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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide about Tolkien's fantasy universe:

Middle-earth – fictional setting of the majority of author J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy writings. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place entirely in Middle-earth, as does much of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. The term Middle-earth is also a nickname of the entirety of Tolkien's creation, instead of the more appropriate, but less known terms Arda which refers to Tolkien's world (including celestial bodies), and , which refers to the universe.

Nature of Middle-earthEdit

Middle-earth can be described as:

Middle-earth media franchiseEdit


Published works about Middle-earth, by authorEdit

By J.R.R. TolkienEdit

Edited by Christopher TolkienEdit

These works present extended selections of unpublished texts by J.R.R. Tolkien, with extensive notes by Christopher Tolkien.

Films featuring Middle-earthEdit

Games based on Middle-earthEdit

Role-playing gamesEdit

Video gamesEdit

Cosmology of EäEdit

Geography of Middle-earthEdit

The stories mostly take place in Beleriand, Eriador, and Rhovanion, but there are many other places in Middle-earth.

See also Aman, Númenor for places outside Middle-earth.

Nations and large regionsEdit

First Age only:

Present after the First Age:

See also Regions of Gondor, Realms of Arda.

Natural featuresEdit

Middle-earth was carefully designed by Tolkien, and contains many natural features such as rivers, mountains, and seas.

Large watersEdit

First Age only:

Present after the First Age:

Mountains and HillsEdit

First Age only:

Present after the First Age:


First Age only:

See also the Seven rivers of Ossiriand

Present after the First Age:

See also Rivers of Gondor

For a full list of rivers, see: List of Middle-earth rivers.

Cities, fortresses and other populated placesEdit

First Age only:

Present after the First Age:

See also Settlements of Gondor


History of Middle-earthEdit

Historical periodsEdit

A more detailed list can be found at Ages of Middle-earth.

  1. Years of the Lamps
  2. Years of the Trees
  3. Years of the Sun
  4. Ages of the Children of Ilúvatar
    1. First Age
    2. Second Age
    3. Third Age
    4. Fourth Age

Named weaponsEdit





See Timeline of Middle-earth.


What follows is a brief and inevitably incomplete listing of characters from Tolkien's work who lived in Middle-earth, divided into First Age, Second Age, and Third Age. Note that characters are sorted according to several groups, and may appear multiple times. For a full list of characters see: List of Middle-earth characters.

First AgeEdit

House of Finwë

Sons of Fëanor

House of Fingolfin

House of Finarfin

House of Elwë and Olwë

House of Bëor

House of Marach

Descendants of Lúthien and Beren

Descendants of Idril and Tuor

Haladin of Brethil


For a list of the Valar, see that article.

Second AgeEdit

Kings of Númenor: see Kings of Númenor

Sauron, a.k.a. Annatar

Ringwraiths or Nazgûl

Third AgeEdit

Thorin and Company

(13 Dwarves, 1 Hobbit, and 1 Wizard)

The Fellowship of the Ring

(4 Hobbits, 2 Men, 1 Wizard, 1 Elf, and 1 Dwarf)

Kings of Gondor: see Kings of Gondor

Kings of Arnor: see Kings of Arnor

Kings of Arthedain: see Kings of Arthedain

Chiefs of the Rangers of Arnor: see Chiefs of the Dúnedain

Stewards of Gondor: see Stewards of Gondor

Kings of Rohan: see Kings of Rohan

Wizards or Istari:

Dwarves of Durin's folk: see Durin's folk

Other characters


Culture of Middle-earthEdit


Languages of Middle-earthEdit

Languages of Middle-earth

Folklore of Middle-earthEdit


Love StoriesEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Maloni, Kelly; Baker, Derek; Wice, Nathaniel (1994). Net Games. Random House / Michael Wolff & Company, Inc. pp. 78–79. ISBN 0-679-75592-6. Elendor "You have entered the lands of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination." Once you've "locked" your character so that no one else can control it, specified your gender, and given your email address, you are transported to the "Hall of Races", where you may choose to be a hobbit, elf, dwarf, or another creature from the world of Tolkien. [...] Based in the third age, shortly after the events in The Hobbit, the MUSH is less about reenacting the books and more about exploring "what would happen if..." questions. Cite error: The named reference "netgames" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Moss, Will; Pantuso, Joe. The Complete Internet Gamer. John Wiley & Sons. p. 142. ISBN 0-471-13787-1. Elendor is a very large and successful Mush dedicated to role playing and exploration in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. This is the same universe immortalized in the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the books that defined sword-and-sorcery fantasy. If you don't want to encounter a lot of other players, this is the wrong Mush to play in. Elendor is well populated, and it is hard to move around without encountering other characters.
  3. ^ English, Katharine, ed. (1996). Most Popular Web Sites: The Best of the Net from A 2 Z. Lycos Press / Macmillan Publishers. p. 315. ISBN 0-7897-0792-6. Two Towers Multi-User Dungeon This page serves as an entrance to the Two Towers Multi-User Dungeon, allowing game players to step into the world of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Intrepid visitors can learn about the game or link to Tolkien sites dotting the net.

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