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West of the Mountains, East of the Sea: The Map of Tolkien's Beleriand and the Lands to the North Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010


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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007312709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007312702
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful addition for fans of Tolkien's Beleriand as this map gives you a vivid impression of the world in such fine detail a reread of the tale is invariably going to happen at the same time as your exploration. It's gorgeous, its beautifully created and obviously a real labour of love that clearly exudes itself throughout the page. A real magical offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nat Whilk on 14 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Every reader of The Silmarillion will remember the map of Beleriand that Christopher Tolkien compiled from his father's manuscripts. Now we can enjoy the map in a much more lavish version, redrawn, coloured, embellished and illustrated by the fantasy artist John Howe.

The new map is scrupulously faithful to the cartography of the old, neither adding nor omitting anything. John's inventiveness is saved for the images in the border. At the top, we're shown the stronghold of the Satanic Morgoth. At the bottom, white swan ships of the Teleri glide past a spectacular shore. To the left, we see the red-crowned hill of Amon Rudh. To the right, Turin confronts the terrible dragon, Glaurung. Also shown are the heraldic devices of Earendil, Fingolfin, Finwe, Gil-galad and Luthien.

Approximately twenty-eight inches square, the map is presented to us folded up and tucked into a pocket at the back of a small eighty page hardback book. Its author is Brian Sibley, well known to Tolkien enthusiasts for his BBC Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings and his companions to Peter Jackson's Middle-earth movies. The book begins with a nine page introduction About the Mapping of Middle-earth; then there is a substantial essay About the Map of Beleriand, explaining how The Silmarillion came into being and the importance of geography in Tolkien's vision. A thorough gazetteer then lists all the places on the map and tells us something of their nature and their significance in Tolkien's narrative. Decorating the text are thirteen black and white sketches; on the cover of the book is a colour painting of the hidden city of Gondolin, shining brightly amidst its majestic encircling mountains.

Brian's writing is graceful, genial and conversational.
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