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General Map of Middle-earth

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A photo of the fold-out map of Middle-earth as appeared in the earliest editions.

General Map of Middle-earth is the original, unnamed map map of Middle-earth that Christopher Tolkien made in late 1953 for the first edition of The Lord of the Rings.[1][2]. It was later replaced by Christopher Tolkien’s redrawing, The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age that first appeared in the Unfinished Tales and since 2005 in the HarperCollins editions of The Lord of the Rings.


  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "The Maps of The Lord of the Rings", pp. lv-lxvii
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 187, (undated, written April 1956), p. 247