Have you ever been caught in a conversation with a Dothraki and been unsure how to respond to their question about what to grab for lunch? Well, fear no longer—Random House has released a Dothraki Companion app to help users avoid any social follies while interacting with the inhabitants of the Dothraki Sea.
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The author of the Song of Ice and Fire Saga—still unfinished nearly 20 years after the publication of its first volume, A Game of Thrones—is unbent, unbowed, and unbroken…despite the naysayers who fear that he may never complete his magnum opus.
“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health,” Martin said matter-of-factly during a recent interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. (Thank Uproxx for pointing it out.) “So f–k you to those people.” And yes, he punctuated that “eff off” with a chortle and a defiantly raised middle finger. (Tyrion would be so proud.)
George R. R. Martin has just entered a land far more terrifying than the place beyond the Wall: Twitter.
The Game of Thrones maester has joined the social medium with the handle @GRRMspeaking, and his first tweet essentially laid bare his plans for, well, not tweeting. (Oh, you say that now, George, but just you wait…) READ FULL STORY
How do you translate that headline into the guttural tongue of Essos’ nomadic horse lords?
Until this fall, you’ll find the answer to that question only by asking David J. Peterson, the linguist hired by HBO to spin an entire fake language out of the few Dothraki phrases that George R. R. Martin invented for his Song of Ice and Fire series. But when Oct. 7 rolls around, there will be another option: Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones.
The made-up language lesson will contain “more than 500 [Dothraki] words and phrases,” as well as “never-before-heard material and words coined exclusively for the Living Language Dothraki course,” according to a release. And it won’t just be a glossary, either: “Like a traditional language course, users will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and even cultural notes, which lay out context as well as dos and don’ts,” the release explains. “For example, since horses are so central to Dothraki culture, many phrases have their roots in the equestrian. Whatever you do, never call a Dothraki warrior an ifak (walker): the ultimate insult since it implies he can no longer ride his horse.” READ FULL STORY
George R. R. Martin was on Conan last night, which means that we have conclusive proof that he spent last night decisively not writing The Winds of Winter. But give the guy a break: The HBO series inspired by his “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga continues to set new records in its fourth season. And between the Purple Wedding and That Scene With Jaime And Cersei, it’s arguably winning the Monday Morning Internet War with Mad Men. (Serious thought question: Is Mad Men the Starks to Game of Thrones‘ Lannisters? In this metaphor, The Good Wife is the Tyrells, Once Upon a Time is the Martells, and Turn is the Greyjoys, GO HOME GREYJOYS NOBODY LIKES YOU.) READ FULL STORY
Few shows on television cover greater distance than Game of Thrones, which currently spreads its action to the farthest reaches of two different fantasy continents. Of course, Thrones has impressive source material: George R. R. Martin has spent the last couple of decades meticulously exploring the various cities, towns, villages, and various geographical phenomena throughout his invented world. And now, you can explore that world — without fear of spoilers! READ FULL STORY
Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis talk disturbing sex scenes, the value of adaptive changes, and just why Davos deserves better than his TV treatment. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?) For more Thrones fun, check out James Hibberd’s full recap of “Breaker of Chains” and his interview with newly returned Thrones star Aidan Gillen.
Thought we were done with Game of Thrones articles for a few days, given yesterday’s barrage? Think again! Today EW introduces the Game of Thrones TV Book Club — a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.
This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis talk 77-course meals, the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage — and what Game of Thrones might do better than ASOIAF. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?)
DARREN: It’s been about eight years since I first read Storm of Swords, and in rereading the chapters about the Purple Wedding, it struck me that there was one incredibly important aspect that the TV show left out: The 77 courses! Mushroom and snail soup, peacocks stuffed with dates, fish tarts fresh from the ovens: Eat your heart out, Top Chef! Was there anything that you missed from the Literary Purple Wedding, Hillary? Or, conversely, was there any new addition that particularly jumped out at you?
Because the Internet, that’s why! Behold the fourth episode of a webseries called “Cosplay Piano,” in which 19-year-old pianist Sonya Belousova dresses up as your costumed favorites and plays new arrangements of their iconic themes. She’s already tackled the worlds of The Walking Dead, Batman, and Superman — so naturally, the universe of HBO and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones was next.
And though the clip opens with a facsimile of Daenerys jamming in the desert, there’s more to it than just the Khaleesi. In the span of just three and a half minutes, “Cosplay Piano” will take you from the Red Waste (where Dany tickles ivories and dragons fly) to a brothel in King’s Landing (where Tyrion grins at Shae, and the women are surprisingly clothed) to the tundra north of the Wall (where the video’s version of Jon Snow could really use a new wig). Guess a sprawling series deserves a sprawling video tribute.
George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” was always an unusual fantasy series. In many ways, the books — and the wildly successful HBO show it inspired — function as a tactical deconstruction of genre classics like Lord of the Rings. There are no real heroes or villains. Magic is used sparingly, and confusingly. Important characters are famously killed off frequently; indeed, five books into the seven-book cycle, the whole concept of “important characters” seems hazy. (You can already see that forming in the TV show’s third season; the nominally heroic Stark family is dead and scattered, while relatively new additions like the Tyrells keep expanding their power.)
But to me, what really defines Martin’s story is his portrait of power. And not just power in the abstract: He is fascinated by the process of governance. Recall Ned Stark arriving in King’s Landing way back in the first book/season 1. Ned is a typical romantic-fantasy protagonist, a noble man of war: He’s Aragorn, basically, the kind of guy you want on your side to fight an invading army or a dragon. But at the first meeting of the Small Council, he learns that Westeros is facing the greatest villain of all: Tremendous financial debt. The series constantly circles back around to similar seemingly banal matters: Governments running low on money, kings forced to mediate between different factions, laws that have to be followed. A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons comprise a thousand-page-plus portrait of statecraft; coincidentally, this is why some people don’t like A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But Martin’s detail-oriented storytelling makes for compelling narrative. In a very concrete sense, Martin uses his different characters to roadmap several very different strategies for success. You know how douchey Wall Street bankers love to read The Art of War? “A Song of Ice and Fire” and Game of Thrones provide similar metaphorical business models, with intriguing lessons for anyone paying attention. READ FULL STORY
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