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The Third Map of The Lord of the Rings

The Third Map of The Lord of the Rings is the last general small-scale map that was drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien during the writing of The Lord of the Rings.[1] The Third Map of The Lord of the Rings is not included in The History of Middle-earth series of books, but some of its contents are described in Sauron Defeated and in The Peoples of Middle-earth. Based on the statements that the distance due East from the Morgai to Mount Doom is 80 miles on The Third Map[2] and that the Little Lune was first marked on the third and last of J.R.R. Tolkien's maps on which Christopher Tolkien's map that was published with the Lord of the Rings was closely based[3], it is possible that the map with the label MIDDLE-EARTH in the maps section on the website of the Tolkien Estate is The Third Map of The Lord of the Rings, because it contains those two features and its features are very close to the General Map of Middle-earth. Contour lines are used for the mountains and hills on that map that was drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien. That map uses map-squares of 2 centimetres side and a scale of 2 centimetres (one square) for 100 miles.[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: III. The Land of Shadow: Note on the Chronology", p. 34
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: III. The Land of Shadow: Note on the Geography", p. 34 and 35
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes", note 63
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Maps: MIDDLE-EARTH", (accessed 5 May 2021)
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 · The First Map of 'The Lord of the Rings' · The 1943 Map of 'The Lord of the Rings' · The Second Map of 'The Lord of the Rings' · The Third Map of 'The Lord of the Rings'