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Middle Earth town

“Can you give me directions to the closest grocery store?”
“Yes, go one mile down Saruman, make a right on Palantir, and a left on Elrond.”

That’s a conversation you could actually have if you lived in Geldrop. The Dutch town has a population of 28,000 people and has street names that would be right at home in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. They’ve taken names from the Lord of the Rings as well as The Hobbit. You could live on Fangorn or even Thorin. It’s a fun idea, but I have to wonder how often street signs get stolen.

Explore it after the break…

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disney pixar map

Disney and Pixar’s animated films take place all over the world. You’re not the only one to wonder exactly where, either. DeviantArt user Eowyn Smith took the 44 Disney animated features and 13 Pixar animated features and pinned them to their stated or implied locations. The above map lays it all out. I love seeing how it breaks down, and I’m surprised to see how many films are in North America as compared to Europe. Smith breaks down the movies by continent in written form over at DA, and research like this makes my inner Disnerd smile.

Be sure to click the map to enlarge and see all the details.

(via Sploid)

pokemon in x and y

Pokémon X & Y is filled with all kinds of new pocket monsters for you to catch. You can get locations for most of them in the Pokédex, but this giant and detailed map is the better way to go. Redditor Bobdor put this helpful tool together and it gives you information on the locations of all the catchable Pokémon in the game. He’s included a section at the bottom to list the ones that are only available through Evolution of Friend Safari. It looks like there’s plenty to keep you busy for a while. Happy hunting!

Be sure to click the map above to enlarge.

(Reddit via Kotaku)

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This subway map created by Crispian Jago will take you on a journey through time and space. Each colored line represents a different Doctor with the stops along the way representing the characters and aliens encountered by that Doctor. The whole thing is interactive so you can hover over each Doctor and get his specific line.

Check out the full interactive map at Crispian’s site.

(Geek Art Gallery via io9)

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The UK town of Ipswich hosts an annual music and arts festival known as Switch Fringe, and the program book has a fancy addition this year – an 8 bit map! Designer The Decibel Kid turned Ipswich into a level of Zelda for the occasion. You can view a digital version of the map and zoom around to see all the fun details the artist included. This art confirms cities look awesome when pixelated.

Check out the whole town after the break (click to enlarge).

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Wheel of Time Map

I fell into fantasy novels in my teens. Besides good stories, I was attracted to the elaborate maps found on the inside covers. They detailed the terrain, the cities, and they also showed the big picture. I loved to flip back to the maps as I progressed through the chapters and trace the characters’ paths. If I have a giant library one day, I’ll cover one of the walls with my favorite maps from fantasy novels—and I know just which ones I include.

The above image is the map of the land in Wheel of Time. It was never named so back in the days when I was a serious fan on forums, it was usually referred to as Randland. I have a special attachment to this series because it was the first fantasy series I read.

See four more wonderful maps after the break.

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Star Wars galaxy map

You’d think that with the plethora of awesome stuff that exists for Star Wars there would be an official book of maps – I’d hand over money in a heartbeat for it. Until we get such a book, I’ll gladly take fan made creations. This map by Reddit user DrPoole is gorgeous; it not only includes a vast swathe of the galaxy, it shows the routes traveled in the films. The map is also available without those markings.

Be sure to click the map to enlarge!

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Maps are an easy path to the heart for several geeks I know, but I haven’t seen enough of them that pertain to the Star Wars universe. Artist Andrew DeGraff created a series of them, but instead of showing you the galaxy, they take you on the path of the films in the original trilogy.

For example, in the above map for A New Hope you go from Tatooine to Alderaan to Yavin. It’s very Family Circus and very cool. I wish I could buy a set for my walls.

Check out the maps for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi after the break.

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This Lego map of Hyrule from original Legend of Zelda was created by madoruk for BrickCon 2012. Each stud on the map represents one 16 x 16 section of pixels in the game with the full map measuring 256 x 88 studs. This would be absolutely perfect hanging on the wall in a game room, don’t you think?

Click on the image for a higher res version.

(via Geekologie)

Westeros and the surrounding lands are huge and richly developed. George R. R. Martin excels at world-building and nothing will make you appreciate that more than looking at the sheer amount of land A Song of Ice and Fire covers. There are the maps in the book of course, but thankfully The Lands of Ice and Fire official map collection is almost here.

The book will be out on October 30th, and it’s full of detailed maps including versions that show various character movements throughout the world – that’s something I’ve always wanted to see. Here’s a hint of what the collection offers:

The centerpiece of this gorgeous collection is guaranteed to be a must-have for any fan: the complete map of the known world, joining the lands of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea for the first time in series history. But this is just one of many unique maps that aren’t available anywhere else. There is an alternate version that tracks the movements of the series’ protagonists throughout their vast world, along with more detailed versions of the western, middle, and eastern thirds of the world; a full map of Westeros, combining North and South; one of the Dothraki Sea and the Red Wastes; and the Braavos city map. And here, too, are fan favorites detailing everything from urban sprawl to untamed wilds: maps of King’s Landing; The Wall and Beyond the Wall; the Free Cities; and Slaver’s Bay, Valyria, and Sothyros.

Check out a sampling of locations after the break.

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