The West

Map of the West for George RR Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire, detailing Westeros, the Summer Isles, the free cities and the Narrow Sea
The West, © George RR Martin 2012, used with permission

The map folio contains 3 vertical maps that together cover the whole world. We’ve already seen the map of Central Essos. This map picks up the west of the Rhoyne. and details Westeros, The Summer Isles and the Free Cities.

The Neck from map of The West for Game of Thrones
The Neck, © George RR Martin 2012, used with permission

I’m always struck by the scale of Westeros when I see it on one map. The north is huge! However the farmland isn’t as fertile (indicated by the varied greens of the map), and the gateway to the north really is straight through The Neck.

Summer Isles from map of The West for Game of Thrones
Summer Isles, © George RR Martin 2012, used with permission

In this map we also get a detailed look at the mysterious Summer Isles – just hinted at in the books from the exotic sailors. Here we see the jungle bound archipelago, and we can place it in context with the rest of the world.

Iron Islands from map of The West for Game of Thrones
The Iron Islands, © George RR Martin 2012, used with permission

Another island chain – the Iron Islands – takes up a lot less space on the map but punches well above its weight. The Iron Islands cause all sorts of trouble in the books, and soon in the TV series.

Grey cliffs and Karhold from map of The West for Game of Thrones
Karhold and the Grey Cliffs, © George RR Martin 2012, used with permission

The larger scale allowed me to play with some more detail – so here’s a shot of the dark forests by Karhold and the Grey cliffs, snipped out at working resolution (3 times the print size).

Stepstones from map of The West for Game of Thrones
The Stepstones, © George RR Martin 2012, used with permission

And one more set of islands to finish up with – the Stepstones that separate (or connect) Dorne to the Disputed Lands to the East. That’s all for today. Check back early next week – we’ll be going to King’s Landing!

 

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