interactive and styled middle earth map

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This is pure nerdism. There is a project to create a shapfile from a fictional world, the Middle Earth. The data is in this repository. The author of the web site made a ggplot version of this map which you can see in this link.

Well, as the highcharter developer I wanted to try to made this map using this package and add some styles to give the old magic fashioned Middle Earth look. My try to achieve this…

Just because we can – Me.

… Is summarized as:

  • Use the #F4C283 color as background.
  • use the Tangerine font in the title and Macondo in the legends, tooltips and labels.
  • Search hexadecimal color forest to get the the colors for forests.

The packages to made this possible were:

rm(list = ls())

Note we used the rmapshaper package (wapper for the mapshaper js library) to simplify the rivers beacuse this file is kind of huge to put in a htmlwidget.

I made some auxiliar functions to simplify the shapefile and to converte this info in geojson format using the geojsonio package.

fldr <- "~/ME-GIS-master"

shp_to_geoj_smpl <- function(file = "Coastline2.shp", k = 0.5) {
  d <- readShapeSpatial(file.path(fldr, file))
  d <- ms_simplify(d, keep = k)
  d <- geojson_list(d)

shp_points_to_geoj <- function(file) {
  outp <- readShapeSpatial(file.path(fldr, file))
  outp <- geojson_json(outp) 

cstln <- shp_to_geoj_smpl("Coastline2.shp", .65)
rvers <- shp_to_geoj_smpl("Rivers19.shp", .01)
frsts <- shp_to_geoj_smpl("Forests.shp", 0.90)
lakes <- shp_to_geoj_smpl("Lakes2.shp", 0.1)
roads <- shp_to_geoj_smpl("PrimaryRoads.shp", 1)

cties <- shp_points_to_geoj("Cities.shp")
towns <- shp_points_to_geoj("Towns.shp")

pointsyles <- list(
  symbol = "circle",
  lineWidth= 1,
  radius= 4,
  fillColor= "transparent",
  lineColor= NULL

Now, to create the chart we need to add the geographic info one by one setting the type of info:

  • mappoint for cities.
  • mapline for rivers and the coast.
  • And map for lakes and forests.
hcme <- highchart(type = "map") %>% 
  hc_chart(style = list(fontFamily = "Macondo"), backgroundColor = "#F4C283") %>% 
  hc_title(text = "The Middle Earth", style = list(fontFamily = "Tangerine", fontSize = "40px")) %>% 
  hc_add_series(data = cstln, type = "mapline", color = "brown", name = "Coast") %>%
  hc_add_series(data = rvers, type = "mapline", color = "#7e88ee", name = "Rivers") %>%
  hc_add_series(data = roads, type = "mapline", color = "#634d53", name = "Main Roads") %>%
  hc_add_series(data = frsts, type = "map", color = "#228B22", name = "Forest") %>%
  hc_add_series(data = lakes, type = "map", color = "#7e88ee", name = "Lakes") %>%
  hc_add_series(data = cties, type = "mappoint", color = "black", name = "Cities",
                dataLabels = list(enabled = TRUE), marker = list(radius = 4, lineColor = "black")) %>% 
  hc_add_series(data = towns, type = "mappoint", color = "black", name = "Towns",
                dataLabels = list(enabled = TRUE), marker = list(radius = 1, fillColor = "rgba(190,190,190,0.7)")) %>% 
    series = list(
      marker = pointsyles,
      tooltip = list(headerFormat = "", poinFormat = "{}"),
      dataLabels = list(enabled = FALSE, format = '{}')
  ) %>% 
  hc_mapNavigation(enabled = TRUE) 

And you have a super styled chart using only R :D!



If you deselect the Towns series the chart will zoom smoothly. There are some many point that you can see the chart/browser lag when you make a zoom.

giphy gif source

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