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In The World of Ice and Fire, we are introduced to few historical Tully characters, which are:

  1. Lord Kermit Tully
  2. Lord Elmo Tully
  3. Lord Grover Tully

To those who may not be familiar with the Muppets, these three Lords share the same names as Puppet Characters from the cast of popular shows like Sesame Street, which are:

  1. Kermit the Frog
  2. Elmo
  3. Grover

The coincidence doesn't end there. Tully family ruled Riverlands. Riverlands has three Forks contributing to River Trident:

  1. Green Fork
  2. Red Fork
  3. Blue Fork

Guess what colors Kermit, Elmo and Grover are ?

KermitElmoGrover

This is definitely not just a coincidence.

ASOIAF wiki confirms:

Kermit, his father Elmo, and his great-grandfather Grover are references by George R. R. Martin to The Muppets.

But there is no reference added as to where exactly did GRRM confirm that was the case. Googling doesn't yield any statement from GRRM or his team. Has GRRM ever confirmed that he was indeed influenced by the beloved puppet characters while naming the Tully Lords?

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    I would say it is quite possible as Wun-Wun, is named after Phil Simms, an American Football player for the New York Giants. His jersey number was 11 = one one = wun wun.
    – Skooba
    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:22
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    Some one really needs to make the SSM on the Citadel searchable....
    – Skooba
    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:55
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    Does it need confirmation?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Apr 1, 2017 at 14:13
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    @Randal'Thor Yessss. I mean yeah it is obvious but the fact that the claim is unreferenced on wiki is bothering me. I want to add it there as well
    – Aegon
    Apr 1, 2017 at 14:24
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    One other thing to note. So, yes there is a muppet connection (or dare I say, a Rainbow Connection) with the Tully’s. Elmo, Grover, Kermit, and even Oscar. However, there’s one more that I think was missed. Lysa apparently tried to keep it going with her son...”Robin”, which also happens to be the name of Kermit the Frog’s nephew.
    – user115843
    May 1, 2019 at 5:50

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Yes, George R. R. Martin did intentionally name the three Tully Lords after the Muppets.

As confirmed by Elio Garcia via Twitter:

Yep. Not sure why exactly, other than it amused him, but the colors of the three muppets has been noted (Red, Green, Blue)
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There was also an Oscar, brother to Kermit, but he didn't make it into TWoIaF.
Elio Garcia, Twitter, 2017-04-04

Image capture from a Twitter conversation between user 'IamMooz' and 'Westerosorg' (Twitter account representing Elio Garcia). 'Mooz' asks "Is there confirmation that The George named the three Tullys after the Muppets? (Elmo, Kermit & Grover Tully)." and Elio replies "Yep. Not sure why exactly, other than it amused him, but the colors of the three muppets has been noted (Red, Green, Blue)... There was also an Oscar, brother to Kermit, but he didn't make it into TWoIaF.

Why should you believe this answer?

  1. I'm awesome
  2. Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson are George R. R. Martin's collaborators, and in many cases, second-in-command.
  3. Elio and Linda co-wrote The World of Ice and Fire as well as being the creators and moderators of westeros.org.
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