The Atlas of Middle-earth (ISBN 0-395-53516-6), written by the late Karen Wynn Fonstad, is an atlas of Middle-earth and the world of Arda. It has no affiliation with visual guides to Peter Jackson's Movie Trilogy, and is only centered on Tolkien's making of his world.


The Atlas of Middle-earth is a superior cartographic reference book for Tolkien's writings, i.e. 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 1981, and in 1991, a revised and updated version was published, which took information from The History of Middle-earth series into account. It was, however, published before the final three volumes of The History of Middle-earth were published, and thus some maps are based on Tolkien's early works, which were revised in later writings.


  1. Throughout the atlas, the Witch-king is incorrectly referred to as "Angmar", such as in the list of the belligerents and estimated forces of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, found on page 151. That said, the use of the place-name "Angmar" as a synonym for the Witch-king does have historical precedent.
  2. The placement of the Dwarf-city of Belegost is inconsistent. Under the First Age, Fonstad places Belegost approximately 150 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), she has inexplicably moved Belegost an additional 150 miles south to the middle of the southern Blue Mountains.
  3. Eressëa is spelled "Erresëa".
  4. Alqualondë is spelled "Aqualondë".


  • Acknowledgements, Foreword, and Introduction
  • The First Age
  • The Second Age
  • The Third Age
  • Regional Maps
  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Thematic Maps; maps showing landforms, climate, vegetation, vernaculars by region, and population.
  • Appendix, Notes, Selected References, and two Indexes

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Atlas van die Midde-aarde
Albanian Atlasi i Mesme-tokë
Amharic በመካከለኛው-የምድር አትላስ
Arabic أطلس ميدل ايرث
Armenian Ատլասը Մերձավոր երկրի
Azerbaijani Orta yerin Atlas
Basque Erdialdeko Lurraldearen Atlas
Belarusian Cyrillic Атлас Міжзем'я
Bengali মধ্য পৃথিবীর অ্যাটলাস
Bosnian Atlas Međuzemlja
Bulgarian Cyrillic Атласът на Средната земя
Cambodian អាត្លាសនៃកណ្តាលនៅលើផែនដី
Catalan L'Atles de la terra mitjana
Cebuano Ang Atlas sa Tunga-tunga-yuta
Chinese 中地球地图集 ?
Croatian Atlas međuzemlja
Czech Atlas Středozemě
Danish Atlas af Midgård
Dutch De Atlas van Midden-aarde
Esperanto La Atlaso de Mez-Tero
Estonian Atlas Keskmaa
Fijian Na Atlas ni lomadonu-vuravura
Filipino Ang Atlas ng Gitnang-lupa
Finnish Keski-maan Atlas
French L'Atlas de la Terre du Milieu
Frisian De Atlas fan Midden-ierde
Galician O Atlas da Terra-media
German Der Atlas der Mittelerde
Greek Ο Άτλας της Μέσης Γης
Gujarati મધ્ય-પૃથ્વી એટલાસ
Haitian Creole Atlas ki sou latè nan mitan
Hawaiian Na Mea Maluna Iho o Waena-honua
Hebrew האטלס של הארץ התיכונה
Hindi मध्य-पृथ्वी का एटलस
Hmong Lub Atlas ntawm nruab nrab-lub ntuj lub teb
Hungarian Az Atlas Középfölde
Icelandic Atlas Miðgarði
Indonesian Atlas Dunia Tengah
Irish Gaelic An Atlas de Mheán-domhain
Italian L'Atlante della Terra di Mezzo
Japanese 中つ国の地図
Kannada ಅಟ್ಲಾಸ್ ಭೂಮಿಯ ಮಧ್ಯಭಾಗವನ್ನು
Kazakh Cyrillic Таяу жер Атлас
Korean 가운데땅의 아틀라스
Kurdish ئتلاس یێن ناڤین-ه‌رد (Arabic script) Atlas yên Navîn-erd (Latin)
Laotian ການປື້ມບັນທຶກແຜນຂອງກາງໃນທົ່ວໂລກ
Latin Et Atlas Terrae Mediae
Latvian Viduszeme Atlas
Lithuanian Iš Vidurio žemės atlasas
Macedonian Cyrillic Атлас на Блискиот Земјата
Malagasy Ny Atlas ny Moyen-tany
Malay Atlas Tengah-bumi
Maori Ko te Atlas o Waenganui-whenua
Marathi मध्य-पृथ्वीच्या ऍटलस
Mongolian Cyrillic Дунд дэлхийн атлас
Nepalese मध्य-पृथ्वीको एटलस
Norwegian Atlas av Midgard
Pashto د منځني ځمکه اطلس
Persian اطلس از میانه زمین
Polish Atlas Śródziemia
Portuguese O Atlas da Terra-média
Punjabi ਮੱਧ-ਧਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਐਟਲਸ
Romanian Atlasul Pământului de Mijloc
Russian Атлас Средиземья
Samoan Le Atlas o le ogatotonu-lalolagi
Scottish Gaelic Atlas na Meadhan-talmhainn
Serbian Атлас оф Миддле-Еартх (Cyrillic) Atlas srednje zemlje (Latin)
Sinhalese මැද-පොළොවේ ඇට්ලස්
Slovak Atlas Stredozeme
Slovenian Atlas Srednjem svetu
Spanish El Atlas de la Tierra Media
Swahili Atlasi ya kati-dunia
Swedish Atlas av Midgård
Tajik Cyrillic Дар Атлас аз Миёна-замин
Tamil மிடில்-எர்த் அட்லஸ்
Telugu మిడిల్ ఎర్త్ అట్లాస్
Thai แผนที่โลกกลาง
Tongan E 'atalasa 'o e Lotoloto 'o mamani
Turkish Orta Dünya Atlası
Ukrainian Cyrillic атлас Середзем'я
Urdu اٹلس وسطیٰ-زمین کی
Uzbek Яқин-ернинг Атлас (Cyrillic) Yaqin-erning Atlas (Latin)
Vietnamese Atlas của Trung địa
Welsh Mae Atlas Canol-ddaear
Yiddish די אַטלאַס פון מיטל-ערד
Yoruba Atlas aye ti arin-ayé

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