The Atlas of Middle-Earth

The Atlas of Middle-Earth

Karen Wynn Fonstad / Jan 17, 2020

The Atlas of Middle Earth Karen Wynn Fonstad s The Atlas of Middle Earth is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle earth from its founding in the Elder D

  • Title: The Atlas of Middle-Earth
  • Author: Karen Wynn Fonstad
  • ISBN: 9780395535165
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • Karen Wynn Fonstad s The Atlas of Middle Earth is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring.Authentic and updated nearly one third of the maps are new, and the textKaren Wynn Fonstad s The Atlas of Middle Earth is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring.Authentic and updated nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.Hundreds of two color maps and diagrams survey the journeys of the principal characters day by day battles, castles, forests, far lands, distinctive landforms, climate, vegetation and population Absolutely indispensable In its scope and coverage it is a masterful work, a fitting monument to the talents and imagination of the cartographer and of the man who invented these lands Mythprint, Mythopoeic SocietyKaren Wynn Fonstad is a noted cartographer who has her master s degree in geography from the University of Oklahoma and has taught geography at the Uneversity of Wisconsin, Oshkosh As a master of fantasy worlds, she is the author of The Atlas of Pern, The Atlas of the Dragonlance World, The Atlas of the Land and The Forgotten Realms Atlas She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and is a member of the City Council.

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        Karen Wynn Fonstad, n e Wynn April 18, 1945 March 11, 2005 was the author of several atlases of fictional worlds.Born Karen Lea Wynn in Oklahoma City to parents James and Estis Wynn, she graduated from Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma, and then earned a B.S degree in Physical Therapy and an M.A in Geography, specializing in cartography, from the University of Oklahoma.While attending the University of Oklahoma she met Todd A Fonstad They married on March 21, 1970 and produced two children Dr Mark A Fonstad and Kristina Stingle.Before her retirement to raising children and writing companion atlases, Fonstad was Director of Cartographic Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Her formal acknowledgments for The Atlas of Pern 1984 include my husband, Todd, associate professor geography and the UW Oshkosh Department of Geography.Karen Wynn Fonstad died, aged 59, from complications from breast cancer.Provided by


    1. If you are gonna visualize an epic quest, then it's always a good idea to see a lay of the land. I wanted to understand where they were going exactly and see it with my eyes and see the scale of miles, and how the other lands were surfaced compared to it. I love imagining , but I love having the atlas ready to look at so I can get back to reading. It keeps the image fresh in my head. Nice maps.

    2. One of my favourite and most treasured reference books of all time, ever, period! This expansive and informative "atlas" is not only a wonderful tome simply in and of itself, it is of course first and foremost primarily an enchanting and massively enlightening general companion to and important source of and for J.R.R. Tolkien's substantial oeuvre. A detailed and fascinating array of both general and specific maps are presented and featured, helping readers not only visualise but also navigate t [...]

    3. I consider this book to be an indispensable companion, along with the maps and chronology at the beginning of David Day's Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, to any reading of The Silmarillion. It's also a very enjoyable companion to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Fonstad's scholarship is meticulous, and the book, for those who are reading or have read any of these three main works, also makes a superb stand-alone read--something unusual for an encyclopedic reference. Highly, highly re [...]

    4. خوندن سیلماریلیون و فرزندان هورین و قصه های ناتمام و به طور کلی مطالعه ی آثار تالکین بدون این اطلس، مثل تماشای فوتبال بدون تخمه است!امکان پذیره ولی لذت بخش نیست:)

    5. It is hard to believe that I haven't written a review of this wonderful book. The "Atlas of Middle-earth" is one of those resources that help to open up Tolkien's work for the reader in a way that adds to one's understanding of the original works. It is helpful to have multiple maps with explanatory material there to help the reader to visualize the geography and routes of all of the major works of J.R.R. Tolkien. She provides floor plans for Bag End, Butterburr's Inn, the Beorn residence and on [...]

    6. No surprise, but I loved this book. I love Tolkien and I love maps. It doesn't get much better than this! The book is divided into three major sections, each covering one of his 3 major works: The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. Accompanying the maps is a summary of the texts as well. I think people who have read The Silmarillion, but maybe only once or twice, and found it hard to follow, would do well to read this atlas. The summaries are good reviews, and the maps help vis [...]

    7. Are you into Tolkien? Yes, are you really into Tolkien? How many times have you watched The Lord of the Rings? Not, the Peter Jackson version, but the highly controversial Ralph Bakshi version? Do you have a copy of David Day's Tolkien Bestiary? Are you competitive with Stephen Colbert's knowledge? You might be interested in Fonstad's ambitious Atlas of Middle-Earth.She writes: "Like Bilbo, I have always loved maps (and she has a degree in cartography)(when) I finally read The Lord of the Rings [...]

