About two months ago a new edition of The Atlas of Middle-earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad was released. This edition changes the title to The Atlas of Tolkien's Middle-earth. This is the second time that this title has been used with the book. Other than the title and the new cover, does this edition contain anything that hasn't been in previous editions? Is there any reason to buy the new one?

The ISBNs of a previous edition and the new edition are:

  • 9780618126996 (2002)
  • 9780008194512 (2017)
  • 2
    The title change is probably to make clear the distinction with Jackson's Middle-earth, which appears considerably ... smaller.
    – chepner
    Sep 1, 2017 at 16:03
  • Some of the foreign language editions feature redrawn maps.
    – ibid
    Jul 25, 2022 at 6:11

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From a redditor who contacted the publisher:

It is a reprint, no new info or updates. I asked the publisher who confirmed this.

It is also worth noting that Karen Fonstad died over twelve years ago.


I can't say for sure, but AbeBooks.com lists the 2017 edition as a reissue, so I assume there is no new content.

Title: The Atlas of Tolkien s Middle-earth
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom
Publication Date: 2017
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition:New
Edition: Re-issue..

Sadly, Karen Wynn Fonstad died on March 11, 2005, which means that she could not have contributed any new content for more than 12 years.

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