Karen Wynn Fonstad
|Karen Wynn Fonstad|
|Born||April 18, 1945|
|Died||March 11, 2005|
|Education||University of Oklahoma|
Karen Lea Wynn Fonstad (April 18, 1945 – March 11, 2005) was the author of the popular Atlas of Middle-earth. In The Return of the Shadow, Christopher Tolkien credits Fonstad for noting a geographical inconsistency between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Karen Wynn was born and raised in Oklahoma, spending her later years in Wisconsin. She attended the University of Oklahoma, where she received a M.A. in Geography. Her speciality had been Cartography, and she would spend much of her life as a freelance cartographer. She has published several atlases of fantasy worlds, such as Pern, the Land and Krynn, but is best known for The Atlas of Middle-earth.
- 1981: The Atlas of Middle-earth (First edition)
- 1991: The Atlas of Middle-earth (Second edition)
- 2001: The Atlas of Middle-earth (Third edition)
- 2006: Tolkien Studies: Volume 3
- "Writing "TO" the Map"