a series of epic fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin

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In Game of Thrones season 2, why do they (possible spoilers)?

In season 2 episode 6 "The Old Gods and the New" **Q: Why do they walk away? I am up to date on the TV series (up to season 4), but not on the books. Please try not to spoil content from beyond ...
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Connection between Sandkings and Game of Thrones?

When I was a kid I read a George R. R. Martin story Sand Kings. As I recall beings of an advanced civilization had their own pet civilizations. Similar to the way some humans have pet ant colonies. ...
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Can the Wall be melted?

Is it possible for the enemies of the Wall (wildlings etc) to light a fire so big that it will melt the Wall?
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Does reading ahead make the show less enjoyable? [closed]

This question is inspired by If I have seen the TV show Games of Thrones, is it worth it to read the books?. I am about to pick up all of the currently written Song of Ice and Fire books. I have ...
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What is the significance of the comet?

For a few episodes in the show, there was a heavy emphasis on this red comet that was falling from the sky. All of a sudden it was just sort of... not a thing anymore? What is the comet's importance ...
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Why are bastards named “Snow” in Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series?

I have read up to the third book, so the answer may be far ahead in the series, but I have always wondered if there is a reason or a story on the vast lore that explains why giving the last name Snow ...
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How do the readers of the books know how the songs sound? [closed]

In the season 3 episode titled "Rains of Castamere", the band at the wedding starts to play a song that worries one of the guests. I later found out that the song was "The Rains of Castamere" - the ...
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What is so special about Valyrian steel?

Inspired by Where did the great houses get their Valyrian steel blades from?, what is so special about Valyrian steel? I have not read the books; I am planning on getting them before month's end, but ...
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How many Valyrian steel swords are there at the beginning of GoT, and who owns them?

As of 298 AL, where A Game of Thrones begins, where were the various Valyrian steel weapons that exist? That is to say, before the 1st chapter starts. The swords are already in someone's hands at ...
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Who funds the Night's Watch?

Where and how do they get their food? More importantly, where do they get money to buy stuff? Is this by tax from the people who stay at the gift?
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Benefits of joining The Night's Watch

It is often considered a punishment to send thieves, rapists, bastards etc. to the Wall for serving in the Night's Watch. Also there is a list of rules to follow like not fathering children, etc. ...
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Who is “the valonqar” from Cersei's prophecy?

Inspired by How many people of Arya's list are still alive? [SPOILERS], and also the recent excerpt from The Winds of Winter. In the prophecy of Maggy the Frog, Cersei is told quite a few true ...
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How many people of Arya's list are still alive? [SPOILERS]

Arya has a list of the people she is going to kill which she starts reciting to herself before bed. Quite a few people from that list are now dead (Especially if you include the Winds of Winter sample ...
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What blinks in the “Game of Thrones” intro?

A number of times in the Game of Thrones television series, what appears to be an eyelid drops over the scene and a blinking sound is played. Who is blinking, or what are these anomalies? My ...
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Where did the great houses get their Valyrian steel blades from?

Many of the great houses have heirloom blades made from Valyrian steel. Where did they get them from? Did they buy them? Gifts from the Valyrians? And is it known how old they are?
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Which book does “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” come from?

I'm in the process of watching the complete 3rd season of "Game of Thrones" on DVD, including listening to the commentary. It's mentioned that the drinking-song "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" — sung ...
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Who ordered Barra's death?

In "A Game of Thrones", Barra, one of King Robert's bastard sons, is killed by Janos Slynt, one of the Golden Cloaks. Who ordered his death, Cersei or Joffrey?
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How don't Alyssa's Tears ever reach the ground?

Alyssa's Tears is a waterfall in the Vale of Arryn. It got its name from Alyssa Arryn, whose family was murdered in front of her yet she didn't shed a tear. Because of this, the Gods condemned her ...
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Why are eunuchs allowed to ride the cart to Vaes Dothrak?

In A Game of Thrones the following paragraph indicates that, in the ride to Vaes Dothrak, a cart is used to transport eunuchs, cripples, women giving birth, the very young and the very old: Khal ...
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How did all the dragons die in Game of Thrones?

What’s the history of the dragons and how they became extinct? I noticed in an episode I watched last night Tywin says: When I was Hand of the King under your father's predecessor, the skulls of ...
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How long does it take to forge a Maester's chain?

Interested in some informed speculation on how many links are needed, whether some are more prestigious than others, how long it typically takes to earn a full chain etc.
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What is the song of ice and fire?

In "A Clash of Kings", while Daenerys is in the House of the Undying, one of the visions is: Beyond loomed a cavernous stone hall, the largest she had ever seen. [...] Upon a towering barbed ...
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Why is Lord Robert Arryn named Robert?

Was Robert Arryn named Robert to honour King Robert? Whose choice was it?
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Who (or what) is the richest entity in the Game of Thrones series?

Is there any canon description of who has the most money in the "Game of Thrones" universe? Is it Xaro Xohan Daxos? Illyrio? The Lannisters? The Iron Bank? Petyr Baelish? or someone else? How do ...
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What was the basis for Lord Renly's claim to the throne?

Inspired by this question: In “Clash of Kings”, what is the basis for Lord Stannis' claim to the throne? In the first book, it was mentioned that since Robert didn't have any legitimate children, ...
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Do eunuchs have something distinctive so people can tell them apart?

In the first or second book, when Daenerys is in a city, she wants to enter a building ( I think) and she thinks: [...] and there was a eunuch guarding the door [...]. How could she understand ...
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What happens to the “Red Comet”?

