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This is a map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The labels are, where possible, in the Elvish language of Sindarin and the Tengwar alphabet, particularly in the “General Use” mode, as in the third version of The King’s Letter.


Pan — You can pan through the map by clicking and dragging. Zoom — You can zoom in and out using your mouse’s scroll wheel or by holding down your shift key while clicking and dragging. Center — You can center the map on a position by double clicking. Link — As you pan and zoom the map, the URL in the address or location bar updates to reflect a shareable, permanent link to the location you’re viewing. Label Languages — You can switch languages with the drop-down selector in the bottom-left of the page, or by pressing, lower-case-L. You can turn off labels by pressing, upper-case-L. Search — You can search for a location by its recorded names in the search field on the top right. Press enter or click on one of the auto-completed items to navigate to that location and to display additional information. You can navigate to the search box by typing slash and can leave by typing escape.


This map of Middle-earth is a ongoing project, and your participation is very welcome. Please mention errors, omissions, and enhancement requests on the mailing list. This is an open-source, creative-commons project, so all of the code and graphics, including the high-resolution originals, are available for your use under the licensing terms mentioned below.


The map was illustrated with a nib calligraphy pen, digitally edited with the GNU Image Manipulation Program, digitally assembled with Inkscape, and programmed by Kris Kowal with extensive assistance in translation and transliteration by Måns Björkman and J. “Mach” Wust. The parchment background is derrived from work featured by user FantasyStock on and used here by the published terms of use.


Here follow resources regarding the construction of the map.

© Copyright 2010 Kris Kowal. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

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Sauron Defeated: The End of the Third Age: (The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Four); The Notion Club Papers and The Drowning of Anadûnê. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. xi, 482 pp., [2] plates. London: HarperCollinsPublishers, [6 January] 1992. xi, 482 pp. (The History of Middle-earth; 9) ISBN 0-261-10240-0