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Game of Thrones | A Song of Ice and Fire

Updated on October 5, 2014

"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."

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A Game of Thrones plot summary

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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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Game of Thrones, Season One

Game of Thrones: Season 1
Game of Thrones: Season 1

Want to watch a Game of Thrones marathon? Get the DVD and settle in for some serious intrigue, treachery, lust, and adventure!


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

Game of Thrones: Season 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Game of Thrones: Season 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

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!


Stark Wallpaper (from HBO)

Stark Wallpaper (from HBO)
Stark Wallpaper (from HBO)
A Song of Ice and Fire Boxed Set
A Song of Ice and Fire Boxed Set

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

Lannister Wallpaper (from HBO)

Lannister Wallpaper (from HBO)
Lannister Wallpaper (from HBO)

Get the Game of Thrones theme as an mp3

Music helps make a TV show into a complete experience. The Game of Thrones theme music and soundtrack lend atmosphere and personality to the people and places in the program.

Baratheon Wallpaper (from HBO)

Baratheon Wallpaper (from HBO)
Baratheon Wallpaper (from HBO)

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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Targaryen Wallpaper (from HBO)

Targaryen Wallpaper (from HBO)
Targaryen Wallpaper (from HBO)

Arryn Wallpaper (from HBO)

Arryn Wallpaper (from HBO)
Arryn Wallpaper (from HBO)

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Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister Statue Put the Imp of Casterly Rock onto your desk! This excellent statue features Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister, caught mid-battle and sporting a fierce grimace, battle armor on and flailing a two-headed axe that's almost as big as he is. A limited edition, this is one item that fans of Game of Thrones won't want to miss out on! Measures 10-inches long x 9 1/2-inches tall.

Do you read or watch "A Game of Thrones?" What do you think?

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Love Game of Thrones. Best show on TV.

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      TheMinuteIdea LM 5 years ago

      I have not read but book but I am a huge fan of the show. My girlfriend and I never miss one. I am also really happy to hear so many people saying how closely related the show is to the book. I will certainly put it on my "To read" list

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      jeffster 5 years ago

      I think the books are great and looking to start watching the series as I have heard it sticks pretty close to the dialogue of the books. Thanks for all the info.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Haven't read the books yet, but it's on my bucket list. HBO series, though, is great. Love me some Sean Bean :)

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 6 years ago

      The HBO series is actually really, really close to the book - even down to the dialogue. I think they do make the t.v. show a little more racy (they show a lot of stuff that is only mentioned in passing in the books), but I suppose that's to draw ratings. That aside, the show is amazingly faithful to the books.

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      theholidayplace 6 years ago

      It is a great show I love it