George Raymond Richard Martin is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire series of bestselling epic fantasy novels.

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Why is Brynden Rivers called the three-eyed crow?

Why is Brynden Rivers called the three-eyed crow? I know that he is/was a man of the Night's Watch. That explains the crow part but where was the three-eyes part explained?
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How much does George R R Martin foreshadow?

There are numerous instances of of GRRM foreshadowing with dreams and some innuendos that pop out when you re-read. But, aside from the very obvious foreshadowing of dreams how much of it is ...
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(Spoilers ASOS) Are Edmure and Roslin still considered married?

Given that... (heavy spoilers for A Storm of Swords and S03E09) Do we still consider Edmure's marriage to Roslin valid? After all,
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Why is the Bolton banner a flayed man?

Is there any specific reason why the House Bolton has chosen a flayed man as their banner? Are the Boltons known for flaying men? I know that Ramsay does it, but I don't remember any mention of ...
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Maggy's Prophecy: Do these people need to be dead first?

According to Maggy/Maegi the frog's prophecy: Cersei: Will the king and I have children? Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their ...
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Can Bran make Hodor say anything he wants while he controls his body?

In the third chapter of Bran in A Dance with Dragons, we see that he can easily get in Hodor, without anyone realizing, as soon as he smiled a lot and said some Hodor's now and then. Can Bran make ...
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Why was Prince Tommen absent during the trial by combat?

After watching season 4 episode 8 of this amazing show, I suddenly noticed that one man was missing during the final part of the episode. It's Prince Tommen. But why? It's clear why he was absent ...
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What is this method of telling time?

In A Song of Ice and Fire many of the POV characters refer to the different times in relation to some symbolic animal, including: The hour of the bat The hour of the eel The hour of ghosts The hour ...
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Do unicorns exist in A Song of Ice and Fire?

I was rereading certain chapters of A Game of Thrones and stumbled upon the following quote: The shields displayed outside each tent heralded its occupant: the silver eagle of Seagard, Bryce ...
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Why does dragon fire from Game of Thrones leave bones?

Before the dragons from the TV series have grown we learned from the pyromancer that wild-fire was the closest they could get to dragon fire. According to him the wild-fire could burn through metal, ...
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Why does Jon Snow say this to Rattleshirt in A Dance With Dragons?

WARNING: This entire question is spoilersome if you haven't finished A Dance With Dragons After the battle at the Wall, the Free-folk are given the chance to 'bend-the-knee' and be pardoned in order ...
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Has Essos ever invaded or attacked Westeros?

Has any community of Essos ever invaded or attacked Westeros? As I far as I know, only the Dothraki intended to invade Westeros, because Drogo promised that to Daenerys. What about the other ...
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What is west of the Sunset Sea?

This image from the Game of Thrones intro sequence shows the Sunset Sea and the lands to the west of Westeros. But what exactly is west of the Sunset Sea? Has anyone ever traveled there?
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Is Syrio Forel dead?

In the episode 'The Pointy End' (Season 1 Episode 8) when Arya runs from the Lannister guards you hear the sound of a sword being dropped: Scene (around 4:56) After that neither Syrio or Ser Meryn ...
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Why do the Houses have words?

Is there any specific reason why the Houses in the world of George R.R. Martin have words (mottos)? Like for example, why do the Starks say "Winter is Coming", the Greyjoys say "We Do Not Sow" etc? ...
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Who is the most legitimate heir of the Iron Throne?

After finishing the fifth book (A Dance With Dragons), I'm not sure who has more rights to the Iron Throne. Who does, according to the rules of succession in Westeros? Maybe some people will find ...
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How did dragons come into existence?

How were the dragons created? Did some God create them? For example, we know that Melkor created the Dragons in Arda. Is there something similar in the world of George Martin's?
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Why did this happen between Vargo Hoat and Ser Harys?

A Clash of Kings, Arya: "After the hanged men had stopped kicking, Vargo Hoat and Ser Harys embraced and kissed and swore to love each other always as Lord Tywin looked on". I'm having some ...
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link for buying book online [closed]

I already a viewer of game of thrones,also I want to read the book.I have pdf of book but reading from my laptop causing headache.so I decided to buy the books also one at a time,I am planning to buy ...
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What is the real-world equivalent of a shadowcat?

In A Song of Ice and Fire, there are references to shadowcats north of the Wall and in the Vale of Arryn. Are these supposed to be alternate names for a real feline, such as a puma or a lynx, or are ...
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King Tommen Baratheon - why is he “first of his name” rather than at least third?

Tommen ascends the thrones after his brother Joffrey's death, and at least in the TV series is referred to as being the first of his name. However, there were already at least two Lannister kings of ...
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Does Hodor say anything apart from “Hodor” in the books?

I haven't read the books and I don't even know if he is a character in the books (I assume he is) so I'm curious to know if he says anything apart form that one word (which seems to be the case in the ...
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Ramsay and his servant

Spoilers from S04E06 I don't mind answers from the books.
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Why do people go to the Wall in Game of Thrones?

Is the wall a bad or a good place to be? Some people are sent there as punishment, others go because they want to (Jon Snow), others to get away from harm (Arya). If I am not completely correct, it ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Why is Lord Robert Arryn named Robert?

Was Robert Arryn named Robert to honour King Robert? Whose choice was it?
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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 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 early in Season 4 of the TV series, Littlefinger conspires to Afterwards, he discusses this with Sansa: But is Littlefinger being ...
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Game of Thrones 1-4 - Why didn't George R. R. Martin have the map of the Free Cities in his books [duplicate]

Every time I start the next book I have not seen the map of Essos and the Free Cities. Is there a reason for this? Its hard to follow Dany when it doesn't show Qarth on in relation to Vaes Dothrak
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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, Aemon Aenys, Rhaenys Maegor Aerys, Jahaerys Maekar Daenerys, Daena Aerion, Daeron Rhaegar, ...
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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 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 ...