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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 Dragons 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.
* 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
* Alayne I, removed from A Dance with Dragons, placed in The Winds of Winter. Recently posted on GRRMs website, currently available for reading.
* Prologue, featuring an appearance by Jeyne Westerling. It is currently unknown who the POV will be for this prologue.


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 the original hard- and softcover editions of "Legends II" from 2003 & 2004

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.

Four additional titles have been mentioned by Martin: "The Sellsword", "The Champion", "The Kingsguard", and "The Lord Commander".



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 by Ser Arlan?
In spoiler tags:


No. Whether he was knighted later in life, is unknown, but likely, given his status as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.




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.


Why were Ned and Robert at the Eyrie when mad king Aerys II sent to Jon Arryn for their heads?
It is true Ned and Robert were past their squiring and fostering age, when they visited Jon Arryn together at the Eyrie at that certain time. There is clarification on this both in TWoIaF and an older SSM telling that they liked to spend some of their time there together.


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 and space.


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, House Caron
- in the Reach:
House Tarly, possibly House Peake


Any other questions:

Is The Ice Dragon part of the asoiaf universe?

No, it is not.

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^We cannot say, but the last we heard of him the wildlings had given up pursuing him because he climbed a mountain that was too steep for them to follow. Considering that was said by people who then proceeded to climb a wall of ice I think we can consider Stonesnake a complete and total badass.



In the previous thread a poster had asked when Danaerys was burnt, the poster was answered with a quote where Danaerys talks about her hands healing but it did not actually say when she got burnt. Danaerys hair was burnt off in the funeral pyre when she hatched her dragons, then again her hair was burnt off by Drogons fire in the fighting pit in Dance. In that same scene Danaerys pulls a spear from Drogons neck and it is the metal on the spear that burns her hands because Drogons insides has melted it.


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^We cannot say, but the last we heard of him the wildlings had given up pursuing him because he climbed a mountain that was too steep for them to follow. Considering that was said by people who then proceeded to climb a wall of ice I think we can consider Stonesnake a complete and total badass.

In the previous thread a poster had asked when Danaerys was burnt, the poster was answered with a quote where Danaerys talks about her hands healing but it did not actually say when she got burnt. Danaerys hair was burnt off in the funeral pyre when she hatched her dragons, then again her hair was burnt off by Drogons fire in the fighting pit in Dance. In that same scene Danaerys pulls a spear from Drogons neck and it is the metal on the spear that burns her hands because Drogons insides has melted it.

Here is the passage aryagonnakill#2 mentioned.

"… and folded. The dragon gave one last hiss and stretched out flat upon his belly. Black blood was flowing from the wound where the spear had pierced him, smoking where it dripped onto the scorched sands. He is fire made flesh, she thought, and so am I.

Daenerys Targaryen vaulted onto the dragon’s back, seized the spear, and ripped it out. The point was half-melted, the iron red-hot, glowing. She flung it aside. Drogon twisted under her, his muscles rippling as he gathered his strength. The air was thick with sand. Dany could not see, she could not breathe, she could not think. The black wings cracked like thunder, and suddenly the scarlet sands were falling away beneath her." - ADwD p. 699

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Why didn't the Mad King ask for Benjen's head and why are Benjen's eyes blue?

Benjen's eyes are blue-grey, I think that's a Stark thing because the Karstarks are described as having blue-grey eyes. And Aerys probably thought Benjen wasn't a threat he was probably like 14yrs old.

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Aerys probably thought Benjen wasn't a threat he was probably like 14yrs old.

Also Jon Arryn didn't have Benjen at the Eyrie. Aerys would have had to send a second raven to Winterfell basically asking Benjen to surrender himself.

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Also Jon Arryn didn't have Benjen at the Eyrie. Aerys would have had to send a second raven to Winterfell basically asking Benjen to surrender himself.

Aerys was probably crazy enough to do it to lol.

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In ADWD, Reek III, there is a description of Ramsey coming back with his boys after searching for the missing Freys. There is a line about "behind came Skinner, Sour Alyn, and Damon-Dance-For-Me with his long greasy whip, then the Walders riding the grey colts Lady Dustin had given them."


Would this be anything like the guest gifts Manderly gave the missing Freys?


