The New Lands in the late second Age

New Lands

New Lands in the late Third Age

The New Lands (Q.Vinyanórë; Ad."Sanêzâin") or Outer Lands (Q."Avanórë" ;Ad."Ôphrazâin") were a semi-legendary continent, or rather a number of several smaller continents, in the other hemisphere of Ambar opposite from Middle-earth. The continent was discovered and its coastlines explored by the Númenoreans in the Second Age. Some believed that the New Lands were the same as the mythical continent Easternesse of the Elder Days, while other scholars theorized that the New Lands must have been a newly-created continent that was formed from those parts of Ambar that had been hidden below the Sea before the bending of Ambar after the great cataclysm.

After their formation, the New Lands were settled by Men from the East of Middle-earth, and by the Sixth Age had become the continents now known as North and South America.



The depicted map is partially based on Professor Tolkien's raw sketches published in The Shaping of Middle-Earth and to a lesser degree his early drawing of the "World Ship" and the World of Arda, published in The Book of Lost Tales. The map's main inspiration, however, comes from two illustrations by Professor Tolkien from his book Roverandom: a painting, entitled "The Man in the Moon", showing the Moon with its Towers, and far away, the Earth, with North America and Central and South America; and another illustration entitled "The White Dragon pursues Roverandom", originally drawn for Roverandom, but later reused as a proposed illustration for The Hobbit. Several other maps and interpretations found on the Internet were drawn from as inspiration as well.

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