March 3rd, 2014


The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 105: Beleriand

Time for another map, I think!

For those unfamiliar with the layout of Tolkien's world: this is the west of Middle-earth, next to the Great Sea. Valinor is away off the left-hand side of the map, on the other side of the ocean. The Shire doesn't exist yet, and won't for another 10,000 years or so, but it will be off the opposite side of the map, on the eastern side of those mountains.

From the Falas where Círdan is to the forests where Thingol, Melian and Lúthien are is about 300 miles/500 kilometres. The area shown on this map is about the size of Britain and France put together; or alternatively, the size of Texas. Tolkien never actually says how many Elves we're talking about, but personally I imagine it as Dark Ages or early Mediaeval levels of population, where a settlement of a few thousand people would be considered a major city. At this point, it's about 1500 years since the Elves were created.

Sauron (Mairon) is, as far as we know, still hiding under the ruins of Angband at this point. Lúthien was born 1080 years after the destruction of Angband, so he's been there a while...

Part 105: Beleriand

Next time: Part 106: Organising a defence.

Chibis by
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!