What’s an epic fantasy without some fancy maps?!

Map of Syland ~ cartography by John Klobucher

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been drawn (no pun intended) to the made-up maps in high-fantasy epics the likes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. I can still remember time and time again as a much younger lad poring over the maps of Middle-earth in my paperback Tolkien set… as if peering long enough would let me see into that world itself.

So it’s no wonder that when I started plotting my own little epic adventure, the ill-advised ebook serial Lore of the Underlings, I couldn’t resist doing a wee bit of cooked-up cartography myself. This post includes the first example, an old political map from the distant and unwelcoming island of Syland. And of course I have plans for more such maps as the story unfolds in episodes ahead.

Come to think of it, I guess that mapping out these tales is as much for the author as it is for the reader — a whimsical way to keep on course once the questing starts. Besides, there’s still no GPS that covers the depths of Mordor (until the next iPhone anyway).

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