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In writing his novels, Paolini took a great many ideas from established fantasy authors such as Tolkien.

I can’t imagine whats beyond the sea west of Alagaesia but it might be some islands like the Canarians somewhere over there.

But it also keeps readers from getting confused in the story. There is also a similarity in the different types of habitats, like the deserts, grasslands, and forests.

Is Alagaesia an island?

In fact, Europe is a fitting analogy. I’m off to bed. Alagaesia is a continent Alagaesia continues eastwards beyond the border of the map The author hasn’t drawn anything beyond the wastelands. Then what about the map? Learn how your comment data is processed. Singular1ty I guess, but as long as you and other readers understand the question, I don’t get why that matters. 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.

HengyuanZhang – You do it. 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. Would these plains make rich farmland?


How to Map Your Fantasy World

Tyler Moss is the managing editor of WD. To the west is as usual in fantasy novels an unexplored ocean, possibly with other land on the far side. Up until that point, the majority of the plot had taken place in a small town, where he could aoagaesia keep things straight in his mind.

Cities and towns, flora and fauna, physical features—all of these details will have an impact. Where exactly does Eragon take place?

For stories that take place on a smaller scale, a map may not be necessary.

The author, Christopher Paolini, also may have derived some of the names from the countries and cities, like the name of alagaexia continent, Alagaesia, and the name of of one of the countries, Algeria. Thank you for your interest in this question. As the tale continued to grow and he began to flirt with the idea of a series, expansion seemed natural.

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

I would venture to say that Alagaesia is an island like Australia. From there, the two groups evolved separately. Much like LOTR, the elves traveled across the sea to the west. A great many fantasy novels employ these tropes, and it all goes back to Tolkien Those different habitats are also similarly placed.

Look at your map and ask: However, if there are any extremely careful readers, they might know. But more than pure illustration, a map can be a plotted and deliberate literary device.


How to Map Your Fantasy World |

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.

I’m doing an assignment for class about Eragon. 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. Questions are the basis of stories.

It’s a continent, bounded by ocean on the west and more land on the east, much like Europe. But then the story started to expand. I also agree with Richard. Paolini realized he needed one about a third of the way through writing Eragonthe first novel in his series. Most of this is purely speculation. Eragon and Saphira fulfil the prophecy made by Angela in the first book and nap Alagaesia for ever” to settle down in these unexplored lands far to the east.

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.