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Most Frequently asked Small Questions

On The Winds of Winter:

When will "The Winds of Winter" be published? What's the latest news?

Nobody knows. Current rumours say October 2015, but so far every rumor has been wrong.

The best bet is to follow GRRM's blog.

GRRM himself has expressed in December, 2014:

Look, I've said before, and I will say again, I don't play games with news about the books. I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are. I am still working on WINDS. When it's done, I will announce it here [on GRRM's site]. There won't be any clues to decipher, any codes or hidden meanings, the announcement will be straightforward and to the point. I won't time it to coincide with Xmas or Valentine's Day or Lincoln's Birthday, the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday. When it is done, I will say that's it is done, on whatever day I happen to finish.

I don't know how I can make it any clearer.

What's the material that has already been published from The Winds of Winter?

Spoiler tagged for obvious reasons

  • Barristan I, published in 2013 paperback edition of A Dance with Dragons
  • Tyrion I, read at Miscon 2012
  • Victarion I, read at Miscon 2012
  • Barristan II, read at Boscone 50 in 2012
  • Tyrion II, released in the 2014 update of A World of Ice and Fire, the official app
  • Theon I, released on GRRM's website in 2011, also released in the back of several A Dance with Dragon paperback editions
  • Arianne I, released on GRRM's website in 2013
  • Arianne II, read at Worldcon 2011
  • Mercy, removed from A Dance with Dragons, placed in The Winds of Winter, released on GRRM's website. Currently available on GRRM's website for reading
  • Aeron I, mentioned by GRRM on his blog to have been removed from A Dance with Dragons in 2010, reserved for The Winds of Winter
  • Sansa I, removed from A Dance with Dragons, placed in The Winds of Winter. This might be the controversial Sansa chapter mentioned on the internet, though it is possible that is an entirely different Sansa chapter

In total, we know about 11 chapters

On the tales of Dunk & Egg, and links to the main series:

How many Dunk & Egg stories have been published? Where are they published in?

Three Dunk and Egg stories are published at the moment. For now, they are

  1. The Hedge Knight
    A short story to be found either in "Legends, edited by Robert Silverberg" or in "Dreamsongs II by George R.R. Martin"

    There is also a rendition as a graphic novel by the same name: "The Hedge Knight".
  2. The Sworn Sword
    A short story to be found either in "Legends II - Dragon, Sword and King, edited by Robert Silverberg" or in ...

    There is also a rendition as a graphic novel by the same name: "The Sworn Sword".
  3. The Mystery Knight
    A short story to be found either in "Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois" or in the paperback "Warriors 1, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois"

    No graphic novel... yet.

Two more Dunk & Egg stories yet to be written have already been described. They are known as "The She-wolves of Winterfell" and "The Village Hero". Both of these are working titles, though, not final titles.

Will the Dunk & Egg tales be published in one book?

The first three tales of Dunk and Egg will be published in one book, titled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms", to be released in english on 6-10-2015. In some other languages, however, it has already been published. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" will contain pages filled with artwork, which the other versions don't have.

Was Dunk ever knighted?

In spoiler tags:

No.

Are any descendants of Dunk still alive in the main series today?

Yes. GRRM has expressed that we'd meet one of Dunk's descendants. Brienne of Tarth finds the shield Dunk owns in The Hedge Knight. Hodor is often heavily suspected to be a descendant of Dunk's due to his enormous size, and the fact that people believe the young girl and the "knight as tall as Hodor" in the vision Bran sees in A Dance with Dragons are Old Nan (in her youth) and Dunk, and that the event is to take place during The She-Wolves of Winterfell.

Small Paul (from the Night's Watch) has also been suggested to be a descendant of Dunks, due to his size and the mention of "thick as a castle wall", which is also used to describe Dunk.

On the main series:

When was Robert Baratheon declared King?

Around the time of the Battle of the Trident.

What is the right of the first night?

