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

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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?
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Why did the events of The Purple Wedding not occur earlier?

In Game of Thrones, Olenna Tyrell waited until the Purple Wedding to Why wait until then?
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The Night's Watch armour?

I have been watching Game of Thrones and was wondering what type of armour do the brothers of The Night's Watch wear?
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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. ...