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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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What was the meaning of the Night King's message?

In S08E01 of Game of Thrones, we see this message: We have seen this several times, the symbol drawn with horse heads, the stones around the Weirwood where White Walkers are created and in some caves,...
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How much of the faces power is magic, and how much is it the skill of the wearer?

In the TV Series we see Arya wear various faces, initially the faces seem to be similar to her, young females that she could easily take on the mannerisms and possibly learn to put a voice on for. The ...
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What did Varys do to the Sorcerer?

Either right before or right after the battle of the Blackwater Varys tells Tyrion that a Sorcerer castrated him and used his genitals to perform a ritual. In S03E04 Varys reveals a man in a crate to ...
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Who actually sent the assassin to kill Bran?

I've read all of the books, but most of them years ago. But I can't remember who it was who actually sent the assassin. Is it made clear, for example an actual confession?
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Assume R+L=J is true. How can that ever be proven in the eyes of Westeros? [duplicate]

So let's assume that the relatively ambiguous Tower of Joy scene in season 6 confirms that Jon is indeed In that case, considering the current situation in Westeros as of season 7 (or as of book 5 + ...
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How does the Citadel feel about Cersei's actions?

During the Game of Thrones Season Six finale Qyburn It can be inferred that Cersei asked him to do this as he personally does not seem overly happy about it. The Archmaesters of the Citadel elect ...
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Does everyone believe in trial by combat?

In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire trial by combat is a very common way of trial. But in the events of A Song of Ice and Fire this way of trial has been found wrong many times. One example is ...
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Can there be female White Walkers?

I never saw a female White Walker in the TV show. As for Craster donating only his sons to White Walkers, there are two possibilities: White Walkers don't accept a female gift because they can't be ...
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Was Ned Stark using Ice during his fight against Jaime Lannister?

I saw a good reddit thread saying Ned Stark might not be carrying a huge sword as it might attract attention. Do we know if he was definitely using Ice? Alternatively, do we have any reason not to ...
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How did Maester Aemon Targaryen learn how to tell when somebody is lying?

When Jon Snow returns to Castle Black after infiltrating the Free Folk, he is questioned by 5 of the Night's Watch, including Maester Aemon Targaryen. After Maester Aemon dismisses Jon Snow saying ...
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Chronologically longest chapter in ASOIAF?

According to George R R Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire is told through the eyes of characters who are sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles apart from one another. Some chapters cover a day,...
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Execution methods in Game of Thrones + ASoIaF

Throughout the series we see different people get executed via different means. For example: The question is, how is execution method determined? I know that GRRM is a fan of medieval times and in ...
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Does Cersei have any friends?

I'm looking for canon (both A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones) examples of genuine friendship between Cersei and another character. I am not talking about the love/lust she feels for Jaime or ...
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How much of the Game of Thrones show dialogue is taken directly from the books? [duplicate]

I'm currently re-watching the series (never read the books). Whenever there's a scene with Tyrion I always find myself impressed by the writing/his witty comebacks. Are these all the work of George, ...
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How do melee tourneys in Game of Thrones work?

From the descriptions in the books we learn of multiple fighters in an arena fighting with blunt weapons. I don't understand how exactly does someone win or lose such a contest. Do they all surrender ...
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Explanation of seasons in “A Song of Ice and Fire”

Is there any sort of in-universe scientific explanation of the irregular seasons in "A Song of Ice and Fire". What does the orbit/tilt of their planet look like? How can a year be measured?
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Do marriages still apply across faiths in Westeros?

Reading this question about Jon's bastard status, it occurred to me that people in the south get married in a sept, whereas people in the north generally get married before a Weirwood tree. This ...
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Is there any proof that Jaime Lannister is actually a good swordsman?

From what I can tell of Jaime Lannister, he is a good swordsman, because he has fought numerous battles and lived to tell the tale. What I can't find is any evidence of him beating anyone in a duel ...
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Is there any significance to the Valyrian Stone vault door of Qarth?

This may seem inconsequential to the immediate plot and story of Game of Thrones, but I was wondering if there is ANY significance to the vault in Qarth having a Valyrian Stone door? Is there any ...
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What are the seven hells?

In Game of Thrones, there are often mentions of the Seven Hells. What are those Hells? Does each of the Seven Gods have a separate hell or something?
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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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Where did Magister Illyrio Mopatis get the dragon eggs from?

... you know, the ones that he famously offered to Daenerys as a wedding gift? Disregarding whether he knew what they actually were or not, I think knowing where the eggs originated from might be ...
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What is the in-universe reason that eastern Essos is not mapped?

The same question was asked here: Why are there no maps of lands east of Westeros in The Game of Thrones? but the answers were focused on what reasons GRRM hadn't mapped it. I'm interested in what ...
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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 Rhaegar's son, Aegon, alive?

Possible spoilers for everything through everything that's happened so far Is Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar & Elia) still alive? Here's a link talking about the character It states here that ...
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Why was Robb Stark married under the Light of the Seven?

Throughout the HBO show we see a variety of weddings and wedding ceremonies. My question concerns Robb Stark's wedding to Talisa Maegyr. In the show we see that they are secretly married and say the ...
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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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What were Illyrio and Varys plotting?

In season 1, there is a rather cryptic conversation between what appears to be Illyrio and Varys, that Arya overhears after she chases a cat downstairs. In the conversation a plot is mentioned (A ...
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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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Who are the 3 men who would have a chance against Jaime Lannister in a sword fight?

In Game of Thrones season 2, episode 8, "The Prince of Winterfell" , Jaime Lannister says to Brienne: There are three men in the kingdoms who might have a chance against me [in a sword fight] Who ...
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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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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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Why didn't Jeor ever visit Bear Island?

We know from the fact that Benjen periodically visited Winterfell that the sons of high lords were allowed to visit their families. However, Jeor Mormont's home on Bear Island is (I think) a little ...
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As things stand, will House Stark go extinct?

According to the family tree in A World of Ice and Fire Ned Stark's children are in fact the only surviving Starks. And as of S06E09; In the Season Six Finale it is revealed that; This means that if ...
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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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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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What is the Northern equivalent to a Knight?

In Westeros Knighthood is closely bound to the Faith of the Seven and as the majority of the North still follows the Old Gods they don't appear to have knights. There appears to be at least one ...
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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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Has weirwood wood ever been used as material?

Weirwoods are sacred trees mostly found in the North, even if they were once spread throughout Westeros. I suppose that the old gods would be upset if they were cut down to be used as normal wood. Has ...
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Which GoT characters do not appear in ASoIaF?

I started out watching the Game of Thrones series (just about to watch season 4), then became intrigued enough to also read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (soon to acquire book 5). Obviously a TV ...
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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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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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What happens to Sandor Clegane after ASOS/Season 4?

At the end of A Storm of Swords (and the Season 4 finale), But is that it? What happens to him afterwards?
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Why can't the Others go around the Wall at sea?

As explained in a few earlier questions, the Wall does not extend all the way to the sea on the East, and the castle there is essentially undefended anyway. Thus, wildlings -- and Stannis' army -- ...
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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' ...