History Literature / ASongOfIceAndFire

31st Aug '17 4:54:30 PM slvstrChung
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The series is primarily set on the continent of Westeros, in a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Fifteen years ago, lords Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, along with their foster father Jon Arryn, rose up in rebellion and overthrew the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Mad King Aerys Targaryen]]. They appointed Robert to the throne and drove Aerys' children into exile, breaking a 300-year dynasty of inbred kings. Now Eddard rules his northern homeland and raises his own family in peace. When Jon Arryn unexpectedly dies, King Robert ventures north to name Eddard as the new Hand of the King, the most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms after the king himself. Eddard must leave his home to join the corrupt court in King's Landing and find the truth about Jon Arryn's death, unwittingly setting a civil war into motion. Unbeknownst to all, the children of King Aerys who are living in exile across the narrow sea -- the vengeance-mad Viserys Targaryen and his younger sister Daenerys -- plan their return to Westeros.

Meanwhile, Eddard's acknowledged illegitimate son Jon Snow ventures north to join the Night's Watch at the Wall, an ancient structure erected eons ago. The Wall was built to keep out the Others, a mysterious race of ice demons who once ravaged Westeros and nearly wiped out mankind. However, the Others have been unseen for so long that most living people think them a [[SealedEvilInACan myth]], and the once-honourable Watch has been reduced to a fraction of the size it once was and is now [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores mostly composed of condemned criminals commuting their death sentences]]. The Others are prophesied to return in the Long Night, a winter colder than any other, which will last forever if the Others should conquer Westeros. Naturally, at the time these novels are set, [[ArcWords winter is coming]] and it could not come at a worse time for a land which is soon to be engulfed in tyranny, civil war, and invaders from across the sea.

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The series is primarily set on the continent of Westeros, in a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Westeros has long been populated by [[RuleOfSeven Seven Kingdoms]], which warred against each other and united only to repel invaders... but 300 years ago, Aegon "the Conqueror" Targaryen, a Valyrian from the continent of Essos, succeeded in taking over the whole place by using Valyria's WeaponOfChoice: dragons. He became king of a united Westeros, and began the tradition of BrotherSisterIncest to keep the Targaryen bloodline (PurpleEyes, [[PeopleOfHairColor silver-gold hair]]) pure.

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Across the narrow sea,
the children of King Aerys who are living in exile across the narrow sea -- Aerys, the vengeance-mad Viserys Targaryen and his younger sister Daenerys -- plan their Daenerys, live in exile, scheming to return to Westeros.

Meanwhile,
Westeros. House Targaryen is a shadow of its former self -- PrincessInRags is pretty much the way of it, and dragons went extinct more than a hundred years ago -- but by marrying his sister to the leader of some HordesFromTheEast, Viserys hopes to win himself an army. But it's Daenerys upon whom the fortunes of the family rest...

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Eddard's acknowledged illegitimate son Jon Snow ventures north to join the Night's Watch at the Wall, an ancient structure erected eons ago. that has stood for eight thousand years. The Wall was built to keep out [[EvilIsDeathlyCold the Others, Others]], a mysterious race of ice demons creatures who once ravaged Westeros and nearly wiped out mankind. However, the Others have they haven't been unseen for so long that seen since, and most living people think them a [[SealedEvilInACan myth]], and myth]]; the once-honourable Watch has been reduced to a fraction of the size it once was and is now [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores mostly composed of condemned criminals commuting their death sentences]]. The Others are prophesied to return in the Long Night, a winter colder than any other, which will last forever if the Others should conquer Westeros. Naturally, at the time these novels are set, [[ArcWords winter is coming]] and it could not come at a worse time for a land which is soon to be engulfed in tyranny, civil war, and invaders from across the sea.



The series has been received with great acclaim, with TIME Magazine even going so far as to brand Martin "the American [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]]." They share a SwitchingPOV and infrequent instances of magic, but ''Ice and Fire'' has so many narrators that there is no central protagonist. The series is located on the ''far'' end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with [[GrayAndGrayMorality moral ambiguity]] very prevalent and few clear-cut heroes or villains. Martin plays for keeps with his characters, and AnyoneCanDie, no matter who they are, how safe they seem, how beloved by fans they are or how important they are to the setting's stability. While a SaveTheWorldClimax has been foreshadowed ever since the prologue to the first book, it's taken five books of FourLinesAllWaiting for the MythArc to finally start coming together in earnest.

