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Karen Wynn Fonstad

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Karen Wynn Fonstad
Biographical Information
BornApril 18, 1945
DiedMarch 11, 2005
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma

Karen Lea Wynn Fonstad (April 18, 1945March 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.[1]


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 Arda, Pern, Krynn, Toril and The Land.



External links


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The First Phase: XI. From Weathertop to the Ford, Note on the River Hoarwell", p. 204