West of the Mountains, East of the Sea: The Map of Tolkien's Beleriand and the Lands to the North
by Brian Sibley
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007312702
Date: 01 April 2010 List Price £9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Another gorgeous little cloth-bound companion volume by Tolkien expert Brian Sibley with illustrations by John Howe, West of the Mountains, East of the Sea follows on from the earlier release of The Road Goes Ever On and On in June last year. Another lovely little item, lavishly produced and a great stocking-filler for the Tolkien enthusiast in your family.
"This enchanting little hardback is an essential companion for any reader journeying through The Silmarillion or The Children of Hurin. Featuring an entertaining text and detailed gazetteer by acclaimed Tolkien author Brian Sibley, this gift edition also contains a stunning fold-out poster-map of the First Age of Tolkien's Middle-earth. Writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley is a foremost expert on The Lord of the Rings (he adapted the novel for the award-winning BBC radio dramatisation in 1980), and here in this clothbound hardback he will take you to the First Age of Middle-earth, many thousands of years before the events chronicled in The Lord of the Rings. This was the setting for the great War of the Jewels, as recounted in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion and includes a gazetteer of the many places shown on the full-colour illustrated map which accompanies the book. The Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North is faithfully reproduced in full colour by world-renowned Tolkien artist John Howe, the conceptual artist employed by Peter Jackson to work on his multi-award winning Lord of The Rings film trilogy, and who is soon to work on Guillermo del Toro's Hobbit film. The map is based on the original map by Christopher Tolkien. Embellished with heraldic emblems and dramatic scenes from The Silmarillion, it completes the trio of authorized Tolkien maps by John Howe which can be removed for reference or even for framing. Each element in this collector's package is special; together they provide an enchanting and desirable artefact that will be a prized possession of Tolkien readers of all ages. "