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HengyuanZhang – You do it. Would this river be a good shipping route? The sheer size of them like Australia, for instancebecomes so large that ‘island’ simply doesn’t fit in common English usage, and continent has to be used instead. In alwgaesia his novels, Paolini took a great many ideas from established fantasy authors such as Tolkien. Alagaesa the geography of Alagaesia doesn’t look that much like that of Middle-Earth, but it still has ocean to the west, wasteland to the east, elves in the forests, and dwarves in the mountains.

But if you find, as Paolini and Tolkien did, that the map is a worthwhile guide, explore it to whatever extent you find best nurtures your process.

Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count. Most of this is purely speculation. In addition, beyond the Handarak dessert it may by other civilazations with humans, dwarfs or even, forgotten dragons. However, if there are any extremely careful readers, they might know.

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As the tale continued to grow and he began to flirt with the idea of a series, expansion seemed natural. Hengyuan Zhang 1 I would think that the Inheritance cycle took place in northeastern Africa.

All continents are basically islands, because at some point, they are surrounded by an ocean. Singular1ty I guess, but as long as you and other readers understand the question, I don’t get why that matters.

How to Map Your Fantasy World

I’m wondering about the setting. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. North and south, and more importantly east and west, of this continent are all unknown territory. I say alagafsia because the southwest slope of Africa and Alagaesia look very similar in this manner.

I’m afraid pure speculation is not what we are looking for here. This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

As for the mountain ranges, he may have moved the Atlas mountains farther south for the Spine, and moved the Ahaggar mountains south for the Beor mountains. He drew it on an 8. I’m off to bed. As you mapp the boundaries of your land, consider consulting an atlas for examples of geographical irregularities that will make your world appear more natural.

Populating multiple books would require a greater variety of settings, and overcrowding any single area of the map would feel unrealistic and limiting. Learn how your comment data is processed. I guess that it makes more sense for it to be a continent, but I’m not sure.


From there, the two groups evolved separately. The author, Christopher Paolini, also may have derived some of the names from the countries and cities, like the name of the continent, Alagaesia, and the name of of one of the countries, Algeria.

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Much like LOTR, the elves traveled across the sea to the west. We know that this doesn’t count as Alagaesia, and that it’s inhabitable, because in the final book Eragon and Saphira fulfil the prophecy made by Angela in the first book and “leave Alagaesia for ever” to settle down in these unexplored lands far to the east.

Often in fantasy novels topographical features hold significance—dwarves live in mountains, elves live in forests—and if you plan to stick to such staples of the genre, they can help dictate the landscape of your map. Here, Paolini shares some advice for how mqp get started charting your own fantasy map. Tyler Moss is the managing editor of WD. But over time, he realized the proportions were too confining.

There is also a similarity in the different types of alagarsia, like the deserts, grasslands, and forests.

You must be logged in to post a comment. But more than pure illustration, a map can be a plotted and deliberate literary device.