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Questions tagged [a-song-of-ice-and-fire]

For questions about the series of epic fantasy novels titled "A Song of Ice and Fire" written by George R. R. Martin. For questions about the TV series based on this series, use the [game-of-thrones] tag instead. If your question is overlapping in scope, you may use both tags. Append any relevant character tags. Only use [george-r-r-martin] for questions about the author himself.

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Why did Aemon address his letter to “The Five Kings”?

Tl;Dr:. In-universe, why would Maester Aemon address his letter to Five Kings at a time when their were not five Kings leading armies that could help against the Wildlings? Ok, so I know the five ...
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Was the chained library at the Citadel modelled after the chained library of Hereford Cathedral?

A recent question over on Movies & TV asks the following: Why are the books in the Game of Thrones citadel library shelved spine inwards? The answers within mainly answer from an out of universe ...
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What killed Aerea Targaryen?

The Fire & Blood chapter "Jaehaerys and Alysanne, Their Triumphs and Tragedies" details the striking death of Aerea Targaryen in 56 AC, though there is a great deal of mystery surrounding this ...
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Is there an intended relation between Baal and R'hllor?

In Essos, we see many worshipers of the Lord of Light, also known as R'hllor. In Israel, time of Ahab, we see many worshipers of Baal, the personification of the sun. I'm wondering. Baal worshipers ...
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Why did Shae (falsely) implicate Sansa?

In S4E6, during the trial where Tyrion is accused of regicide, Shae provides a false testimony to the jury. The question of why Shae betrayed Tyrion has already been covered, but I haven’t found ...
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Why did Tywin never remarry?

With all of Tywin Lannister's talk of protecting the family legacy why did he never remarry after the death of his wife? He was still relatively young at the time and there are examples of older lords ...
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Does the Citadel charge tuition?

I'm currently reading book 2 of The Kingkiller Chronicle, and the series' main character Kvothe spends a lot of time worrying about the cost of tuition at the University. And while there are a lot of ...
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Why didn't the killers burn Snow's body?

In A Song of Ice and Fire men of the Night's Watch kill Why didn't they burn his body? Didn't they fear that he may become a wight?
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Has George R. R. Martin ever officially stated that the shape of Westeros was based on the United Kingdom?

It is well known that George has drawn a lot of inspiration from British history. For example; The War of the Five Kings draws heavily on The War of the Roses and George has even stated he is heavily ...
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How do people know a person is a knight in westeros? [duplicate]

In A Song of Ice and Fire universe, how do people know that a man is a knight? Is there any symbol or proof by which people know someone for a knight? Is there any written proof to prove a person's ...
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Did Loras stay in King's Landing after he was knighted?

Did Loras stay in King's Landing after he was knighted or did he go back to Highgarden?
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Are maesters always high born? [duplicate]

Are maester's always high born, or is there some other process for applying to be a student? Samwell Tarly and Aemon Targaryan were definitly high born, but how do others such as Luwin apply if they ...
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Is Sam Tarly the only person in the current age to have killed a White Walker?

Sam Tarly, a brother of the Night’s Watch, bravely stabbed a White Walker to protect Gilly and her "little monster" (unnamed in the books, if I recall). Sam's weapon of choice was a dragonglass ...
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Is Ramsay Bolton named after Gordon Ramsay?

Is Ramsay Bolton named after Chef Ramsay? Both "Ramsays" are spelled the same way, and the syllable structure of "Bolton" is similar to "Gordon." Both can be sadistic bastards, albeit one is ...
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Is the origin of the words 'valar' and 'Valyrian' the same?

In the series A Song of Ice and Fire, we know the phrases 'valar morghulis' and 'valar dohaeris' mean 'all men must die' and 'all men must serve', respectively. It immediately follows that 'valar' ...
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Why do the White Walkers let people escape? [duplicate]

I can think of two times in the TV show when a White Walker has essentially caught a human, and then just let them walk away. The survivor from the Night's Watch in the first episode. Samwell Tarly ...
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Do the books also contain nudity?

