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

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In what ways dragons can kill a Dragonborn? [duplicate]

In what ways dragons can kill a Dragonborn? Obviously, there is: Also, can dragons kill Dragonborn on their own will or only on demand?
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Why did Melisandre want Jon Snow?

In the fifth season episode "Sons of the Harpy", Melisandre In the past, she's done this specifically to men with "king's blood". So does the fact that she did this suggest that
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Horn of Winter = Dragonbinder?

Is there any definitive evidence that the Horn of Winter sought by Mance Rayder is not actually a Dragon horn or indeed Dragonbinder itself? At first we are led to believe that Mance found the Horn ...
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Meaning of volume names in ASOIAF books?

Does anyone know true meaning of volume names in A Song of Ice and Fire books? (e.g., Steel and Snow, Dreams and Dust). In some regions (including UK, Australia, and Israel), these were appended ...
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What is the origin and history of the 'Order of the Maesters'?

Either in the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series or 'The World of Ice and Fire' we get detailed backstory on the various orders in the Known World, such as the Night's Watch, King's Guard or Alchemists' ...
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What is the education system like in Westeros?

What type of education do the high-born in Westeros have? For example I know they are literate but what else do they learn?
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What is the surname of Brienne?

I realize that this seems like a ridiculous question, because Brienne's father is Lord Selwyn Tarth, and as his daughter she will be known as Brienne Tarth. But in every single reference I have found ...
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What's the big deal with the Tyrells controlling Westeros?

So it's been a few years since I last read the books, but watching the television show has made me think about the overall story once again. Generic spoilers to follow. A big theme in the book is ...
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What happened to these characters in A Song of Ice and Fire?

What happened to Rickon, Shaggy Dog and Osha and when did they split off from Bran, Hodor, Jojen and Meera as they went north of the Wall?
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Was Joffrey modelled after Caligula?

Often I see this 'fun fact' thrown around: The character Joffrey Baratheon is modeled after the Roman Emperor Caligula.-http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/trivia?item=tr2071032. Now I know that ...
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Prince Oberyn revenge

In the Game of Thrones/ASoIaF universe are the details of Elia Martell's death public knowledge? And if so why did Oberyn take so long to look for revenge?
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Is there any proof that Jaime Lannister is actually a good swordsman?

From what I can tell of Jaime Lannister, he is a good swordsman, because he has fought numerous battles and lived to tell the tale. What I can't find is any evidence of him beating anyone in a duel ...
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What is the 'Dance of the Dragons'?

There is an event in A Song of Ice and Fire referred to as the 'Dance of the Dragons'; what was this event and what does it mean? Bonus Points:, what were some notable battles? where can I read more? ...
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Were there ever two people jointly leading a noble house?

Are/Were there any cases where there were two people at the head of a noble house? Perhaps as Brothers? I'm planning to play in an ASOIAF rpg, and me and a friend of mine are going to be a noble ...
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Do minor houses serve Great Houses?

My understanding is that Noble houses such as house Umber, serve the Starks, in times of war, and aid them through taxes. There are several minor houses that serve the Umbers. Do these smaller ...
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Is it ever explained how exactly the Others can threaten Westeros right around the Wall?

The info I remember about the Wall was that it was built, using magic, by the Children of the Forest after the last long winter and Others invasion. It's purpose is to retain the Other should they ...
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Why is The Wall the only Democracy in an otherwise Westerosi Monarchy?(Minor S05E02& Book 3 spoiler)

From S05E02 and A Storm of Swords: So, the question, Why is The Wall the only Democracy in an otherwise Westerosi Monarchy? Army is the last place you would expect to find a true democracy. Is it ...
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What message did Ned want to leave?

While Ned is being held captive, Varys visits him and the two have an exchange. The following stuck out upon re-reading: Ned: Would you at least consent to carry a message out for me? Varys: ...
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Any hints that J might wed D?

The answers in If J = L + R, why would his claim to the throne come before this Targaryen? suggests that J could still possibly ascend the throne. They both have so-called gentle hearts, and the ...
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Who supported the Targaryens during Robert's Rebellion?

In A Game Of Thrones (I think, it may be one of the later books), Robert's Rebellion is briefly recapped and it is said that when Robert won, he stripped lands from those who opposed his claim during ...
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Did Varys trust Tyrion after the events of A Storm Of Swords?

Major spoiler for A Dance With Dragons ahead. So Varys sent Tyrion to aid Daenerys and advise her to getting back to Westeros and becoming queen etc. but as we know, he secretly had plans to We ...
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Are bastard surnames permanent?

In Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, bastards have the last names such as Snow, Sand, Flowers, Hill, Pyke, Rivers, Stone, Storm, Waters. In the event that they are never legitimized what ...
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In Song of Ice and Fire do lands outside Westeros play a role just insofar as they affect Westeros? [closed]

Is there any indication that the resolution to the story would include significant developments in cities like Bravos or the other free cities or any other lands beside Westeros and slavers bay. As a ...
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Who put Joffrey up to what he did at Ned's trial?

It seemed to me that someone must have put Joffrey up to After the trial all someone would have had to do is ask Joffrey who advised him to that and they would have known who was pulling strings ...
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What are Little Finger's plans? [duplicate]

He defied the Lannisters by taking Sansa, but he means to use Sansa to his advantage in some way. The only way Sansa could be of any advantage to him would be if he made it known that she is Sansa ...
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Where does the idea of replacing “Sir” with “Ser” in “A Song of Ice and Fire” come from?

