as one of the two finest Tolkien artists, and Sibley gained fame in the past few years as the guy who chronicled the behind-the-scenes information on the movies. Together, their "Maps of Tolkien's Middle-Earth" is a solid release that adds an extra dimension to ordinary maps.
Howe presents four fold-out maps of Middle-Earth: Wilderland, the areas traversed by Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit," a general map of Middle-Earth, a map of Beleriand and other lands of the north, and the land of Numenor. The latter two haven't been released in this country, which makes them especially interesting.
Admittedly, the maps aren't too detailed or intricate; they seem rather basic. But Howe hasn't just drawn colorful maps -- he surrounds the maps with his exquisite illustrations of trees and hills, castles, Bilbo and the Dwarves at Bag End, Gandalf on Shadowfax, the seashore and mountains. With Howe's intricate, Celtic-looking borders separating the illustrations from the maps, each poster takes on almost the look of a medieval tapestry.
The foldout poster-maps are exceptional on their own. But Brian Sibley's accompanying guide is almost as good -- he has a separate section for each map that details the various cities, mountains, and other important points. What's more, Sibley details the history of each map in Tolkien's life, and the importance of that part of Middle-Earth in his ongoing story. Sibley's essays are well-written and interesting, and his descriptions of the locations in Middle-Earth is quite well done.
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Everyone who has read Tolkien's stories of Middle-earth will remember his books' several intricate maps. Now we can enjoy new versions of four of them, redrawn, coloured, embellished and illustrated by the fantasy artist John Howe.

Map I shows an oblique view of The Hobbit's Wilderland. (Like its companions, it reproduces Tolkien's own cartography scrupulously, omitting nothing and adding nothing.) Framing Wilderland, a golden, serpentine Smaug coils sinuously; beneath it, Thorin's dwarves make music in Bilbo's parlour, while Gandalf puffs at his pipe. Bordering vignettes depict Beorn, an eagle, the cobwebbed gloom of Mirkwood and the Running River cascading from the Lonely Mountain.

Map II derives from the rendition of the West of Middle-earth prepared by Christopher Tolkien for his father's Unfinished Tales. John's marginal illustrations include Meduseld; Rivendell; Gandalf; Gollum; Legolas, Gimli and soldiers of Gondor and Rohan confronting a group of orcs; aerial Nazgul wheeling around the horror of Barad-dur; and Gandalf and Shadowfax hastening to Minas Tirith.

Map III shows The Silmarillion's Beleriand. The framing paintings give us Morgoth's fastness of Angband; the red-topped Amon Rudh; Turin beneath the monstrous Glaurung; Telerin swan ships; and the heraldic devices of Earendil, Fingolfin, Finwe, Gil-galad and Luthien.

Map IV, again taken from The Silmarillion, shows the island of Numenor. Illustrated here are two grave Numenorean guardsmen, a rocky shore, Ar-Pharazon's doomed armada and the ruin of Sauron's temple of Morgoth amidst the catastrophe of the Akallabeth.

In my edition - which dates from 2003 - each map is roughly twenty-eight inches square, printed on heavy paper and folded with just five creases.
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Whilst the book is well presented and the maps are excellent quality and could be framed once folded out, I can't help but feel disappointed because I thought they did not quite live up to my expectations. The main map is fine but the two other maps are the ones I felt disappointed with. It is I think the lack of detail in these that disappointed me. However, I am still happy to have purchased the book and would still recommend it to Lord of the Rings fans.
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