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Where’s Mordor?

Where’s Mordor?

I might be in a minority here, but one of my favorite features of NerdNav is knowing how to get from one fantasy location to another, but in the real world. Let me explain. NerdNav allows you to pretend that you’re in a fantasy location (lets say Hobbiton for example) and then you can see where other fantasy locations are relative to you. While the augmented fantasy display is cool I often find myself in map mode comparing journeys from different…

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What Happened to Travel in Game of Thrones?

What Happened to Travel in Game of Thrones?

** Warning – Seasons 6 spoilers follow ** I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, but since publishing NerdNav I’ve been much more conscious of the alarming way that the TV show’s producers have neglected the geography of Westeros and Essos. It seems as if a character, or an army, can move between any two locations with no thought to the distances involved. It’s almost as if there’s a teleportation device hidden just off camera. There were several instances in Season…

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Mapping Westeros and Essos

Mapping Westeros and Essos

The mapping process for the lands described in A Song of Ice and Fire was similar in most respects to mapping Middle Earth and Beleriand. Fortunately there is a set of sumptuous maps available that identifies all of the locations and it is authorised by George RR Martin himself, so there’s no basis for disputing relative locations. The only real issue is scale. Martin has deliberately not included scale on the maps because he didn’t want fans to be bogged…

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Mapping Middle Earth and Beleriand

Mapping Middle Earth and Beleriand

One of the biggest problems in creating NerdNav was finding a way to bring together the maps of Middle Earth and Beleriand so that a single dataset could be created based on Tolkien’s world. If you’re unfamiliar with Tolkien’s work here’s a potted history. In The Silmarillion, Tolkien describes creation and the way the world changes over many years. During most of this time activity is largely in Valinor which is in the west of the world, but at the…

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Saving a Journey

Saving a Journey

If you are using the Game of Thrones, Silmarillion or Middle Earth datasets and switch to map mode you’ll see that there are save and load buttons. The idea here is that you might want to emulate a fantasy journey in the real world. It’s a way of mapping a real world journey to something that might have happened in a story so that you have a better appreciation of the distance involved. For example, you may want to do…

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