List of fantasy worlds

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This is a list of fictional fantasy worlds and lands. The best-known lands or worlds, not necessarily the most encompassing, are listed. For example, Middle-earth is only a region of Arda in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe, but it is far better known.

Media key:

Listed in the table in chronological order.
A: anime and manga
C: comics and graphic novels
F: films
G: tabletop games
N: novels and short stories
O: other
P: plays
R: radio
T: television
V: video games
Fantasy worlds
Setting Creator Description First appearance Year Media
Abeir-Toril Ed Greenwood The planet that serves as the setting of the Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting Forgotten Realms. Darkwalker on Moonshae 1987 G/N/C/V
Albion Lionhead Studios Primary setting of the Fable series. Fable 2004 V/N
Asgard Marvel Comics realm based on Norse mythology. Journey into Mystery 1962 C/T/F/V
Avalon Marvel Comics realm based on Welsh mythology. Fantastic Four 1966 C
Averoigne Clark Ashton Smith A fictional French province. The End of the Story 1930 N
Azeroth Blizzard Entertainment Primary setting of the Warcraft franchise. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994 A/C/F/G/V/N
Barsoom Edgar Rice Burroughs A version of Mars inhabited by various species of intelligent life Under the Moons of Mars 1912 N/C/F/G
Darkover Marion Zimmer Bradley This science fantasy series is set on a planet colonized by humans, but with native intelligent races. The Planet Savers 1958 N/G
Deltora Emily Rodda The setting for the Deltora Quest series of children's novels The Forests of Silence 2000 N/A/V
Destiny Islands and other worlds Square The multiple worlds that make up the setting of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Kingdom Hearts 2002 V/M
Dinotopia James Gurney An island where humans and dinosaurs peacefully coexist. Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time 1992 N/T/F/V
Discworld Terry Pratchett A vast disc of land resting on four elephants which stand on a giant turtle.
Setting of the Discworld series.
The Colour of Magic 1983 N/V/M/G/T
Dragon World Akira Toriyama The setting of all Toriyama works mainly Dragon Ball. Wonder Island 1979 A/C/F/T/V
Dreamlands H. P. Lovecraft and others An alternate dimension entered only via dreams. Polaris 1918 N/G
Dying Earth Jack Vance A worn-out Earth with a dying Sun in the far distant future where magic prevails. The Dying Earth 1950 N/G
Earthsea Ursula K. Le Guin A planet consisting of numerous islands. The Word of Unbinding 1964 N/T/R/A
Encantadia Suzette Doctolero A realm that serves as the setting for the Encantadia Filipino franchise. Encantadia 2005 T/F/V
Equestria Lauren Faust The setting of the fourth and fifth generations of the My Little Pony franchise. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 2010 T/C/V
Eternia Roger Sweet The home world of the Masters of the Universe animated series. 1981 O/C/N/V/T/F
Etheria Larry DiTillio
J. Michael Straczynski
The mythical world of the She-Ra: Princess of Power animated series. She-Ra: Princess of Power 1985 T/O/C
Filgaia Media.Vision Multiple worlds sharing the same name. The main setting of the Wild Arms series. Wild Arms 1996 A/V
The Four Lands Terry Brooks The post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest following a nuclear holocaust is the setting for the Shannara novel series The Sword of Shannara 1977 N/V/T
The Four Nations Michael Dante DiMartino
Bryan Konietzko
The setting of the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender 2005 T/F/C/V
Greyhawk Gary Gygax A campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons. G/N
Halkeginia Noboru Yamaguchi A world whose social structure is similar to that of medieval Europe. The Familiar of Zero 2004 N/A
Fictional universe of Harry Potter J. K. Rowling The Wizarding World co-exists with and is mainly hidden from the mundane world of the non-magical Muggles. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1997 N/F/G/P
Glorantha Greg Stafford The setting of numerous tabletop games, including RuneQuest and HeroQuest White Bear and Red Moon 1975 G/V/N/C
Hyborian Age Robert E. Howard A fictional prehistoric period of Earth's history placed by most around 10,000 BC, in which Conan the Barbarian rampaged. The Phoenix on the Sword 1932 N/C/G/F/V/T
