Top 5 Fictional Maps of Places You’d Love to Visit.

27 Feb

We love a good old map here at Top 5. Especially old maps which claim ‘X marks the spot’ or ‘Here be Dragons’.

5. Arrakis

The centrepiece of Frank Herbert’s magnus opus was the desert planet known colloquially as Dune, home to the Fremen and terrifying giant sand worms. Anyone who has ever read the novel has wanted to go there. It’s not the most hospitable place but we’d all like to think we could awaken our inner badass à la Paul Atreides.

4. Neverland

Peter Pan’s magical refuge for the Lost Boys. A land where crocodiles chase pirates around, while we chill out in treehouses and lagoons. Did we mention the whole ‘never-growing-up’ thing?

3. DiscWorld

Terry Pratchett’s infamous Discworld requires its own laws of physics as it is balanced on the back of four huge elephants who are standing on the back of a giant star turtle, The Great A’Tuin. The unique geography of Discworld requires 4 alternative basic directions: hubwards, rimwards, turnwise (in the same direction as the disc is rotating) and widdershins (opposite direction to disc rotation). That’ll blow the Flat-Earthers’ minds…

2. Azeroth

Warcraft has come a long since its humble beginnings. The MMORPG World of Warcraft has pretty much pwned the market since its release. The massive maps and detailed world is inhabited by dragons, dwarves, orcs, and all the other staples of the fantasy genre. Escapism at its best.

1. Middle-Earth

J. R. R. Tolkien not only created the world of Middle-Earth but the races and languages of its inhabitants. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are the genesis of the entire fantasy genre, whereby elements from Norse and Celtic folklore were forged into a new mythology. The map isn’t just there to look pretty, but at some points in the story it is a must to look at the map to make sense of the complex events taking place concurrently in different areas. The maps of Middle-Earth are the benchmark on how to create and use maps to enhance your fictional world!

There we go… start booking your holidays now!

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4 Responses to “Top 5 Fictional Maps of Places You’d Love to Visit.”

  1. graveyardsandgrasslands February 27, 2012 at 14:14 #

    What a lovely idea for a post! Brilliant – thanks!

    xx GnG xx

    • Rugorim March 2, 2012 at 17:29 #

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the share.

  2. graveyardsandgrasslands February 27, 2012 at 14:15 #

    Reblogged this on graveyards and grasslands and commented:
    Happened upon this lovely post about fictional places! Just had to share! Enjoy…

  3. The Background Story March 4, 2012 at 09:07 #

    Ohhh, how I wish I can book a flight Neverland! (Can someone give me some fairy dust?) 🙂

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