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In ADWD, Reek III, there is a description of Ramsey coming back with his boys after searching for the missing Freys. There is a line about "behind came Skinner, Sour Alyn, and Damon-Dance-For-Me with his long greasy whip, then the Walders riding the grey colts Lady Dustin had given them."

Would this be anything like the guest gifts Manderly gave the missing Freys?

It is a gift to guests, so it is a guest gift. :)

In the case of Manderly's guest gifts, palfreys were given. I learned on this site that palfrey's cannot go slow, forcing the former guests to ride on ahead and thus isolating them to be easily ambushed. Since this has not happened to the pair of Walders, it seems that Lady Dustin either did not make the same plan, or if she did, it seems that it did not work out.

Unrelated: The Grey Mare and her Colts

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How did Thistle die? She tore at her face and bite off her tongue when she was fighting Varamyr trying to take her over. But then she suddenly arises as a wight. Seems like not enough time passed for her to be able to bleed out.



Also, since Varamyr's body died did/will he rise as a wight?


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How did Thistle die? She tore at her face and bite off her tongue when she was fighting Varamyr trying to take her over. But then she suddenly arises as a wight. Seems like not enough time passed for her to be able to bleed out.

Also, since Varamyr's body died did/will he rise as a wight?

Perhaps not as his body no longer contains a soul.. That went into the wolf.

As to Thistle, I always figured it was the cold and/or the wights... She was surrounded by other wights, after all..

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Perhaps not as his body no longer contains a soul.. That went into the wolf.

As to Thistle, I always figured it was the cold and/or the wights... She was surrounded by other wights, after all..

For Varamyr, that's what I was thinking too, just wasn't sure if it was a common concept. I think their souls are needed for the "uplink" to the Others.

For Thistle, we just went over this in our re-read but none of us had a solid answer. I guess it would have to be the extreme cold. Varamyr said she was covered in hoarfrost.

Thanks!

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Renly Baratheon is nothing to me. Nor Stannis neither. Why should they rule over me and mine, from some flowery seat in Highgarden or Dorne? What do they know of the Wall or the wolfswood or the barrows of the First Men? Even their gods are wrong. The Others take the Lannisters, too. I’ve had a bellyful of them.” [The Greatjon] reached back over his shoulder and drew his immense two-handed greatsword. “Why shouldn’t we rule ourselves again? It was the dragons we married, and the dragons are all dead!” He pointed at Robb with the blade. “Theresits the only king I mean to bend my knee to, m'lords,” he thundered. “The King in the North!

Whoooooot??

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Here is the passage aryagonnakill#2 mentioned.

" and folded. The dragon gave one last hiss and stretched out flat upon his belly. Black blood was flowing from the wound where the spear had pierced him, smoking where it dripped onto the scorched sands. He is fire made flesh, she thought, and so am I.

Daenerys Targaryen vaulted onto the dragons back, seized the spear, and ripped it out. The point was half-melted, the iron red-hot, glowing. She flung it aside. Drogon twisted under her, his muscles rippling as he gathered his strength. The air was thick with sand. Dany could not see, she could not breathe, she could not think. The black wings cracked like thunder, and suddenly the scarlet sands were falling away beneath her." - ADwD p. 699

Thank you for the quote and thank you aryagonnakill#2 for your answer.

Does this quote really implies that it is the melted point of the spear that burnt her hand, though ?

The burnt hair doesn't really count to me, but is it the spear that burnt her hand, or could it be the dragon's scales when she rode it ? or the dragon's breath when it burnt her hair ?

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Warden of north/east/south/west are these heredity titles like lordships. In book one Robert was thinking of going the east to Jaime lannister but he is in the kings guard and can have no there titles?

Basically what are laws on wardenship (wardenship seems to pass on to their her but what made this case different with warden of the east)?

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Warden of north/east/south/west are these heredity titles like lordships. In book one Robert was thinking of going the east to Jaime lannister but he is in the kings guard and can have no there titles?

Basically what are laws on wardenship (wardenship seems to pass on to their her but what made this case different with warden of the east)?

Whereas Jaime could not inherit Casterly Rock and its incomes apparently he could succeed to his father's position as Warden of the West. The latter title appears to be a miltary rank, the holder of which would be responsible for securing the region's defenses, marshalling its power and leading its armies.

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