Extending Arda: Mapping beyond The Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion

— Stentor Danielson

17 January 2021 | Journal of Tolkien Research, Volume 11, № 1, 8

The canonical maps by Christopher Tolkien from The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion cover only a small portion of the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. In the years since their publication, many artists have been inspired to try to create maps of the entire world. In doing so, they have both curated the canonical information provided by Tolkien as well as engaged in their own sub-creation, drawing on geographical ideas from the primary world. This paper examines a broad set of fan-made maps of Arda to trace the lineages of their geographical conceptions and the principles behind their creation.

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