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Map of Middle-Earth And The Undying Lands by CorvusCorax92 Map of Middle-Earth And The Undying Lands by CorvusCorax92
Just what the title says: a map of Middle-Earth And The Undying Lands (Aman), from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The original black and white underlying map itself is *not* my work; it is the work of Allan Curless, made for David Day's oft-maligned, but just as often loved, "A Tolkien Bestiary". Curless was a political cartoonist for 16 years, working mostly for the Sunday Times, as well as an illustrator for several books during his long career. He died in 1997.

I love Tolkien's work, especially the Silmarillion, and I've had this map for a while, but being, as I said, black and white, it just seemed like something was missing, so I attempted to give it a more authentic 'old map' kind of look and feel. Let me know what you think!



Credit:

Allan Curless for the B&W original: [link]

~flyingfish98 for discovering Curless' name in the first place!
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Anouk-Jill Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist

thank you

i`m reading the silmarillion and this is a great help!!!!

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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! I hope you enjoyed the book.
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Anouk-Jill Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student General Artist
It's more difficult to read than the lord of the rings
BUT I love tolkiens world and I have read it
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TheAwesomeTRex Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Oh I'll be staring at this for hours! Creepy Grin 
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha Thanks! Have fun.  :)
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In the 1st age.
Beleriand sank into the ocean after it was devastated in Morgoth's crushing and casting out. Also the Undying Lands were removed from MiddleEarth at the end of the 2nd age.

Numenor was roughly star-shaped.Was. The Akallabaleth epic relates its sinking after all the warnings and signs were ignored and only the Faithful set sail in time to the East, even as the Great Armament sailed to the West, provoking the Wrath of Eru !!
Also there are lands east of Mordor and Rhun. These are inhabited by the Easterlings and other heathen peoples that were allied with Sauron -and still are !

Because Tolkein never extended the map of MiddleEarth which was published in LOTR -Ballantine edition (I wore out volumes 1 & 3 and had to buy newer ones), various fans tried their hand and none are canon.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm aware; this is a conglomeration of various parts of Arda across the First, Second, and Third Ages, as imagined by Allan Curless. It's not supposed to be a snap-shot of all of Arda at any one time, and neither he nor I ever claimed that it was canon.
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vgmaster9 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I like to imagine that this isn't all of Arda. I bet that there are more continents because well, Arda is a world full of possibilities.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, there are! Not even Tolkien himself was sure of the total extent of his world. :)
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vgmaster9 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
There could also be a continent that's similar to Khorvaire from D&D's Eberron, as well as an oriental themed continent!
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely!
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vgmaster9 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
One could be home to an advanced civilization that uses gunpowder like the Empire from Warhammer Fantasy.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Given enough distance, of course; otherwise they could just decimate Middle-Earth. lol
I think it would be interesting to see an Earthsea-like region come into contact with the denizens of Middle-Earth. :)
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vgmaster9 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Would be nice seeing other creatures like centaurs, minotaurs, satyrs, griffons, etc.
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Kova031 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Is this map correct?
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From a certain point of view; it's both the Undying Lands and Middle Earth, as the title says, but some parts of it correspond to their conditions in the First Age, others in the Second, and others still in the Third. Basically, it just presents the most important places throughout Arda's history in the received lore, all in one map. A little jarring if you're familiar with this world, but I think it's a pleasing synthesis of its various places over time.
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Kova031 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Hmm so basically it's not quite accurate, like the east of Far Harad, that forest, you made it up right?. Oh well, I get what you're saying, think I recognize some of the parts that aren't Middle-Earth too. Like that bridge in the north.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, the forest was in Tolkien's extensive notes. So was a southern continent of which he never wrote much of, but it didn't warrant representation on this map.

