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The Atlas of Middle-Earth Paperback – 1 Jan 1993
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About the Author
Karen Wynn Fonstad, the author or The Atlas of Pern, The Forgotten Realms Atlas and other guides to fantasy worlds, is a noted cartographer. She lives in Wisconsin. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
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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.
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.
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.
The Atlas even shows the Earth (Arda) when it was conceived by Tolkein before time and then as it was in the subsequent ages. What is also very good is that it also has the storylines alongside the maps. I have often wondered when I looked at the map of Middle earth and Mordor in Lord of the Rings where Beleriand and Numenor were in relation to it. (Basically, off the map to the west). Also, the maps follow all the journies in detail of Frodo and Sam for example. One can easily see where the epic battles took place, where Minas Ithil, Minas Tirith, Osgiliad, Rivendel, Moria, Isenguard and many others places are and in relation to each other. The glossaries are also very good.
This book is a must if you really want to know the "world" of Tolkein
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a friend had this, when we were teenagers, in the early 1990s. long before any ideas of cinematic adaptations of the Lord Of The Rings were even on paper. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being a Lord of the Rings fan I love this and the art work is fabulous.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting and informative, nicely presented in a visual way ... 1 extra star for a better binding to allow it to open flat!Published 7 months ago by Bob 32767
I cant recommend this enough for any fans of Tolkiens work, it is excellent.Published 9 months ago by michael taaffe
Bought this product as a gift and it got appreciatively received. Not actually read it myself. SorryPublished 17 months ago by JHBW
Really helped when trying to visualise large areas of the world. I had already previously read the books a good number of times before reading and using the atlas but i think it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mears