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27 August 2017 @ 06:54 am
Knowing too much  
Actual geologist doesn’t like fantasy maps.

Thanx to File 770
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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on August 27th, 2017 11:03 pm (UTC)
Haha, I totally agree with him, and have stressed this point to all my young writers: you can't just put a mountain or a river wherever you please; mountains and rivers occur where they occur for reasons, and those reasons shape the entire terrain.

Tolkien totally did not grok this, but then, Tolkien did not grok where food comes from, either. The Elves of the Woody End are apparently famous for their wheat fields, flour mills and apple orchards. The Hobbits not only have potatoes, they have coffee and cinnamon. It must have been a great thing to be a farmer in the hey-day of Khazad-dum; turnips were worth their weight in gold, and cherries their weight in rubies, because the Dwarves grew no food of their own. Riiiiiiight.

Tolkien wasn't too savvy about the phases of the Moon, either, and messes them up pretty badly in The Hobbit. That was an amateurish mistake: if one is going to make the lunar phases a major plot-point in a story, they really ought to be correct. But Tolkien could get away with all this because he was the Original, and because his writing is good enough to carry one right across the Suspension Bridge of Disbelief no matter how many planks it's missing.