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

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Why does Ned Stark only take his older sons but not his daughters to watch him execute the deserter?

In the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, Ned Stark takes his sons Robb, Jon Snow, and Bran to watch the execution of a Night's Watch deserter in order to teach them that The man who passes the ...
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Weirwood Trees in A Song of Ice & Fire, and also in Hyperion - any connection?

The weirwood tree is one of the key features of the Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones universe, being the Gods of the North. In Dan Simmon's Hyperion, weirwood is also an often mentioned tree, its wood ...
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Did Stannis see himself or another King in the night fire?

In A Storm of Swords Stannis says this to Davos: “I know the cost! Last night, gazing into that hearth, I saw things in the flames as well. I saw a king, a crown of fire on his brows, burning... ...
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DragonBone usage in the GoT/aSoIaF universe

In the Game of Thrones/Asoif universe is it possible to use dragonbone for Armour/Weapons? As the wiki states: Dragonbone is black, due to its high iron content. It is as strong as other metals, ...
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Is Cersei's Penance Walk partly inspired by the short story the Emperor's New Clothes?

While I heard that Cersei's penance walk is loosely inspired by the penance walk of Jane Shore (which is a real event), the first thing that came to mind regarding the penance walk is the story from ...
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What types of magic has been displayed in A song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Universe?

What types of magic has been displayed in the the A song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Universe?
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Why does no one in Westeros question Jon Snow's parentage?

As far as I know, there are several theories about Jon Snow's parentage. But the likeliest to me is If this were true, then how did Eddard Stark manage to keep this under wraps? Someone must have ...
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How to explain these inconsistencies in the R+L=J theory?

I read this recently, and the third theory for Jon's parents suggest that he's the son of Rhaegar Targarean and Lyanna Stark. It has more credence than the other two theories and I am also partial. ...
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Where did the notion that Dragons could speak originate?

There are different sources in which dragons are able to speak and not speak. Speaking examples: Smaug in The Hobbit Skyrim DragonHeart Non-speaking examples: Game of Thrones/ASoIaF. Beowulf ...
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Are the Lannister siblings really who they say they are?

From this article: The Targaryens, for those of you who lose track of all of the surnames in the series, are the platinum-haired royal family who ruled the land for centuries prior to the ...
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How does the bank in Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire work?

How does the bank in Game of Thrones / ASOIF work? Withdrawing, depositing, etc. As people can't always carry around their winnings, how do they withdraw and deposit money?
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Did Jaime realise what Bolton's motivation was?

In aSoS1, when Jaime Lannister and Roose Bolton meet in Harrenhal, the following conversation takes place (Jaime's PoV): What does Jaime mean by 'knowing the game they are playing'? Does he mean ...
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Why did Tyrion pour away the remaining wine from Joffrey's cup at the wedding feast?

He (Tyrion) deliberately pours away the residue left over in the wine cup which could have been analysed for poisons. This in turn could have helped his case. So why did he throw it away?
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Is this character the one who leads Sam to Marwyn?

It has been a while since I have read the books, but I’m trying to figure out who this character is. He appears in the first chapter of book 4 (A Feast for Crows): Is this character someone whom ...
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Why does Daenerys trust the prophecies of those who betray her?

This question has spoilers from the early books of A Song of Ice and Fire. Read on warily. In AGOT - Chapter 68, Mirri Maz Duur tells Daenerys Targaryen that Drogo will return... When the sun ...
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Was the rebellion of the North really necessary?

I really can't get this. With such a strong feudalism, does kneeling down mean so much? I think there is not much difference between being 'King in the North' or 'Warden of the North'. The difference ...
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Why was Benjen Stark visiting Winterfell?

Don't they have to quit their families when they join the Watch? Do such big houses have some privileges or something?
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Why didn't Cersei want Eddard Stark dead?

I think Eddard Stark with knowledge of twincest would be far more dangerous, compared to possible reaction of North for a dead Eddard Stark. Especially when his heir was a 'kid' (Robb). Sending him to ...
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Why did Roose Bolton offer this advice?

From this summary of Roose Bolton, it is mentioned that: The actual mention of this event happens in Chapter 33 of AGOT. Anyway, why did Roose offer this advice?
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Why does Roose Bolton tell Theon how to pronounce My Lord?

In "A Dance With Dragons", Roose Bolton tells Theon Greyjoy that he should say "my lord" like there is mud in his mouth. I read the books in Turkish and this passage did not seem to translate well. ...
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Where in the books did Robb Stark promise Lord Frey to take his daughter as his queen?

I read all the five books (you know there is no chance I am not caught up yet) but I don't remember this scene at all. I skipped that part or it didn't happen on scene?
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Do Daenerys’ dragons have names, and how does she tell them apart?

I’ve watched the whole of Game of Thrones (I haven't read the books yet) and there was so little information about the three dragons. Do they have names, gender? And how does Daenerys (the Khaleesi) ...
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Who are the 3 men who would have a chance against Jaime Lannister in a sword fight?

In Game of Thrones Season 2, Episode 8, Jaime Lannister says to Brienne: There are three men in the kingdoms who might have a chance against me [in a sword fight] Who are those three people? ...
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Why did Yoren recruit Rorge and Biter?

At the beginning of A Clash of Kings, Yoren is travelling north to the Wall with Arya, Gendry, and various recruits for the Night's Watch. Three of the recruits were taken from the black cells ...
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What exactly happened at Harenhal when Jaqen H'ghar went to the dungeons with Arya?