If you've read the Silmarillion, then places like Helcarax should be familiar to you, as well.
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Kova031 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I did, but it's been quite a few years now :p
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, that's too bad! It's my favorite book. :D
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Kova031 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I loved Silmarillion ... the Feanor story is still I think the most epic story ever in fantasy .. but the book itself isn't that good, you need quite a lot of imagination to actually fall in love with it. There are more skilled writers than Tolkien. What do you think of A Song of Ice and Fire series? The story is more raw and less heroic, so to speak than Tolkien's, but George Martin writes better I think.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, imagination is definitely a huge requirement for Tolkien, and especially his Silmarillion. But I don't treasure it for the writing - I actually find Tolkien to be overrated as a writer. It's the sheer scope of the undertaking itself, the staggering amount of background and lore he developed for his world, that really shines through the Silmarillion. He is an inspiration of mine in exactly that regard: as a world-builder, a 'loresmith,' if you will.

What I have read of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' is unquestionably better reading, at least as far as the the writing itself is concerned. I would say that Martin is probably the best writer in fantasy in a long, long time; not the greatest fantasist, but the best writer - Jack Vance and Ursula K. LeGuin are my absolute favorite fantasists (and their sci-fi is also great). I haven't finished Game of Thrones yet, though; I want to, so I can get to the rest of the series, but I have a ton of other books higher on my list of priorities right now. I just have to find the time to read them.

I must admit, I haven't even seen the Game of Thrones tv series; have you? If you have, how would you say it compares to the books?
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Lairundar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I think this is stunning.
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:iconcorvuscorax92:
CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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MithriLady Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm reading Silmarillion right now and I love it
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:iconcorvuscorax92:
CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! It's practically my bible, lol.

:D
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MithriLady Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah! some kind of Tolkien's "genesis", truly the best from him... I hope one day will be a movie about it
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know; after seeing Peter Jackson's butchering of LOTR, I would hate to see what someone would do with the Silmarillion...

Unless it was done in a series of somewhere around 50 different movies!

:)
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GnomusThaGnome Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I don't really agree on the "butchering of LOTR" but I guess thats only because I saw the movies before I read the books. But I do agree with you on Silmarillion movies and that the books are better.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the LOTR movies were cinematically brilliant, and I appreciate all of the work that went into making them, but there were so many unnecessary changes, cuts, and strange trivial additions in them, story-wise... The Return of the King especially was a mess. You're probably right that it depends on whether you experienced the movies or the books first, though. Reading them first makes you build an image in your head as to how the world looks and feels, while watching the movies imprints the writers, producers, and director's collective vision of the very same.
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GnomusThaGnome Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Exactly, even if I like the movies there are unnecessary cuting. like Saruman falling, I mean really? skipping a whole battle? With hobbits!

Anyway... I try not to have my hopes up too much, since I've allready read the book. And most likely will ruin at least some of the film for me, especially since it's the only book good enough to make me read it more than once.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here. :thumbsup:
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flyingfish98 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Nice work. As far as I can see the map was originally published in "A Tolkien Bestiary" by David Day 1979. The book credits an artist called Allan Curless for the double page spread on pages 12 and 13 - you can see you still have those numbers at the bottom of your page. HTH
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah! Thank you SOO much! I couldn't figure out for the life of me who drew the original! Thanks again! :)
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flyingfish98 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
You're welcome!
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Arvathorn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Epic!!
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:iconcorvuscorax92:
CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

:)
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isa-bella-heats Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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isa-bella-heats Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very welcome!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well done, Sir!
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, man! That really means a lot coming from someone who does such great work with maps! Your gallery is AMAZING!

:)
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!

Thank you! :)
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Daanan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Atta babe; I've been wanting to see this for a very long time!
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it, friend!

:bow:
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absolutejackass Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Anastacia!

:heart:
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LordVurtax Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that really the shape of the world? It feels so uninspired.

The effect you've applied however, is sweet.
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CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I believe it is missing some minor outlying lands, if my memory of Arda's geography serves, and this map has some slight errors (at least by my reading) but I'm no cartographer, so as long as the major elements are there, I think it's alright. I really liked it, and I felt it deserved a better coloring and whatnot. It's nice to be able to reference a map when thinking about the locations, as well.

:)
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