    8. Ever wonder what all the cool the places and things in the fantasy world of Middle Earth looked like. Excellent reference book. Very recommended

    9. Really cool book with maps of Middle-Earth across time. It also facilitates understanding the changes that happened in the various Ages.(view spoiler)[First Age: Beleriand time. Ends with the War of Wrath, Middle-Earth reconfigured, northern realm of Morgoth destroyed, Morgoth cast away into the Void.Second Age: Númenor time (foundation, rise and fall). Ends with the Last Alliance of Elves and Men defeating Sauron. Isildur cuts Sauron's finger and takes the Ring. Númenor is submerged. Sauron [...]

    10. Being a Middle-earth nut I just had to add this to my collection. It's a must-have I think now to any Tolkien fan, owing to the beautiful collection of maps it contains. It's also pretty darn good at summarizing all the stories from The Silmarillion and the First Age. As a geologist by profession I also enjoyed the technical, although never over-technical, geographical explanations and theory. I learned some good new things about the Middle-earth world also, which I'd probably skipped over or fo [...]

    11. August 2011 --- Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome! I totally loved this fun book. It had detailed maps of everything, inside and out, from Isengard to the Mines of Moria to Mordor. And those are just locations! Also maps showing where "The Hobbit" is in relation to "Lord of the Rings." Maps of Mirkwood, and other large things. Maps showing where each army went/was in multiple battles. Maps by vegetation, and language, and people. And lots of words too, describing what happened at each location. [...]

    12. Only for the super geeky! All the multitude of maps are helpful while following the stories (includes maps for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion) if one is so inclined to have to always know where the action is taking place. I have enjoyed it.

    13. This is just the best work that anyone could have done to complete and illustrate (Sorry, Howe and Lee) the Lord of the Rings world

    14. If you decide to read the Silmarillion this book makes an excellent companion for visualizing the beginnings of Arda, the Years of the Trees, and the First Age. The geography, migrations, and battles that may be a bit confusing are detailed in this book along with topography and structure details. You can find online maps of the Third Age (the time period of the Lord of the Rings) but there are some significant geographical changes to the earth that takes place and it can be difficult to fully v [...]

    15. Pretty much the ultimate reference book for the Middle Earth Mythos. This being said,actually just reading through it was much what I imagine reading through an actual atlas is like; i.e. rather dry. Had I actually owned this book and used it as actually intended, as a refence as I read through Tolkien's works, it probably would have gotten a higher rating from me, but, as I got it from the library and had a due date, I was unable to do this and still have time to finish it, so I was forced just [...]

    16. Well, there's nothing BAD to say about this book, and the maps themselves look great, but there's something less wonderful about it then I might have hoped. Maybe it's the fact that most of the maps are either ones known already or pretty obvious ones, like, a map of Beorn's house. It marks down the individual chairs! It looks cool, but it's not terribly interesting. The best maps were those of Arda. They left David Day's illustration from A Tolkien Bestiary in the dust. But, for the most part, [...]

    17. I love having this with me when I'm re-readingThe Lord of the Rings . Fonstad has done incredible research into the geography of Middle Earth. Then again, I am fascinated with maps of all kinds, so I suppose I might be a little biased. (Wait. Me? Biased? And stating my overly biased opinions? Never.) Just ask Julietta.

    18. The Atlas of Middle-Earth is vital for anyone reading Tolkien's works, especially beyond The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. Full of detailed maps and charted journeys, Atlas is both a practical and precious treasure.

    19. This was nice to have while reading through The Fellowship of the Ring, following along with the maps of where they all were as they traveled. Also, the dates and timelines etc. are interesting to read. Very well done!

    20. Good drawings, and an excellent diversion for a Tolkien geek. I wish she had tried harder to approximate the style that Tolkien used for his maps so that the general feel of the book would have been more Tolkien-esque.

    21. It's not perfect, but it's probably the best attempt I've seen at trying to bring it all together. Of course, the primary appeal is the maps, but the chronology is also helpful.

    22. Seeing the maps firsthand and up close somewhat compromises the imaginings of Tolkien's works. It is a fun addition to my collection nonetheless.

    23. Yes, I am a tremendous nerd. This was so much fun to read, allowing me to more fully visualize J.R.R. Tolkien's world.

    24. In the lengthy introduction to this book, the author comments about how much in-demand an updated and revised and paperback version of this book had been in demand from the time the book was originally published.  While I am no slouch when it comes to enjoying Tolkien's writing [1], this book is aimed at someone whose fondness for and especially knowledge of Tolkien's work exceeds my own.  If all you know is the Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, you will likely get lost here.  I happened to k [...]

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