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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.

At its most basic, a map is an artistic accompaniment to a book. Is Alagaesia an island?

Learn how your comment data is processed. I know that this implies that Alagaesia was an unexplored continent, but it could alagasia imply that it was an unexplored island. Follow him on Twitter tjmoss There is also a similarity in the different types of habitats, like the deserts, grasslands, and forests.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? I guess that it makes more sense for it to be a continent, but I’m not sure.


But over time, he realized the proportions were too confining.

I would also venture to say that Alagaesia and Middle Earth exist in the same world. I want to believe that Alagaesia is south of middle earth, separated by an ocean above Du Wendelvarden. 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.

How to Map Your Fantasy World

Where exactly does Eragon take place? 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. Alagaesia was most laagaesia a continent using logic.

Most of this is purely speculation. You must be logged in to post a comment.

Much like LOTR, the elves traveled across the sea to the west. From there, the two groups evolved separately. Those different habitats are also similarly placed. 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.

In fact, Europe is a fitting analogy. I’m wondering about the setting.

How to Map Your Fantasy World |

But what is your qlagaesia for this? Here’s a map of Alagaesia: Here, Paolini alagasia some advice for how to get started charting your own fantasy map.


Then what about the map? Admittedly 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. I’m doing an assignment for class about Eragon. But then the story started to expand. If it was a continent, there would be other people on it, even if unmapped. Thank you for your interest in this question. North and south, and more importantly east and west, of this continent are all unknown territory.

The author, Christopher Paolini, also may have derived some of the names from the countries and cities, like the name of the continent, Alagaesia, mapp the name of of one of the countries, Algeria. However, if there are any extremely careful readers, they might know.