Well after about 6 months of searching I was finally able to find myself a copy of the Silmarillion, and to say the least, it is fantastic. I am about 1/3 of the way through it so far and loving every minute of it, so much so that I might make a timeline of some sorts on a spreadsheet or word document before I have to give it back. In the back of the book, there is a map titled Beleriand and the Lands to the North. Heres where I get confused. Based on the scale and shape of the map in the book, I identified the Ered Luin range, and tried to put it to the map of Middle Earth in LotRO. Well, it doesn't add up. Unless the scale of the map in the Silmarillion is very small compared to the scale of the LotRO ME map, it doesn't fit. If the scales are hugely different, then why does the shape of Beleriand not add up? I do not see how even the scaling could fix the fact that the masses of land are completely differently shaped.
Is this because of the wars in the First Age that changed the shape of the land, like those before with the Valar against Melkor? Or is it just because the map in LotRO isn't accurate?
please do not include any major spoilers about the Silmarillion if you can