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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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 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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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 Aenys Maegor Aerys Maekar Daenerys Rhaegar etc.. Has Martin given an explanation for this or ...
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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 ...
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Who created the cover art from the newer Wild Cards Book I with Jetboy on it?

Who created the cover art for the newer Wild Cards I edition with Jetboy on it? (e.g. the one published in 2010.) Is he or she responsible for the other covers?
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Is the name “Orell” related to the Russian word for “eagle”?

In the Song of Ice and Fire, there is a character named Orell, who is a skinchanger in control of an eagle. Орёл (oryol) happens to be the Russian word for "eagle". Is there any other evidence that ...
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What is the difference between the glamors used by Melissandre and the Faceless Men?

I am trying to understand the differences between/among the glamors used by Melissandre and the Faceless Men in ASOIAF. Also, SPOILER ALERT if you're not caught up in the books- I don't know how to ...
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Game of Thrones' Season 3 - Chapters Adapted from the Book?

Now that Game of Thrones' season 3 is over, I'm left wondering how much of Storm of Swords they were able to adapt. In some sources it's stated that "roughly the first half" of the book made it into ...
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How did George R. R. Martin come up with the names of his characters?

I know initially it seems like only George R. R. Martin or a magician can answer my question. What am I asking actually is, are the names and surnames used on the books real? Are "Theon" and "Tywin" ...
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Why doesn't Bran have a wheelchair?

Why would Bran Stark not have a wheelchair? Doran Martell uses one due to his gout, so one would think that a comparable 'technology' would exist in the North. Do we have a sense of whether the ...
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Game Of Thrones and wine

George Martin makes great descriptions of meals but he also uses a lot of wine for different purposes (to accompany meals, as appetizers, to relax, to deliver medecine, to sterilize, etc). They are ...
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Was there any mention of Theon being disfigured this way in the books?

Was this ever explicitly mentioned in the books? I only recall Theon losing a few fingers and teeth in addition to having parts of his skin flayed.
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Was Orys Baratheon the first Hand of the King?

After Aegon's Landing, Orys Baratheon was made his Hand, making him the first Hand of the King to the Targaryen dynasty. What I want to know is if this is where the practice started. It's entrenched ...
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Valar Morghulis as GRRM's ethos as an author?

In Entertainment Weekly's interview, 'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin: Why he wrote The Red Wedding -- EXCLUSIVE GRRM is quoted as saying: I’ve said in many interviews that I like my ...
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Is Theon Greyjoy's member famous?

In the recent GoT episode The Bear And The Maiden Fair we heard the girls and the torturer talked about the supposed fame of Theon Greyjoy's penis. Don't you want us to see it? Oh, come on. Let us ...
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Is incestuous marriage a Valyrian practice, or unique to the Targaryens?

In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Targaryens continued to practice incest even after they adopted the Westerosi Seven Gods. Is this custom unique to the family, or was it widely practiced by the ...
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Is divorce allowed in Westeros?

The title is not really my question, but let me first speak about the spoiler level. This question points to an event that occur in A Storm of Swords (mid-book ?). Its equivalence in the TV show is ...
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What happened to the greatsword Dawn?

The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who fought with a blade called Dawn, forged from the heart of a fallen star. They called him the Sword of the Morning. Was there any mention of ...
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If all the Starks died, would Winterfell rightfully go to the Karstarks?

From A Storm of Swords. Lord Rickard had spoken truly, Catelyn knew. The Karstarks traced their descent to Karlon Stark, a younger son of Winterfell who had put down a rebel lord a thousand years ...
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Which dragons were Stannis planning to awaken?

From A Storm of Swords: “Give me the boy for R’hllor,” the red woman said, “and the ancient prophecy shall be fulfilled. Your dragon shall awaken and spread his stony wings. The kingdom shall be ...
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What happened to Ice, Eddard Stark's Valyrian steel sword?

Ser Ilyn bowed before the king and queen, reached back over his shoulder, and drew forth six feet of ornate silver bright with runes. He knelt to offer the huge blade to Joffrey, hilt first; ...
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Why did Karstark think Robb lost the war when he married Talisa?

In episode 3x02 Lord Karstark tells Robb Stark: I think you lost this war the day you married her [Talisa]. Why did he think so? I know Robb was supposed to marry one of Walder Frey's daughters, ...
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Theon's words in season 3 episode 4

In episode 4 of Game of Thrones season 3, what did Theon mean when he said "my real father lost his head at King's landing?
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Reading order of “A Song of Ice and Fire”

I've become hooked on HBO's A Game of Thrones, so I was going to read the books. However, I'm a little confused as to which order to read them since there are novellas based on chapters of the ...
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Does Westeros know that Daenerys is coming?

I'm currently halfway through A Storm of Swords. Dany has acquired her Unsullied and is trying to amass a greater army before heading over to Westeros. She is trying to convince The Second Sons and ...
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What was Tyrion's motive in asking his father for Casterly Rock?

In the first episode in Season 3 of Game of Thrones, Tyrion had a conversation with his father, Tywin, where he demanded ownership of Casterly Rock. Given how he has generally been treated with scorn ...
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Who/what is Jaqen?

In the beginning of Season Two, Arya helps Jaqen to escape. Jaqen says something like "The God of Death have been cheated of 3 lives. The girl must name 3 names" etc etc etc. During the coming ...
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What is the difference between a warg and a skinchanger?

Many times both terms are used as synonyms. In A Storm of Swords, Jon mentions that he sees skinchangers and wargs among the wildlings. George R.R. Martin, when asked about the difference said: ...