In the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, when I first saw a prostitute fully undressing in front of the Tyrion, I almost jumped because my mother had just walked past the TV. I proceeded to turn off ...
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Can White Walkers talk?

White Walkers seem intelligent and they even produce sound. Can they talk? How do they communicate with each other? Talking about education, the Night King was once a human who can teach other White ...
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Why did Stannis kill Renly instead of someone else?

Asked elsewhere Why didn't Stannis Baratheon use another Shadows to kill his main enemies? or "Why Stannis chose to kill Renly" (at all). Asked now: Why was the shadow that was used on Renly not ...
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Ghost as a Foreshadowing of Jon Snow's Lineage

I was watching the first GoT episode and I remember reading or hearing somewhere that the scene in the forest with the dead stag and direwolf is a foreshadowing device used by the writers. I know ...
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Why was Maegor unable to have children?

In Fire and Blood, why was Maegor unable to have children? It's hinted at in the book that Tyanna poisoned the other wives to prevent them from giving birth to healthy babies, but that seems like it's ...
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Why doesn't Ramsay Bolton try to take the Iron Throne for himself?

In the A Song of Ice and Fire series, why doesn't Ramsay Bolton try to take the Iron Throne for himself? He could use his treachery to his advantage and mostly certainly have a chance of winning by ...
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What is Renly's eye colour?

In the A Song of Ice and Fire series first it is mentioned by Sansa that Renly's eye colour is green. He wears green clothes to bring the colour of his eyes. But later it is mentioned that his eye ...
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Why did the dragon refuse to cross the Wall in Fire & Blood?

SPOILER warning. If you haven't read the recently released Fire & Blood book by George R. R. Martin, or haven't seen the last episode of season 7, then this post contains possible spoilers. In ...
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How did Jon Snow know about Lady and Nymeria?

Early in A Song of Ice and Fire book 1: A Game of Thrones, after Arya's direwolf Nymeria attacks Prince Joffrey we learn that As a result, when Cersei is looking for a Direwolf to "blame" for her son'...
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What happens if a Dothraki Khal goes bald naturally?

Since Dothraki pride their voracity and skill in battle via their hair: Dothraki warriors wear their hair in a long braid and only cut it when defeated, so the world may see their shame. Very ...
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Who planned or ordered to kill Bran? [duplicate]

In Martin's A Game of Thrones Bran is attacked by a person by a Valyrian blade but fails and gets killed by Bran's direwolf. But in this or any other novel of this series it is never cleared who ...
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How did Euron Greyjoy manage to travel to Valyria and live?

Since the Doom of Valyria, it has been shunned by nearly all of humankind. A few people have, however, tried to travel to Valyria, none lived to tell the tale. We have the self-proclaimed Emperor ...
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Are there any recreational drugs in Westeros or Essos?

We see plenty of characters in Game of Thrones drinking themselves more than merry with ale and wine, but are there any other recreational drugs in the world? Anything simple, like tobacco (alcohol ...
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Why did Aegon I Targaryen join the alliance against Volantis?

After Doom of Valyria, a century of violence and turmoil engulfed Essos. Volantis, the strongest of the 9 daughters claimed herself to be the successor of the Valyrian Empire and sought to subjugate ...
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How do the ironborn choose their leader?

From having recently watched Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 5, "The Door", it appears that the ironborn elect their leader. From the noted episode it looks like leadership contenders gather with ...
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How did the Night Queen get her title?

It is stated that there was a Night Queen long ago in The Age of Heroes. How and why do they call her the Night Queen? Is it due to the reason that the Night King and the White Walkers are seemingly ...
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Why do the Ironborn build ships instead of stealing them?

According to their mantra, The Ironborn (specifically the Greyjoy's) words are as follows, We do not sow! We are Iron-born! We are not subjects! We are not slaves! We do not plow the ...
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Was Robb a virgin before marrying Jeyne?

