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    When the books, or the movie series, are translated into foreign languages, how often are the English-type Westeros personal and place names left alone, and how often are they translated?
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    Queries about dragons

    Likely another routine use of ridden dragons was to move messages and important people quickly long distances over the heads of gangs who may interfere with traffic on the ground or on the sea. It is recorded that a dragon-rider was killed by falling far when her dragon was killed in the air. That may show that nobody in that area of that world had invented a parachute or similar. (As regards modern re-uses of the word "dragon", the Icelandic word for "army tank" is "skriĆ°dreki", which literally means "crawling dragon".)
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    Queries about dragons

    > Once they became limited in number they were probably considered too precious to expose to danger without prospect of worthwhile reward. That is why I regret the loss of life of men and dragons caused by the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons, a dispute which could have been settled by some other means. https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Dance_of_the_Dragons
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    Thanks. Is there available a star-map of these constellations? Does the pattern of the component stars match the stars in the real world's sky? > Different star patterns. We do not have the ice dragon in our skies. Or the Ice Dragon may be the same stars as the real-world constellation called Draco. It is possible to fit another set of constellations to the real-world night sky (e.g. see the traditional Chinese and Ancient Egyptian astronomies). Or the star pattern may be different. Of the stars of the night skies of other fictional worlds, those of Tolkien's Middle Earth match the real night sky (e,g, his Menelvagor is our Orion), but C.S.Lewis's Narnia's night sky does not seem to match the real night sky.
  5. I found recently that the web site https://wiki.dothraki.org is a good way to learn the Dothraki and Valyrian languages; but that web site is so slow in downloading pages. Will this slowness ever be cured?
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    Do the books or the films mention stars or star patterns known from the real world's night sky? Or is the Game of Thrones's astronomy different?
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    Queries about dragons

    Is it stated (in the books or in the movies) about use of dragon-riding for routine undramatic aerial patrolling to detect sea-pirate movements, or (in Essos) to detect nomad raids from semi-desert regions into farmed regions? (In the Eragon movie there was talk of Eragon riding Safira to patrol to detect nomad raiding parties from a desert into farmed land.) > we only know that dragons eat much Is it stated how a big a breeding flock of sheep is needed to keep an average-sized adult dragon fed?
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    Queries about dragons

    Is it known about dragons in the Game of Thrones world?:- (1) How fast can they fly?: maximum, and cruising speed for long flights. (2) How far can they fly before they need to rest and land and feed? (3) How much does flaming drain their flight-energy? (4) Do the books say anything about absence or presence of front legs? I know that the movies show no front legs and in front they walk on the wrists of their wings, a feature likely taken from real-world pterosaurs. (In The Hobbit by Tolkien, the book mentions Smaug's foreleg, but the movie shows no front legs.)