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1/13/2014

Tolmenwode/Dolmenwood | Image Bank


The following images were gathered over a long period of time and now organized here by virtue of their Dolmenwood-ness.

[btw: In order to avoid any maltreatment of trademarks, the wilderness hexcrawl project formerly known as WORMWOOD shall now be called (archaically) TOLMENWODE or (in modern usage) DOLMENWOOD -- both names amount to the same meaning.]

"BUT WHAT IS THIS BOOK YOU SPEAK OF, GGMLK?"

The book is a Carcosa-like numbered-hexcrawl approach to a pseudo-medieval forest and its peculiar lore written by Greg Gorgonmilk and Gavin Norman and featuring the work of Matthew Schmeer. The Dolmenwood it describes is approximately 1,000 square miles of sparsely populated wilderness, a tract of land that has been a possession of the Dukes of Brackenwold for many centuries. Known abroad for its spell-guarded standing stones and freakish non-human inhabitants, the place's wooded depths are largely left to their own devices, most townsfolk never stepping very far beyond the outskirts of their dim little towns. It is a region steeped in superstition, grown senescent and fuddy-duddy through time and the weight of its own half-remembered history.

















9 comments:

  1. I'm doing a similar thing for the Morvan in Burgundy. Check this out:
    http://www.john-howe.com/portfolio/gallery/details.php?image_id=1038

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    1. Love John Howe's work. His fell-beasts are the definitive take IMHO.

      http://img-fan.theonering.net/~rolozo/images/howe/eow.jpg

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  2. The sketch might be more to your liking:
    http://www.john-howe.com/portfolio/gallery/details.php?image_id=4625

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    1. Ah, Gawain and the Green Knight/Giant! Great piece.

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  3. FWIW, I like Dolmenwood better than Wormwood -- more evocative.

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    1. Thanks, yeah it's growing on me too.

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    2. Yeah, I like the name more too. Looking forward to what you do with this.

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