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"A Game of Thrones" is the first book in "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is a renowned American author, who has been compared to J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Hobbit." His bestselling series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," is an epic fantasy story, recently adapted for television by HBO. This page is dedicated to the first book in the series, "A Game of Thrones."
A Game of Thrones plot summary
A Game of Thrones is written from the viewpoint of several different characters, in three main storylines. Here are some very brief introductions to the stories...
In the Seven Kingdoms:
The novel begins with King Robert Baratheon visiting Lord Eddard Stark in Winterfell, ancestral home of House Stark, a noble house of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and rulers of the North. Because he trusts him, King Robert asks Eddard to become the Hand of the King. Eddard agrees, against his instincts, and at the same time promises his wife to investigate the death of the previous Hand, Jon Arryn, who may have been the victim of political intrigue involving Robert's wife Queen Cersei and her powerful siblings of House Lannister.
On the Wall:
The Prologue of the novel introduces the northern wilderness beyond the Wall, an ancient 700 foot high, 300 mile-long barrier of ice fortifying the Seven Kingdoms, manned by the brotherhood of the Night's Watch. In the "lawless lands" north of the Wall, a small patrol of Rangers from the Night's Watch encounter the Others, and all but a single survivor are killed. Jon Snow, the bastard son of Lord Eddard, is encouraged by his uncle Benjen Stark, the First Ranger of the Night's Watch, to join the brotherhood and go to the Wall.
In the East:
Across the sea in the Free City of Pentos, Viserys Targaryen lives in exile with his thirteen-year-old sister Daenerys. He is the son and only surviving male heir of King Aerys II, who was deposed by King Robert. Viserys arranges to sell his sister in marriage to Khal Drogo, warlord of nomadic Dothraki horse warriors, planning to use Drogo's army to reclaim the Iron Throne of Westeros for House Targaryen. Among the wedding gifts are three petrified dragon eggs. A knight exiled from Westeros, Ser Jorah Mormont, joins Viserys as an advisor.
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Game of Thrones House Sigils and Words
from the appendix of "A Clash of Kings," book two
For a newcomer to the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, the number and variety of knights, kingdoms, bastards, bannermen, and wildlings can be overwhelming. Author Martin has created a deep, rich world as the backdrop for his stories, and the characters are as colorful and complex as the landscape. Even the swords have names! To help you get a grip on some of the main families, their sigils (symbol) and words (motto), here's a quick guide. Good luck!
House Baratheon (Stag): "Ours is the Fury"
House Stark (Direwolf): "Winter is Coming"
House Lannister (Lion): "Hear Me Roar!"
House Tully (Fish): "Family, Duty, Honor"
House Targaryen (Dragon): "Fire and Blood"
House Arryn (Moon-and-Falcon): "As High as Honor"
House Greyjoy (Kraken): "We Do Not Sow"
House Tyrell (Rose): "Growing Strong"
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HBO Produces "Game of Thrones" for TV
Thanks to modern cable television, a whole new cohort of fans have taken up the Game of Thrones banners! HBO has adapted George R. R. Martin's fantasy novels for the small screen, and the first season was a huge success! The network has also launched an excellent web site dedicated to its GoT programming.
Even if you don't have the HBO network, you can still dig into the story, characters, and of course, merchandise, on the site. I've put a sampling of the House wallpapers below. Just click the Polaroid to view/download the full size wallpaper image. Or go directly to the HBO Game of Thrones site to see everything there, including more wallpapers, avatars, Twitter page backgrounds, episode guides, and the online store.
A Game of Thrones Season Two
The second season of HBO's hit Game of Thrones is based on "A Clash of Kings," the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. See more of Martin's favorite character, Tyrion "The Imp" Lannister, and see how large a shadow the small man can cast!
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What other books are in the Game of Thrones series?
George R. R. Martin is still writing the series "A Song of Ice and Fire." Here are the titles currently in the series, including a couple of volumes that have not been finished yet (as of summer 2012).
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two
A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three
A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four
A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five
Not yet available:
- The Winds of Winter, forthcoming/Bantam Books
- A Dream of Spring, forthcoming/Bantam Books
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How do you like your Game of Thrones? - on paper or on screen?
The book "A Game of Thrones," by George R. R. Martin, was first published in 1996. Did you become a fan by reading the book, or have you been won over by the 2011 HBO series?
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A Growing List of Game of Thrones Sites and Resources
- George R. R. Martin's Official Website
George R. R. Martin, author of the NYT Bestselling fantasy series, A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Buy the author's books (personal inscriptions included!), view a gallery of cover art, read biography and interviews, get news about signings and appearances,
- HBO's Game of Thrones Site
HBO's official website for Game of Thrones.
- Westeros: The 'A Song of Ice and Fire' Domain
Westeros is the premier fansite for George R.R. Martin and his series of epic fantasy books, 'A Song of Ice and Fire'.
- A Game of Thrones - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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- HBO - Making Game of Thrones
Visit the official Game of Thrones Production Blog to get exclusive behind the scenes access, watch videos and trailers, read cast interviews and get the latest news about the new HBO series premiering on 4/17.
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