Fire & Blood
|Fire & Blood|
|Author||George R. R. Martin|
|Series||A Song of Ice and Fire|
|Released||November 20th, 2018|
Fire & Blood is a planned complete history of House Targaryen by George R. R. Martin. Although originally planned for publication after the completion of A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin has revealed his intent to publish the history in two volumes as the material had grown too large. The first volume, named Fire & Blood, was released on November 20th, 2018. Before being titled Fire & Blood, the history was jokingly named the GRRMarillion after J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
Much material which is set to be published in Fire & Blood originates from the writing of Martin's 2014 book The World of Ice & Fire. The World of Ice & Fire, written from the perspective of Maester Yandel, contains sections from the perspective of Archmaester Gyldayn. These sections were written by Martin on his own; however, he wrote much more than at first intended, and in the end delivered 180,000 words on Targaryen history. The great majority of this[N 1] covered Aegon's Conquest up to the end of the Regency of Aegon III.
On July 22nd, 2017, Martin revealed on his Not a Blog that the material for Fire & Blood had grown so large that the decision had been made to publish the fictional histories of the Targaryen kings in two volumes. The first volume, simply called Fire & Blood, is set to cover the history of Westeros from Aegon's Conquest up to and through the regency of the boy king, Aegon III Targaryen. In July 2017, Martin reported that the first volume of Fire & Blood is largely written already, whereas the second volume remains largely unwritten. In April 2018, Martin said that Fire & Blood, Volume Two will be completed "a few years down the pike."
Thus far, the first volume of Fire & Blood is known to contain the following texts:
- The Targaryen Conquest: Aegon I Targaryen's Conquest of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
- The Peace of the Dragon: Aegon I's reign after his Conquest. While Aegon I's reign is briefly glossed over in The World of Ice & Fire, no parts of the text have yet been published.
- The Sons of the Dragon: Focuses on the lives of Aegon I's sons, King Aenys I Targaryen and King Maegor I Targaryen, ending with Maegor's death and the ascension of Aenys's son Jaehaerys I Targaryen to the throne.
- Heirs of the Dragon: Glossing over much of the reign of Jaehaerys I, focussing on his children and the succession crisis following the deaths of his heirs, extending until the end of the reign of Jaehaerys's grandson, Viserys I Targaryen.
- The Dying of the Dragons: The tale of the great civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
- Aftermath — The Boy King and His Regents: Covering the first few years of the reign of Rhaenyra's young son Aegon III, when the realm was ruled by Aegon's regents.
The "Heirs of the Dragon" is about 17,000 words long. It focuses on the children of Jaehaerys I Targaryen and the succession questions following the deaths of his sons. An abridged version, The Rogue Prince, previously published in the anthology Rogues in 2014, uses the majority of this text.
"The Dying of the Dragons" is an account on the Dance of the Dragons, and roughly 60,000 words in length.[N 2] An abridged version of 30,000 words was included in The Princess and the Queen, which was published in the anthology Dangerous Women in 2013.
"Aftermath — The Boy King and His Regents", which covers the chaotic court intrigues during the regency of Aegon III Targaryen, has been stated to be "almost as long" as "The Dying of the Dragons" in total word count.
In February 2017, Elio Garcia, Martin's co-author of The World of Ice & Fire, reported that he had spoken with Martin at WorldCon 75, held in 2017 in Helsinki, about the first volume of Fire & Blood. Garcia reported that – in addition to the never-published material developed for The World of Ice & Fire – Martin also created entirely new material for the book, having "worked some on just fleshing out a bit" the long reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, which was previously only glossed over in "Heirs of the Dragon".
Fire & Blood will be illustrated in a similar fashion as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. According to Martin, the book is set to contain more than seventy-five black & white illustrations by Doug Wheatley.
At San Diego Comic Con 2018, Random House made a poster available featuring the Targaryen family tree that will appear in Fire & Blood. They additionally provided a signup link for their mailing list giving access to a PDF of the family tree. While this version of the family tree contained several errors,[N 3] the family tree was later republished in a finalized version and released online as PDF, from which all errors were removed.
The Targaryen family tree for Fire & Blood contains several differences compared to the one released in The World of Ice & Fire concerning the thirteen children of Jaehaerys I and Alysanne Targaryen. Prince Valerion, originally Jaehaerys's and Alysanne's ninth child, and Princess Saera, originally their twelfth born child, have been switched in birth order, making Saera the ninth born and Valerion their twelfth born. Four other children have shifted in their birth orders as well. Princess Alyssa was changed from the secondborn to the fifthborn, Princess Daella subsequently from being the fifth born to the eigthborn child, and Princess Maegelle from eighthborn to the sixthborn. Lastly, Prince Aeryn, originally the sixthborn, has been exchanged for Princess Daenerys, who has become the secondborn child of the king and queen. Regarding these changes, Elio Garcia has stated the following:
... George had some new ideas for some of the names and the stories of the children who died young, and corrected some issues that came out of his original birth order (we actually got the names of all the kids quite late in the production of TWoIaF—literally a month before we had to finalize the book—so there was not much time to interrogate it). However, the stories of those who live to adulthood, as published in TWoIaF, do remain the same (just, of course, much more detailed).
On September 2018, on his Not a Blog, George R. R. Martin published a sample from the chapter on the reign of King Jaehaerys I, recounting their royal progress to the north in 58 AC. Alongside the excerpt a portrait of King Jaehaerys I and his sister-wife Alysanne by Doug Wheatley was released..
- 160,000 words
- Previously reported to have a word count of 80,000 (Not A Blog: The Princess and the Queen (August 31, 2013)). Elio stated he believes Martin reached 80,000 in prior interviews by accidentally considering the combined word count of both The Dance of the Dragons and The Heirs of the Dragon as one big story.
- For example, Aegon I Targaryen and Rhaenys Targaryen were not connected to one another as spouses.
- Not a Blog: Fire & Blood: On The Way (April 25th, 2018)
- Not A Blog: The Rogues Are Coming...
- Not A Blog: The Dangerous Women Are Coming
- Not A Blog: The Princess and the Queen (August 31, 2013)
- Not a Blog: The Swords are Drawn (July 22, 2017)
- Youtube: Westeros.org Discusses... Fire and Blood, (Retrieved on July 27)
- Not a Blog comment: Ten Thousand Ships (May 20, 2014)
- asoiaf.westeros.org: When is 'The World of Ice & Fire' coming out v.2 (April 19, 2014)
- Vassals of Kingsgrave podcast, Elio Garcia.
- Not a Blog: A Bit More (Fake) History (January 31, 2017)
- r/asoiaf.com: (Spoilers Extended) The Possibilities for GRRM's New Novella in the Book of Swords Anthology
- Westeros.org Discusses... Worldcon (February 22, 2018)
- Not a Blog: Hugo Nominations Open (Feb 7th, 2018) – comment (Feb 14th, 2018)
- westeros.org: Fire and Blood Preview Targaryen Family Tree (July 21, 2018)
- Westeros.org: FIRE AND BLOOD Volume 1 (July 21, 2018)
- Not a Blog: A FIRE & BLOOD Excerpt just for YOU! (September 27, 2018)