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Episode 50: Fantasy Maps

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​Descent by Sono Sanctus

Candlegravity by Tomie's Bubbles


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J.R.R. Tolkien spent decades mapping out Middle-earth on graph paper because everything had to be invented from scratch (and given a name.) Many of his maps weren't even published until after he died, but today's fantasy cartographers owe a great debt to his work. They also have a post-modern understanding that to create a believable fantasy map, they have to sow doubt in the minds of readers whether we should trust the mapmakers. With Isaac StewartPriscilla SpencerEthan Gilsdorf and Stefan Ekman.