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'''''The World of Ice and Fire''''' is a companion volume to the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, provisionally known as a 'world book'. The book is being written by [[User:Ran|Elio Garcia]] and [[User:Linda|Linda Antonsson]] in consultation with [[George R. R. Martin]] and will be published in the [[w:United States of America|United States]] by Bantam.  
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'''''The World of Ice & Fire''''' is a companion volume to ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', provisionally known as a "world book". The full title is ''The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones''.
  
Garcia and Antonsson run ''[http://www.westeros.org Westeros]'', the largest ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' community and online concordance of information on the series on the internet. Martin has already confirmed that he sometimes uses the existing online concordance to rapidly double-check information if he is away from his notes. He has joked that his co-authors know more about the continent of [[Westeros]] than he does.
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The book was written by [[George R. R. Martin]] in collaboration with [[User:Ran|Elio Garcia]] and [[User:Linda|Linda Antonsson]]. In the [[w:United States of America|United States]] the book was published by Bantam, in the [[w:United Kingdom|United Kingdom]] by Harper Voyager.
  
They confirmed that the book will open with a historical overview of the setting, have a 'who's who' of characters and have a large amount of heraldry and at least the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] family tree, possibly more. The book will also contain a large amount of artwork, The artist [[w:Ted Nasmith|Ted Nasmith]], best known for his work on illustrated editions of [[w:J. R. R. Tolkien|J. R. R. Tolkien]] books, has been asked to do some landscape and castle portraits for the book.  
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''The World of Ice & Fire'' was released on October 28th, 2014.<ref name=barnes/><ref name=Harper/>
  
==Publication==
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==History==
According to Barnes and Noble, it will be released on October 28, 2014 and will be 336 pages long.<ref name=barnes></ref>
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[[George R. R. Martin]] announced on his website that he had signed a contract with Bantam Books for ''The World of Ice & Fire'' on September 2, 2006.<ref>GeorgeRRMartin.com: [http://www.georgerrmartin.com/bantam-to-publish-the-world-of-ice-and-fire/ Bantam to publish the World of Ice and Fire (September 2, 2006)]</ref> To write the book, Martin enlisted the aid of Elio García and Linda Antonsson, founders of ''[http://www.westeros.org Westeros.org]'', the largest ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' community and online concordance of information on the series on the internet. At the time, Martin envisioned ''The World of Ice & Fire'' to be done "in just a couple of years". However, the project took much longer to complete, and grew larger than initially intended.<ref>Rolling Stone, [https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/george-rr-martin-admits-dragons-couldnt-beat-tolkiens-smaug-fight-20141028 George R.R. Martin Admits His Dragons Couldn't Beat Tolkien's Smaug in a Fight (October 28, 2014)]</ref>
  
==References and Notes==
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In September 2012, Martin mentioned on his [[Not a Blog|blog]] that he had been writing about [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]] and [[Aegon II Targaryen]] and revealed that he had a hundred and three manuscript pages finished.<ref>[[Not a Blog]]: [https://grrm.livejournal.com/291766.html Still Writing (September 15, 2012)]</ref> A release was eventually set in late 2013, and in February of that year the book became available to pre-order at Amazon.com.<ref>Westeros.org: [http://www.westeros.org/News/Entry/14188 Pre-Order The World of Ice and Fire (February 11, 2013)]</ref> However, in May 2013 García confirmed that the book was pushed back a full year.<ref>A Forum of Ice and Fire: [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/66007-when-is-the-world-of-ice-and-fire-coming-out/&do=findComment&comment=4421633 When is the World of Ice and Fire Coming Out? (May 9, 2013)]</ref> In March 2014, the book's final title was decided upon<ref>Westeros.org: [http://www.westeros.org/News/Entry/World_of_Ice_and_Fire_Completed]</ref> and the final piece of text, on the [[Iron Islands]],<ref>[[Not a Blog]]: [http://grrm.livejournal.com/360175.html Farewell to the Iron Islands (March 8, 2014)]</ref> was completed. The book was released on October 28th, 2014.<ref name=barnes/><ref name=Harper/>
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Martin wrote a lot more text for ''The World of Ice & Fire'' than at first intended, delivering 350.000 words for the sidebars in the book while the volume itself was to have only 50.000 words of text. Using abridged versions of the texts for ''The World of Ice & Fire'', the longer, unabridged version is set to be released in a history book called ''[[Fire and Blood]]''.<ref>[[Not a Blog]]: [https://grrm.livejournal.com/519773.html A Bit More (Fake) History (January 31, 2017)]</ref>
  
