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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 do people in Westeros eat during Winter?

Speculation about how long exactly a 'Winter' lasts in Westeros, partially substantiated from comments found in the books, tend to imply that the actual coming of Winter is pretty much random — i.e., ...
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What is a “year” in Westeros?

I only watched the Game of Thrones TV series. But there it was said that the current summer lasted for already nine years. In our world a "year" is the time in which all four seasons pass. Since this ...
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Why is it that after 8,000 years, technology in Westeros has not evolved in the world of the Game of Thrones?

In Game of Thrones, their society dates back 8,000 years. Why have there been no advances in technology?
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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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Why did Eddard Stark keep Catelyn in the dark?

In the Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones, we learn that (Okay, to be fair, we don't 100% definitely know this, but it is incredibly heavily implied. So for the purposes of this question, I assume ...
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Why is Cersei commonly referred to as “Cersei Lannister” instead of “Cersei Baratheon”?

I've watched the first two seasons of the TV series, and I'm in the middle of the first book. While reading, I noticed that Catelyn is usually referred to by her married name: Scarlet-tinged ...
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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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What evidence is there supporting an alternative parentage for Jon Snow?

I've heard speculation that Jon Snow's actual parents may be Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark, but in reading the books I'm not sure what evidence could be used to support this conclusion. I thought there ...
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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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Why is The Wall so tall in Game of Thrones?

I'm reading A Song of Ice and Fire, and I'd love to know why The Wall is so damned tall. It's not like the White Walkers are giants, after all. (Although I've read further now, and there is talk of ...
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So what was the answer to Varys' riddle?

From the answer to another question I learned the following bit from A Song of Ice and Fire: It was from the first book of A Song Of Ice And Fire and it was Varys asking Tyrion a riddle: ...
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Does each season of Game of Thrones roughly equal a book?

Does each current Game of Thrones season roughly equal one A Song of Ice and Fire book? And do we know which future seasons will cover which books? I am planning to read the first book after the TV ...
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Is the Iron Throne in the show faithful to the books?

Inspired by "Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books?" and more recently "Are the swords shown in Game of Thrones faithful to those in A Song of Ice and Fire?" comes the ...
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Why did Tyrion visit the Wall?

Game of Thrones has Tyrion visiting the Wall, simply as he wanted to see it. Watching this, I had the feeling that, in the novel, there was another, less arbitrary, reason, but I can't recall it. ...
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Is Daenerys Targaryen immune to fire?

Twice in the books Daenerys has been in situations where it is reasonable to expect that she would have been burned to death, or at least seriously injured, yet has come out unharmed. The first time ...
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Why isn't everyone flabbergasted about Bran's “gift”?

Bran has become the three-eyed raven, and can see anything that has happened in history using his mind's eye. This is an incredible gift that takes place in a world in which people doubt the existence ...
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Why isn't the religion of R'hllor, The Lord of Light, dominant?

This has been puzzling me for a while now. Since red priests of R'hllor can, amongst many other seemingly "magical" things, bring people back from the dead, how come this religion isn't dominant ...
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The Dothraki cut their braids after defeat in battle, but when would a Dothraki be spared after being defeated?

Quoting A Wiki of Ice and Fire: The Dothraki’s proof of valor is their braided topknots. Whenever they lose a battle they must cut their braids as a sign of defeat. However, in the television ...
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What plot differences are there between the Game of Thrones TV series and the books? [closed]

It has been a while since I've read the books and I recall the show being fairly accurate. What plot differences are there between them? Are any substantial, or are they all particularly minor?
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Why did Benjen Stark take the Black?

OK, I've waited until I finished ADWD in case there was any explanation there. Why was Benjen Stark on the Wall? Was there an explanation I have missed? I appreciate, as a younger brother, he would ...
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How many Gods are in Game of Thrones?

There seem to be six or seven different religions with even more Gods?
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Was Ned Stark actually a good swordsman?

Inspired by this question (Is there any proof that Jaime Lannister is actually a good swordsman?), the OP mentions Ned in a way that he thinks Ned is a great swordsman. I don't recall anything from ...
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What is a Hedge Knight?

Reading the Ice and Fire books, I keep on coming across the term Hedge Knight (and, also, the apparently pejorative, Hedge Wizard). What specifically does the prefix Hedge refer to?
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Did Mirri Maz Duur deliberately mistreat Drogo's wound?

When Khal Drogo gets wounded by Mago, the Lhazareen healer Mirri Maz Duur offers to help treat the wound to prevent an infection. What do the books say about this?
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Why did Daenerys follow her brother's bidding at all? What was their relationship like before the events of the first episode?

So the sixth episode of Game of Thrones just aired, and while I enjoyed it very much, I couldn't help but be bewildered at why things had to come to the extreme end they escalated to — the ...
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Could Khal Drogo's Khalasar really have defeated the Iron Throne?

