Archival Geography

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Middle-earth map represents archival geography - showing the lands of Middle-earth

Archival Geography include all places on the map found within the game that are of interest, as the boundaries and borders known as Locations, Interiors, or as Instances. It's a fancy name for what most players refer to as Locations on the Middle-earth Map (see map). Note: Locations are subdivided for ease of navigation.

Locations in hierarchical order

  • Locations viewed on either the third or fourth layer of the Middle-earth map; found on a region or area map (these are named places that may or may not have their own map) -- (see all Settlements)
Types of Settlements:
  • Cities - Large settlements that have their own map
  • Towns- Settlements that show area text (may or may not also show landmark text)
  • Villages - Settlements that show landmark text
  • Camps - Settlements that show the blue icon
  • Locations viewed on the Middle-earth map that represent buildings, structures, city sections, and other noteworthy locations that are of outstanding, historical, aesthetic, or cultural importance which may or may not have a red flag -- (see all Landmarks)
  • POIs (red flag) are Landmarks, but some Landmarks do not show flag.
  • Examples: Market Square, Lady's Rest, Brandywine Bridge, Bones of Smaug

Locations outside the hierarchy


For all landscapes and structures, see Physical Geography
For all "man-made" (Humanoid) buildings and structures, see Humanoid Geography