Saturday, June 02, 2018

Maps with New Zealand

You might have heard of the Reddit group Maps without New Zealand. The group's members believe that New Zealand is a real country and exists somewhere in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

If you haven't heard of New Zealand before, it is the fictional country which the fantasy writer J.R. Tolkien invented for his popular stories. The mountainous land of New Zealand is the setting in his fantasy novels The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

Unfortunately it doesn't exist.

Over the last year or so I've become fed-up with the constant harassment that I've been getting from these conspiracy theorists every time I post a map which is missing New Zealand. I have therefore decided to release my own plug-in for the Leaflet.js mapping platform. A plug-in that can be used to add the fictional country of New Zealand to any interactive map.

Maps with New Zealand is a very simple plug-in. If you use it with Leaflet you can add New Zealand to your own maps. The plug-in simple adds a small inset map to the bottom right-hand corner of a Leaflet map. This small inset map shows a picture of Tolkien's fictional country which was actually drawn by the artist himself.

Hopefully people will now stop contacting me with their wild theories about an island country, somewhere on the other side of the Earth, which is populated by incredibly strange and unlikely creatures.

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