A Song of Ice and Fire is more than just a high fantasy. Over the course of the book series and the development of the Game of Thrones television series, author George R.R. Martin has created a rich world that sometimes feels as if it has just as much history as Earth. Martin has gone to great pains to detail past events throughout the series and worked with illustrators to create maps showing every river and mountain across the land. There’s plenty to research, and scientist Miles Traer dug into several resources to create the geologic history of Westeros.
At Generation Anthropocene, Traer shares a geologic map (part of which is pictured above) and theories on topics such as when and how the Red Mountains formed. He pieced the puzzle together with help from Mike Osborne and Hari Mix and stated they used “character observations, town names, official Game of Thrones maps, and the principles of geology learned here on Earth” to flesh out their theories. They took that limited data and imagined 500 million years of evolution on Westeros. It’s glorious.
If you’re worried about the subject matter being dry, don’t be. Even if exploring geologic history isn’t your thing, reading about Traer’s reasoning and extrapolations is engaging. I applaud anyone who takes their fandom to this level.
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