Mid-World

Mid-World

Mid-World is where the first book in the series begins. This is where most of the story takes place.

  • Barony of Mejis is a barony of Mid-World and the primary setting for Roland Deschain’s account of part of his past in the novel The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass. Mejis is located roughly 400 “wheels” 500 miles east of Gilead on the coast of the Clean Sea. The county seat of Mejis is the town of Hambry. The economy of Mejis is based primarily on horse ranching and fishing. Mejis is inhabited by a large populace of “vaqueros” who speak a dialect called “crunk”, which is the equivalent of Spanish. In Wizard and Glass, Eddie Dean compares it to Cuba, while in Song of Susannah the fictional version of Stephen King suggests it is a stand-in for Mexico.
  • Blaine’s route is the monorail train route taken by a psychotic monorail named Blaine the Mono between the city of Lud and an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas. In the book The Waste Lands, Roland and his companions board Blaine to escape Lud, eventually vying for their lives in a life-or-death riddling contest with Blaine. Blaine’s route takes the travelers through Candleton, Rilea, The Falls of the Hounds, and Dasherville on its way to Topeka.
  • Calla Bryn Sturgis is a town located in an area of Mid-World called the Borderlands. It is neighbor to several other towns whose names begin with the word “Calla”. Calla Bryn Sturgis is the primary setting for the novel Wolves of the Calla, in which a regiment of green-cloaked “wolves” visit the city once every generation and steal children.
  • Jericho Hill is approximately 500 miles north of Mejis, on the edge of what was known in Mejis as the Clean Sea. This is the site of the final battle between the gunslingers and John Farson’s faction. It’s also the site where Cuthbert Allgood died while blowing the Horn of Eld.
  • Kingdom of Garlan is a remote area of Mid-World known for its poisoners. Originally featured in The Eyes of the Dragon it is mentioned in several Dark Tower books.
  • Lud is a greater city in the Dark Tower series and mentioned in Rose Madder. It was formerly the center of the Kingdom of Mid-World, an advanced society, and before that was a prominent city in the Imperium of the Great Old Ones. In The Waste Lands, the book’s protagonists travel from Lud to an alternate reality version of Topeka, Kansas via a supersonic monorail. Lud resembles New York City in many ways, most notably by having a version of the George Washington Bridge. This “GWB” spans a massive river canyon that protected the city from marauders. The book explains that the bridge and the rest of the city have been in disrepair for at least five hundred years. In the final novel of the series, Roland sees New York from Hammarskjöld Plaza 2 and realizes that New York and Lud is indeed the same city but in the two different universes.
  • River Crossing is a small town that was once a prosperous trading post, several wheels from Lud. Here Roland and his ka-tet met Aunt Talitha, who gave him an iron cross he later placed by the foot of the Dark Tower.
  • The Falls of the Hounds is a massive waterfall along Blaine’s route where Blaine stops to recharge. The waterfall itself is many times larger than Niagara Falls and takes its name from two huge rock formations protruding from its center, each resembling a hounds head. The monorail pauses some distance from these formations, which then proceed to deliver a large amount of energy to the train in what appears to be a huge electrical discharge.