Coldhands astride his great elk

Interior illustration by Marc Fishman from George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, 2012

“Cunt again? It was odd how men like Suggs used that word to demean women when it was the only part of a woman they valued.”
— A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin. (via booksandamouse)


History and Lore of Westeros Essos - Old Valyria


Game of Thrones: Old Ghis & Slaver’s Bay - Histories & Lore -  Uploaded by RedTeamReview

"5 times did the ghiscari contend with valyria, and 5 times did they go down in defeat… for the freehold had dragons, and the empire had none." Ser Jorah Mormont 


"…and the Doom still rules in Valyria…"


Many times in the show you have heard Dany refer to herself as “the blood of Old Valyria” and more recently pointed out to the slave master Kraznys, that Valyria is her motherland, and the Valyrian language her mother tongue. You will have also heard the phrase Valyrian steel in reference to many…

The “capital” of the Iron Born, and home of “The Drowned Men,” one of the religious fanatic groups in Feast For Crows.

The Drowned Men
A Feast For Crows
Game of Thrones

Feast for Crows is my least favorite of the books, however it is an important table setter for the next book, and the cultural descriptions of the Drowned Men, the religious fanatics of the Iron Born is fascinating. The book’s main motif—religious fervor—is played out among the Iron Islands and the “Sparrows”—a generic term for the disenfranchised religious septons who have been made homeless by the war. Cersei’s growing drinking problem, paranoia, and desperate plays for power led her to allow religious factions to legally spread in the realm.