To Build a World From a Grain of Sand

By Alexandria Harris

William Blake would be so proud.

I had a moment the other day and took his famous line “to see the world in a grain of sand”  literally. I wanted to build a map like Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. Not an exact replica, although there was this interesting tutorial on how to age cardboard to look like genuine parchment paper (that I will be trying when I have the time).

No, I actually wanted to try being a pseudo cartographer and make my own world. Technically I had already done it. Before I started my book Forbidden Fruit, I did some Norse mythology research and mapped everything out.

However, in the Prose and Poetic Eddas, there are some loopholes/areas to be explored that I fully exploited.

For example, the origin of elves can be traced back all the way to Norse mythology and explained…

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