Jotunheim Geographic Location in The Realm of Beardsgaard | World Anvil


Kingdom of the Giants

Home of the Giants, of frozen ancient forests, towering mountains scraping slate skies, and the deep smoke of peat fires on the winds through the valleys.  
Species | Nov 14, 2023

The Giants of the frozen northeastern mountains and Ironwood forests of Jotunheim

  In the present day, Jotunheim is hidden behind the Wall of Winds from the south, two mountain ranges separated by a massive gorge and a river to the west, cliffs, ice and treacherous seas to the west, and nothing is to twilight frozen north.   But there are ways in and out, if you know them.  


Jotunehim measures 450 miles across, and 175 miles north to south, but takes up far less landmass than those dimensions might imply. The kingdom's size is largely a huge expanse of bay and ocean with a land bridge making up the landmass to the far north.


Jotunheim's climate was always cold, but there was a time the landscape had seasons and more regional variations. After the Wall of Winds came to be, winter settled in eternally, but some areas are more bearable than others.

The central regions are the most temperate, with the east taking some warmth from the sea, and the west by the relatively warm elven lands, both staying just below freezing year round, and up to 20 degrees colder in the true winter.

The south is battered by the Wall itself, radiating cold and gusts of sharp winds, with yearly temperatures of around 0 degrees, and the far north, especially on Lif's Bridge, the average through most of the year hovers around 20 below zero, getting as low as 80 below on the worst winter days.

Natural Resources

There are plentiful pine forests (the remaining Ironwoods are not to be touched), for wood and the medicine their nettles bring, but not much else grows without the aid of a greenhouse here, and even then only the cold-loving garden crops.

The good stone of the mountains makes wonderful building materials and tools, and those mountains hold iron, silver and other excellent ore, as well as precious stones, but they is sparingly mined.

Large shaggy oxen and extremely fluffy, fatty chickens are some of the few livestock animals in the south, with Star Yak in the far north, but the forests have bear, moose, caribou, and other forest creatures roaming the lands.

The sea is the largest resource of the land, coastline running along the entire eastern edge where seals and walrus can be found. In the bay, fishermen catch massive deepwater fish sufficient to feed a village for a season.
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Jotunheim Kingdom Traits
Character Building: Dungeons & Dragons 5E
Generic article | Nov 15, 2023

How to build your D&D 5E character in the Realm of Beardsgaard

Mountain Touched: Proficiency in the Athletics (Str) Intimidation (Cha) or Survival (Wis) skill, and you can speak Giant.
  Foothill Friend: You have always had a way with animals, especially this one kind. While you cannot speak to or understand the language of them, you have a nonverbal way of communicating thoughts, ideas and concepts with them, gaining advantage on animal handling checks with animals from your chosen group: Snowhoofs (hoofed forest creatures), Clawstalkers (bears), Frostfangs (canines), or Scamperfoots (small creatures). At the 5th level, you CAN speak to them.

Overlay illustration by Brian Busch Studio

Dungeons & Dragons Episodes in this Location

On the Road Again • Episode 37
Brunch Not Brunch • Episode 36
Paekis Goes Dark • Episode 35
Hot Giants & Frostfire Balls • Episode 34
It Has Pockets! And Secrets • Episode 33
Robot Fight Club • Episode 32
The Big Big City • Episode 31
A Wizard Called Bob • Episode 30
Giant Business • Episode 29
Go Yell it on a Mountain • Episode 28
Welcome to Hel(chel) • Episode 27
Bears & Beholders Oh My! • Episode 26
Good Works with a Poop Axe • Episode 25
Knights in Shining Horns & Scales • Episode 24
Side Quests & Screaming Goats • Episode 23
Hot House Cat House • Episode 22
Into the Woods • Episode 21
The Gang Meets A Very Normal Family • Episode 20
The Gang Gets Gooed • Episode 19
The Gang Skips Along the Long Death Road • Episode 18
The Gang Gets Pumped • Episode 17
The Gang Gets Frozen • Episode 16
The Gang Beholds a Pizza Fantasy • Episode 15
The Gang Goes Ice Spelunking • Episode 14
The Gang Gets Trolled • Episode 13
At the End of the World • Episode 12

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