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I guess that it makes more sense for it to be a continent, but I’m not sure.

How to Map Your Fantasy World

To the west is as usual in fantasy novels an unexplored ocean, possibly with other land on the far side. 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.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. In fact, Europe is a fitting analogy. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

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. From there, the two groups evolved separately. The journey itself might become a plot point.

Tyler Moss is the managing editor of WD. In addition, beyond the Handarak dessert it may by other civilazations with humans, dwarfs or even, forgotten dragons. Admittedly the geography of Alagaesia doesn’t look that much like that alagaseia Middle-Earth, but it still has ocean to the west, wasteland to the east, elves in the forests, and dwarves in the mountains.


As you sketch the alahaesia of your land, consider consulting an atlas for examples of geographical irregularities that will make your world appear more natural. I’m off to bed.

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 alagaedia in these unexplored lands far to the east.

Here, Paolini shares some advice for how to get started charting your own fantasy map. When wondering where a city is in relation to another, they can quickly flip to the map and acclimate. But it alagaewia keeps readers from getting confused in the story. Is Alagaesia an island? Then what about the map? Hengyuan Zhang 1 But over time, he realized the proportions were too confining.

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What if something were to happen there? What started as an inconsequential adornment may end up becoming a prompt for your narrative. Answering my own question: As the tale continued to grow and he began to flirt with the idea of a series, expansion seemed natural. All continents are basically islands, because at some point, they are surrounded by an ocean.

Thank you for your interest in this question. Alagaesia was most likely a continent using logic. I’m doing an assignment msp class about Eragon.

But then the story started to expand. Where exactly does Eragon take place? But more than pure illustration, a map can be a plotted and deliberate literary device.


It only shows part of the Populating multiple books would require a greater variety of settings, and overcrowding any single area of the map would feel unrealistic and limiting. A great many fantasy novels employ these tropes, and it all goes back to Tolkien I know that this implies that Alagaesia was an unexplored continent, but it could also imply that it was an unexplored island. I say this because the southwest slope of Africa and Alagaesia look very similar in this manner.

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 alagaexia after the Udgarnd mountain.

It may sound obvious, but the stature of your map depends heavily upon the breadth of the story you alagaesi to tell—which, initially, may not be as evident as you think. For the story to move forward, he needed a better idea of how long it would take to travel from city to city, and where important locations in the narrative stood in proximity to each other. 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.

Beyond that, if brainstorming unique elements proves difficult, Paolini recommends turning to nature for points of reference.