lotesse: (prydain_eilonwyredgold)
While there are maps of Prydain, they seem to have rather fallen out of circulation - they were not printed in the editions I had as a child - and there is also not, as far as I can tell, a complete map in existence. The beautiful maps printed in each of the volumes of the Chronicles are clearly hand-drawn, and do not reproduce one another with any spatial accuracy.

Because it's hard to find them, here are the four maps of Prydain printed in the books - note that these are recombined from hi-res screencaps of GoogleBooks, and so might have a few jagged edges:




In each of these the geography is highly variant, and major locations appear and disappear - it weirds me out to remember how close they must come to the wreck of Spiral Castle several times in the series, for one thing. So I decided I wanted a complete map, so as to begin getting my head properly around this world. I used the map from The High King as my base, erased plot details, and added in marks for elided locations.


Note that some of these names are placed on fairly vague evidence! We know that Pen-Llarcau is one of the northern kingdoms, but not exactly where it might be. Rheged, Mawr, and Dau Gleddyn (all allies of the Horned King) are identified only as "the cantrevs of the south." The location of Madoc is completely without evidence of any kind, I'm afraid. The placement of Avren Harbor rests only on the geographical point of the slight natural harbor formed in the shape of the river at that point. But it works well enough, I think.

Date: 27 Feb 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] ell
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Oh it's been so long since I visited Prydain!

Date: 27 Feb 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] kyriacarlisle
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Oh, my, I know what I'm checking out of the library tomorrow - it's been so long!

Date: 28 Feb 2011 12:40 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] melannen
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I had just gone visiting in Prydain myself when you started posting about it, and this mapmaking is lovely! I must have had editions with those maps in, because I recognize them, and remember disliking them immensely. It makes me sad that a complete maps was never officially printed, and yay to you for doing it!

Date: 28 Feb 2011 03:57 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] msilverstar
msilverstar: (LOTR: Aragorn)
Wow, I haven't read those in forever. When I was a teenager, Taran was the fictional character I most identified with.

Have you tried relating the map to a map of Wales? I am sorry to say that when I finally went to Mon/Anglesey, I found it flat and dull.

Date: 28 Feb 2011 06:07 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] marcellinafuriosa
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Love him so much.

Did you like Vesper Holly too?


Date: 27 Dec 2011 02:30 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] onelastsketch.wordpress.com
Just wanted to let you know that I used your scans and composite map to help compose my own map of Prydain.


Many thanks!

daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin


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