I know we like to complain that George R. R. Martin hasn’t chained himself to a table with nothing but water and a
pencil Mac, but no worries—the man is writing. Just maybe not exactly what we’d like him to. In between goings-on at his theater, and worldwide appearances, Martin’s been working on The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones. Just yesterday, he put a sample of the upcoming book on his blog; it includes background information on House Targaryen, King Aegon’s conquest of what later became known as King’s Landing, and speaks of the “most feared King in Westeros,” Black Harren. It’s actually a pretty interesting read, and includes Martin’s vision of what a full-grown dragon would look like. Here’s an excerpt:
“Even the start date is a matter of some misconception. Many assume, wrongly, that the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen began on the day he landed at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, beneath the three hills where the city of King’s Landing eventually stood. Not so. The day of Aegon’s Landing was celebrated by the king and his descendants, but the Conqueror actually dated the start of his reign from the day he was crowned and anointed in the Starry Sept of Oldtown by the High Septon of the Faith. This coronation took place two years after Aegon’s Landing, well after all three of the major battles of the Wars of Conquest had been fought and won. Thus it can be seen that most of Aegon’s actual conquering took place from 2-1 BC, Before the Conquest.” (continued…)
Oh, and another interesting bit of news discovered when I popped over to Amazon, Martin also contributed a new “Game of Thrones tale” to Rogues, a collection of stories by Patrick Rothfus, Neil Gaiman, Gillian Flynn and 17 other authors. So, uh, cool beans?