Sense of place

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at
Thu Sep 2 22:45:52 EDT 1999

On Thu, 02 Sep 1999 15:37:26 -0400, Nat Case wrote:

>It's very hard to imagine living in a world where you haven't seen a map. Or
>where you don't think of the  land in terms of your understanding it on a
>map. It's very confusing and a little scary.

Doesn't that sound a lot like life in the medieval era, with so many people
never really going anywhere beyond their immediate surroundings?  It would
be really easy to believe horrible things about people from other places
too...they live too far outside the world you know.

Why do you suppose so many fantasy novels include maps?  Is it just that
it's part of the whole concept of high fantasy?  Or to give the reader an
edge in reading?  Or something else entirely?

Melissa Proffitt
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