Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Iron Throne #GameofThrones

The Iron Throne, as depicted in the series Game of Thrones, is a lot different than its inventor envisioned.
George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire on which Game of Thrones is based, wrote a blog post explaining how he sees the true Iron Throne:

"The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It's a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. (...) And yet, and yet... it's still not right. It's not the Iron Throne I see when I'm working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It's not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books... HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court... my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric..."

To illustrate his idea, Martin posted a drawing from French artist Marc Simonetti. The image depicts a huge Iron Throne cast from thousands of swords, much bigger than the throne from the TV series, which is made of approximately 200 swords.

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