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Yes, Game of Thrones takes place in the fictional realm of Westeros, but this map imagines its most well known locations as though it took place in the United States. The cities chosen to represent those in Westeros aren’t random, but actually make a certain amount of sense.

Winterfell – Detroit
King’s Landing – Washington D.C.
Casterly Rock – Seattle
Highgarden – Las Vegas
The Wall – Canadian Border
Castle Black – Canadian Border
Dorne – Southern California
Harrenhal – Denver
Eyrie – Appalachia

I’m wondering, has this just turned all Canadians into Wildlings?

Se the full map after the break.

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Do you have a giant table you’re longing to cover with a map? Then this 4-foot by 3-foot fabric map of Westeros is for you. It’s the perfect tool for planning an invasion or keeping up with the location of various characters in Game of Thrones. Use solid resin markers that represent the Stark, Lannister, Frey, Karstark, Greyjoy, and Tyrell house sigils to plot their moves. Yes, the markers are big (up to 6 inches tall), but they’re life-size replicas of the ones seen in the television series. If you don’t feel like displaying the map all the time, you can store it in a hinged box.

See a close-up of the markers after the break.

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George R.R. Martin has created an incredibly detailed world for his stories and although that detail brings everything vividly to life, it also makes it all a bit confusing. Sometimes it would be nice to have a little visual aid to help in figuring out where everything happens in the books and on the show. To that end, superfan SerMountainGoat has created QuarterMaester to help. It’s the perfect companion to this geological map of Westeros we previously posted.

The interactive map is fantastically detailed and could easily have fans of Game of Thrones whiling away hours absorbing it all. It’s got typical map locations with cities, towns, and ports, but it’s also got character locations and links to the Game of Thrones wiki so you can get even more detail. If you’re worried about spoilers, no need, because you control just how far you dig into it all, so you can always stop when you get to the point where you’ve read or watched and then go no further.

(The A.V. Club via Nerdist)

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 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)

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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!

(Reddit via Bonniegrrl)