Tag: Middle Ages

‘Mouse Guard’ to Star ‘LoTR’s Andy Serkis, ‘GoT’s Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Fantasy fans, rejoice! The Mouse Guard adaptation has confirmed two major actors have joined its (tiny) cast. Mouse Guard is a graphic novel series written and illustrated by David Petersen. The series is set in world that mimics the Middle Ages, inhabited by mice. There are no humans in this world but plenty of predators, forcing the mice into a constant struggle for survival as they battle against snakes, the harsh elements, and each other. The stories revolve around the titular Mouse Guard, a sacred order of warrior mice who protect their fellows and grant them safe passage through the wilderness.


The first graphic novel in the Mouse Guard series, written and illustrated by David Petersen
Image Via MouseGuard.Net

According to this article from Kotaku Australia, Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis and Game of Thrones’ Thomas Brodie-Sangster have been announced to star in the feature length film adaptation. Brodie-Sangster will be playing Lieam, one of the newest and youngest members of the Guard. Andy Serkis, meanwhile, will be playing the fearsome villain Midnight, a blacksmith turned tyrant who makes war against the Guard.

The main cast of the first Mouse Guard graphic novel hold their swords together
Image Via Kotaku Australia

The adaptation will be using motion capture to be creating its cast of colorful mice, although there is no word if it will be live action or CGI yet. Andy Serkis, who has made his name playing motion capture characters like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, Caeser from Planet of the Apes, and Supreme Leader Snoke of Star Wars, is a natural casting choice. Production of the film is slated to begin this May, with Wes Bell slated to direct.

We look forward to seeing this unique fantasy series brought to the big screen and will keep our ear open for further updates!


Featured Image Via The Hollywood Reporter

3 of My Favorite Fantasy World Maps

One of the most fun things about fantasy books is the maps authors provide, creating a well drawn picture of their world. These maps helped solidify the idea that these worlds truly exist, creating a massive landscape full of interesting, varied locations that we, the readers, feel instantly drawn into. The best maps create a geographical landscape that feels full of life and transport away into another place as we read. Below are some of the best maps, in this author’s opinion, throughout fantasy literature. Here are some of my favorite maps from fantasy fiction.


Westeros by George R.R. Martin


A picture of Westeros in A Song of Ice and Fire from the Dornish deserts to the Land of Always Winter
Image Via IO9


A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, better known as Game of Thrones to wider audiences, contains one of the most detailed fictional lands in the fantasy genre: the land of Westeros. A massive continent, Westeros’s geography varies immensely, home to significant mountain ranges such as the Mountains of the Moon, the Frostfangs, and the Red Mountains of Dorne. The North is a land constantly enduring heavy snowfall, while immense woodlands dominate the warmer climates of the land, such as the Kingswood and and the Haunted Forest. Offshore islands include Bear Island, Dragonstone, and Tarth.

The map itself covers the high immense geography of Westeros exceptionally well, matching George R. R. Martin’s attention to detail. For more intimate close ups of the various different lands across this fictional world, see The Lands of Ice and Fire, which features dozens of high quality maps of the world of Martin’s imagination.


Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien


The land of Middle-Earth, at the time of when LOTR and the Hobbit take place
Image Via Tolkien Gateway


Possibly the most famous fictional world in the fantasy genre and the one to which most if not all fantasy authors owe their inspiration, Middle-Earth, the setting for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit as well as many other works by Tolkien, draws inspiration from Midgard of Norse mythology. Tolkien’s aim when he created maps for his stories was to created a well defined geography for his world, making it as real as possible in order to achieve realistic travel time, since his protagonists spend much of the story walking from location to location. The land of Middle-Earth contains regions such as the Shire, Gondor, Rohan, and Mordor. Middle-Earth is home to a wide variety of races that inhabit its borders, such as Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, and Orcs.


Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin


The archipelago of islands dotting the world of Earthsea
Image Via Ursula K. Le Gein.com


In contrast to the previous two lands, which draw upon historical Europe to inform geographical and culture sensibilities, Ursula K. Le Guin’s world of Earthsea takes its inspiration from Polynesia. Ursula K. Le Guin was outspoken about the notion that characters in fantasy should be white and resemble the Middle Ages, hence Earthsea itself is much more unique. The peoples inhabiting the world inform this view, with the majority of the people’s coloration having red-brown coloration. Locations across Earthsea include Havnor, the Ninety Isles, and the Dragon’s Run.

What are some of your favorite fantasy maps? Let us know and show the detailed worlds you get sucked into!


Featured Image Via A Wiki of Ice and Fire