Rakka, on 06 April 2012 - 03:43 AM, said:
If the maps are based on estimates, then knowing the lenght of the Wall doesn't help that much in determining the size of the continent. Also there's no reason why distortion would be constant: look at this medieval map, for example. This is a good one, too. The coastlines' forms are pretty accurate, but the dimensions otherwise are very wonky especially in the northern Europe. Unless Martin says whether the map is accurate or not, I wouldn't use the lenght of the Wall to say anything about the sizes of the continents there.
We know of a few points of of consistency, actually.
The Wall is stated to be 300 miles long. And in Dance, we are told that Deepwood Motte is 300 miles from Winterfell, as the crow flies.
When you compare the distance between Winterfell and Deepwood Motte on the map, it matches virtually exactly the length of the Wall.
There is also the fact that Martin himself said that we can use the Wall as a rough measuring tool to calculate distances in Westeros.
So overall, the map seems to be pretty consistent with current information at our disposal.
Edited by Free Northman, 12 April 2012 - 02:47 AM.