I am a huge fan of Tolkien and Middle Earth in general. However, for all that I am, I’ve only ever read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. So, when I stumbled across Tolkien: An Illustrated Atlas I was instantly intrigued because it was all about the history of Middle Earth, plus, it had some awesome artwork.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional universe is as vast as the human imagination, so an atlas is a helpful tool to get around. Consider this book your navigational guide to Middle-earth and the Undying Lands. Maps, images, and vivid descriptions in full color create an enchanting reference to all the fantastical places and creatures that sprung from Tolkien’s mind. The deluxe, heat-burnished cover makes this a charming addition to your Tolkien library.
Other than the time period that The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings take place, I didn’t know much about Middle Earth. This book takes you through how Middle Earth came to be, the different Ages, and the different races and kingdoms. And if that sounds boring or stuffy, it really isn’t, I promise. Each age is a section in the book, and within those sections it’s broken down further into different characters, or different events that happened, or different kingdoms, to name a few. Most of the little sections are a page or two, and 90% of them have artwork attached. Artwork that is simply gorgeous.
The book also only gives you enough detail so that you get the main gist of what is going on, but it doesn’t delve too deeply into tales or specific stories.
It’s a completely stunning book, and a fairly quick read. And if you’re a Tolkien fan and want some background knowledge on Middle Earth before you dive into the Unfinished Tales or The Silmarillion this is a great place to start.