The right of the first night, better known as droit du seigneur (which only looks French, although it is English usage, the French use different terminology) or jus primae noctis is a medieval custom that has been abolished in Westeros (by Jaeherys I & Septon Barth) as in the real world (apart from a few small islands in the English channel).

It allows the lord to be the first to consummate any marriage before the husband, thus potentially to sire numerous bastard children. In the real world, husbands would pay a fee to their lord for not making use of this right.

What is "guest right" and why is it so important?

The guest right is a sacred law of hospitality. When a guest, no matter the station of birth, eats the food and drinks the drink beneath the host's roof, the guest right is invoked. Bread and salt are the traditional provisions.

When invoked, neither the guest is allowed to do harm to his host, nor is the host allowed to do harm to his guest for the length of the guest's stay. For either to do so would be to break a sacred covenant that is believed to invoke the wrath of the Gods both old and new. Both the teachings of the old gods and the Faith of the Seven hold to this. Even robber lords and wreckers are bound by the ancient laws of hospitality.

Guest gifts can be given when the guests depart, ending the guest right. House Manderly practises this tradition in A Dance with Dragons.

Breaking the guest right is seen as a terrible thing. The example stated in the books concern the Rat Cook. A cook in the Night's Watch who killed the kings son, and cooked the son in a pie he served to the king, leading to the unknowingly eating his own son. The gods punished the Rat Cook, by turning him into a giant rat who could only feed by eating its own young. The gods did not punish the cook for feeding the king his own son, but for killing a man beneath his own roof.

Does the Wall block warging?

It appears so. Jon Snow isn't capable of connecting with Ghost anymore, when they have the Wall in between them, nor can Jon, warged in Ghost, feel Summer when Summer is north of the Wall, and Jon and Ghost south.

Whether this is the same for each warg/skinchanger, or depends on the strength of the individual, is a matter of discussion. It does appear that Bran, warged into the weirwood net, can see south of the Wall, whilst being north of it.

What's the kindness Jaime never did?

Jaime is referring to Tysha, and how Tyrion believed that Jaime bought Tysha's services to make Tyrion into a man (making him lose his virginity). Jaime never paid Tysha, however, as Tysha wasn't a whore. In other words, a kindness that Jaime never did.

In A Dance with Dragons, Septon Chayle is at the Wall. Wasn't he the septon at Winterfell? Didn't he die in A Clash of Kings?

Indeed. This is an error., Septon Cellador is the Septon at Castle Black. Septon Chayle, as far as is known, is dead.

If the gates in King's Landing were closed, how did Arya get to the harbor? You need to cross a gate...

A well known issue. People have tried to find explanations for it, but most have not yet been satisfied. Here's the most recent given explanation.

How come Cersei and Margaery need a Kingsguard Knight to defend them in their trials in A Dance with Dragons, while Gregor Clegane, not a Kingsguard Knight, was allowed to defend Cersei in Tyrion's trial in A Storm of Swords?

Because in Tyrion's trial, it wasn't Cersei who stood accused.. Tyrion was accused, Cersei the accuser. Tyrion didn't necessarily need to use a Kingsguard knight in that trial because he isn't royalty.

In Cersei's case in Dance (and in Margaery's case, should she opt for a trial by combat, should her first trial fail), Cersei is the Queen Regent, Margaery the Queen. They are royalty, and it is them who stand accued. They are not the accusers. Thus, they need a Kingsguard to defend them.

If knights are custom of the followers of the Seven, why there are knights in the North (Old Gods) and in the Iron Islands (Drowned God)?

There aren't many. So far we know of a single Ironborn knight. Knights from the North spring forth from a few sources:

  1. White Harbor and the Manderlys
    The Manderys in White harbor brought the new gods and Southern customs along, so knighthood is more common there.
  2. Houses near the Neck
    Houses who have business with the South may have a few knights, as customs mingle.
  3. War returnees
    Some Northerners simply get knighted by Southern nobility during war time, it cannot be helped. Ser Jorah Mormont is an example.
  4. Hedge Knights and Freeriders
    People living the life of a hedge knight or freeriders in service in the South might face the same treatment, when the do too many chivalrous deeds, although an example is missing here.

Who can make a knight?

Any knight can make a knight. As knighthood is a form of distinction, the higher in renown or social status the maker, the better for the image of the knight made. Kings can also knight people, but lords cannot (unless they have once been knighted themselves).

So for example, King Robert Baratheon, knighted in his youth, can knight people (and has) because he is a knight himself, and because he is a king. King Baelor I, a king, but not a knight, could have knighted anyone he wanted to. Lord Eddard Stark, never knighted himself, can't knight anyone.

Which Targaryens had deformed children?

  • King Maegor I Targaryen (multiple malformed children by multiple wives)
  • Daemon Targaryen (a malformed son by Lady Laena Velaryon)
  • Rhaenyra Targaryen (a malformed stillborn daughter, Visenya, by Prince Daemon, according to Mushroom)
  • Daenerys Targaryen (a malformed stillborn son, Rhaego, by Khal Drogo)

How big do dragons grow?

Dragons seem just to grow if they get enough food. (I know, but I don't know where I read it. Who knows the source?)

How old are Dany's dragons as of the end of Dance?

Born in early 299 AC, the dragons are currently around 1,5 years old.

Who is Jon Snow's mother?

Have a look into the first post of the current (fixed) R+L=J thread in the General ASoIaF forum. It links to collections of theories on Jon Snow's parentage.

What is a masterly house?

Masterly houses are beneath lordly houses. They cannot dispense justice, and they technically do not own the land, they administer it. Deepwood Mott is a masterly house I believe, they administer the Wolfswood but cannot dispense justice.

Who are the marcher lords?

Marcher lords are powerful lords who guard region near border with Dorne, known as the Dornish Marches. They have large keeps and maintain large forces, to defend lands of the Reach and Stormlands in case of Dornish attack.

Marcher lords:
- in the Stormlands:
House Selmy, House Dondarrion, House Swann, possibly House Caron
- in the Reach:
House Tarly, possibly House Peake

Any other questions:

Is The Ice Dragon part of the asoiaf universe?

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During reading article about Hadrian's Wall , I've read that at the wall there were beacons ( like on Halifirien in Gondor and on Great Wall in China). They were used to warn about incoming enemies and to communicate.

Do we know if Night's Watch uses something similar or do they communicate only via ravens and messengers?

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Hmm, they would, wouldn't they? Makes sense: They already have fires going to keep warm, so messages should go by beacons. Well visible in the night and you know where to look for them. The Frysian Islands people used beacons for signalling, too.


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^That's practically the basis of Preston Jacobs Dornish master plan video.

Do I even want to know?

Is it ever mentioned why Areo Hotah stays with Doran after Mellario leaves?

To protect her children?

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Imagine that you are leaving your children on different continent, in different culture , full of schemes and danger.

You also have loyal, strong tall bodyguard. So what do you do to keep your children safe?

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Do I even want to know?

To protect her children?

But he guards Doran, not Arriane Trystane or Quentyn.

And I wasnt aware it was brought up in the Dornish Master Plan. Oh dear :( I wass just curious as to whether it was mentioned why, thats all

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Do you think there is a significant reason the cat Tommen calls "the bad cat" is called the real king of the castle? It is black and missing an ear. It is probably the same cat Arya was trying to catch the day she found secret passages. We know Arya warged the cat in Braavos-that is how she discovered the kindly man was fighting her. However, we have no POV Arya warging this cat.

Could Bloodraven warg a cat in KL? Is it too far? What do you think? Sometimes a cat is just a cat, right?

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During reading article about Hadrian's Wall , I've read that at the wall there were beacons ( like on Halifirien in Gondor and on Great Wall in China). They were used to warn about incoming enemies and to communicate.

Do we know if Night's Watch uses something similar or do they communicate only via ravens and messengers?

