Author George R.R Martin reveals that the Game of Thrones map is an inverted image of Ireland and England.
As any fan of The Game of Thrones book and TV series will know, maps are of the utmost importance. The opening pages of any of Martin’s novels consist of detailed drawings of the lay of the land in Westeros. Likewise, the opening credits of the television series are shot entirely against the backdrop of the changing landscape of this intriguing and fantastical world.
Westeros consists of the The Seven Kingdoms, The North, North of The Wall, The Iron Islands, The Reach, The Vale, Essos, Dorne, Stormlands, Westerlands and Crownlands.
Speaking at Comic Con in 2014 Martin revealed that the shape and typography of Westeros actually began as an upside-down Ireland. Moreover, dedicated mappers may be interested to learn that County Kerry is depicted in exact reproduction.
For the true geographers among you here is something to really tickle your fancy: take a close look at Fingers in the Vale of Arryn and you'll be surprised to find the Dingle Peninsula. Please note however that these comparisons are only one dimensional- there is no guarantee that heading to the Kingdom of Kerry will bring you face to face with Peter Baelish, or give you the opportunity to throw him out the moon door.
Martin highlighted several other Irish locations which mark prominent sites in Westeros: King’s Landing as Galway, Donegal Bay as the Sea of Dorne, Belfast as Oldtown and Dublin as Casterly Rock.
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The rest of Westeros claims its shape from a slightly remoulded version of Great Britain with Scotland representing the North of the Wall. However, whether it is truly inhabited by Wildings and White walkers is yet to be confirmed.
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The Coast of Kerry or is it?