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The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad
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Feb 09, 08

bookshelves: tolkien, young-adult, fantasy, speculative-fiction
Read in January, 2002

I consider this book to be an indispensable companion, along with the maps and chronology at the beginning of David Day's Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, to any reading of The Silmarillion. It's also a very enjoyable companion to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Fonstad's scholarship is meticulous, and the book, for those who are reading or have read any of these three main works, also makes a superb stand-alone read--something unusual for an encyclopedic reference. Highly, highly recommended!
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