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The Map of Tolkien's Beleriand: and the Lands to the North Paperback – Folded Map, 20 Sep 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (20 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261103725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261103726
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,189,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Before Middle-earth there was Beleriand, the setting of the great War of the Jewels which took place many generations before the events of 'The Lord of the Rings'. This was Morgoth’s territory before the cataclysmic events which transformed the landscape into that in which Frodo and his countrymen undertook their quest for the Rings of Power.

'The Map of Tolkien’s Beleriand and the Lands to the North' is skilfully and faithfully reproduced by John Howe. Lavishly rendered in full colour and depicting a montage of heraldic emblems and dramatic scenes from 'The Silmarillion', it completes the trilogy of authorized Tolkien maps by John Howe.

The map is accompanied by an illustrated booklet by Tolkien expert and playwright Brian Sibley which examines the principal events which took place on the map, together with the history of 'The Silmarillion' and its relevance to Tolkien’s other major works.

About the Author

John Howe was born in 1957 in Vancouver, Canada. He moved to France in 1976 and gained a Diploma in Illustration at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg in 1981. He has illustrated many French children’s books, but is best known for his Tolkien calendars, book jackets, maps and posters, and he is currently working as a production designer on New Line Cinema’s forthcoming Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

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 first led to his critically-acclaimed 26-part BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings in which the role of Frodo was played by Ian Holm, who went on to portray Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a role he is now reprising inThe Hobbit.

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, John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, two series of Tales of the Bizarre by Ray Bradbury, novels by Roald Dahl, J B Priestley and James Thurber as well as Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and Gormenghast which won him the prestigious Sony Radio Award. A recent return to Peake country resulted in a six-hour serialisation entitled The History of Titus Groan, recipient of the 2012 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Dramatisation.

His books include Three Cheers for Pooh, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, The Making of The Pirates!, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Book of Guinness Advertising, The Land of Narnia and Shadowlands, as well as his collaboration with John Howe on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Maps of Middle-earth.

Following on from his award-winning accounts of the making of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and his official biography, Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker's Journey, Brian returns to chronicle the making of the The Hobbit.


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Format: Paperback
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent map in full-color with stunning images by John Howe that brings Middle-Earth to life! 22 May 2013
By Lucinda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great map of the 1st age 3 Oct. 2008
By Pi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't pick this up unless you're a real fan of Tolkien (and not just the Lord of the Rings) and you've read 'the Silmarilion' front to back.

These maps are set in the first age of Middle Earth, and except for some of the Mountain Ranges (Ered Gorgoroth, among others)... none of the places and names that we've heard of in the Hobbit and LOTR make it here.

That said, it's a rare find for any fan and is a great buy. I spent a lot of time poring over it and using the accompanying booklet to identify places on the map, and remembering what event happened there in the Silmarilion.

Best meant for collectors and fans of Tolkien's work outside of LOTR.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 14 Jun. 2010
By Rebecca S. Burkheart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Title says it all. If you're a Tolkien Geek, you need this in your collection.
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