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on 5 August 2017
An excellent companion to the books. It helps to make sense of the many descriptions of the journeys of all the participants. Adds tremendously to the pleasure of the books.
Thank you to Barbara for her huge contribution to the pleasure of so many
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on 7 April 2005
Ever wondered what Frodo&co.'s journey _exactly_ looked like? Ever wanted a bit more detailed maps of it? Well, here you are.
It is not as detailed (and consequently not as overwhelming) as Karen Wynn Fonstad's Atlas of Middle Earth; it gives you exactly what it promises: the route of the Ring's journey from Bag End to Mount Doom. (Aragorn&co.'s detour to Rohan is also included, of course).
The maps are in black and red (like Christpher Tolkien's originals), and are based on those original maps AND the descriptions in the book. As a result, sometimes they differ a bit - Strachey always gives explanations and quotes for that.
I found it very helpful as an accompaniment to LOTR, as it helps me to follow the journey visually as well. It gives a sense of how big distances are.
Highly recommended to any LOTR enthusiast.
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on 3 June 1999
While being a great companion to LOTR it provides little else. It is perfect for looking at while re-reading LOTR and helps you to visualise the landscape far better. However it is nowhere near as good as the atlas of middle-earth (which is brilliant) for general maps. Overall, OK nothing special, but worth having if like me you enjoy reading LOTR over and over.
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on 19 November 1998
Barbara Strachey's careful attention to detail and her fine eye for artistic enhancement provide the reader with a visual feast. Ms. Strachey painstakingly lays out every step of the journey from Bag End to Mount Doom with some of the most beautifully drawn Middle Earth maps available. This book is a necessary addition to any Tolkien collection.
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on 2 November 2004
This Atlas is clearly a thorough, great acheivement, and will give you a much deeper understanding of the character's journeys (from Frodo and Sam's path to Aragorn and co.), however I felt it to be quite dull.
Don't get me wrong, it is a very handy companion to read the books with, but it felt like there's something missing. It also doesn't show the paths of the Hobbits before, during and after the Battle in the Shire at the end, which I found annoying.
The maps are just as real maps would be, which is good, but I would prefer more colourful and detailed maps, but maybe that's just me being fussy.
Go buy it, but don't get your hopes up for something amazing. Average, not great.
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on 5 January 2012
This Atlas really helps you to enjoy reading the Lord of the Rings with a much greater understanding and depth. The painstakingly researched maps, are clear, concise and accurate, keeping the reader fully informed of their progress through Middle Earth. I believe this helps add so much more to the enjoyment of the book and to Tolkien's Middle Earth.
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on 4 June 2002
Very much the sort of thing that anybody with an ounce of artistic talent and the patience to analyse the book blow-by-blow, but better works have since appeared.
If you're that serious a Tolkien completist, then you may consider this an essential book - if not, just wait till you're given it for your birthday or whatever - as somebody is *bound* to get it for you ...
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