Works based on A Song of Ice and Fire

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A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, is the basis of many derived works.


Dunk and Egg[edit]

Main article: Tales of Dunk and Egg

Martin wrote three separate novellas set ninety years before the events of the novels. These novellas are known as the Tales of Dunk and Egg after the main protagonists, Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire "Egg", the later King Aegon V Targaryen. The stories have no direct connection to the plot of A Song of Ice and Fire, although both characters are mentioned in A Storm of Swords and A Feast For Crows, respectively.

The novellas were published in short story anthologies:

The unfinished series of novellas is to continue to be published in a series of collections entitled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. The first of these, comprising the first three novellas, is to be published – with illustrations by Gary Gianni – in 2015, and in unillustrated translations some time earlier.[1]

Film or TV adaptations of the novellas are being discussed, according to Martin in 2014. He wrote that because HBO owns the TV rights to the setting of Westeros (if not to the characters of the novellas), it would be preferable to have HBO adopt the novellas also.[1]

The first and second novellas were, in addition, adapted as graphic novels:

  • Martin, George R.R.; Avery, Ben; Miller, Mike S.; Crowell, Mike (2005). The Hedge Knight (2. ed.). Dabel Bros. ISBN 978-0-9764011-0-0. 
  • Martin, George R.R.; Avery, Ben; Miller, Mike S. (2008). Sworn Sword. Marvel. ISBN 978-0-7851-2650-8. 

Other novellas[edit]

Martin has written two additional novellas that are written as historical accounts of events that took place long before the events of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels or the Dunk and Egg novellas. The Princess and the Queen, published in Dangerous Women (2013),[2] details the civil war called the "Dance of the Dragons" between Aegon and Rhaenyra Targaryen about the succession to the Iron Throne. A fifth novella, The Rogue Prince, or, the King's Brother, was be published in the 2014 anthology Rogues. It is a prequel to The Princess and the Queen and concerns the life of Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra's second husband.


TV series[edit]

Main article: Game of Thrones

In March 2010, HBO greenlit a television series based on A Song of Ice and Fire, written and executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Called Game of Thrones, it stars an ensemble cast including Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage. The series premiered on 17 April 2011. A critical and commercial success, it was most recently renewed for a fifth and sixth season to be aired in 2015–16.

The series has itself given rise to several derived works, including soundtrack albums and a wide range of merchandise.

Comic book series[edit]

The first issue of the comic book adaptation of the first novel, A Game of Thrones, by fantasy author Daniel Abraham and artist Tommy Patterson, was published by Dynamite Entertainment in September 2011. The series is set to run for 24 issues and is intended to follow the story of the novel closely.

The first six issues were published as a trade paperback in March 2012:


Thomas Dunne Books announced in August 2011 that it had acquired the rights to Game of Groans, a parody of Game of Thrones in the vein of Bored of the Rings, by the pseudonymous "George R.R. Costanza".[3] The book was eventually published on 27 March 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin and credited to "George R.R. Washington" and Alan Goldsher:

  • Washington, George R.R.; Goldsher, Alan (2012). A Game of Groans: A Sonnet of Slush and Soot. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-1-250-01126-8. 

In 2012, Colin Munch adapted the novels as a four-hour improv comedy show in Toronto, titled 'Throne of Games', for The Bad Dog Theatre Company.[4]

In 2013, a web series, School of Thrones, parodized the television adaptation, Game of Thrones, by setting it in a high school whose students vie for the title of prom king and queen.[5] In the same year, the animated comedy series South Park aired a three-part episode ("Black Friday", "A Song of Ass and Fire" and "Titties and Dragons") satirizing the U.S. custom of Black Friday in the form of a parody of Game of Thrones.

Companion publications[edit]

Reader guides [edit]

The World of Ice and Fire[edit]

"The World of Ice and Fire" redirects here. For the fictional universe, see World of A Song of Ice and Fire.

The World of Ice and Fire, a companion book for A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Elio García and Linda Antonsson, is to be published in fall 2014.[6]

The Lands of Ice and Fire[edit]

A set of twelve maps of the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, drawn by George R. R. Martin and Jonathan Roberts, was published in October 2012 as The Lands of Ice and Fire (ISBN 978-0-345-53854-3).

A Game of Thrones Guide[edit]

In November 2012, Random House published George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire – A Game of Thrones Guide, an iOS application that provides the biographies of 540 characters, descriptions of 380 places, and interactive maps. The app's "anti-spoiler functionality" hides information not yet revealed at the point up to which the user has read the novels.[7]

Applications for mobile devices[edit]

Several other reader's companion apps for mobile electronic devices have been published, generally without the endorsement of Martin or his publisher. They include Game of Thrones Companion, similar in approach to the above-mentioned Guide, and Westeros Map for Game of Thrones, which contains maps of Essos and its cities. Other A Song of Ice and Fire- or Game of Thrones-themed apps include a trivia game, a study guide, and a weather app from HBO.[8]


HarperCollins published The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister (ISBN 978-0-00-753232-2), a Christmas gift book compiling Tyrion Lannister's witticisms, in December 2013.[9]


