Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Game of Thrones Tracking Map

Despite all the sterling work by the LOTR Project to create interactive maps of Middle Earth the most mapped fictional landscape in the fantasy world has to be Westeros.

If you don't believe me here is just a selection of some of the Game of Thrones interactive maps that have featured on Maps Mania in the last two years:
The reason for all these maps is undoubtedly the popularity of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels and HBO's popular Game of Thrones dramatization of this series. However these interactive maps also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jonathan Roberts' official maps of Westeros and Essos, based on George R. R. Martin own hand-drawn maps.

Jonathan was commissioned by Random House to create the maps for the published novels. While the interactive maps above don't re-use Jonathon's cartography the underlying maps are obviously influenced by his knowledge of the geography of a Game of Thrones.

Now that the sixth season of a Game of Thrones is upon us there has obviously been a rush of new interactive maps appearing on the scene. Of these new maps I'd pick out Collider's Where is Everybody? map as worthy of mention for attempting to do something a little new.

The Collider map is updated after each episode of the HBO drama to show the last known location of each of the characters. It therefore provides a handy guide to keep track of your favorite characters during season six of a Game of Thrones.

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