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The earliest map

The earliest map

"The earliest map" refers to a map of the world as conceived in the Lost Tales, the earliest version of the legendarium. The map as reproduced in The Book of Lost Tales Part One (page 81) was redrawn by Christopher Tolkien from a sketch by J.R.R. Tolkien, being "no more than a quick scribble, in soft pencil ... in many features difficult or impossible to interpret".[1] Features redrawn by Christopher include (listed roughly from north to south):


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor": "Notes and Commentary", p. 82
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