Several publications discuss the themes addressed in the A Song of Ice and Fire series:

  • Lowder, James (ed.) (2012). Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire, from a Game of Thrones to a Dance With Dragons. Benbella Books. ISBN 978-1-936661-74-9. 
    Edited by James Lowder, this collection of essays by fantasy authors and science fiction experts, including R.A. Salvatore, Brent Hartinger, Ned Vizzini, Gary Westfahl and Daniel Abraham, addresses themes such as the nature of magic or the role of the prequels in Martin's work.[10]
  • Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper than Swords. John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN 978-1-118-16199-9. 
    This entry in Blackwell's Pop Culture and Philosophy series, edited by Henry Jacoby and William Irwin, aims to highlight and discuss philosophical issues raised by the novels and its TV adaptation.[11]


The two volumes of The Art of Ice and Fire contain artworks inspired by the series from a variety of different artists and illustrators.


Two blogs, Inn at the Crossroads and Cooking Ice and Fire, are dedicated to recreating the dishes described in the novels.[12] Cooking Ice and Fire went defunct in early 2012.

There are also two cookbooks with recipes based on the novels:

  • Monroe-Cassel, Chelsea; Lehrer, Sariann (2012). A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook. Bantam. ISBN 978-0-345-53449-1.  Based on the blog Inn at the Crossroads.[13]
  • Kistler, Alan (2012). The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond. Adams Media Corp. ISBN 978-1-4405-3872-8. 


Card game[edit]

A living card game (LCG) has been produced by Fantasy Flight Games. It was a continuation of an earlier collectible card game (CCG). A number of base sets have been released for the game, each with a number of expansions. The game's primary designer is Eric Lang and the lead developer is Nate French. The A Game of Thrones: Westeros Edition won the Origins Award for Best Trading Card Game of 2002. The Game of Thrones: Ice and Fire Edition won the Origins Award for Best Card Game Expansion or Supplement of 2003. It is an ongoing project consisting of five editions and eight expansions to date.

Board games[edit]

There are two board games set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.

In 2003, Fantasy Flight Games released the A Game of Thrones strategy board game A Game of Thrones, created by Christian T. Petersen. The Origins Award-winning game allows the players to take on the roles of several of the Great Houses vying for control of the Seven Kingdoms, including House Stark, House Lannister, House Baratheon, House Greyjoy, House Tyrell, and as of the expansion A Clash of Kings, House Martell. Players maneuver armies to secure support in the various regions that comprise the Seven Kingdoms, with the goal of capturing enough support to claim the Iron Throne. Four expansions for the game, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and "A Dance with Dragons" have been released.

The second game, Battles of Westeros, was released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2010. It is based on the system created by Richard Borg and used in such games as Memoir 44 or Commands & Colors: Ancients. The two player-game's base set includes two factions: House Stark and House Lannister. Later expansions cover additional factions and scenarios.[citation needed]

Role-playing games[edit]

A Game of Thrones
Core book
Designer(s) Jesse Scoble, Elissa Carey, Jonathan Cassie, Simone Cooper, Chris Desmarais, Jason Durall, Debbie Gallagher, Sam Johnson, David Lyons, Ian Sturrock, Wil Upchurch, Jeremy "Bolthy" Zimmerman, and Elio M. Garcia Jr. & Linda Antonsson
Publisher(s) Guardians of Order
Publication date 2005
Genre(s) fantasy
System(s) Tri-Stat dX, d20

A role-playing game titled A Game of Thrones was produced by Guardians of Order. The game is designed to be usable with two RPG systems: the d20 System and the Tri-Stat dX system. Two editions were made: a serial-numbered edition limited to 2500 copies, ISBN 1-58846-941-7; and a standard edition, ISBN 1-58846-942-5. The limited edition is faux-leather bound with silver gilt pages and includes rules for both systems, and includes an interview with Martin. The standard edition contains only the d20 system rules. The book was created by Guardians of Order and released by Sword & Sorcery, a subsidiary of White Wolf Games.

The A Game of Thrones RPG (AGOT RPG) was nominated for several ENnie Awards and won 2006 awards for: Best Production (Silver), Best Game (Silver), and Best d20/OGL Product (Silver).

On 28 July 2006, Martin announced that he had received word from the head of Guardians of Order that the company was folding and that no further releases for the setting would take place.[14] Martin expressed hope that the game may be salvaged by another company, though he also said that he was experiencing difficulty in trying to recover his intellectual property rights.[15]

On 7 March 2007 Martin wrote that he had regained control of his intellectual property rights and was "all square" with Guardians of Order.[16] As part of their settlement, Mr. Martin received all remaining stock of the limited edition version of the RPG. No further information regarding the settlement was revealed, nor the status of other creditors' claims on the property.

On 24 April 2007, it was on Martin's website that Green Ronin was producing a new line of A Song of Ice and Fire RPG products, unrelated to the earlier Guardians of Order effort.[17][18] The Green Ronin game, titled A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying (SIFRP), went on sale on 10 March 2009: it uses a custom game system and does not contain rules from either the d20 or Tri-Stat dX systems.

