• 11.02.09

Infographic of the Day: The Plot of Lord of the Rings

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Randall Munroe’s claim to fame is XKCD, a Web-comic devoted to geekery which has a rabid following. Today, he’s scrapped the math jokes and dry wit for a massive infographic, illustrating all of the character interactions in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, 12 Angry Men, and Primer.

The last two are visual jokes, but the first three are straight-up exhaustive catalogs of various plot turns and subplots. The X-axis is time; the groupings along the Y-axis denote who’s interacting with whom. For example, here’s a detail of the LOTR:

The Lord of the Rings

Best sure to check out the full-size version.

[Via Infosthetics]

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.