As this question shows we don't know much about Robb and Jeyne's wedding. However, what is clear is why Robb decided to wed in the first place... "I took her castle and she took my heart." Robb ...
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Was anyone else besides Benjen Stark and the Night King stabbed in the heart with a dragonglass dagger?

The Children of the Forest stabbed a First Man in the heart with a dragonglass dagger, transmogrifying him into the first White Walker, the Night King. Season 6, Episode 5, "The Door": ...
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What did each person do to earn a place on Arya's list?

I'm currently reading A Feast for Crows and Arya is at the house of black and white. She's having real trouble letting go of her list. It's been a while since I read the earlier books though. This ...
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Why were there so many willing accomplices to the Red Wedding?

My question, which I think is agnostic between the A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, is regarding the "guest right" social rule. A lot of online material on GoT stresses how sacred guest ...
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Was Brienne of Tarth a better fighter than Ser Jaime Lannister?

I have not read the books. In one of the episodes of season 2 of the TV series two guards are discussing who among Ser Loras, Ser Jaime and The Mountain is the better fighter. One of them claims Ser ...
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Does Jon Snow ever bring his direwolf, Ghost, into battle?

Robb Stark's direwolf, Grey Wind, accompanies Robb on his campaign against the Lannisters and often fights alongside him in the War of the Five Kings. This implies direwolves are useful in battle. ...
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How long were Daenerys' dragons locked up for?

How much time passes between Daenerys locking up her dragons, and Tyrion freeing them? Weeks? Months? Years?
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Why do people in the North take the Wall so seriously?

An issue has been occurring to me as I am reading the first book. That is: why do people in the North, especially the Starks, take the Wall so seriously? Moreover, why do the people on the Wall take ...
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How could Cersei arrange for the King to raise Jaime to the Kingsguard?

In the Game of Thrones Histories and Lore videos, Jaime says that Cersei told him: She could arrange for the King to raise me [Jaime] to the Kingsguard Game of Thrones, Histories and Lore, "...
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Was Jon Arryn capable as the Hand? What were his achievements?

Jon Arryn is normally believed to have been a wise and capable administrator in the fandom. Generally there are two reasons given for that assumption: He kept the peace for most of his tenure. He ...
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Is the conception of Daenerys Targaryen at the end of rebellion just a coincidence?

Daenerys was born nine months after her mother's flight from King's Landing at the end of Robert's rebellion. She had been born on Dragonstone nine moons after their flight, while a raging summer ...
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How do the Westerosi Sailors find their navigational bearings?

Most of the people of Westeros are sea-faring, most notable among them are the Ironborn and the Reachmen. The Westerosi often trade with the Free Cities and even with the Slaver cities of the East. ...
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Where is the Lannister fleet?

The Lannisters have historically maintained strength on the seas, which is crucial for defending their coastline. Especially major trading hubs like Lannisport, and to defend the Rock herself, which ...
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What was Daenerys' third sacrifice for birth of her dragons?

Daenerys paid for her three dragons with three lives1. Two are obvious i.e. Khal Drogo and Mirri Maz Duur. Inside the tent Dany found a cushion, soft silk stuffed with feathers. She clutched it to ...
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Was the birth of Daenerys' dragons due to these previous events or are they unrelated? [duplicate]

In A Game of Thrones Later Was this some kind of "exchange"?
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To what degree does Daenerys admit her house had to be relieved of the Iron Throne due to her father the Mad King?

I read the books and watched the series. I vaguely recall a few times she expressed some regret that her father burned people alive, etc. But she's also adamant that she's queen of Westeros and that'...
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Do we know the whereabouts of any of Rhaegar's rubies?

Prince Rhaegar Targaryen lost to Robert Baratheon in a famous battle on the Trident. After which, that crossing became known as Ruby Ford for the rubies that were knocked off Rhaegar's armor. There's ...