Some Fantasy Map Links Round Up Thing

This article by Alex Acks at Tor.com is nearly a month old now but I did mean to post a link to it because it is is very good: https://www.tor.com/2017/08/01/tolkiens-map-and-the-messed-up-mountains-of-middle-earth/ The article looks specifically at the iconic map of Middle Earth by J.R.R.Tolkien. (Also read this previous column which is less specifically about maps but more about geography https://www.tor.com/2017/06/19/what-the-world-of-the-hunger-games-teaches-us-about-global-warming/ )

More recently Alex Acks has written a more general set of geomorphological issues with fantasy maps in the provocatively titled I Don’t Like Fantasy Maps http://katsudon.net/?p=5700

A broader discussion of maps in fantasy literature appeared mid-August at Longreads here https://longreads.com/2017/08/24/fantasy-maps-game-of-thrones/ by Adrian Duab (and also links to Alex Acks’s Tor.com article)

And chasing links in that article will take you to the website home of a fun Twitter account that generates plausible looking fictional maps http://mewo2.com/notes/terrain/ Worth checking out other things there including the original Deserts of the West and the Emoji Map generator. Also, a write up on Martin O’Leary’s map bots at National Geographic http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/bot-fantasy-map-generator/ 

Going back to 2015 a more manual way of making less dodgy fantasy maps: https://mythcreants.com/blog/crafting-plausible-maps/ 

While I’m here and heading back further in time:

Wired article on Jonathan Roberts 2013 https://www.wired.com/2013/12/fantasy-maps-cartography-tips-jonatha-roberts-game-of-thrones/

And his blog on how to draw fantasy maps http://www.fantasticmaps.com/

A different Jonathan – Jonathan Crowe – with a 2013 article on another problem with fantasy maps: they are anachronistic and follow modern sensibility of maps rather than according to the pseudo-medieval settings of the books http://www.maproomblog.com/publications/here-be-blank-spaces-vaguely-medieval-fantasy-maps/

A collection of notable fantasy maps from io9 in 2013 http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-most-incredible-fantasy-maps-youve-ever-seen-474420566?IR=T

And last but not least a how-to from i09 in 2015 http://io9.gizmodo.com/10-rules-for-making-better-fantasy-maps-1680429159?IR=T

[ETA This article by Sarah Gailey about her map of alt-history Louisianna for River of Teeth https://www.tor.com/2017/04/14/mean-hippos-fjords-and-fiddly-bits-making-the-map-for-river-of-teeth/  ]

[ETA Paul Weimer has a new post partly in response to Alex Acks’s post http://skyseastone.net/jvstin/?p=4700 ]

[ETA Fantasy city generator https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator ]

 

 

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  1. […] There have been a slate of articles lately about maps in fantasy. Alex Acks has talked about the terrible geology in Tolkien’s Middle Earth Map and then gone on to tell why they aren’t a fan of fantasy maps in general. Adrian Daub has talked about his love of maps, but the problems of Eurocentric maps. There are others, some of whom have been gathered by Camestros Felapton. […]

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