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==Contents==
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''The World of Ice & Fire'' is divided in several parts:{{Ref|TWOIAF}}
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*'''Ancient History''', starting with the [[Dawn Age]], and ending with the [[Doom of Valyria]]
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*'''The Reign of the Dragons''', telling about [[Aegon's Conquest]]
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*'''The Targaryen Kings''', about the reigns of all [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] kings, beginning with King [[Aegon I Targaryen]] and ending with the reign of King [[Aerys II Targaryen]]
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*'''The Fall of the Dragons''', about the [[year of the false spring]], [[Robert's Rebellion]], and its aftermath.
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*'''The Glorious Reign'''
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*'''The Seven Kingdoms''', histories about the [[North]], the [[Wall]] and [[Beyond the Wall|Beyond]], the [[Riverlands]], the [[Vale of Arryn|Vale]], the [[Iron Islands]], the [[Westerlands]], the [[Reach]], the [[Stormlands]], and [[Dorne]].
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*'''Beyond the Sunset Kingdoms''', about the [[Free Cities]], and the [[Further East|lands east]] from there.
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*'''Appendix''', consisting out of a family tree for [[House Targaryen]], a family tree for [[House Stark]], a family tree for [[House Lannister]], and an overview of the reigns of the kings.
  
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Further, the book contains artwork by twenty-seven different artists.{{Ref|TWOIAF}} Both the art in the book, and the family trees displayed as an appendix, are completely out-of-universe.<ref>A Forum of Ice and Fire: Comments about the [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/119577-is-the-text-worth-it-besides-the-artwork/&do=findComment&comment=6416972 artwork] & the [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/119583-am-i-the-only-one-a-little-worried-about-the-information-being-unreliable/&do=findComment&comment=6402483 family trees]</ref>
  
