Do We Really Need A Map?

Thanks to Professor Tolkien, the majority of fantasy books have a map somewhere in their pages. It’s often at the front, though some have it in the back. The Belgariad has maps throughout, highlighting the next major location.

thor-mapSo, the title question: Do we really need a map?

Many see it as a given or a necessary resource. Does a story really need this device? Shouldn’t the prose be enough?

Absolutely, the needs of a particular story determine what the answer would be. What’s your answer?

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