"I've sent to Oldtown for more maesters. You'll have two ravens for when your need is urgent. When it's not, send riders. Until we have more maesters and more birds, I mean to establish a line of beacon towers along the top of the Wall."

Jon II, Dance

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Do you think there is a significant reason the cat Tommen calls "the bad cat" is called the real king of the castle? It is black and missing an ear. It is probably the same cat Arya was trying to catch the day she found secret passages. We know Arya warged the cat in Braavos-that is how she discovered the kindly man was fighting her. However, we have no POV Arya warging this cat.

Could Bloodraven warg a cat in KL? Is it too far? What do you think? Sometimes a cat is just a cat, right?

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Do you think there is a significant reason the cat Tommen calls "the bad cat" is called the real king of the castle? It is black and missing an ear. It is probably the same cat Arya was trying to catch the day she found secret passages. We know Arya warged the cat in Braavos-that is how she discovered the kindly man was fighting her. However, we have no POV Arya warging this cat.

Could Bloodraven warg a cat in KL? Is it too far? What do you think? Sometimes a cat is just a cat, right?

That's Balerion, most likely, Princess Rhaenys' little black kitten.. :)

Arya could warg Nymeria from Braavos.. Granted, there seems to be less distance between Braavos and the Riverlands, compared to Beyond the Wall and KL, but still.. I think that the idea is the stronger a warg you are, the bigger the distance over which you can control an animal. Though until this far, the person doing the warging has actually been in the presence of the animal he/she is warging, at least once (even if that wasn't the occasion where the first-time warging occured). Or am I forgetting something? Balerion wasn't around yet when Bloodraven was. If that is a criterium, then Bloodraven can't be warging the cat.. That doesn't mean that he can't be watching those in KL, though ;)

I like to think that Balerion likes to bully Lannisters in KL, as revenge for Rhaenys.. But more like the poor animal was just traumatized from the Sack, and thus acts the way he does.

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That's Balerion, most likely, Princess Rhaenys' little black kitten.. :)

Arya could warg Nymeria from Braavos.. Granted, there seems to be less distance between Braavos and the Riverlands, compared to Beyond the Wall and KL, but still.. I think that the idea is the stronger a warg you are, the bigger the distance over which you can control an animal. Though until this far, the person doing the warging has actually been in the presence of the animal he/she is warging, at least once (even if that wasn't the occasion where the first-time warging occured). Or am I forgetting something? Balerion wasn't around yet when Bloodraven was. If that is a criterium, then Bloodraven can't be warging the cat.. That doesn't mean that he can't be watching those in KL, though ;)

I like to think that Balerion likes to bully Lannisters in KL, as revenge for Rhaenys.. But more like the poor animal was just traumatized from the Sack, and thus acts the way he does.

The Wall itself also seems to provide some barrier to Warging doesn't it? This is my biggest issue to all the "X was warned by Bloodraven!" Theories.

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Re: Areo Hotah



This quote might help:




"This is monstrous," said Lady Nym. "I would not have believed it, not of a Kingsguard knight."


"They are sworn to obey, just as my captain is," the prince said. "I had my doubts as well, but you all saw how Ser Balon balked when I suggested that we go by sea. A ship would have disturbed all the queen's arrangements."



So perhaps Areo took a vow to stay and protect Doran and his heirs.


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Is it ever mentioned why Areo Hotah stays with Doran after Mellario leaves?

Mellario might have ordered him to stay.

Areo might have become Doran's because he got Mellario's property when they married. (Can that happen in Westeros, is Areo property?)

Areo might have been a wedding present to Doran.

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The Wall itself also seems to provide some barrier to Warging doesn't it? This is my biggest issue to all the "X was warned by Bloodraven!" Theories.

Yeah, that as well. Jon doesn' seem able to connect with Ghost when they are on opposite sides of the Wall. The counter argument usually is that "Bloodraven is much stronger than Jon!", but I don't really find that a good counter..

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