Dwarven map of Arda

A dwarven map of Arda at the end of the 3rd age.

You’ll find the various dwarrow settlements on it.

A grand thanks to all those artists that created earlier Arda maps, art works that have been used as inspiration for this map.

About The Dwarrow Scholar

The Dwarrow Scholar first experienced the brilliance of Tolkien when he received a copy of The Hobbit from his uncle as a kid, reading it feverishly again and again. Some years on, when he got his very own walk-man (aye forget about tiny iPods, this thing was a brick and played cassette tapes) he made his own little audiotape of The Hobbit, so he could listen to it on his bike on his way to school. Between reenacting the Battle of Five armies with 4 of his school friends (still feel sorry for the kid that had to be the Orc) and before the days of the internet, you would find Roy frequently in libraries trying to find all he could about Tolkien and his beloved dwarves. When Roy isn’t delving into Neo-Khuzdul or searching for lost dwarven treasures on the net he’s enjoying time with his wife and son, re-reading his tormented Tolkien paperbacks, watching a good movie, learning new languages or playing a game of LoTRO or other dwarf related games.
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19 Responses to Dwarven map of Arda

  1. Erin Jones says:

    Great map, love the detail.
    Is “Abad Zesulur” the Lonely Mountain ?


  2. Ian says:

    Where did you find this map?


  3. kylie says:

    Epic Map! I love meeting other map makers ^^;
    Awesome job, great seeing something in colour 😀


  4. Haerangil says:


    I simply love your map! May I ask for permission to post it on the MERP Wikia (http://merp.wikia.com/wiki/Middle-earth_Role_Playing_Wiki)



  5. Nathan says:

    I can’t seem to find Valinor. Is there just something that I’m missing here?


    • Valinor was the realm of the Valar in Aman (Undying Lands), which was removed from the spheres of the world when the Númenóreans violated the Ban of the Valar, and sailed to Aman with a great army.

      The earth, at this time, was flat. Eru split it in two, and then made the half containing Middle-earth spherical, so that a mariner sailing west along Eärendil’s route would simply emerge in the far east.

      For the Elves, however, Eru crafted a Straight Road that peels away from the curvature of the earth and passes to the now-alien land of Aman. Very few non-Elves are known to have passed along this road; those who have include Gandalf, Frodo Baggins, Bilbo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, and Gimli.

      This is the reason why you will not find Aman (and with it Valinor) on a dwarven map of Middle-Earth of the 3rd age.


  6. Ragamus says:

    Wow relly nice map i find east and south middle earth very exiting you dont know whats there


  7. Cillendor says:

    Would it be possible to get a copy of this without the lettering so I could add the place names in Sindarin written with Tengwar?


  8. Kazbayadûm says:

    What’s about Barukkhizdín? Why is not in the map? What means the blue circles? How many names have you do? Thanks for this great map!! 😀

    (I can not see the map in this post, I was looking for it in google https://dwarrowscholar.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/ardawithnamesv4.jpg)


    • The blue circles indicated the home halls (original or main hall) of each clan. The Halls of the Iron Hills had not been added on this map, might do that in a future map (if I get around to that).
      I believe I need to update some of the picture links since the move from mymiddleearth.


  9. aj says:

    Is there a reason the map looks like earth now? Do you think the world Tolkien wrote is real? and is our history?


    • In Tolkien’s legendarium, “Arda” is the name given to the Earth in an imaginary period of prehistory, wherein the places mentioned in The Lord of the Rings and related material once existed. This is obviously all fantasy, yet from the point of view of the books the world of Middle Earth is prehistory.


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