I just got through a few fantasy books, and all of them have maps drawn for its settings. This is really cool! It's giving me good feelings. I think doing the worldbuilding gonna be really fun!
Theres virtually no epic fantasy writer, in English at least, afaik, in my country. All my fiction reading exp have gone towards comic books and manga. I did try a few attempts to write fantasy but i thought they were boring, but now, not anymore, I feel like Im being drawn into it
Thats a very good way to put it, it makes sense more to me nowI think there 2 main reasons you find maps in many fantasy novels (besides the fact that Tolkien had them and that maps are cool, which is all the reasons you need of course).
The first is that fantasy stories often play in a different world. If I write in a real world setting, and I mention a character travelling to New York, then all my readers will know roughly where it is and have an idea of what that journey would mean. This is simply not the case in a fantasy world. There you have strange place names no one has heard about. Just to have some context of the country many writers use a map when writing and offer that to the reader as a guide.
The second is that a lot of epic fantasy stories tell tales on a larger scale that often involve travelling. If you have 2 countries at war, it helps knowing where those countries are. And if you have a character travel from Rivendell to Mount Doom, then it's nice to have an idea what that journey looks like. That sort of thing.