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Getting around the world of ‘Game of Thrones’ by train

Fantasy transit map of the Known World and Westeros from “Game of Thrones.” Map by Michael Tyznik.

(Click here for a larger image.)

What if the Known World of “Games of Thrones” had a railway transit system?

(Alert: There are some spoilers in the map if you are watching the HBO production and haven’t read all of the books in the series so far. Proceed with caution.)

Designer Michael Tyznik wondered just that. As a fan of maps and creator of fantasy systems in the past, he was trying to come up with his next map project. His boyfriend suggested “Game of Thrones” and the idea of a Westeros map.

To research the project, Tyznik looked at fan-created information sites such as “A Wiki of Ice and Fire” as well as fan-created maps. For the geography of the fantasy world, an official iPhone app, A World of Ice and Fire, has a lot of reference on the Known World. “I laid out the general geography of the world, the places and roads, and then figured out how I wanted to connect different places,” Tyznik said. “I wanted to add more information, like marking the name of the house who rules each town, but I had to scale that back to make sure the map was legible.”

The map of rail transportation in Westeros. Map by Michael Tiznik.
The map of rail transportation in Westeros. Map by Michael Tiznik.
Close up of the transit stops around Valyria in Essos from the Known World. Map by Michael Tyznik. Close up of the transit stops around Essos, from the transit map of the Known World. Map by Michael Tyznik.

Cameron Booth, another graphic designer who creates transit maps for fun, featured the map on his Tumblr blog, Transit Maps, writing, “Not the first ‘Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice of Fire’ transit map I’ve seen, but definitely the best designed.”

You might find yourself lost in all the little details.

The map is also available as a print for those who want a large version to explore on their own, according to Tyznik’s Web site.

Now all Westeros needs is a timetable.

Pam Tobey is the graphics editor of the Morning Mix Web team at The Washington Post and a member of the Presentation Desk’s Information Design graphics team.
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