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The series has been received with great acclaim, with TIME Magazine even going so far as to brand Martin "the American [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]]." They Ironically, their only real trait in common is that they write EpicFantasy. ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' and ''The Lord of the Rings'' share a SwitchingPOV and infrequent instances of magic, but ''Ice and Fire'' has so many narrators that there it is no hard to pin down a central protagonist. The series is located on the ''far'' end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with [[GrayAndGrayMorality moral ambiguity]] very prevalent and few clear-cut heroes or villains. Martin plays for keeps with his characters, and AnyoneCanDie, no matter who they are, how safe they seem, how beloved by fans they are or how important they are to the setting's stability. While a SaveTheWorldClimax has been foreshadowed ever since the prologue to the first book, series' opening chapter, it's taken five books of FourLinesAllWaiting for the MythArc to finally start coming together in earnest.



A [[Series/GameOfThrones TV adaptation is now airing on HBO]]. Scripted by Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the show is planned for eight seasons, with ''A Storm of Swords'' comprising two seasons, the fifth and sixth seasons being a combination of ''A Feast For Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' but told chronologically rather than by splitting locations and characters as in the books; all other seasons roughly corresponding to a single novel. By the time of its fourth season, it has become the highest-rated show in HBO history. Martin has been very supportive of the project, even writing some of the episodes and has given Weiss and Benioff the outlines for the remaining unreleased books in the series in case they outpace him for [[GeckoEnding one reason]] or [[AuthorExistenceFailure another]].

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A [[Series/GameOfThrones TV adaptation is now airing on HBO]]. Scripted by Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the show is planned for eight seasons, with ''A Storm of Swords'' comprising two seasons, the fifth and sixth seasons being a combination of ''A Feast For Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' but told chronologically rather than by splitting locations and characters as in the books; all other seasons roughly corresponding to a single novel. By the time of its fourth season, it has become the highest-rated show in HBO history. Martin has been very supportive of the project, defending the adaptation against detractors and even writing some of the episodes himself[[note]]He used to work in television; ironically, he returned to novels because he was tired of budget constraints limiting his imagination. This came back to bite him in the posterior when he was assigned to adapt the episode that contains one of the biggest and most complicated battles of the civil war.[[/note]] He has also given Weiss and Benioff the outlines for the remaining unreleased books in the series in case they outpace him for [[GeckoEnding one reason]] or [[AuthorExistenceFailure another]].
him, which they did in 2016.
16th Aug '17 5:52:31 AM bravo104
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# ''The Winds of Winter'' (TBD)[[note]]GRRM projects that the novel will come out in 2017.[[/note]]

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# ''The Winds of Winter'' (TBD)[[note]]GRRM projects that the novel will come out in 2017.2018.[[/note]]
5th May '17 11:11:43 PM cherrychels
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The series is primarily set on the continent of Westeros, in a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Fifteen years ago, lords Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, along with their foster father Jon Arryn, rose up in rebellion and overthrew the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Mad King Aerys Targaryen]]. They appointed Robert to the throne and drove Aerys' children into exile, breaking a 300-year dynasty of inbred kings. Now Eddard rules his northern homeland and raises his own family in peace. When Jon Arryn unexpectedly dies, King Robert ventures north to name Eddard as the new Hand of the King, the most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms after the king himself. Eddard must leave his home to join the corrupt court in King's Landing and find the truth about Jon Arryn's death, unwittingly setting a civil war into motion. Unbeknownst to all the vengeance-mad children of King Aerys, living in exile far away from Westeros, plot their return.

