One Thing You Might Not Know About The Map From “Game Of Thrones”
It always helps to look at things from a different point of view. (And if you knew all this, just enjoy playing with the slidey things!)
The great thing about the opening titles of Game of Thrones – other than the theme tune – is that it ensures viewers get a good understanding of the geography of Westeros, and beyond.
For this reason, the parallels with Britain are immediately clear. The northerners have northern accents. The capital is in the southeast. Across the Narrow Sea/English Channel lies another continent. And everything north of Hadrian's Wall is dark and full of terrors.
So you may be forgiven for thinking that the shape of Westeros is simply a skewed, stretched, reimagined version of Great Britain. But you'd be wrong.
Speaking at Comic-Con in 2014, George R.R. Martin – the creator of this world – spoke about the inspiration for his map:
If you want to know where a lot of fantasy maps come from, take a look at any map in the front of your favourite fantasy book and turn it upside down. Westeros began as upside-down Ireland. You can see the Fingers at the Dingle Peninsula.