This is a map of the World of Arda, Primarily depicted in The Lord of the Rings and The SIlmarillion.
It includes the five continents that are within the tolkien canon; Aman, Hyarmenor, Endor(Middle Earth), Andor, and Romennor.
This map isn't entirely consistent as far as the official timeline goes. Most of the map depicts the early second age, before the changing of the world, while Middle earth actually depicts the late third age. This was mostly due to there being a lack of place names for middle earth in the second age.
The layout and beauty of this map are first-rate. I gave it only three stars, however, because of huge connectivity issues. I didn't find any broken connections, rather, the lack of connections between continents really prevents this map from being much fun.
First, Romennor is practically a single-file chain nearly 20 territories long that is only accessible from its northern tip. Similarly, the Valinor-Aman continent is connected to the rest of the world only in the far south and around the equator, meaning players have to travel 12 territories in nearly single-file fashion to reach its northern tip.
Fortunately, I think this is all easily fixed by adding the following connections:
- Guruthis to South Cape - Tirion to Peak of Kalorme - Icy Pass to Frozen Cape (ala the Helcaraxe) - (possibly) one more connection from SE Endor to west central Hyarmenor
Very nice map this. Would benefit from more links between the western and eastern islands, as it can make for rather linear gameplay. Also, there seem to be few starting points, meaning games against the AI start off rather crowded, and make the first couple of moves a bit of a lottery.
Solid map, even very good, but the bonuses are a bit counterintuitive, and the separation of the landmasses makes for an unnecessarily long interplay. My biggest issue is really the bonuses being unwieldy, but even despite that, it still makes for a solid game.