The Citadel: The 'A Song of Ice and Fire' Archive

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  • A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions, with some quite lengthy, essay-like answers to common discussion-topics. Contains spoilers.
    Which are the dragons that have been named?

    The three great dragons of Aegon and his sisters were Balerion, Meraxes, and Vhagar. Aegon rode Balerion, Rhaenys rode Meraxes, and Visenya rode Vhagar.

    Queen Alysanne, wife of Jaehaerys the Conciliator, rode a dragon named Silverwing. We are told that Balerion was killed some time in Jaehaerys’s...

  • A comphrehensive collection of fan correspondance with George R.R. Martin. Also included are interviews and chats as well as reports from conventions, signings, etc. May contain spoilers even for as of yet unreleased books.
    Sandkings on

    Steve Pendergrast of writes me to say:

    You also might be interested to know that your story "Sandkings" has become the number one all-time highest rated ebook at That's no small achievement since we have five other hugo/nebula double winners as well as some famous...

Setting & Story

  • In-depth articles on a variety of topics.
  • An exhaustive compilation of thematic notes, arranged in a hierarchical structure. Contains direct spoilers for pre-book history and indirect spoilers through the facts noted down for events in the books.
    The inhabitants of the isles find no shame in serving in a brothel. In the Summer Isles, those who are skilled in the arts of pleasure are valued. Many highborn youths and maidens serve for a few years after their flowerings, to honor the gods (II: 175) The deceased at a funeral is commemorated by...
  • A gallery of A Song of Ice and Fire fan art, scans of the various maps from the books, speculative maps made by fans and scans of the heraldic images from the appendices. Contains spoilers as some of the fan art depicts specific scenes.
    Qhorin Halfhand
  • Graphical representations of almost all known banners as well as info files for houses and individuals. Contains minor spoilers in the actual listings of Houses, while major spoilers are placed in specially marked files except when it concerns banners belonging to individuals: these files may contain major spoilers right off
    House Volmark

    Harlaw is one of the isles of the Iron Islands.

  • A compilation of prophecies, visions and dreams which appear to reveal something about the future. Contains spoilers, as we note when we believe a prophecy has been fulfilled.
    V: 651 - Regarding Patchface

    Melisandre’s face darkened. "That creature is dangerous. Many a time I have glimpsed him in my flames. Sometimes there are skulls about him, and his lips are red with blood."

    The skulls, featured in others of Melisandre's visions regarding Jon Snow, appear to relate to death. The lips red with...