The Ice Dragon

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The Ice Dragon
AuthorGeorge R. R. Martin
IllustratorAlicia Austin
Val Lakey Lindahn and Ron Lindahn (1987)
Anne Yvonne Gilbert (2007)
Luis Royo (2014)
CountryUnited States
Published1980 (Dragons of Light anthology); 1987 (Portraits of His Children collection); 2007; 2014
PublisherAce Books, anthology edition; Starscape Books, 1st edition; Harper Voyager, 2nd edition
Media typeNovella

The Ice Dragon is a children's fantasy novella by George R. R. Martin, originally published in 1980 in the Ace Books anthology Dragons of Light, as illustrated by Alicia Austin.[1] It was later included in Martin's 1987 collection Portraits of His Children, as illustrated by Val Lakey Lindahn and Ron Lindahn. The story was reworked in 2007 with artwork by Anne Yvonne Gilbert, and again in 2014 with a series of original paintings by Luis Royo.[1]

The Ice Dragon, in translated form as El dragón de hielo, won the 2004 Ignotus Award in Spain for best translated foreign short story; in 2005, it was nominated for a Seiun Award in Japan for translated short story.[2]


The novella follows the story of a young girl, Adara, who befriends an ice dragon after the death of her mother.

Martin has stated on his LiveJournal blog that The Ice Dragon is not set in the same world as Westeros of A Song of Ice and Fire fame, commenting: "The world of Ice & Fire did not exist when I wrote The Ice Dragon".[3] Despite this, several press releases, book covers and commentaries have claimed that it is set in the same world.[4]


On May 23, 2018, Warner Animation Group acquired the rights to make a feature-length animated film based on the book, with Martin producing and his manager, Vince Geradis, as executive producer.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Game of Thrones author George RR Martin to republish The Ice Dragon with illustrations by Luis Royo". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
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  3. ^ "Gary Gianni signing?". George R. R. Martin's livejournal. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  4. ^ "George RR Martin republishes children's book". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (May 23, 2018). "George R.R. Martin's 'The Ice Dragon' to Get the Animated Movie Treatment". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2018.