Errata of The Rise of the Dragon
This page contains the errata for The Rise of the Dragon.
In his A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R. R. Martin uses the "unreliable narrator". As such, not all inconsistencies in the books that are mistakes. However, Martin has expressed that accidental mistakes can distract from the planned inconsistencies, making them less effective. As such, the pages indexed here represent a collection of gathered possible and confirmed mistakes and, if possible, their confirmed corrections within Martin's series.
What you will not find on this page are discussions of information from the So Spake Martins which contradicts with more recently released printed material, contradictions found in sample chapters from unreleased books (e.g. The Winds of Winter), or speculations about possible solutions.
Examples of what will not be found on the errata pages include:
- According to Osha, "the blue star in the rider's eye" of the constellation the Ice Dragon points north. However, when Bran Stark later recalls Osha's statement, he does so incorrectly: "The blue star in the dragon's eye pointed the way north, as Osha told him once."
- Differences in views on certain events. While the "commonly told story about the Battle of the Bells" apparently states that Robert I Baratheon and Jon Connington did not come face to face during the battle (as stated by Maester Yandel ["Rightly famed is Robert's grand victory at Stoney Sept, also called the Battle of the Bells, where he slew the famous Ser Myles Mooton—once Prince Rhaegar's squire—and five men besides, and might well have killed the new Hand, Lord Connington, had the battle brought them together."] and Harwin of Winterfell ["Robert came out of hiding to join the fight when the bells began to ring. He slew six men that day, they say. One was Myles Mooton, a famous knight who'd been Prince Rhaegar's squire. He would have slain the Hand too, but the battle never brought them together."]), Connington himself recalls it rather differently ("Bells and battle followed, and Robert emerged from his brothel with a blade in hand, and almost slew Jon on the steps of the old sept that gave the town its name.").
The Rise of the Dragon
The Arrival of the Targaryens
- The island of Dragonstone is described as the "largest" of the "rocky isles of Blackwater Bay". This is an error and should have said "second largest" as Driftmark is larger.
Aegon's Landing and Conquest
The Reign of Aegon I
The Dragon's Kin
- In his early life, Prince Aenys is described as weak and sickly, and his health even worsened after the death of his mother Rhaenys in 10 AC, until he began to thrive when he bonded with the hatchling dragon Quicksilver. However, according to Fire & Blood, Aenys bonded with Quicksilver and began to thrive in 7 AC, three years before Rhaenys's death.
- It is mentioned that rumors about Queen Rhaenys's infidelity and Prince Aenys's secret paternity arose after Rhaenys's death and Aenys's bonding with Quicksilver. However, in The World of Ice & Fire those whispers are not temporally related to the queen's demise and it is said they no longer circulated once the prince was given Quicksilver.
The Reign of Maegor I
War with the Faith Militant
- Jon Hogg is once misspelled as "John Hogg".
- Lord Manfred Hightower is stated to have died in 43 AC whereas he died in 41 AC in Fire & Blood.
The Reign of Jaehaerys I
The King's Works
- "[…] Walton had been slain by one of Maegor's former Kingsguard, whom Jaehaerys had exiled to the Wall." This sentence should be rephrased as Lord Walton Stark did not die at the hands of the former Kingsguard Ser Raymund Mallery, but rather at the hands of a giant while hunting Raymund and his mutineers beyond the Wall.
- Ser Ronnal Baratheon is mentioned to have been in exile before returning to the stormlands shortly before dying of the Shivers. This is a mistake, Ronnal was never exiled but some of his brothers did; Ronnal's older brother, Ser Borys Baratheon, chose to leave the stormlands over his frustration about being supplanted as the heir to Storm's End by his young nephew and niece, Boremund and Jocelyn Baratheon. Ronnal's youngest brother, Ser Orryn Baratheon was exiled for a decade after attempting to abduct Princess Rhaella Targaryen.
- "Aegon I's reign" should be changed into "Aenys I's reign" in the following sentence: "The first and most dangerous threatened Aegon I's reign until he was killed in 37 AC."
- The Shivers is said to "ran its course late in 61 AC". The date is incorrect and should be rectified to "late in 60 AC" in future editions.
The Later Reign
The Reign of Aegon II
The Death of Dragons
- It is mentioned that Rhaenyra Targaryen blamed Manfryd Mooton for Daemon Targaryen’s death in the Battle Above the Gods Eye. However, in Fire & Blood there are no references about Rhaenyra hearing the news of Daemon's demise after his escape from Maidenpool.
- Patrice Hightower is misspelled in the index as "Patrise Hightower".
- Vickon Greyjoy is misspelled in the index as "Vikon Greyjoy".
- Willam Stafford is misspelled in the index as "William Stafford".
- So Spake Martin: TO BE CONTINUED (CHICAGO, IL; MAY 6-8) (MAY 6, 2001)
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
- The Rise of the Dragon, The Conquest: The Arrival of the Targaryens.
- asoiaf.westeros.org: Two Weeks Until The Rise of the Dragon – Comment by Ran (November 4, 2022)
- The Rise of the Dragon, The Conquest: Aegon's Landing and Conquest.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
- The Rise of the Dragon, The Reign of Maegor I: War with the Faith Militant.
- The Rise of the Dragon, The Reign of Jaehaerys I: The King's Works.
- Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
- The Rise of the Dragon, The Reign of Jaehaerys I: The Later Reign.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- The Rise of the Dragon, Index.