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

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Questions & Answers

  • A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions, with some quite lengthy, essay-like answers to common discussion-topics. Contains spoilers.
    What happened to the five-year gap that was supposed to follow ASoS?

    Mr. Martin’s original intention was that there would have been a five or six year gap between the events of book 3 (A Storm of Swords) and book 4 (A Feast for Crows). However, during the initial writing of A Feast for Crows, Mr. Martin realized that it would not work as intended, and thus he...

  • 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.
    EW Interview Concerning A Dance with Dragons

    [Note: This is a very spoiler-filled interview. Beware.]

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.
    Geography (South of the Wall)
    The North is nearly as large as the other six kingdoms put together (I: 33) The North is not heavily populated, largely bogs and fields and forests, with few large inns to be found even on the kingsroad (I: 33) The barrows of the First Men are spread throughout the North (I: 93) The kingsroad past...
  • 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.
    Ned’s Justice
  • 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 Grandison

    Their motto is, “Rouse Me Not.” The only members of the house to be mentioned are old Ser Harlan Grandison, a knight of the Kingsguard who died in his sleep and was replaced by Ser Jaime Lannister, and a dead Lord Grandison. Lord Grandison, along with Lords Fell and Cafferen, planned to remain...

  • 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.
    TMK: 683 - Dragon from an Egg

    "I dreamed it. This pale white castle, you, a dragon bursting from an egg, I dreamed it all, just as I once dreamed of my brothers lying dead. They were twelve and I was only seven, so they laughed at me, and died. I am two-and-twenty now, and I trust my dreams."

    From the end of the story, it...