Hyrule Shigeru Miyamoto
Takashi Tezuka
A kingdom that is the main setting of The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Legend of Zelda 1986 A/C/N/T/V
Ivalice Yasumi Matsuno Setting of multiple video games, including Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and Final Fantasy XII. Final Fantasy Tactics 1997 A/R/V
The Land Stephen R. Donaldson Location of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series of novels. Lord Foul's Bane 1977 N
Magic Kingdom of Landover Terry Brooks Setting for six novels and two short stories Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold! 1986 N
Lankhmar Fritz Leiber A city on the primitive world of Nehwon, home of the rogues Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Two Sought Adventure 1939 N/G/C
Magic: The Gathering multiverse Richard Garfield A collection of planes, including Dominaria, where most of the action occurs. Magic: The Gathering 1993 G/N/C/V
Melniboné Michael Moorcock Island homeland of Elric of Melniboné. The Dreaming City 1961 N/C/G
Middle-earth J. R. R. Tolkien The setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. See also Arda, of which Middle-earth is a part. The Hobbit 1937 N/P/F/R/C/G/V
Mushroom Kingdom Shigeru Miyamoto Primary setting of the Mario franchise. Super Mario Bros. 1985 A/C/N/T/V
Myst worlds Rand Miller
Robyn Miller
Various worlds, referred to as "Ages", featured in the Myst franchise. Myst 1993 V/N/C/G
Narnia C. S. Lewis Setting for The Chronicles of Narnia series of children's novels. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 1950 N/T/R/P/F
Neverland J. M. Barrie A fictional island, home to Peter Pan. Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up 1904 P/F/T/V/R
Nirn Bethesda Game Studios The primary setting of The Elder Scrolls franchise. The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994 N/V/G
One Piece world (unnamed?) Eiichiro Oda A world composed of a vast ocean and a single continent. One Piece 1997 A/V/N
Land of Oz L. Frank Baum A magical country in which 14 Baum children's novels are set. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1900 N/P/F/T
Pellucidar Edgar Rice Burroughs Another world 500 miles underneath the Earth's surface. At the Earth's Core 1914 N/C/F/T
Pern Anne McCaffrey A planet settled by humans using spaceships. Setting for the science fantasy Dragonriders of Pern series. Note that McCaffrey considered herself a writer of science fiction, not fantasy. Weyr Search 1967 N/G/C/V
Planescape Multiverse TSR, Inc. The planes of existence beyond the standard worlds of the Dungeons & Dragons game, most detailed in the Planescape setting. Manual of the Planes 1987 G/N/V
Prydain Lloyd Alexander The country of The Chronicles of Prydain, consisting of five children's novels and assorted short stories. The Book of Three 1964 N/F
Spira Yoshinori Kitase
Motomu Toriyama
The world in which Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 take place. Final Fantasy X 2001 V
Tékumel M. A. R. Barker A technological world is suddenly cast into a "pocket dimension". Reversing the usual sequence of events, Barker spent decades building his elaborate, detailed world before designing the initial tabletop role-playing game. Empire of the Petal Throne 1974 G/N
Thedas BioWare The primary setting of the Dragon Age franchise Dragon Age: Origins 2009 V/N/C/A/G
Thieves' World Robert Asprin A collective setting for stories by numerous authors. Thieves' World 1979 N/T/C
Warhammer world Bryan Ansell
Richard Halliwell
Rick Priestley
The setting of the Warhammer franchise. Warhammer The Mass Combat Fantasy Role-Playing Game 1983 G/N/V/C
Westeros George R. R. Martin The continent in which most of the A Song of Ice and Fire series takes place. A Game of Thrones 1996 N/T/C/V
Witch World Andre Norton A world in a parallel universe where magic works. Witch World 1963 N/G
Wonderland Lewis Carroll An underground realm accessed through a rabbit hole. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1865 N/P/F/C/T
The World of the Wheel Robert Jordan Also referred to as "The Randlands", the setting of The Wheel of Time series. The Eye of the World 1990 N/C/G/V/T
Xanth Piers Anthony Locale for 44 novels and counting. A Spell for Chameleon 1977 N/G/V

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