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The series is primarily set on the continent of Westeros, in a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Fifteen years ago, lords Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, along with their foster father Jon Arryn, rose up in rebellion and overthrew the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Mad King Aerys Targaryen]]. They appointed Robert to the throne and drove Aerys' children into exile, breaking a 300-year dynasty of inbred kings. Now Eddard rules his northern homeland and raises his own family in peace. When Jon Arryn unexpectedly dies, King Robert ventures north to name Eddard as the new Hand of the King, the most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms after the king himself. Eddard must leave his home to join the corrupt court in King's Landing and find the truth about Jon Arryn's death, unwittingly setting a civil war into motion. Unbeknownst to all all, the children of King Aerys who are living in exile across the narrow sea -- the vengeance-mad children of King Aerys, living in exile far away from Westeros, plot Viserys Targaryen and his younger sister Daenerys -- plan their return.
return to Westeros.
5th May '17 11:00:20 PM cherrychels
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The series is primarily set on the continent of Westeros, in a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Fifteen years ago lords Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, along with their foster father Jon Arryn, rose up in rebellion and overthrew the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Mad King Aerys Targaryen]]. They appointed Robert to the throne and drove Aerys' children into exile, breaking a 300-year dynasty of inbred kings. Now Eddard rules his northern homeland and raises his own family in peace. When Jon Arryn unexpectedly dies King Robert ventures north to name Eddard as the new Hand of the King, the most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms after the king himself. Eddard must leave his home to join the corrupt court in King's Landing and find the truth about Jon's death, unwittingly setting a civil war into motion. Unbeknownst to all the vengeance-mad children of King Aerys, living in exile far away from Westeros, plot their return.

Meanwhile Eddard's acknowledged bastard Jon Snow ventures north to join the Night's Watch at the Wall, an ancient structure erected eons ago. The Wall is supposed to keep out the Others, a mysterious race of ice demons who once ravaged Westeros and nearly wiped out mankind. However the Others have been unseen for so long that most living people think them a myth, and the once-honourable Watch has been reduced to a fraction of the size it once was and is now [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores mostly composed of condemned criminals commuting their death sentences]]. The Others are prophesied to return in the Long Night, a winter colder than any other, which will last forever if the Others should conquer Westeros. Naturally, at the time these novels are set, [[ArcWords winter is coming]] and it could not come at a worse time for a land which is soon to be engulfed in tyranny, civil war, and invaders from across the sea.

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The series is primarily set on the continent of Westeros, in a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Fifteen years ago ago, lords Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, along with their foster father Jon Arryn, rose up in rebellion and overthrew the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Mad King Aerys Targaryen]]. They appointed Robert to the throne and drove Aerys' children into exile, breaking a 300-year dynasty of inbred kings. Now Eddard rules his northern homeland and raises his own family in peace. When Jon Arryn unexpectedly dies dies, King Robert ventures north to name Eddard as the new Hand of the King, the most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms after the king himself. Eddard must leave his home to join the corrupt court in King's Landing and find the truth about Jon's Jon Arryn's death, unwittingly setting a civil war into motion. Unbeknownst to all the vengeance-mad children of King Aerys, living in exile far away from Westeros, plot their return.

Meanwhile Meanwhile, Eddard's acknowledged bastard illegitimate son Jon Snow ventures north to join the Night's Watch at the Wall, an ancient structure erected eons ago. The Wall is supposed was built to keep out the Others, a mysterious race of ice demons who once ravaged Westeros and nearly wiped out mankind. However However, the Others have been unseen for so long that most living people think them a myth, [[SealedEvilInACan myth]], and the once-honourable Watch has been reduced to a fraction of the size it once was and is now [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores mostly composed of condemned criminals commuting their death sentences]]. The Others are prophesied to return in the Long Night, a winter colder than any other, which will last forever if the Others should conquer Westeros. Naturally, at the time these novels are set, [[ArcWords winter is coming]] and it could not come at a worse time for a land which is soon to be engulfed in tyranny, civil war, and invaders from across the sea.
29th Apr '17 5:09:22 PM BatmanKalEl
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* ASongOfIceAndFire/TropesDToI

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22nd Apr '17 3:15:25 PM Malady
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* ASongOfIceAndFire/TropesAToI

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19th Mar '17 11:25:30 AM CaptainCrawdad
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The first three books were released over the course of a decade, with the next two over another. This has led to anxiety for some fans, as when ''A Storm of Swords'' was released, it ended on a cliffhanger, and then later ''A Feast for Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' suffered major structural problems that led to a lot of ScheduleSlip, exacerbated by Martin and/or over-eager vendors announcing publication dates only to miss them with little-to-no explanation. Repeat this a few times, during which time fellow {{Fantasy}} {{Doorstopper}} writer [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Robert Jordan]] [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]], and the end result is a very worried and impatient fanbase.

