A Map of Ice and Fire
Like all great and epic fiction, Game of Thrones is downright confusing.
Fantasy masterminds like George R. R. Martin, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Brandon Sanderson are known for their boundless imaginations and creativity that have given us immense universes and worlds that even their characters have not fully explored.
If you’re like me, before setting out on a new adventure in a book, you want to know as much as possible about the geography of the strange and foreign lands in order to better understand the characters and events of the novel, but that isn’t always easy to do. Luckily for fans of The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire series, maps have typically been included within the books. Even the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones starts off each episode with a moving map to help us understand where the episode’s events will take place. Even so, if you’re not paying close attention, it’s easy to get lost.
Thanks to the dedicated Game of Thrones fans of the world, there are now plenty of resources to help you understand perfectly (and in beautiful detail) just where in the world the books’ and shows’ plots take place. Just click on any of them to make them larger!
These are a must-see for any fan!
First Thing’s First
Before we get into the detailed maps that will explain the changing history of Westeros and its noble Houses, here is the coolest Game of Thrones resource we’ve ever seen. Fans of the books and show alike can revel in the interactive detail of this world map of Westeros, Essos, and beyond that labels not only locations familiar and unknown, but that also lets you track the movement and progress of all major characters both by chapter and by episode.
I can’t even imagine who put all the time into making this, but I’m so grateful that they did! You could play around on this for hours, but first check out the rest of these awesome Game of Thrones maps.
Age of Heroes (10,000–8,000 years before Aegon’s Conquest)
For those who haven’t read the books, the history of Westeros might be unknown as it is largely left unexplained in the TV series. Time is measured around Aegon’s Conquest, the moment when the Targaryen dragonlord (and ancestor of Daenerys) lands in Westeros (where King’s Landing is now constructed) and begins a war that would united the Seven Kingdoms under the Iron Throne.
Thousands of years before that, however, Westeros is inhabited by the noble families who themselves descended from the First Men who crossed over from Essos and fought the Children of the Forest before forming the Pact, which declared peace between the two groups. Some noble families from this time period that still exist at the time of the novels are House Stark and House Lannister.