I always found it surprising how scared everyone was about Daenerys' marriage to Khal Drogo and the possibility of the Dothraki horde crossing the Narrow Sea. In Season 1 Episode 5, Robert Baratheon ...
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Did Daenerys' stillborn have dragon features?

In the book, Dany's handmaids (or maybe it was the maegi) mention features of her stillborn having to do with scales, a stub tail, among other "monstrous" traits, if I remember correctly. Does this ...
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Did Tywin Lannister know Arya is not a commoner?

While Arya was at Harrenhal with Tywin Lannister, he once corrected her about which people say "my lord", "m'lord" and/or "milord". As part of the discussion in this question, there seems to be a ...
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What do the people of Braavos know about the House of Black and White?

As viewers we understand that it is the base of operations for The Faceless Men who serve the Many-Faced God. However they perform their duties secretly and their actions are unbeknownst to the ...
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What makes the Free Cities “free”?

Slavery is rampant in Volantis and Lys. Pentos isn't much better, with indentured servants who are slaves in all but name--and the only reason they aren't slaves in name is because Braavos forbids it. ...
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Are the “people” re-incarnated by the Lord of Light real?

At first glance this question may seem a little weird, but bare with. I was having a discussion with some people and looking at Beric Dondarrion's wiki page which shows a video describing Beric. In ...
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Why did Tywin Lannister allow Jaime to join the Kingsguard?

I can't imagine Tywin allowing his son Jaime to join the Kingsguard. Wouldn't he insist that Jaime stay at Casterly Rock, marry, have children, and carry on the family name? He certainly did not want ...
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Are the Night's Watch still required?

In the TV series Game of Thrones, now that as of Season 8 Episode 3, "The Long Night", the are the Night's Watch still required?
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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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Where does the idea of replacing “Sir” with “Ser” in “A Song of Ice and Fire” come from?

Is this something invented by Martin or did it originate elsewhere? More specifically, was there another fantasy author that used "Ser" as a noble title? I'm mainly asking because I cannot shake a ...
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Has Valyrian steel ever been used in armor?

Given that I'm only starting A Clash of Kings and haven't yet seen past season 5 of they show there is plenty I haven't encountered yet, although I am curious... According to the source in this ...
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How did Jon Arryn actually find out about “the strong seed”?

Everybody suspects Jon Arryn was killed by doings of House Lannister, because he was close to finding evidence that (Unmarked spoilers beyond this point.) Later we find out that House Lannister had ...
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What is Petyr Baelish's endgame with Sansa?

This question and related answers contain some serious spoilers from books 3 to 5. Littlefinger's endgame would be something only a person having read those books would understand. I'm re-reading ...
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Did Tyrion use all the Wildfire?

A ways back now, during the War of the Five Kings, Stannis tried to take Kings Landing by invading through Blackwater Bay. This plan was foiled by Tyrion finding out about the caches of wildfire ...
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What are the rules of Trial by Combat in Game of Thrones?

What are the rules, as specified in the canon, for a Trial by Combat. Specifically: Is Trial by Combat a fight to the death? In what situation is a Prosecutor and/or Defendant allowed to ...
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Where is the logic in castrating fighters?

This came up on another question, where in A Song of Ice and Fire (the books Game of Thrones is based on), the Unsullied have all of their genitalia removed, not just the penis. "In Yunkai and ...
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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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Why does the Golden Company raise the banners for a Targaryen?

The Golden Company, as we discover in the tales of Dunk & Egg, was created by exiled knight Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, the legitimized bastard of King Aegon IV Targaryen, after they tried to ...
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Who was the other man Ned despised?

On page 200 in A Game of Thrones, Catelyn tells Ned that Littlefinger will help them. In the following paragraph, Ned thinks It would not be the first time that Ned had been forced to make common ...
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When will the A Song of Ice and Fire series be completed? [closed]

I enjoy the Game of Thrones TV Series, and am ready to try the books. However, having waited over 15 years for Stephen King to finish The Dark Tower; I would like to know when the entire series will ...
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What is the shape of the world of Westeros and do the Westerosi know?

For quite some time now I have been asking myself how the world of Game of Thrones is shaped and if the people living in that world know the shape. In questions here on SciFi.Stackexchange ...
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Why were the Night's Watch required to be celibate?

If the Night's Watch was supposed to last thousands of years, and was given land, why not have them raise families in the Gift and send all adult males to guard the wall on a rotation?
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Why are the Night's Watch so incompetent?

In both the television series and the books, the Night's Watch are presented as being shockingly bad at their one real job: guarding The Wall. I understand that they're supposed to be an organization ...
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Who put Joffrey up to what he did at Ned's trial?

It seemed to me that someone must have put Joffrey up to After the trial all someone would have had to do is ask Joffrey who advised him to that and they would have known who was pulling strings ...
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Why does nobody want milk of the poppy?

I've been rewatching Game of Thrones and have noticed that everytime someone is offered milk of the poppy they refuse it, If memory doesn't fail me, some examples would be: King Robert, Jaime ...