The Citadel

The Archive of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' Lore

  • 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.
    Meereen
    Healthy young girls and boys under ten are especially sought after as slaves to be used in brothels (I: 557) One can buy hundreds of slaves from the fighting pits (II: 645. III: 96) Eunuchs are often made by removing a boy's testicles, leaving the penis. This leaves them infertile, but some remain…
  • A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions, with some quite lengthy, essay-like answers to common discussion-topics. Contains spoilers.
    Which are the Seven Kingdoms?

    At the Event Horizon chat on March 18, 1999, GRRM gave the following answer:

    The Seven Kingdoms usage of course dates from the time of Aegon the Conqueror. At that time, there was the King in the North (1), the King of Mountain and Vale (2), the King of the Rock (3), the King of the Reach (4), the…

  • 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
    The Poor Fellows

    An ancient military order accepting members from all ranks of society but led by knights, the Poor Fellows are also known as the Stars due to the seven-pointed star that is their sigil. The red star has its origins in the days of the Andal invasion of Westeros, when zealous warriors carved the…

  • 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.
    II: 055 - Tree Dreams

    "They do," Bran said with sudden certainty. "They dream tree dreams. I dream of a tree sometimes. A weirwood, like the one in the godswood. It calls to me. The wolf dreams are better. I smell things, and sometimes I can taste the blood."

    A few pages later (p. 58), Osha suggests that the gods are…

  • 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.
    Nebula Ballot

    I am delighted to report that A CLASH OF KINGS has been nominated for a Nebula Award by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The final ballot in the novel category is:

    George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings (Bantam, Feb99)

    Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky…