The archipelago of Earthsea consists of many islands of various size. The main part of the story of the Earthsea books takes place on this archipelago. The islands are roughly divided into six areas.

Inmost Sea[edit | edit source]

All of the islands around Havnor and Roke belong to the Inmost Sea, where great parts of the events in the books take place. The islands have a mild climate, are of medium or great size, and are most densely populated compared to the other lands of Earthsea.


Havnor[edit | edit source]

Havnor is the main island of the Inmost Sea and also the largest and innermost island of Earthsea. Havnor features the city of Havnor Great Port, where the New Palace is.

Ninety Isles[edit | edit source]

The Ninety Isles are a group of islands in the west of Roke. The correct number of islands is unknown.

Roke[edit | edit source]

The island of Roke contains the School of Roke, the Roke Knoll and the Immanent Grove.

Wathort[edit | edit source]

Wathort is an island in the south of Roke and one of the larger islands of the Inmost Sea. Its capital is Hort Town.

Other Islands[edit | edit source]

North Reach[edit | edit source]

The islands of the North Reach have a much cooler and harsher climate  than the southern ones.

Éa[edit | edit source]

Éa is an island of the North Reach and the first island of Earthsea.

Enlad[edit | edit source]

Enlad is an island in the North Reach and home of Lebannen. The kings of Havnor once came from Enlad.

Gont[edit | edit source]

The island of Gont is the birthplace of Ged and Ogion. Gont is known for it's wizards.

Osskil[edit | edit source]

The island of Osskil belongs to the Northern Reach. The people of Osskil have pale skin.

Other Islands[edit | edit source]

  • Ebosskil
  • Oranéa
  • Ebéa
  • Solea
  • Torheven

East Reach[edit | edit source]

The islands of the East Reach are relatively small and widespread. The people of the East Reach have a darker skin color than other people.

Astowell[edit | edit source]

The small island of Astowell is the easternmost island of Earthsea.

The Hands[edit | edit source]

The Hands is the name of two small islands, which (from above) look like two hands.

Iffish[edit | edit source]

Iffish is the home-island of Estarriol.

Other Islands[edit | edit source]

There are no other notable islands in the East Reach.

South Reach[edit | edit source]

The islands of the South Reach have a much warmer climate than the rest of Earthsea. Its islands are of medium size and relatively flat. The people of the South Reach also have a slightly darker skin color.

The Long Dune[edit | edit source]

The Long Dune is a small thin island in the western part of the South Reach. Once a year it is visited by the Raft People.

Lorbanery[edit | edit source]

The island of Lorbanery in the South Reach is famous for its dyers and silks.

Other islands[edit | edit source]

West Reach[edit | edit source]

The islands of the West Reach are the least populated ones because of their proximity to the dragons. Many islands are destroyed or solely inhabited by dragons.

Dragon's Run[edit | edit source]

The Dragon's Run is the name of a crowd of many small islands and rock formations in south of Selidor. It's mostly inhabited by Dragons.

Selidor[edit | edit source]

Selidor is the westernmost island of Earthsea and was the home of Orm Embar.

Other islands[edit | edit source]

There are no other notable islands in the West Reach.

Kargad Lands[edit | edit source]

The Kargad Lands or the Kargad Empire consists of four main islands and probably other small islands. The people of the Kargad Lands - the Kargs - have a lighter skin color and blond or light brown hair. The climate of the islands is very dry and hot and they are almost completely covered in deserts.

Atnini[edit | edit source]

There is not much information about Atnini other than it's south of Hur-at-Hur.

Atuan[edit | edit source]

The island of Atuan is the home-island of Tenar and it features the Tombs of Atuan.

Hur-at-Hur[edit | edit source]

Hur-at-Hur is the largest one of the Kargad Islands and the home of the High King.

Karego-At[edit | edit source]

The island of Karego-At features the residence of the Godking in its capital Awabath.

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