Cover illustration by Ian Miller

An Atlas of Tolkien (ISBN 978-1-62686-493-1) is a small yet 255-page-long chronological atlas of Arda, written by David Day in 2015 and published in softcover by Thunder Bay Press (San Diego).

This atlas features colored maps and illustrations throughout, but despite being created long after the releases of Peter Jackson’s famous Lord of the Rings movies, the book contains neither cinematic stills nor film-inspired drawings.


An Atlas of Tolkien begins with a preface explaining the book’s purpose and the geographical and historical contexts of Tolkien’s fantasy undertaking. Following the preface is a timeline of the Undying Lands and of the four Ages of Arda (identical in layout as the timeline in The Tolkien Bestiary). The main body of the atlas is six chapters summarizing the history of Tolkien’s world, from the events of the Ainulindalë to the departure of the Ring-bearers across the Sea.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • A Chronology of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands
  • Chapter 1: The Creation of Arda
  • Chapter 2: The Undying Lands
  • Chapter 3: Middle-earth
    • Genealogy of the Races of Elves
  • Chapter 4: Beleriand Kingdoms in the First Age
    • Wars of Beleriand
    • A Genealogy of the Races of Men
    • Olvar: Flora of Arda
    • Kelvar: Fauna of Arda
  • Chapter 5: Númenórean Empire in the Second Age
  • Chapter 6: Dúnedain Kingdoms in the Third Age
    • A Chronology of the Kingdoms of Middle-earth in the Ages of the Sun
    • History of the Kingdoms of the Dúnedain
    • Chapter 6, Part i: The Quest of Lonely Mountain
    • Chapter 6, Part ii: The Quest of the Ring
    • History of the Rings of Power
    • Map of Middle-earth in the Third Age of the Sun
  • Index
  • Battles of the War of the Ring
  • Acknowledgements

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