Loving maps as I do, I couldn't resist posting Thror's map here. As explained earlier, Gandalf, while on a reconnoitre in Dol Guldur, came across a dying dwarf in the dungeons. The dwarf placed a map and a key into Gandalf's safekeeping asking him to hand them to his son. It was many years later that Gandalf realised that he had been speaking to Thrain II and that Thorin was his son.
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Who Was Tolkien? by David Doughan John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.
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In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien , Arda is the world in which all of the events occur, including the continents of Middle-earth and Aman .