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Approximate location of the Summer Islands. Geography is speculative

The Summer Islands or Summer Isles are a large archipelago located to the south of Westeros and Essos, and west of Sothoryos. The islands separate the Sunset Sea to the west from the Summer Sea to the east. The northern-most islands of the group have been mapped, but it is not known how far south the island chain extends. The mapped portion of the chain includes three large islands and numerous smaller ones.

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History

The history of the Summer Islands is not known in detail. However, some years after Robert's Rebellion there was a civil war on Jhala which saw Prince Jalabhar Xho of the Red Flower Vale deposed. He sought refuge in King's Landing and spent many years petitioning King Robert Baratheon for military assistance in retaking his homeland. Robert was attracted by the idea of invading the Summer Islands, but his advisors convinced him it was a foolhardy venture. Despite this negative response, Xho remains in exile in King's Landing.[1][2]

Geography

The three largest islands, from north to south, are Walano, Omboru and Jhala. The Smiling Sea divides Walano and Omboru, and the Indigo Straits divide Omboru from Jhala. Walano contains the capital of the Summer Islands, Lotus Port, as well as the towns of Last Lament and Tall Trees Town. Jhala contains the settled valleys of Red Flower Vale and Sweet Lotus Vale, including the city of Ebonhead. The numerous smaller islands include Koj and the Isle of Birds, among others.[3]

Culture

The natives of the islands are an ebony-skinned people who speak their own language and often wear capes of brightly colored feathers. The act of lovemaking is considered an important and even holy skill. Prostitution is a respectable profession, practiced even by the high-born islanders. Summer Islanders respect their elderly, and mourning customs include celebrating the dead with wine and lovemaking.[4][5]

The Summer Islands are known for their swan ships. Archery is another important cultural skill, and their special bows have a longer range than most others, giving their merchant boats added defense against pirates. According to semi-canon sources, the Summer Islanders are regarded as the best archers in the known world.[6]

The best bows are made of the golden wood from the Summer Isles. The golden wood that the Islanders are famous for comes from the goldenheart tree which are only found on the Summer Islands.[7][8] They also make a sweet amber wine.[9] Their diet consists primarily of fruits and fish.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lords from the Summer Islands are among the guests who attend the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo.[11]

A Storm of Swords

Exotic dancers from the Summer Islands perform at the royal wedding of King Joffrey Baratheon and Queen Margaery Tyrell in King's Landing.[12]

A Feast for Crows

Garin tells Arianne Martell that according to sailors in Planky Town, a new corsair king has risen in the Basilisk Isles and has raided Tall Trees Town.[13]

The exiled Prince Jalabhar Xho petitions the Iron Throne for aid in retaking his seat, the Red Flower Vale, but is denied once more by Queen Cersei Lannister.[2]

A Dance with Dragons

Fighters from the Summer Islands are among those who come to Meereen to battle in Daznak's Pit, including one ebon-skinned spearman who fights and loses to Khrazz.[14]

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