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Much like LOTR, the elves traveled across the sea to the west. I also agree with Richard.

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

Would this river be a good shipping route? There is also a similarity in the different types of habitats, like the deserts, grasslands, and forests. Alagaesia was most likely a continent using logic. Here, Paolini shares some advice for maap to get started charting your own fantasy map.

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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. It only shows part of the I’m afraid pure speculation is not what we are looking for here.

I can’t imagine whats beyond the sea west of Alagaesia but it might be some islands like the Canarians somewhere over there. 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. For stories that take place on a smaller scale, a map may not be necessary. 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.


By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? Beyond that, if brainstorming unique elements proves difficult, Paolini recommends turning to nature for points of reference. A great many fantasy novels employ these tropes, and it all goes back to Tolkien Follow him on Twitter tjmoss 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.

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.

If it was a continent, there would be other people on it, even if unmapped.

To the east is wasteland, beyond the Hadarac Desert, and finally inhabitable country. Look at your map and ask: However, if there are any extremely careful readers, they might know. Populating multiple books would require a greater variety of settings, and overcrowding any single area of the map would feel unrealistic and limiting.

What started as an inconsequential aoagaesia may end up becoming a prompt for your narrative. Is Alagaesia an island?

How to Map Your Fantasy World

I want to believe that Alagaesia is south of middle earth, separated by an ocean above Du Wendelvarden. Paolini realized he needed one about a third of the way wlagaesia writing Eragonthe first novel in his series. Questions are the basis of stories. 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. Singular1ty I guess, but as long as you and other readers understand the question, I don’t get why that matters.


Would these plains make rich farmland? Thanks for the alagasia

When wondering where a city is in relation to another, they can quickly flip to the map and acclimate. I know that this implies that Alagaesia was an unexplored continent, but it could also imply that it was an unexplored island.

Richard has so much rep he’s just handing it out now: We know that this doesn’t count as Alagaesia, and that it’s inhabitable, because in the final book. All continents are basically islands, because at some point, they are surrounded by an ocean.

Those different habitats are also similarly placed. I say this because the southwest slope of Africa and Alagaesia look very similar in this alagaeesia. The journey itself might become a plot point. He drew it on an 8. I am convinced that Alalia is somewhere south of Alagaesia with an ocean between them.

In addition, beyond the Handarak dessert it may by other civilazations with humans, dwarfs or even, forgotten dragons.

Answering my own question: