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  1. I've puzzled out some back stories in the dedications and acknowledgments of each books. AGOT The 1st book was dedicated to Melinda Snodglass, who aided GRRM in editing Wild Cards for years. Most acknowledgments are to fantasy writes, with the exception of Martin Wright & Carl Keim, whose help we'll discover later. Jennifer Hershey was the first editor for AGOT. ACOK The 2nd book was dedicated to John J. Miller & Gail Gerstner-Miller, who are also Wild Cards authors. As for the acknowledged, we'll find what they did in ASOS. ASOS The 3rd book was dedicated to Phyllis Eisenstein for convincing him to put in dragons. Combine the ASOS acknowledgment and SSM, we see at once "First Builder" Carl Keim helped him with the castle designs, and "master of horse" Melinda Snodgrass helped him in writing horse. We have to wait till AFFC to see the role of "Archmaester". Meanwhile, the "SCA combat expert" was Martin Wright acknowledged in AGOT, whose CV confirmed he advised AGOT for battle scene, medieval weaponry, troop training techniques, and individual sword fighting training. AFFC GRRM's 30+ year old computer stopped working during writing AFFC. PC expert Stephen Boucher saved it, so the 4th book was dedicated to him. "Archmaester" Sage Walker helped with leeches and fevers and broken bones. Maybe she provided some sort of medical help? I'm still wondering the meaning of "guiding me across more salty seas". Pati Nagle is GRRM's web admin. Daniel Abraham advised him to divide the orginal ADWD into two books by geography. ADWD WIC means winteriscoming.net. Peter Gibbs founded the earliest fansite "Dragonstone" in 1999. Spanish fans from asshai.com sang the bear and the maiden fair to GRRM&Parris when they came to Spain in July 2008. Ralph Vicinanza was one of the earliest agents of GRRM. The 1993 outline of ASOIAF was sent to him. Summary Only Melinda Snodgrass and Parris are acknowleged in all five books, followed by Sage Walker(in four books). It reminds me of an SSM: Acknowledgment Many thanks to @Ran for helping me to prepare this!
  2. Frey Pies Theory was confirmed by GRRM in SSM at 01:10:30.
  3. The timeline put AGOT Cat 9(Robb's army reached the Twins) at 299/1/2 and ASOS Cat 6(a day before Red Wedding) at 299/12/14. Maybe you could put AGOT Cat 9 two days earlier to make it into 298 AC?
  4. Cool, it must be him! Did "Winter and Fabio of WIC" refer to you?
  5. I've figured out most back stories in the dedications and acknowledgments of each books. Phyllis Eisenstein told him to include the dragons, Stephen Boucher repaired his DOS computer and thus saved the manuscripts of aFfC, Spanish fans sang The Bear and the Maiden Fair to him, Peter Gibbs created Dragonstone fansite. Carl Keim told him to design castles, Jane Johnson to describe rock climbing, Melinda Snodgrass to describe horses, Daniel Abraham to divide aDwD into two books. Some still remain mysterious, though. 1. Why aGoT was dedicated to Melinda (Snodglass)? For assistance in Wild Cards or aGoT? 2. Who're John and Gail in the dedication of aCoK? 3. Sage Walker was named his Archmaester and acknowledged for "leeches and fevers and broken bones", Walter Jon Williams guided him "across more salty seas", did those refer to anything in particular? 5. GRRM mentioned some "SCA combat expert to help with the swordfights", who's that guy? I guess it should be someone in the acknowledgment of aGoT, namely, Sage Walker, Martin Wright, Bruce Baugh, Tim O’Brien, Roger Zelazny, Jane Lindskold, or Laura J. Mixon.
  6. For the errata: Ned's route: Tower of the Hand -> King's gate -> outside Red Keep -> River Gate -> Street of Steel -> Tobho Mott. King's gate should change to southwest gate of the Red Keep.
  7. In LOIAF, using the wall as ruler, the distance is about 400 leagues. If we use the distance between the Wall and Dornish shore(1000 leagues per @Werthead) as ruler, the distance is still only 480 leagues. Is that a minor inconsistency? Maybe they don't know enough geodesy/spherical trigonometry and the figure was approximately deduced from land travel distance.
  8. Yes, the issue was discussed before:
  9. I didn't read Flashman and I Claudius, so I naively thought GRRM was simply quoting two first-person historic novels. Now I see the similarity between the three characters, and are much more expecting the Aegon IV novel!
  10. Thanks! Now the only tiny mystery is where did Werthead get GRRM's reasoning process. Maybe he heard it at some convention? I mistakenly thought you were unaware of the search site. I tried several combinations of search keywords, all return null result.
  11. Where can I find the exact quote that GRRM said Aegon IV was the worst king? I've read most entries in the SSM archive, still couldn't find it. The closest thing was from @Werthead:
  12. --Where else do we see a long hall with high stone arches? https://asearchoficeandfire.com/?q=+hall+arch&scope[]=agot&scope[]=adwd&scope[]=tmk&scope[]=acok&scope[]=twow&scope[]=twoiaf&scope[]=asos&scope[]=thk&scope[]=trp&scope[]=affc&scope[]=tss&scope[]=tpatq The closest quote I can recall:
  13. A new entry for the Errata, from https://redd.it/7v6exn:
  14. [8] in Units of Area-Hides, should be Chap.66, Tyrion. As for time measurement, I recently wrote an essay on that matter(in Chinese). Here are some excerpts that might be helpful. Season is determined by the length of daytime at different latitudes. Because the length of daytime goes shorter as we go further north, the Conclave must collect measurements from different latitudes to determine seasons. Week is seldom used, only mentioned 16 times, and 13 of them was in AGOT. GRRM preferred to use fortnight, which appeared 121 times. The wilding Haggon also mentioned "week", so week might originated from the seven wanderers, rather than the seven gods. GRRM refused to name weekdays, but I guess they are probably named after the seven wanderers, just like many cultures in our history. Hour. Jon slept for four to five hours with headache (ACOK chap.53), and Barristan slept for ten hours a night was considered quite long(ADWD The Discarded knight). So an hour in Westeros is probably the same as on Earth. Named hours have no clear definitions. And it seems they have names for times at both day and night. Minute, second and heartbeat. Most of the time GRRM used heartbeats to describe a short time, but he also used minutes and seconds from time to time. The exact concept of minutes and seconds didn't appear until invention of mechanical clocks. So I guess they might have some clocks in Westeros. After all, medieval Europe also have many mechanical clocks. Timekeeping tools. The sole mentioned tool is sundial in TMK. And they use the Hightower as a sundial in Old Town(AFFC Prologue). The bell towers in Westeros, the Titan in Braavos, and Bells of Norvos probably also have water clock/hourglass/candle clock/mechanical clock to measure time during the night. A real example is the Tower of the Winds built around 50 BC, which featured eight sundials and a water clock. A friend of mine guessed bat, eel, owl, wolf, etc. are patterns on the timekeeping tools used during the night(they use sundial during the day) to mark hours. That explained they all take place in the night.
  15. From SSM: http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1071
  16. Guess the comic version of TMK, which also featured Father with scales, is more "canonical" than the show. But still, there seems to be no direct information from GRRM...
  17. 1. http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Father_(the_Seven) : "The Father represents judgement. He is depicted as a bearded man who carries scales." Of course they have scales in Westeros, as Tyrion says "a scale tips two ways". But how do we know Father have a piece of scales? I searched for "father scales" in asearchoficeandfire.com with no results. The closest thing I can find is The Song of the Seven: 2. As Ran said in the following thread, the sigil of House Dayne contains an 8-pointed star now. The sigil description and the image should be updated, namely, File:House_Dayne.svg, List_of_houses, and House_Dayne. Moreover, the older version of the image File:DayneCoA.png is used on the pages of many Daynes, which need updates.
