Fire & Blood

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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 Volume 1 is known to contain the following texts:

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 Dragons and The Heirs of the Dragon as one big story.