Is this something invented by Martin or did it originate elsewhere? More specifically, was there another fantasy author that used "Ser" as a noble title? I'm mainly asking because I cannot shake a ...
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Why didn't Pycelle throw Ned Stark off the scent?

In the first book/series of ASOIAF/GOT, Ned Stark discovers that He discovers it by retracing Jon Arryn's steps in discovering the secret. He finds out most of this information through Pycelle, who ...
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Why did Lady Selyse Baratheon hate Shireen so much?

I understand that Lady Selyse Baratheon is a little off her rocker, but is there a particular reason that she appears to hate (or at least, strongly dislike) her daughter Shireen so much? Surely she ...
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How could the cruel House Bolton be a banner man or ally of the honorable House Stark?

House Bolton is known for flaying their enemies. Their sigil is even a flayed man. Robb Stark executed Lord Karstark for injustice knowing he would lose his alliance with House Karstark. So how ...
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With all the wealth and black magic across the sea in Essos why, can't they just take over Westeros? [duplicate]

That assassin that Arya frees seems to be invincible and says he can slay anyone. (I don't know how he was captured in the first place.) Arya is learning that same assassin art. The red priests all ...
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How does Arya retain 'Needle' through her ordeal?

In the books, how does Arya retain her sword 'Needle'? She gets captured and traded around umpteen times. How does she still have Needle when she goes across the narrow sea?
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Was Robb Stark's wife or her mother complicit in the “red wedding”? [duplicate]

In the book, not the HBO series; Robb's mother (Catelyn) complains to Robb's wife (Jeyne Westerling) that she's not pregnant and Jeyne says that she's trying. Then Lord Tywin Lanister - who has helped ...
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Did anyone beside Ned and Howland Reed survive at the Tower of Joy?

I always thought Ned and Howland were the only survivors at the events at the Tower of Joy. But at my current rereading I found something which might indicate there was someone else: From the first ...
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Who was inside the green armor with stag horns in the Battle of Blackwater?

Spoilers: Who is the knight wearing this armor? Is it ever revealed? Dd such a knight even fight int he battle or was it a mass hallucination / popular rumor started by a few?
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Which GoT characters do not appear in ASoIaF?

I started out watching the Game of Thrones series (just about to watch season 4), then became intrigued enough to also read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (soon to acquire book 5). Obviously a TV ...
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How many times is the red wedding prophesied?

I have recently started re-reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series and noticed that during A Clash of Kings that the Red Wedding is prophesied at least twice. I first noticed this during Daenerys' ...
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Given the anti-slavery policy in Winterfell, isn't Bran a particularly dark character?

Is Bran, a male highborn, entitled to a hand servant? Hodor, Bran's servant, is never offered the best food, time to rest, or ever thanked. His efforts are not even recognized. Bran can even snatch ...
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Who's the next possible “Sword of the Morning”?

The title Sword of the Morning is conferred upon a worthy member of House Dayne 1 the most recent and notable one being Ser Arthur Dayne. The Sword of the Morning then also becomes the worthy ...
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Why did Jaqen H'ghar give Arya the iron coin?

Arya tricks/blackmails Jaqen H'ghar into helping her after she's used up her first two victims. I can't imagine he'd be too pleased about killing more people than originally bargained; not to ...
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Does anyone ever explain why no one in the south cares about the Wall anymore?

According to this answer, The Night's Watch gets it's funding from The Gift, which is comprised of taxes taken from towns and villages near the Wall, I always assumed they were funded directly by ...
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How do lords and knights gain land and influence?

There are cases described in the A Song of Ice and Fire books in which some commoner gains a title of knight/lord, knights gain a title of lord, and lords gain more influence and land - the individual ...
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How could Craster be that confident?

OK. Craster lives in his Keep. His daughters/wives are just servants and cannot help with defending against hypothetical attack. This leaves Craster as the only element able to defend. Let's leave ...
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White Walkers and the cold

In the books of A Song of Ice and Fire as well as in the HBO adaptation, A Game of Thrones, whenever the white walkers make an appearance, it suddenly becomes really chilly and cold and everything ...
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Question about Catelyn's fate in “A Song of Ice and Fire”

I was reading this answer to a question What is Petyr Baelish's Endgame with Sansa? Now in it they mention Now I don't recollect any where from the books that it mentions Can someone please ...
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Why don’t people fight over religion in the universe of A Song Of Ice And Fire, like they do in ours?

How come, in a world that can be described as barbaric and cruel and pretty much similar to the medieval ages in our universe, people who pray for the old gods and the new gods are fine with that, ...
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Why didn't Ned Stark ask for a trial by combat?

I know he has a different religion, but he could have demanded a trial through combat, why not?
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Coin design in Westeros

In Westeros there are three coins: Copper Stars (The Seven-Pointed Star is the symbol of the Faith of the Seven.) Silver Stags (The Stag is the sigil of house Baratheon.) Gold Dragons (The Dragon is ...
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Were the vows of the Night's Watch the same from the beginning?

One of the vows of the Night's Watch say that they must stay celibate. We do know though, that the Brothers do go to brothels near the Wall, but none of them take any wives. On reading the World ...
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Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books? (And is it a shortsword?)

In Game of Thrones on TV, is Arya's sword Needle portrayed faithfully to the books? And would it be classified as a shortsword?