Fans Create Games of Thrones Interactive Map
Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm, with an active international fan base for both the novels and TV show, who now can plot the path of their favourite character with an interactive map that has recently been unveiled.
The fantasy drama, originally the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin and subsequently a hit television series named for the first book, Game of Thrones, is currently in its fourth season, with a fifth and sixth expected to follow suit.
As with the likes of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Martin’s fantasy lands of Westeros and Essos are expansive and detailed, and becoming increasingly so, with fans flipping back through the pages of the novel they are in the midst of to find a map that will give them more of an idea of where their favourite character currently is located, or where key events are happening. Of course, this is not a luxury available to those who have fallen in love with the series through their television set rather than a series of books.
However, back in 2012, a fan known by the name theMountainGoat created their own map of Westeros, which was later praised by the author. At the time, Martin explained that the map isn’t entirely accurate because theMountainGoat simply had no way of knowing exactly where everything is located. “This is a very handsome map,” he added “and based on the information you have, it’s quite good.”
Now, that very same map has been taken a step further, being incorporated with the Google Maps application programming interface (or API), so that an interactive version of the map is now available for both readers and watchers.
A sidebar on the map gives the user various interactive capabilities. At the top is a slider, which allows the user to select how far along they are in the storyline, and can choose whether to follow either chapters or episodes they have seen – so no spoilers!
A search bar means the user can locate a specific town, but they are also able to choose to show the different regions of nobility or constituencies.
Beneath this is a list of the main characters, of which either the current location or full path up to the point the user has read or watched can be viewed. Clicking on a character’s name will send you to their Wiki of Ice and Fire page so you can get more information on them if you so desire.
A more extensive and ‘official’ map of both Westeros and Essos, called The Known World, was published by cartographer (someone who makes maps) and illustrator Jonathan Roberts, and although theMountainGoat’s map does differ slightly, it is remarkably similar. That being said, the interactive map does have a key at the uppermost right corner that distinguishes between “confirmed locations” and “speculative locations” – the places on the map that the creator thought held certain things but could not be sure of their exact location or size.
All in all, many fans are going to be very pleased with the ability of mapping their favourite character (and trying to work out where said character is going to die – if they haven’t done already!). If you want to check out the interactive map for yourself, you can do so by clicking here.