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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! To many, Cornwall is already a land which conjures up images of historical fantasy. Be it the legends of Arthur or the Beast of Bodmin - or one of the county’s many haunted places - there’s plenty already to go on. One creative soul, however, has taken it one step further. Netherlands-based Justin de Heer, or Euronexa as he goes by on Reddit, has created a fantasy-style map of Cornwall: and it’s (quite literally) fantastic. Taking inspiration from the common myths and legends of Kernow, as well as some artistic liberties, Justin put together the map using nothing more than a free tool many use to create Dungeons and Dragons layouts. The map’s amazing level of detail has fantasy-ised various Cornwall landmarks and towns, and plays on some of the well-known myths and legends of ancient Kernow. Justin, a self-professed “history nerd” from Utrecht in the Netherlands, said he has made loads of these types of maps - but that he was particularly interested in making them for the Celtic nations. “The British Isles is one of my favourite regions of Europe, even the world,” he said. “I have visited Ireland multiple times and England and Scotland too. I was actually going on vacation somewhere in South West England this year, but we all know what ruined my plans. “I'm also just very interested in the Celtic nations, they have interesting languages and folklore, that's why I'm also learning Welsh. “So the next nation on my list was Cornwall.” Justin has put some of the place names in a hybrid of Cornish and his own fantasy language, in a tribute to a culture and history he finds fascinating. Down at the South West tip of fantasy Kernow is Syllan - the Isles of Scilly - overlooked by a mythical figure standing near Land’s End. The figure is a spriggan, which for the uninitiated in Cornish folklore (like myself) is a sort of fairy or sprite which takes the form of an ugly old man with childlike features - and immense physical strength. The South West of Justin de Heer's fantasy map of Cornwall (Image: Justin de Heer/Euronexa) Moving north, away from the mischievous plight of a Cornish spriggan, is a vaguely recognisable Pennsans, south of Porth Ia and Heyl. Eastwards is Carrer Loos y’n Coos (St Michael’s Mount, or Karrek Loos y’n Koos in Cornish). To name a few more - there is the imposing-looking Truru, surrounded by Resrudh and Aberfala. Just below the kingdom of fantasy Kernow’s capital is the Morgawr lurking in the sea.
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. Up in the North-Eastern part of the map is, of course, the Beast of Bodmin prowling around the moors near Bosvena, Skerries and Lannstevan (Launceston).
(Image: Justin de Heer/Euronexa)
Justin’s map contains another more obscure mythical creature up near Porthbud - Bude - called the Bucca. This is effectively a merman, but one which preferred to live in mines and coastal towns than on rocks in the open ocean. Having posted the map to Reddit, Justin said Dungeons and Dragons inevitably came up in the comments. “I personally have never played D&D, but I understand why people want to use it. “Mordor from Lord of the Rings was also brought up many times.” You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. Mordor, which is the fiery region of death in the fantasy franchise, was indeed brought up - in relation to Cornwall’s neighbour on Justin’s Reddit post on r/Cornwall. “One minor improvement could be to make Devon a more ‘Mordor’ shade of brown,” one comment said. “I would’ve made it a volcanic wasteland,” Justin replied, and joked that he put the faint dragon in the Devon region to "indicate the wasteland East of Cornwall." Another added: “No Camborne? Probably for the best.”
Justin further said he started making these maps during lockdown out of sheer boredom. “I started making these maps because of quarantine. When the news came that the lockdown will be extended, I thought to myself that I needed something to do meanwhile. “And I'm a geography, linguistics and history nerd, so making old school maps would fit perfectly with my interests.” You can find Justin’s Reddit page here, where he posts his maps, here. He’s also made the country Turkey, as well as Wales, Belarus, Washington state (USA) and many more.
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