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A Map of Middle-earth

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A Map of Middle-earth (name on map), also known as the Pauline Baynes Map, is a poster-map of Northwestern Middle-earth published in 1970 by George Allen & Unwin.[1]


Based on the map of Middle-earth first published in 1954, the poster-map (created in 1969) was a collaboration between Pauline Baynes and J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien corrected a few errors on the original map, and supplied some additional place names and notes on nomenclature.[2][1]

Ballantine Books reproduced the map on the box of a set of a three-volume edition of The Lord of the Rings (first printing 1970).[3]

Publication history

At least 12 impressions of the trade edition poster-map (ISBN 0049120026) were issued:

  • 1st impression 1970
  • 6th impression 1974
  • 7th impression 1974
  • 8th impression 1975
  • 12th impression 1986 (Unwin Books; printed by Henry Stone & Son (Printers), Banbury)[4]

After the 7th impression, but not later than the 12th impression, a green border 17 mm high was inserted between the top and bottom edges of the map and the illustrated borders.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. lxiv-lxvi
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Map of Middle-earth at (accessed 30 July 2013)
  3. "Ballantine and Del Rey Paperbacks", The U.S. Tolkien Guide (accessed 5 April 2013)
  4. Printer information from the collection of Morgan Thomsen.
Maps of Arda made by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit:  Thrór's Map · Map of Wilderland
 TLOTR:  A Part of the Shire · General Map of Middle-earth · Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor · The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age
Other:  Númenórë‎ · A Map of Middle-earth · There and Back Again · Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North
Early maps:  The earliest map‎ · I Vene Kemen · The First 'Silmarillion' Map · Ambarkanta maps · The Second 'Silmarillion' Map · First Map of The Lord of the Rings