What is Essos?
Essos is the largest of the four continents of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. The continent lies east of Westeros and north of Sothoryos, stretching from the Shivering Sea in the north to the Summer Sea in the south, and from the Narrow Sea in the west to the lands surrounding the Jade Sea in the east, if not farther. Essos is populated by many different peoples and has a vast and varied geography.
In the novels, the continent is simply called the eastern continent, beyond the Narrow Sea, or the East; George R. R. Martin first referred to it as Essos in mid-2008 in an interview, and later officially confirmed it.
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This map not only contains all the geographical features that can be found in the books or on the internet, but it is also decorated with the main gods and historical events that shaped the continent. For more background information to the individual images, visit the gallery:Gallery of the Gods & History
It took almost 7 months from the first idea to the finished map. First, I intended to draw it on paper like my previous Westeros map. After some time I decided to continue digitally, because the project became bigger, and more extensive and prone to mistakes that I wouldn’t have been able to correct later. Furthermore, I didn’t want to be bound to a special workspace while drawing it.
I got a lot of advice and support from Aziz and Ashaya who are running the video- and audio podcast “History of Westeros”. That podcast is highly recommendable for its brilliant in-depth insights into George R.R. Martin’s world (and the intro video I made for it). Both of these wonderful people provided me with enough background information to make two maps and adviced me on the history, geography and which gods were important.
Download & Challenge
You can download the map for free as a high-resolution jpeg-file (100 MB) here and then print it as a poster. I’d be happy about a voluntary donation, though. Just click on the link below.
In addition to the free version, you can also buy an editable photoshop file of the map. You will then be able to change and individually adapt almost all of the elements of the map. You can replace all the names with your own ones, swap images or develop completely new ideas with it. Send me a picture of your creative endeavours to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll publish them in a gallery on this website. If you want to know more about this challenge, just watch the following video (in English).
Essos Map Downloads