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  • A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions, with some quite lengthy, essay-like answers to common discussion-topics. Contains spoilers.
    Who was Queen Rhaella infatuated with?

    Ser Barristan describes an infatuation of Rhaella’s from her youth, a knight of the stormlands:

    “He put away his lance the day your lady mother wed your father. Afterward he became most pious, and was heard to say that only the Maiden could replace Queen Rhaella in his heart. His passion was...
  • 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.
    Land Ownership and Marriage in Westeros?

    I am under impression, that unlike in historical middle ages, the land estates in Westeros are neither splitted among several children, nor combined. Basically, the heir inherits all and if another title comes their way, it goes to a hetherto landless sibling. Am I right?

    More or less. Holdings...

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
    The continent east of the Seven Kingdoms, called Essos, is separated from it by a narrow sea. It is much larger than the continent of the Seven Kingdoms (I: 23. SSM: 1, 2, 3) The Jade Sea is far to the east, and the lands there are half-fabled (I: 23) Vaes Dothrak is east of the Free Cities (I:...
  • 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.
    Throneroom
  • 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 Sparr

    Great Wyk is the largest of the Iron Islands. Lord Rodrik Sparr, called the Sparr, rules the family. Other members of the family to appear is his son Steffarion.

  • 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.
    III: 414 - The Others

    This is a summary, rather than a quote from the book.

    Stannis says that Melisandre has shown him what will be happening in the flames. From a high hill in a forest he saw men in black behind a ring of torches, and shapes moving through the snow outside of it.

    What Stannis has seen clearly appears...