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I know alagaesa this implies that Alagaesia was an unexplored continent, but it could also imply that it was an unexplored island. 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. I say this because the southwest slope of Africa and Alagaesia look very similar in this manner.

Cities and towns, flora and fauna, physical features—all of these details will have an impact. What if something were to happen there?

What started as an inconsequential adornment may end up becoming a prompt for your narrative. When wondering where a city is in relation to another, they can quickly flip to the map and acclimate. I’m wondering about the setting. 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.

And he found, as Tolkien did, that implementing such a visual at the right point in the writing process can both influence and add to a narrative.

Here, Paolini shares some advice for how to get started charting your own fantasy map. Would this river be a good shipping route? However, if there are any extremely careful readers, they might know.


Would these plains make rich alagesia Most of this is purely speculation.

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. All continents are basically islands, because at some point, they are surrounded by an ocean. Alagaesia is a continent Alagaesia continues eastwards beyond the border of the map The author hasn’t drawn anything beyond the alaaesia.

I also agree with Richard. Singular1ty I guess, but as long as you and other readers understand the question, I don’t get why that matters.

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. From there, the two groups evolved separately. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

To the west is as usual in fantasy novels mqp unexplored ocean, possibly with other land on the far side. Where exactly does Eragon take place?

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I want to believe that Alagaesia is south of middle earth, separated by an ocean above Du Wendelvarden. I would think that the Inheritance cycle took place in northeastern Africa. This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Up until that point, the majority of the plot had taken place in a small town, where he could easily keep things straight in his mind. But it also keeps readers from getting confused in the story. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. As you sketch the boundaries of your land, consider consulting an atlas for examples of geographical irregularities that will make your world appear more natural.


I’m doing an assignment for class about Eragon. It only shows part of the HengyuanZhang – You do it. Those different habitats are also similarly placed.

How to Map Your Fantasy World

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It’s a continent, bounded by ocean on the west and more land on the east, much like Europe. Hengyuan Zhang 1 Here’s a map of Alagaesia: Alagaesia was most likely a continent using logic. But for fantasy tales that involve numerous locations, extensive travel or concurrent events, a map can be a useful organizational device.

Paolini realized he needed ma; about a third of the way through mapp Eragonthe first novel in his series. I’m off to bed. In fact, Europe is a fitting analogy. Is Alagaesia an island?

Now to the north, somewhere the Du Weldenvarden forest must end, and I imagine over there a volcanic place with lava mountains or a huge grassland like the land that Eragon and Brom crossed after the Udgarnd mountain. It may sound obvious, but the stature of your map depends heavily upon the breadth of the story you want to tell—which, initially, may not be as evident as you think. To the east is wasteland, beyond the Hadarac Desert, and finally inhabitable country.

A great many fantasy novels employ these tropes, and it all goes back to Tolkien