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This is a list of the most awesome, spectacular, and entertaining fantasy worlds created. These fantasy worlds are not always just from books, but also from movies and fantasy games, too. This is a ranking of the greatest, most imaginative worlds ever dreamed up. Vote for your favorite mythical worlds, and add fantasy world names that you notice are missing. And certainly, feel free to re-rank this list in any order you want.

Some of the most iconic fantasy worlds ever created are those from books (and many have some pretty fun names as well). We all owe a debt of gratitude to the best fantasy authors for dreaming up these exotic lands. Some fantasy lands, like Middle Earth, Dune, and Narnia, made incredibly successful jumps from fantasy fiction to film. They are absolutely worthy of inclusion among the greatest fantasy movies of all time. Others, like Terra Nova (from FOX's ill-fated TV show of the same name), intrigued, but failed to prove popular enough to stay on the air. Terra Nova, sadly, joins this list of great TV shows canceled before their time.

What fantasy world do you think is the greatest ever? That's certainly subjective. Fans of Star Wars and Star Trek could probably argue back and forth about this for decades. Oh, wait, they have!

Anyway, just vote. It's time to decide, once and for all, which fantasy world is the best ever created.
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1
4,086 1,371
Middle-Earth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Middle-Earth

J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series (from 1937)

2
3,491 1,620
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (from 1997)

3
2,335 1,724
The Chronicles of Narnia Franc... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia (from 1950)

4
2,701 1,442
Westeros is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Westeros

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones (from 1996)

5
1,684 1,566
Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (from 1865)

6
1,747 1,234
Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Atlantis

Plato's Timaeus and Critias (from 360 BC)

7
1,648 1,386
Neverland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Neverland

J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan (from 1904)

8
1,296 1,580
Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Oz

L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (from 1900)

9
1,665 667
Asgard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Jo Swo added Asgard

Norse Mythology (from the 13th century)

10
1,290 970
Discworld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Discworld

Terry Pratchett's Discworld (from 1983)

11
992 967
Forgotten Realms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Forgotten Realms

Dungeons & Dragons (from 1967)

12
939 1,209
Dune is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Dune

Frank Herbert's Dune (from 1965)

13
854 1,144
Springfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Springfield

The Simpsons (from 1989)

14
1,210 890
Hyrule is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Hyrule

The Legend of Zelda (from 1986)

15
456 1,067
Britannia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Britannia

Brittania TV series (from 2018)

16
814 843
Pandora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
JimJenkins added Pandora

James Cameron's Avatar (from 2009)

17
712 610
Labryinth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Jim Henson's Labyrinth (1986)

18
1,980 349
Wakanda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Wakanda

Marvel Comics (from 1966)

19
525 286
Camelot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

King Arthur legends (from the 1170s)

20
913 700
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

(from 1997)

21
555 550
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
MatthewGill added Fantasia

Michael Ende's Neverending Story (from 1979)

22
667 744
Azeroth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Azeroth

 C. J. Cherryh's Fires of Azeroth (1979)

23
288 805
Mystic Falls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
acrosstheflame added Mystic Falls

The Vampire Diaries (from 2009)

24
606 758
Mushroom Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Mushroom Kingdom

Nintendo's Mario series (from 1981)

25
363 509
Toontown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
bojanthebest added

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

26
316 621
Krynn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Dragonlance series (from 1984)

27
399 546
Earthsea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series (from 1964)

28
344 410
Florin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
coyotedoorknob added Florin

William Goldman's The Princess Bride (from 1973)

29
256 566
Hyboria is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Hyboria

Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian (from 1932)

30
282 452
Tír na nÓg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Tír na nÓg

Irish Mythology (from 1750)

31
367 554
Pern is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Pern

Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders series (from 1967)

32
230 406
The World of Shannara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
EdLooney added

Terry Brooks's Shannara series (from 1977)

33
415 614
The Halo Ring is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
The Halo Ring

Halo (from 2001)

34
266 397
Storybrook is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
megan55752 added Storybrook

ABC's Once Upon a Time TV series (from 2013)

35
238 460
Sunnydale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
acrosstheflame added

Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (from 1997)

36
223 512
Dreamlands is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Dreamlands

H. P. Lovecraft's Dream Cycle (from 1918)

37
225 423
Rapture is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
RichardHathcock added Rapture

Bioshock (from 2007)

38
277 469
Dinotopia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Dinotopia

James Gurney's Dinotopia (from 1992)

39
280 693
LOST Island is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
LOST Island

ABC's LOST (from 2004)

40
227 544
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Larry Niven's Ringworld (1970)

41
136 439
Prydain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Prydain

Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain (from 1964)

42
236 149
Naboo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Naboo

Star Wars universe 

43
65 518
Glorantha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Greg Stafford's White Bear and Red Moon game (from 1975)

44
131 399
Equestria is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Equestria

My Little Pony (from 2010)

45
184 481
Xanth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Xanth

Piers Anthony's Xanth series (from 1977)

46
197 142
Nirn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Nirn

The Elder Scrolls (since 1994)

47
211 307
Alagaesia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
coyotedoorknob added Alagaesia

Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle series (from 2003)

48
90 46
Camp Half-Blood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Ashukira added Camp Half-Blood

Rick Riorden Percy Jackson and the Olympians

49
226 228
Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecu... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Lacy Pepper League added

Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011)

50
41 198
Riverworld is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Riverworld

Philip José Farmer's Riverworld series (from 1971)