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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 ...

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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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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 ...
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What does the coin used by the Faceless Men look like?

I wanted to know if the books (I did not read them) ever described what the coin used by the Faceless Men looked like? In the episodes we do not really see the coin, but I saw lot of reproductions of ...
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Why spare the White Walkers after the Battle for the Dawn?

Why did the joint alliance of the First Men and the Children of the Forest, after defeating the White Walkers during the first Long Night in the Battle for the Dawn, not completely destroy them? It ...
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Which Wonders and Wonders Made by Man has Tyrion visited?

From my answer to the related question: What are the Wonders and the Wonders Made by Man? we see what the Wonders and Wonders Made by Man are/possibly are. From the quotes on the Q/A we can clearly ...
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How does “Valar morghulis” translate to “all men must die”?

Near as I can tell from the Valyrian language wiki, it consists of the noun “man” in the collective and the verb “die” in the present active infinite. Essentially, “men collectively (to/do) die.” I do ...
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How was a Valyrian steel sword reforged into two swords?

We know that Ice, the historical sword of House Stark was reforged after the events from the first book: "...and had Ice melted down and reforged. There was enough metal for two new blades." A ...
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Was that really pork?

In A Dance with Dragons, there's a scene where Bran and company are north of the Wall. Coldhands brings food and says he killed a pig, but it'd been quite a while since they'd seen any game at all ...
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Did Varys set Tyrion up?

In A Storm of Swords, But a few things seem off at the surface. Also This implies to me that Varys may have manipulated things to get Tyrion into a certain emotional state to become his unwitting ...
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How did Jaime Lannister know his new Valyrian steel sword was freshly forged?

In this scene, Jaime comments that his new Valyrian steel sword looks freshly forged. In the chapter, Catelyn I, from the book, Game of Thrones, we learn that ...
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Why did Sansa need the hair net? [duplicate]

Having read the books several times now, one thing that just jumped out at me as unclear is why did Sansa need the hair net she wore to Joff's wedding? Possibilities I've considered but can't find ...
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Does Jaime Lannister have dyslexia in the books?

In Game of Thrones Tywin Lannister has the following conversation with Arya Stark. Though the point of the conversation is mainly to pry into Arya's secret identity the following sounds like Jaime ...
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Is Cotter Pyke the only illiterate among the high ranks?

It is well known that Cotter Pyke is illiterate, and has to seek the help of his Maester to write and read letters: The note was sealed with a dot of hard black wax. Eastwatch, Jon knew, even ...
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Where do small folks' surnames come from?

So, we know nobles get their surnames from their house (Stark, Greyjoy, etc), which could include commoners with names from fallen houses (Brown Ben Plumm). We know acknowledged bastards get a ...
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Petyr Baelish pronunciation

In the HBO TV series, his name is pronounced like the English “Peter”, i.e. “PEE ter”. I am listening to the audio book of book 1, narrated by Roy Dotrice, and he pronounces it as “p TIRE”. Has George ...
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Was Robb Stark aware of Theon's predicament?

Was Robb Stark aware of Theon's torture, or even his capture by the Boltons. I have not seen the TV series explicitly state he was ignorant. Do the books offer any insight? Or did I miss something?
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Why did the showrunners remove Jaehaerys II?

In the TV show, when Aemon reveal his true identity to Jon Snow, he tells him that he is the brother of Aegon, and uncle of the Mad King. However, in the books, ...
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Did Oberyn Martell truly know his sister was raped by the Gregor Clegane?

In this scene from "Tyrion IV" in "A Clash of Kings", Tyrion and Varys discuss Elia Martell's rape death. Her death was unsolved even though many suspected Gregor Clegane. “Why forget?” Tyrion ...
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Why does Chett survive the prologue but the other prologue POV characters do not?

In this answer the OP says the following (emphasis mine). Pate is the viewpoint character and while his death is not explicitly confirmed (he might have just fainted from his wounds), the viewpoint ...
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Did Arthur Dayne give Dawn to the Smiling Knight?

Discussing a recent question on M&TV, It occurred to me that the duel between Ser Arthur Dayne and the Smiling Knight isn't all that clear. The passage says: And he'd held his own against the ...
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What region/group controls the Stepstones

In a recent question of mine I asked if we knew the names of the Stepstones. They are quite an interesting area having once been the land bridge between Westeros and Essos and since then having been ...
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Do we know the names of the Stepstones?

The Stepstones are a group of islands off of the east coast of Westeros. They connect The Broken Arm in Dorne to The Disputed Lands in Essos. According to The Lands of Ice and Fire two of the islands ...
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Who destroyed the Sept in Lordsport, Iron Islands?

The Citadel Concordance says: The sept of Lordsport was also destroyed by Robert Baratheon's forces, but unlike the stronghold of the Botleys and the village it was never rebuilt This squarely ...
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How much Valyrian steel is there that is unused for link making and why aren't people making weapons out of it?

I was reading an answer by Valorum that stated Maesters can have Valyrian steel links: Valyrian Steel links (for the study of Magic + the Occult) are exceedingly rare and held by less than one ...
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How can Baelish buy and sell prostitutes if slavery is abolished?

During a half attentive rewatch session, I realized that at least two times in public Lord Baelish claimed buying and/or selling prostitutes in public. One of them was during the tourney joust between ...
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Have there been any duels where both duelers were wielding Valyrian steel?

Valyrian steel is supposed to be a very good material to make weapons with, and to grant great advantage in combat. But have there been any duels where both duelers were wielding Valyrian steel?
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Why Tommen was called “First of his name” even if there has been a Tomen II Lannister? [duplicate]

Why Tommen is called "first of his name" while there has been a Tommen II Lannister?
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Are there any battle inspired from real life battle?

According to D.B. Weiss, Battle of bastards is directly inspired from Battle of Canae, even if there are some diferences. We went back to the Roman fight against the Carthaginians in the Battle of ...
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Are there any cemeteries in Westeros?

What do commoners and nobles do with the corpses in Westeros? Are there cemeteries or other places to put the dead?
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How do victims of extended coma survive in the World of Fire and Ice?

I don't know what the book details are, but in the TV show survives a coma that is implied to have lasted longer than a month. Since there seem to be no feeding tubes or intravenous injections in ...
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Why is the Rhoynar religion not as prevalent in Dorne as the Old gods are in the North?

When Nymeria came with her 10,000 ships to Dorne, she brought their culture, their laws and their civilization with her. We see the decisive Rhoynar influence in the way Dornish look, the way their ...
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Are there any transgender characters in Westeros?

We have seen a myriad of sexual orientations and genders in the world GRRM has created. One thing however seems virtually unheard of, that's transgender people. Are there any characters from the ...
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Why does the Seven Kingdoms have a royal navy?

At the beginning of A Game of Thrones, Stannis Baratheon is the master of ships, who commands the royal navy: The master of ships is the king on the Iron Throne's advisor charged with commanding ...