The Real Iron Throne

July 11th, 2013 § 0 comments

George R.R. Martin has a post talking about the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.

The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It’s a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. There are replicas and paperweights of it in three different sizes. Everyone knows it. I love it. I have all those replicas right here, sitting on my shelves.

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…

Game of thrones iron throne

Throne from the HBO series

Fortunately he has something that comes pretty close to his mind’s eye. It’s a painting by Marc Simonetti that’s going to be used in The World of Ice & Fire an upcoming concordance of information about the series. The version he has in his post is hard to see but I poked around his server trying out different filenames and managed to find a full size version of it.

The Real Iron Throne

The Real Iron Throne

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