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The first three books were released over the course of a decade, with the next two over another. This has led to anxiety for some fans, as when ''A Storm of Swords'' was released, it ended on a cliffhanger, and then later ''A Feast for Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' suffered major structural problems that led to a lot of ScheduleSlip, exacerbated by Martin and/or over-eager vendors announcing publication dates only to miss them with little-to-no explanation. Repeat this a few times, during which time fellow {{Fantasy}} {{Doorstopper}} writer [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Robert Jordan]] [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]], and the end result is a very worried and impatient fanbase.ScheduleSlip.
18th Mar '17 2:08:47 AM Tiranasta
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Meanwhile Eddard's acknowledged bastard Jon Snow ventures north to join the Night's Watch at the Wall, an ancient structure erected eons ago. The Wall is supposed to keep out the Others, a mysterious race of ice demons who once ravaged Westeros and nearly wiped out mankind. However the Others have been unseen for so long that most living people think them a myth, and the once-honourable Watch has been reduced to a fraction of the size it once was and is now [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores mostly composed of condemned criminals commuting their death sentences]]. The Others are prophesied to return in the Longest Night, a winter colder than any other, which will last forever if the Others should conquer Westeros. Naturally, at the time these novels are set, [[ArcWords winter is coming]] and it could not come at a worse time for a land which is soon to be engulfed in tyranny, civil war, and invaders from across the sea.

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Meanwhile Eddard's acknowledged bastard Jon Snow ventures north to join the Night's Watch at the Wall, an ancient structure erected eons ago. The Wall is supposed to keep out the Others, a mysterious race of ice demons who once ravaged Westeros and nearly wiped out mankind. However the Others have been unseen for so long that most living people think them a myth, and the once-honourable Watch has been reduced to a fraction of the size it once was and is now [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores mostly composed of condemned criminals commuting their death sentences]]. The Others are prophesied to return in the Longest Long Night, a winter colder than any other, which will last forever if the Others should conquer Westeros. Naturally, at the time these novels are set, [[ArcWords winter is coming]] and it could not come at a worse time for a land which is soon to be engulfed in tyranny, civil war, and invaders from across the sea.
18th Jan '17 10:37:00 PM JulianLapostat
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For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]], GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]" and [[http://www.winter-is-coming.net Winter Is Coming]], a central nexus for news on the TV show. Synopsis pages for each novel are in progress; in the meanwhile, feel free also to check out our [[Recap/GameOfThrones recap page]] for the show; HBO have been fairly faithful to the original material, and the recaps document any significant deviations.

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For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]], GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]" and [[http://www.winter-is-coming.net Winter Is Coming]], a central nexus for news on the TV show. Synopsis pages for each novel are in progress; in the meanwhile, feel free also to check out our [[Recap/GameOfThrones recap page]] for the show; HBO have been fairly faithful to the original material, material for at least the four seasons (and the first three books), and the recaps document any significant deviations.
18th Jan '17 5:58:49 PM slvstrChung
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* A [[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/103343/a-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-second-edition table top strategy game]] has been published by Fantasy Flight Games.

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* A [[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/103343/a-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-second-edition table top strategy game]] has and two editions of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Game_of_Thrones_(card_game) a CCG]] have been published by Fantasy Flight Games.



For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]], GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]" and [[http://www.winter-is-coming.net Winter Is Coming]], a central nexus for news on the TV show. Feel free also to check out our [[Recap/GameOfThrones recap page]] as well; while it focuses on the TV show, it still contains the gist of the novels (it is ''quite'' faithful) and documents any significant deviations.

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For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]], GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]" and [[http://www.winter-is-coming.net Winter Is Coming]], a central nexus for news on the TV show. Feel Synopsis pages for each novel are in progress; in the meanwhile, feel free also to check out our [[Recap/GameOfThrones recap page]] as well; while it focuses on for the TV show, it still contains show; HBO have been fairly faithful to the gist of original material, and the novels (it is ''quite'' faithful) and documents recaps document any significant deviations.
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