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Fire and Blood
Author George R. R. Martin
Country United States
Language English
Series A Song of Ice and Fire
Genre(s) Fantasy

Fire and Blood is a planned complete history of House Targaryen by George R. R. Martin.[1] Although originally planned for publication after the completion of A Song of Ice and Fire,[2] Martin has revealed his intent to publish the history in two volumes as the material had grown too large. The first volume is currently set to be set to be published in late 2018 or early 2019.[3] Before being titled Fire and Blood, the history was jokingly named the GRRMarillion[4] after J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.

Publication History

Much material meant to be published in the first volume of Fire and Blood originates from the writing of Martin's 2014 book The World of Ice and Fire. The World of Ice and Fire, written from the prospective of Maester Yandel, contained sections from the prospective of Archmaester Gyldayn. These latter sections were written by Martin. However, Martin wrote a lot more than at first intended, and delivered 180.000 words on Targaryen history. The far majority of this[N 1] covered Aegon's Conquest up to the end of the Regency of Aegon III.[5]

On July 22nd, 2017, Martin revealed on his Not a Blog that the material for Fire and Blood had grown so large, that the decision had been made to publish the fake histories of the Targaryen kings in two volumes. The first volume 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. Targaryen dynasty. Martin reported that the first volume of Fire and Blood is largely written, whereas the second volume remains largely unwritten. Though no publication date has been set yet. but it's likely that we will get the first volume of Fire and Blood in late 2018 or early 2019.[3]

As of 2014, more than 200,000 words had been written for Fire and Blood.[6] This historical account is said to cover Targaryen history through the reign of Aegon V Targaryen.[7]


Thus far, Fire and Blood is known to contain the following texts:

  • The Targaryen Conquest: Aegon I Targaryen's Conquest of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.[5]
  • The Peace of the Dragon: Details of Aegon I's reign after the Conquest. This has never been publicly released, but will be included in Fire and Blood: Volume 1. Elio and Linda drew on information in this for the general outline of the "Aegon I" chapter following the "Conquest" chapter of The World of Ice and Fire, and scattered other notes about events during Aegon I's reign in the regional histories (apparently much of the material about the First Dornish War is actually in this section).[8]
  • The Sons of the Dragon:[9] Focused 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:[10] 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:[10] The tale of the great civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
  • Aftermath — The Boy King and His Regents:[10] 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.[10]

"The Dying of the Dragons" is an account on the Dance of the Dragons, and roughly 60,000 words in length.[10][N 2] An abridged version of 30,000 words was included in The Princess and the Queen,[4] which was published in the anthology Dangerous Women in 2013.

Similarly, an edited-down version of "The Sons of the Dragon" was released in October 2017 titled "The Sons of the Dragon" in the anthology The Book of Swords.[9]

"Aftermath", covering the chaotic court intrigues during the regency era of Aegon III, is actually stated to be "nearly as long" as "The Dance of the Dragons" itself in total wordcount - almost all of this had to be cut from The World of Ice and Fire, which only gives a general glossing over of major events lasting barely 3,000 words.[5]


  1. 160.000 words
  2. 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 Dragon and The Heirs of the Dragon as one big story.