Christopher’s Art Desk: The Map of Alagaësia

Our latest installment in the Art Desk series offers readers a look at the process behind charting and illustrating Alagaësia’s snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and diverse cities. Since 2003, the map has been readers’ constant companion as they navigate their way through the land alongside Eragon, Roran, and Nasuada.

There are several key differences between initial concepts and the final map. Towns and villages were moved, renamed, or disappeared altogether. Rivers wound throughout the Empire, connecting many towns and cities. A modest Hadarac Desert formerly bordered the “Wastelands,” an ominous area that would eventually become the dwarves’ iconic Beor Mountains. Du Weldenvarden, sanctuary of the elves, only appeared in later versions. Throughout the world’s many iterations, the continent’s coast and nearby Vroengard Island remained the sole permanent fixtures.

Final map in hand, many fans now wonder: what lies beyond the familiar borders of the land of Alagaësia?

Mike Macauley

About Mike Macauley

Mike Macauley is the founder of, editor in chief of, and author of The Inheritance Almanac. Mike can be found on Twitter at @mikemacauley.