Map of place name origins proves that we all secretly live in a fantasy novel
Unlace your bodice, put down your bastard sword, and stop trying to genetically engineer that goat into a unicorn — it turns out all you need to experience the thrill of living in a fantasy novel is to look at this map of place name etymological origins.
Suddenly, instead of having a conference in New Orleans, you have it in New Golden One, Land of the Warriors. You’re not from Jersey — you inhabit the Isle of Spears. Your European vacation might take you on a quest through the Fire-Cleared Land to Lightstone. And of course, we all dream of a getaway to the Islands of the Monkey God* (*the one with the strong maxillaries). At least, we do now.
The Atlas of True Names is a project of cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust, and you can buy a physical map to hang on your wall and make every mundane business trip or holiday homecoming into an epic adventure.
World map with place names swapped out for their original meanings, 22 Words.
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