I've just finished A Dance With Dragons and realized that the Red Comet which appeared in the early books had made no appearances lately. I've been reading the series before going to sleep so I ...
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Why did Roose Bolton use this tactic?

In the book A Game of Thrones, after Roose Bolton is given command of a large host consisting of all the northern foot. One of the main justifications for giving this task to him is his caution. ...
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Do atheists exist in the world of G.R.R.Martin?

There are mentions of a lot of Gods in the books and the TV Show, like the Old Gods, the Seven, the Lord of Light, The Big Shepperd etc. My question is this: Are there any atheists in the world of ...
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Time between specific Daenerys events in A Dance With Dragons

Is there a canon timeline for "A Dance With Dragon"? I'm specifically interested in how much time passes between when Daenerys rides off on Drogon after that disastrous day in Daznak's Pit and ...
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Did Roose Bolton blunder in sending out some of his army in the North? [closed]

In a sample chapter for the Winds of Winter, Theon overhears the following conversation from Stannis: From Theon's previous chapters in Dance, we know that everyone is on edge in Bolton's camp, ...
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Who was behind the poisoning that occurred on the day of Joffrey's wedding?

This question is inspired by a comment in another question. I don't believe we have any specific information on who actually did it or what their motivation was. TLP speculated that perhaps What ...
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Who are Littlefinger's three queens?

During Chapter 41 of A Feast for Crows, Littlefinger discusses Cersei's incompetence as a ruler in King's Landing, and says: What little peace and order the five kings left us will not long ...
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What was Littlefinger's motivation for the Purple Wedding?

As realized in the second half of A Storm of Swords and presumably early in Season 4 of the TV series, Littlefinger conspires to Afterwards, he discusses this with Sansa: But is Littlefinger ...
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Why do people claim that Rhaegar was the last Dragon?

In the first book (and the first season of the TV Show if I'm not mistaken), it is quite often mentioned that Rhaegar was the last Dragon. Why do people not consider Daenerys (before she proved she ...
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Clash of Kings - Why did Theon seize Winterfell? Was it to prove his loyalty to his father?

In Clash of Kings, why did Theon seize Winterfell? Robb and Theon were great friends. Is it mostly because of the loyalty to his father?
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Why so many Targaryen names contain 'ae'?

I have seen that a lot of the names in the Targaryen family tree contain 'ae' Some examples: Aegon Aenys Maegor Aerys Maekar Daenerys Rhaegar etc.. Has Martin given an explanation for this or ...
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Is the world of “A Song of Ice and Fire” round or flat? [duplicate]

It's unclear from "A Song of Ice and Fire" (AKA Game of Thrones), at least from what I remember, if the world is flat or round. Westeros is at the west of the "known world" - but if you kept going ...
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How could Ned trust Theon as his ward?

In the book, it is mentioned that after King Robert and Ned crushed the Greyjoy rebellion, Lord Greyjoy's surviving son, Theon, was made a ward of House Stark as hostage. How could Ned trust him? I ...
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Why wasn't Ned Stark king instead of Robert Baratheon?

I haven't read the books yet, but my question is why wasn't Ned Stark king instead of Robert Baratheon? Was it because the Baratheon house was more powerful than Stark?
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Why does Magister Illyrio have slaves if they're not allowed in Pentos?

In the first book of "A Song of Ice and Fire", Daenerys mentions that slavery didn't exist in Pentos, yet, the women who were going to bathe her were Illyrio's slaves. There came a soft knock on ...
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Why does Daenerys like Ser Jorah Mormont if he traded slaves?

As we can see from Daenerys' actions with the Unsullied: releasing every slave in chains and allowing the Unsullied to leave if they wanted to, as free me, she's against slavery. Daenerys also knows ...
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What is “pinchfire”?

In the first book of "A Song of Ice And Fire" they mention "pinchfire": "Inside the manse, the air was heavy with the scent of spices, pinchfire and sweet lemon and cinnamon. They were escorted ...
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Why didn't Eddard send Theon home before riding South with Robert?

Theon has been Lord Stark's ward since the Greyjoy Rebellion. He has now come of age and Balon has behaved himself so it would have made sense for Eddard to send him home, or at least ask Robert to ...
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Why does everything deserve a nickname in A Song of Ice and Fire? [closed]

I've read the entire series so far and was wondering if anyone else noticed that many people have really cool nick names - usually containing the word "The". For example: Sandor Clegane is The ...
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Why couldn't Jon Snow pull out Longclaw?

Major spoilers for a Dance with Dragons: Was there a reason for this?
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Are all of the Stark children actual or potential Wargs?

The books have several chapters from the point of view of these characters, and since we cannot know whether Sansa would have had the warg dreams like Arya Bran and Jon Snow. Are we meant to infer ...
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How is suicide viewed in “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Books not TV series)?

I have only read the first 4.5 books in the series so far so apologies if this is answered/explained in the second volume of "A Dance With Dragons". There is a common theme within the series of ...
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Is Jaime supposed to be pronounced in the Spanish way?

I always thought Jaime Lannister was pronouned like High-me (replace the J with an H), since Jaime is the Spanish spelling, however on the TV show, his name is pronounced like Jamie. Did GRRM simply ...
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The Others' first defeat: how, when and who?

How and when and by who were the Others first defeated? When was the Wall erected compared to the time of their defeat? If that can be answered, it will probably imply the answer to this: was its ...