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The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age

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'''The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age''' is the title of a map depicting Northwestern [[Middle-earth]] during the [[War of the Ring]]. The map is reproduced in the ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'' and since [[2005]] in the [[HarperCollins]] editions of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.<ref name=RC/>
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'''The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age''' is the title of a map depicting the [[Westlands]] and all northwestern [[Middle-earth]] during the [[War of the Ring]].  
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==Conception and creation==
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The map is a re-drawing by [[Christopher Tolkien]] of his [[General Map of Middle-earth|own original map]] made in late [[1953]] for the first edition of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.<ref name=RC>{{HM|RC}}, "The Maps of ''The Lord of the Rings''", pp. lv-lxvii</ref><ref>{{L|187}}, p. 247</ref><ref name=intro>{{UT|IMap}}</ref> It was redrawn in order to include new locations mentioned in the ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'' (such as "[[Edhellond]]" and "[[Undeeps]]"), but also to correct some of the minor defects of the earlier map drawn "twenty-five years ago".<ref name=intro/>  
  
The map is a re-drawing by [[Christopher Tolkien]] of his original, unnamed "[[General Map of Middle-earth]]"<ref group=note>The name "General Map of Middle-earth" appears to be coined by [[Wayne G. Hammond|Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull|Scull]].</ref> made in late [[1953]] for the first edition of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.<ref name=RC>{{HM|RC}}, "The Maps of ''The Lord of the Rings''", pp. lv-lxvii</ref><ref>{{L|187}}, p. 247</ref><ref>{{UT|IMap}}</ref>
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The size of the new drawing was "half as large again as the old map in its published dimensions" and its smaller scope allowed for better clarity. Christopher Tolkien preserved the "style and detail" of the original not because of its accuracy, but because of its acceptable faithfulness to his father's conceptions.<ref name=intro/>
  
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Since [[2005]] it is included in the [[HarperCollins]] editions of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.<ref name=RC/>
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==Description==
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Smaller in scope than the original, this map excludes locations such as the [[Cape of Forochel]] in the north, or [[Umbar]] and [[Far Harad]] in the south. However the island of [[Himling]] is now included.<ref name=intro/>
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The [[Sea]] is now filled with contour lines radiating from the coasts, as has been the case with the inland bodies of water.
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The [[Icebay of Forochel]] is now labelled with an arrow pointing to the larger northeast part of the bay, and not the small gulf. [[Christopher Tolkien]] stated that his original map was marked incorrectly.<ref name=intro/>
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The areas of [[Gondor]] and [[Rohan]] are more detailed with streets and roads, as seen in the ''[[Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor]]'': [[Westfold]] and [[Eastfold]], separated by the [[Snowbourn]] are marked, as well as the [[Mering Stream]]. The [[Old South Road]] is renamed [[North-South Road]] and extends along the [[White Mountains]], although part of its course was conjectured by Christopher Tolkien.<ref name=intro/>
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Other names not shown in the original map include:
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*[[Greylin]] and [[Langwell]]
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*[[Carnen]]
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*[[Arthedain]] and [[Cardolan]] are now included, alongside [[Rhudaur]]
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*[[Old Ford]]
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*[[East Bight]]
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*[[Annúminas]]
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*[[Crossings of Poros]]
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*[[Edhellond]] (conjectural)<ref name=intro/>
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*[[Lond Daer]] (conjectural)<ref name=intro/>
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*[[Harnen]]
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*[[Eryn Vorn]] now textured as a wooded area
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*[[Swanfleet]] and [[Glanduin]]
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*[[Adorn]]
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*[[Andrast]]
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*[[Drúwaith Iaur]]
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Latest revision as of 16:37, 17 June 2015

Black and white print of the Map.

The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age is the title of a map depicting the Westlands and all northwestern Middle-earth during the War of the Ring.

[edit] Conception and creation

The map is a re-drawing by Christopher Tolkien of his own original map made in late 1953 for the first edition of The Lord of the Rings.[1][2][3] It was redrawn in order to include new locations mentioned in the Unfinished Tales (such as "Edhellond" and "Undeeps"), but also to correct some of the minor defects of the earlier map drawn "twenty-five years ago".[3]

The size of the new drawing was "half as large again as the old map in its published dimensions" and its smaller scope allowed for better clarity. Christopher Tolkien preserved the "style and detail" of the original not because of its accuracy, but because of its acceptable faithfulness to his father's conceptions.[3]

Since 2005 it is included in the HarperCollins editions of The Lord of the Rings.[1]

[edit] Description

Smaller in scope than the original, this map excludes locations such as the Cape of Forochel in the north, or Umbar and Far Harad in the south. However the island of Himling is now included.[3]

The Sea is now filled with contour lines radiating from the coasts, as has been the case with the inland bodies of water.

The Icebay of Forochel is now labelled with an arrow pointing to the larger northeast part of the bay, and not the small gulf. Christopher Tolkien stated that his original map was marked incorrectly.[3]

The areas of Gondor and Rohan are more detailed with streets and roads, as seen in the Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor: Westfold and Eastfold, separated by the Snowbourn are marked, as well as the Mering Stream. The Old South Road is renamed North-South Road and extends along the White Mountains, although part of its course was conjectured by Christopher Tolkien.[3]

Other names not shown in the original map include:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Introduction", "The Map of Middle-earth"
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