Mythical continents

A map showing Atlantis and Mu
Further information: Lost lands

Mythical Continents

Ancient Greek



Medieval European

Modern Fiction

Mythical continents are a great theme for fantasy and science fiction writers. Many modern occult or New Age writers speculate about ancient civilizations that dwelled on continents now submerged below sea level. As the study "Lost Continents" by L. Sprague de Camp seeks to show, there is no real scientific evidence for any lost continents in recent history; however, some rather large islands did sink when the sea levels rose after the end of the last interglacial, possibly being the origin of many lost continent legends, and some lost continents are likely to have existed millions of years ago. De Camp himself wrote some fiction stories on this theme.

The landmasses of Tolkien's Middle-earth were greatly detailed; especially mythical is the land of Valinor where the angelic Valar and Maiar along with the Elves lived.

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  1. ATLANTIS SEARCH SHIFTS TO AEGEAN; Lost Continent Legend Held Based on False Statistics 1966 New York Times
  2. "Ignatius Donnelly has recently published at work in defence of the story that a continent known among the ancients as Atlantis was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by an earthquake." A Submerged Continent April 4, 1882 page 1 Los Angeles Times
  3. November 28, 1932 The Sydney Morning Herald
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