Issue 307 of Dragon magazine featured D20 content related to ASOIAF, including stats for Tyrion Lannister, Sandor Clegane and other prominent characters; adventure hooks; and a brother of the Night's Watch prestige class.

Video games[edit]

The success of the HBO TV series motivated the development of several video games. While the 2007 fan-made MUSH and the 2011 strategy game were based on the novels only, the later games also incorporate elements such as designs or music from the TV series, based on a license from HBO.

  • Blood of Dragons (2007):

Blood of Dragons is an online, text-based roleplaying MUSH.[19] It opened in 2007 and is set about 140 years prior to the events in the novels, during the reign of Daeron I and his conquest of Dorne. The game is maintained by the administrators of the fan site, who are collaborating with Martin on The World of Ice and Fire.

  • A Game of Thrones: Genesis (2011):

In 2011, Cyanide developed a real-time strategy video game, A Game of Thrones: Genesis, which allows players to partake in the conquest of Westeros beginning generations before the time in which the novels are set.

  • Game of Thrones: The Role-Playing Game (2012):

A second video game based on the series, called simply Game of Thrones, was developed by Cyanide in May 2012. It is a role-playing game set in the town of Riverspring, during the time of the events of the novel A Game of Thrones, but not principally involving the novels' main characters.[20]

  • Game of Thrones Ascent (2013):

Game of Thrones Ascent, a freemium social network game, was made available by Disruptor Beam in 2013 on Facebook and Kongregate. It was made in collaboration with HBO and George R.R. Martin. The game combines storytelling and strategy elements, allowing players to lead the life of a nobleman during the time of upheaval portrayed in the novels and the TV series.[21]

  • Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series (2014):

Announced at VGX 2013, a new Game of Thrones video game series is currently in development by Telltale Games.[22]

  • Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms (in development):

In February 2012, Bigpoint announced the development of a browser-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms.[23] The game is being developed by Artplant, who also created Battlestar Galactica Online.[24]

  • Modifications of commercial games

There are several fan-made modifications ("mods") to commercial video games that allow playing in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. These include a total conversion for the strategy game Crusader Kings II[25][26] as well as the mods "War of the Usurper" for its predecessor Crusader Kings, "Westeros: Total War" for Medieval II: Total War and "A Clash Of Kings" for Mount & Blade: Warband.[27]



Testor Corporation announced that in late 2006 it would begin releasing model figures based on the series, to be followed by a tactical wargame. Only one product shipped, a Ruby Ford diorama. In April 2007, Martin announced that the licensing agreement with Testor had expired, and Testor's A Song of Ice and Fire product lines had been canceled.[28] In December 2006, Haute Productions signed a deal to release a range of resin mini-busts featuring characters from A Song of Ice and Fire under the name Valyrian Resin. The company plans to expand the line to include resin statues and pewter chess sets.[29] On 13 August 2007, Dark Sword Miniatures announced a line of premium pewter miniatures based on the world of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and sculpted by renowned miniatures artist Tom Meier.[30]

Display weapons[edit]

On 20 March 2007, George R. R. Martin announced on his blog[31] that he had "signed a deal with Jalic, Inc. of East Lansing, Michigan, granting them a license to manufacture and sell full-sized high-quality replicas of the arms and armor from A Song of Ice and Fire", under the name Valyrian Steel,[32] starting with the bastard sword Longclaw wielded by Jon Snow (two versions). Since then Valyrian has produced replicas of the Stark family greatsword Ice (in two versions), Arya Stark's Needle, and Robert Baratheon's mighty warhammer. Dragonglass arrowheads and a single dagger have also been produced in a collectible First Men wooden box. Valyrian also announced that it will be producing show versions HBO's Game of Thrones weapons, which differ in appearance from those described in the Ice and Fire novel series.


For the soundtrack of and music related to the TV series, see Music of Game of Thrones.

American power metal band Seven Kingdoms are named after the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and the majority of the band's songs are about A Song of Ice and Fire.

The German power metal band Blind Guardian have written two songs dedicated to the world of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. The songs are called "War of the Thrones" and "A Voice in the Dark" and are part of their 2010 At the Edge of Time album.[33][34]

The American stoner metal band The Sword published a song called "To Take the Black", in reference to the novels' Night's Watch, on their album Gods of the Earth. Also, the song "Maiden, Mother & Crone" on the same album, is an obvious reference to three of the seven gods that are worshiped by some of the characters.

Hammerfall, the Swedish metal band, titled its album Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, after the motto of House Martell in the series, and the song "Take the Black" is inspired by the Night's Watch. Also, the song "Fury Of The Wild" takes references to the revolution of the wildlings beyond the wall and their march at the Seven Kingdoms, and the title itself is used as a phrase in the book.

In 2012, the Canadian band Irish Moutarde adapted the song The Bear and the Maiden Fair, sung at various times in the novels, as a celtic punk rock song.[35]


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