In ACOK, while at Harenhal: Arya "tricks" Jaqen H'ghar into helping her free the northmen from the dungeons to take the castle from Amory Lorch and his men. Jaqen reluctantly abides. Then... My ...
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Are there any royal jesters in song of ice and fire?

An interesting question arose in my mind, since Martin actually keeps his books quite close to the medieval history. Now, almost all medieval kings in Europe (and in my native Russia too, by the way) ...
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How did Gared slip through Castle Black [duplicate]

In the epilogue it is described how Gared runs for his life, when he and other two ranges encounter with White Walkers. But this happens north of the Wall. In the first chapter, we find Lord Eddard ...
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Why does Tyrion give his companion this advice?

In chapter 22 of ADWD, over a game of cyvasse: Why does Tyrion suggest this strategy?
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Would Gared have been executed if he just returned to Castle Black?

In the opening scene of AGOT and in the Prologue/Chapter 1 we meet three characters north of the wall who run into White Walkers on a ranging mission. Two of the three characters are killed. The third ...
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Why was it Lord Eddard who executed Gared?

Gared's crime was against the Night's Watch. Should he not have been returned to them, so that they could do justice as they saw fit? Do all lords of the kingdom have ongoing permission to execute ...
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How do we know if a noble House of Westeros exists?

There are seven houses listed in The Citadel which have no corresponding entry on A Wiki of Ice and Fire. These are: Cups Farrow Hawthorne Leek Penny Sawyer Suggs I'm not sure ...
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What has Ramsay done to Theon torture-wise?

My friend told me that Ramsay flayed Theon; this question is in two parts: Is this correct? and What else has Ramsay possibly done? I have not read the books, but don't mind spoilers from them.
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Who were the five kings?

The war following Robert's death is often referred to as the War of the Five Kings. However the more I think about it the more I struggle. Robb - The King of the North Stannis - Robert's younger ...
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What are the ways to be a king in the Game of Thrones universe?

I've watched the TV series and am now starting to read the books. Something that has never been clear to me was the process of kinghood. There was Robert's way : through force. Then there's the ...
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NFL references in A Song of Ice and Fire?

It is well documented that George R.R. Martin is an NFL football fan. What NFL references has he included in his A Song of Ice and Fire series?
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Why is he still Brynden Rivers and not Targaryen?

Lord Brynden Rivers AKA "Bloodraven" was a legitimised bastard son of Aegon IV Targaryen. My question is, Why did he keep "Rivers" as his last name and not change it to "Targaryen"? or at least ...
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Should an unseen character be presumed alive, or dead? [closed]

I'm cataloguing all the characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, and am currently working out each of their status as dead or alive. Some characters are (spoilers AGOT) Other characters you would ...
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The Great Other's Champion

In ADWD Melisandre presumes that Bran being taught by Blood Raven is the Great Other's champion: The wooden men she had glimpsed, though, and the boy with the wolf's face...they were his servants, ...
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Is there a table of all deaths in A Song of Ice and Fire?

I realise this sounds like a software rec, but I don't think it is, I'm asking after a specific resource for one purpose, not general-purpose software. Is there a comprehensive table of every single ...
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Out of universe reasons for the scene with Cersei and Taena?

In A Feast For Crows: Do we know of an out of universe reason for this scene? What does the Taena arc add to Cersei or the story? I can't see any reason outside of titillating readers.
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Assassination attempt on Bran

We eventually figure out: My question is: why wouldn't Cersei and Jaime try to kill Bran after realizing that he'd awaken after the fall? Weren't they afraid that he'd remember what happen and ...
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Why do Meereen's people not call rulers “Your Grace”?

Spoilers ahead: . . . After Dany becomes Queen of Meereen, her new subjects refer to her as "Magnificence" rather than "Grace": "Magnificence," prompted Reznak mo Reznak, "will you hear the ...
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How did Eddard Know the True Parentage of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella

I get that the dark-haired seed is strong and we can infer that the three Baratheon-Lannister children are not Robert's. But how did Eddard correctly guess that the real father was Jaime, and not some ...
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Why does Donal Noye have a surname?

There is no mention of a House Noye on AWOIAF, and besides the fact that Donal Noye served at Storm's End, no indication that he is of noble birth. Does anyone know why he has a surname?
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Who is the Lord of Godsgrace?

In Chapter 38 of A Dance With Dragons, "The Watcher" (Areo Hotah's POV), Areo notes the following: The white knight [Ser Balon Swann] did drink, as was only courteous. His companions likewise. So ...
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How do men of the Night's Watch pay for visits to Mole's Town?

There's no mention of the Night's Watch getting paid and most of its members would have been broke when they joined. So how does anyone earn money to fund drinking and whoring sessions at Mole's Town? ...
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What is the meaning of “The seed is strong”?

In a ASOIAF, Jon Arryn repeated several times while dying The seed is strong: Eddard: "Was there nothing else? No final word? Pycelle: "When I saw that all hope had fled, I gave the Hand milk ...
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Was A Song of Ice and Fire inspired by Chinese History, and if yes, to what extent?

I notice a few striking parallels between China history and George RR Martin's epic fantasy, "a song of ice and fire" series: The Ice Wall resembles the Great Wall of China. Both are meant to keep ...
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What are the Wonders and the Wonders Made by Man?

Excerpt from A Dance with Dragons ahead: The old Valyrian road glimmered ahead of them like a long silver ribbon winding through wood and dale. For a little while Tyrion Lannister felt almost ...
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How to pronounce Aeron Damphair?

Aeron Greyjoy is introduced in ACOK (and is later a POV in AFFC), and is also known as "The Damphair". What is the correct way to pronounce that name?