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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[note 1] map of Middle-earth that Christopher Tolkien made in late 1953 for the first edition of The Lord of the Rings.[1][2]

This was the base for Christopher Tolkien’s redrawing, The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age that first appeared in the Unfinished Tales. Since 2005, the new map replaced the "General Map" in the HarperCollins editions of The Lord of the Rings.


  1. The name "General Map of Middle-earth" appears to be coined by Hammond and Scull.


  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
Maps of Arda made by or for 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:  Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North · Númenórë‎
Baynes:  A Map of Middle-earth · There and Back Again
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