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The Silmarillion , The Hobbit , and The Lord of the Rings , and includes many detailed maps of the lands described in them. The maps are treated as if they are of real landscapes, drawn according to the rules of a real atlas for each area the history of the land is taken into account, as well as geography on a larger scale and from there maps are drawn. Discussion includes suggestions as to the geology that could explain various formations, and points that are contradictory between multiple accounts.

City maps and floor plans for important buildings are also included. The book was published in , and in , a revised and updated version was published, which took information from The History of Middle-earth series into account. Inaccuracies Throughout the atlas, the Witch-king is incorrectly referred to nominally as "Angmar"; such as in the list of the belligerents and estimated forces at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields page The placement of the Dwarf-city of Belegost is inconsistent.

Under the First Age , Fonstad places Belegost approximately miles south of its sister-city of Nogrod see page 13 in accordance with The Shaping of Middle-earth, where it would have been drowned by the formation of the Gulf of Lune following the War of Wrath. However, in the Second Age on page 38 , Belegost has been moved an additional miles south to the middle of the southern Blue Mountains.

The size given for Smaug is too small only 59 feet.

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The Silmarillion , The Hobbit , and The Lord of the Rings , and includes many detailed maps of the lands described in them. The maps are treated as if they are of real landscapes, drawn according to the rules of a real atlas for each area the history of the land is taken into account, as well as geography on a larger scale and from there maps are drawn. Discussion includes suggestions as to the geology that could explain various formations, and points that are contradictory between multiple accounts. City maps and floor plans for important buildings are also included.

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