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As I can read, the author of the series created several books in the series starting with the book A Game of Thrones. I'm watching the series on TV (I haven't read the books).

When I watched something in the show that I do not fully understand or want to brush up on, I go search the web and usually find the information in Wikipedia. Often I also find a full timeline from before the first book, and I wonder where does this information come from? Whoever wrote this must have this information from somewhere - I just don't seem to understand where, since the first book starts around the same time the first episode of the first series in the TV show?

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I'm cool with people down voting, it would just be nice if someone would write what is wrong? Is it a duplicate, then link to the duplicate post, is it badly worded, then edit the post. Is it obvious? It wasn't for me. Please elaborate people (had several both upvotes and downvotes) –  Per Hornshøj-Schierbeck May 27 at 7:30
    
Wikipedia (and other Wikis) generally have sources for information listed on the page somewhere, that's always a good place to start. –  Anthony Grist May 27 at 8:52

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There's a lot more history (both ancient and recent) discussed in the books than on the TV series, since if you're adapting close to 10,000 pages of novels (including the as-yet unpublished ones) to maybe 70 hours of TV you obviously have to leave a lot out. While the action starts in the same place, the characters spend a lot longer talking about the history that has got them to this point. There's also a series of novellas by George R R Martin (the "Dunk and Egg" stories) that's set in Westeros around 90 years before the beginning of A Game of Thrones and fills in a lot of historical background from that period.

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There's also tons of info that GRRM has revealed outside of the books (from readings, conventions, the Amoka portraits ... etc). –  System Down May 27 at 17:32

All info about the world of A song of ice and fire comes from the author in one way or another. Most likely some people have collected all references to the history from the books and used those for the wiki. There is a book planned that contains just that: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/grrm_book/worldoficeandfire/

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The information comes from the books themselves. There are tons of (in-world)historical mentions on the books that are not mentioned on the TV series.

There are also 4 prequel books (Dunk and Egg) that take place some years before A Song of Ice and Fire and give more historical insight to the series.

I would recommend reading all the books (the A Song of Ice and Fire series at the least) if you want to fully understand what is going on.

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Four prequels now. The Princess and the Queen has been out for a while now. –  System Down May 27 at 17:31
    
@SystemDown, Sorry, didn't know it was out! –  Shevliaskovic May 28 at 11:01
    
No worries. You can find it in the anthology "Dangerous Women". It's not a Dunk and Egg story though. –  System Down May 28 at 14:04

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