on 11 November 2003
I was very disappointed with this product.
As a Tolkien fanatic and as someone who is very keen to accumulate all things Tolkien, I was expecting a very much better quality map. All this map amounts to is the Christopher Tolkien map of Beleriand, found in The Silmarillion, recoloured.
The space around the map is wasted with huge images, which whilst OK, could have been small and more numerous, but pushed closer to the edge, allowing the map image to be much bigger (I like BIG maps).
The map used as the basis for this reconstruction is not even the most up to date map of Beleriand, which can be found in War of the Jewels - book 11 of the History of Middle-earth series – which has important details, not least is a proper positioning of Angband, without which this map is severely lackingP>I don’t fully regret buying it, as I would still use it from time to time, but it could have been so much better than it is.
on 4 January 2004
This product is large map of Beleriand, with a flimsy booklet attached with further information about Beleriand and the events of the Silmarillion.
Maybe the title above should read if you HAVE the Silmarillion... as this product gives you very little, if any, info that isn't in the book itself or the appendices that come with the book itself.
The map is nothing to write home about, the illustration is just average and the detail(?) isn't as comprehensive as you want it to be.
This is just a wasted opportunity for something that could have been a nice little extra. I actually felt deeply stupid for spending money on this.
Buy the Lays of Beleriand instead.
on 27 December 2000
While the Silmarillion may be viewed as the Genesis of the Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings, Beleriand is the Pangean idea of a continent that was later to become Middle-Earth. The Silmarillion is a difficult book in its own stand, and as you may well know, keeping abreast with the stretch of land it portrays can prove a demanding task. This is where "The Map of Tolkien's Beleriand" comes in. Assembled superbly by Brian Sibley and illustrated by John Howe, one of the topmost Tolkien artists, this book is great help in order to fully visualize the various landscapes where the tales recount in the Silmarillion occur.
on 22 May 2013
This simply stunning fold-out, full-color map accompanied by an illustrated booklet, has to be the ultimate guide to `Beleriand'. Including information which details the background to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, prepare to be enlightened and spellbound by this booklet! Set within the First Age of Middle-Earth, many thousands of years before the events chronicled in `The Lord of the Rings', you will be transported to the foundations of Tolkien's creation....where it all began. Beleriand was the setting for the war of the jewels (*note: history of Middle-Earth book 11), as also recounted within The Silmarillion. This is a faithfully reproduced map, based on the original map by Christopher Tolkien. It is embellished with heraldic emblems and dramatic, significant scenes from the book.
`The map of Tolkien's Beleriand and the lands to the North' is the third map within a series, which completes the trio ~ alongside `there and back again: the map of The Hobbit' and `the map of Tolkien's Middle-Earth'. All three maps are illustrated by brilliant artist John Howe, who has illustrated many of Tolkien's works over the years; capturing the essence of his extraordinary creation. Within the accompanying booklet, Tolkien expert Brian Sibley details the background and history of the Silmarillion and includes a gazetteer of the many places shown in the map.
Insightful and illuminating this wonderful map is a must-have for all Tolkien fans and enthusiasts of his work. This map, together with the other two make a brilliant collection and ideal pocket-books for ready reference! Ideal for the explorer this map brings out the adventurer in us all...
"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun..."
~ Frodo Baggins, the Lord of the Rings