  18. Is it necessary to distinct THK, TSS, TMK and TSotD, TRP, TPatQ? We don't make distinctions in the chapters in the main novels and the world book. So maybe AKotSK and F&B are suffice. This would also save much are more labors.
  19. Shall inconsistencies in the arts in TWOIAF included in the errata as well? I know they are out-of-universe, but still, some might be misleading... This post summarized most of them.
  20. Syrio was alive in 298 AC. Willem got sick when Dany was 5, and died not long after that. There are about 9 years gap between their deaths.
  21. Trees grow in the Sealord's Palace, as seen in the Lands of Ice and Fire. We know Dany's wedding pact was signed by Oberyn Martell in the witness of the Sealord. So she might lived somewhere in the Sealord's Palace. The lemon tree might be a gift from Drone in honor of the pact. As for the Tyrosh accent of Dany, maybe GRRM just forgot to change it from his draft of AGOT, or maybe Dany spent more years in Tyrosh. She left Braavos at 5 or 6, as suggested in the App. 3 years in Tyrosh should give her enough accent. Another thing worth of note. Syrio had been the first sword for 9 years and came to Westeros in 298 AC. 9 years ago was 289 AC, just the time when Willem Darry got sick and died afterward. So the death of the first sword before Syrio might be related with Willem's death and Dany's driven out of the house with the red door. Why did GRRM change Dany's infancy from Tyrosh to Braavos? So far as I can guess, maybe Ayra or Syrio will reveal her past in Braavos.
  22. Absolutely awesome! To add a few tinybits: The Merryweather -> Harys Swyft thing. It is plain that the trivial remark and nod was from Harys Swyft. ASOS, "Ser Ryman Frey refers to his grandfather, Lord Walder Frey, as his father" might not be a mistake. Many Frey called Lord Walder "father", as discussed here. Moreover, Ryman might hinted "my father Stevron awaits you in grave." Just as "mayhaps" and "your uncle’s bloody wedding", another foreshadow for the Red Wedding... TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings, "princesses Rhaena and Baela" was fixed in later versions.
  23. I have gone over all the differences between the kindle versions I mentioned. All nontrivial mistakes I found are listed in my reddit post. Most punctuation differences are something like , <-> . and a missing quotation mark at the end of a conversation. Now that I remember, there are two or three cases of ! <->? , which might be somewhat nontrivial. For instance: But in fact, v3.1_r17 contain 500 or so more typos than v3.1_r2, really weird. I almost suspect the texts in v3.1_r17 was from OCR. In one case they mistake something like Dorne for Dome... The mistakes fixed in v3.1_r17 are "The lion's dead" , Jeyne Westerling's hips, and a third one I missed in the reddit post. And some trivia: GRRM misspelled Valar Morghulis for Valor Morghulis in one book, just as in this chat in 2002. GRRM misspelled colossal for collossal twice.
  24. A World of Ice and Fire app said Jon Arryn "fought for King Jaehaerys II in the War of the Ninepenny Kings, and, as a result of the alliances made in that war, came to foster Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon." under Jon Arryn, which neatly solves the puzzle of the fosterage of Ned & Robert. Maybe we can merge it into the wiki pages for Jon Arryn, Steffon, Rickard and the War. Rickard might fought in the War as well. I made an easier-to-read post with a few additional info. Expecting your awesome errata! There're hundreds of fixed typos in the books (misspell of names excluded). Most of them are punctuation and something like "halfhelm <-> half-helm <-> half helm", really boring. I can send you the original diff files if you still want them... The weird thing is, when I compare the Bantam kindle version of traditional cover to HBO cover, their typos intersect! That's to say, two different editor groups worked independently to fix the errors in the books, so errors fixed in one version remain unfixed in the other, and vice versa...