Everybody knows that G.R.R. Martin based the setting of his fantasy betray-’em-up Game of Thrones on the British Isles, but did you know that our very own Southampton features in Westeros too?
Martin has not only plagiarised Mother Nature, but has also included our fair city of Southampton in his books under the name “White Harbor”, which can be seen in a location corresponding almost exactly with the real world city.
The similarities to the Southampton area are many, with the inclusion of the river Itchen, Southampton Water, Portsmouth, and the New Forest, all under different names.
The title of White Harbor as largest trading port city of the ‘the North’ (Great Britain) also matches medieval and modern Southampton.
Below is an artist’s impression of White Harbor (left), alongside a drawing of historical Southampton (right). The similarities between the two cities are obvious, with seal rock representing the Isle of Wight in the Solent (the Bite).
White Harbor, like any self-respecting city in Westeros, boasts a whacking great castle. While our own castle is less than impressive and mostly rubble, its location at the South-East corner of the city, again, matches White Harbor.
Credit for pointing out this comparison goes to Reddit user Shyjack, who for some reason also wanted the Soton Tab to credit his soundcloud page JackLeeOfficial. Jack knows in the music industry you’ve gotta hustle.
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