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===Samples===
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A few sample chapters were released in the months prior to the release of the book:
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*[http://www.georgerrmartin.com/world-of-ice-and-fire-sample/ Sample Chapter]: [[Aegon's Conquest]]
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*[http://www.westeros.org/ASoWS/News/Entry/World_of_Ice_and_Fire_Excerpt_The_Rhoynar Sample Chapter]: The [[ten thousand ships|Ten Thousand Ships]]
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*Sample Chapter: a selected part of the chapter detailing the history of the [[Vale of Arryn|Vale]], released in the official app, ''[[A World of Ice and Fire]]''.{{Ref|AWOIAF}} This sample is available in the free version of the app.
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Further, Harper Voyager released a ''Fact of Ice and Fire'' in the days leading up to the release of the book, through their Twitter account.<ref>https://twitter.com/HarperVoyagerUK</ref>
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===Cover===
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The English language versions of ''The World of Ice & Fire'' are available in two versions: the red cover, displayed on the top of this page, and a black cover. The former version of the book is published by Bantam, the latter by Harper Voyager.
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==Behind the Scenes==
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There were a few typos and mistakes in the first editions of the book. Among these is that [[Alysanne Blackwood]] was the aunt of [[Benjicot Blackwood]], not his sister,<ref>A Forum of Ice and Fire: [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/116403-looking-in-the-mush-for-some-world-book-content/&page=3#comment-6440919 Looking in the MUSH for some World Book content]</ref> as well as a few mistakes in the genealogy trees. Garcia has stated these will be corrected in future editions.<reF>A Forum of Ice and Fire: [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/119534-twoiaf-spoilers-inconsistency-or-intentional/&do=findComment&comment=6440112 (TWOIAF Spoilers) Inconsistency or Intentional?]</ref>
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The conceit of the book is that it is an in-universe history text written by Maester [[Yandel]],<ref>A Forum of Ice and Fire: [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/34958-the-asoiaf-wiki-thread/&do=findComment&comment=6619478 The ASOIAF wiki thread]</ref> originally for [[Robert I Baratheon]]. However, Yandel has lived through the deaths of both Robert and [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]].{{Ref|TWOIAF| Preface}} The edition published in 2014 is the version produced by Yandel at the time of the fifth novel, ''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'', for [[Tommen Baratheon]].{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of Kings}}
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As a result, Garcia explained, for fear of angering the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]], Yandel cut out from his original draft all but the bare minimum of material on [[Eddard Stark]], [[Stannis Baratheon]], and several other figures:
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:''"In particular, Yandel starts to get quite careful when he writes about events in which various important, influential, powerful, and (most of all) still living people had a role. He has an interest in keeping his head on his neck. Ned and Stannis practically disappear from the account of the rebellion because Yandel has cut out his original account of the rebellion after Robert's death, Eddard's execution for treason, and Stannis and Renly proclaiming for the throne, and hastily did a revised and more politically acceptable one."<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/12432 Stockholm and Archipelacon Report], June 28, 2015</ref>
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==See Also==
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* [[Errata of The World of Ice & Fire]]
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The World of Ice & Fire
World of ice and fire.JPG
Author Elio Garcia
Linda Antonsson
George R. R. Martin
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Random House Publishing Group[1]
Harper Voyager[2]
Released October 28th, 2014[1][2]
Cover Artist Ted Nasmith
Media Type Print (Hardback)
audiobook & e-book
Pages 336
ISBN 9780553805444[1]
9780007580910[2]
Purchase The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice & Fire is a companion volume to A Song of Ice and Fire, provisionally known as a "world book". The full title is The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones.

The book was written by George R. R. Martin in collaboration with Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson. In the United States the book was published by Bantam, in the United Kingdom by Harper Voyager.

The World of Ice & Fire was released on October 28th, 2014.[1][2]

History

George R. R. Martin announced on his website that he had signed a contract with Bantam Books for The World of Ice & Fire on September 2, 2006.[3] To write the book, Martin enlisted the aid of Elio García and Linda Antonsson, founders of Westeros.org, the largest A Song of Ice and Fire community and online concordance of information on the series on the internet. At the time, Martin envisioned The World of Ice & Fire to be done "in just a couple of years". However, the project took much longer to complete, and grew larger than initially intended.[4]

In September 2012, Martin mentioned on his blog that he had been writing about Rhaenyra and Aegon II Targaryen and revealed that he had a hundred and three manuscript pages finished.[5] A release was eventually set in late 2013, and in February of that year the book became available to pre-order at Amazon.com.[6] However, in May 2013 García confirmed that the book was pushed back a full year.[7] In March 2014, the book's final title was decided upon[8] and the final piece of text, on the Iron Islands,[9] was completed. The book was released on October 28th, 2014.[1][2]

Martin wrote a lot more text for The World of Ice & Fire than at first intended, delivering 350.000 words for the sidebars in the book while the volume itself was to have only 50.000 words of text. Using abridged versions of the texts for The World of Ice & Fire, the longer, unabridged version is set to be released in a history book called Fire and Blood.[10]

Contents

The World of Ice & Fire is divided in several parts:[11]

Further, the book contains artwork by twenty-seven different artists.[11] Both the art in the book, and the family trees displayed as an appendix, are completely out-of-universe.[12]

Samples

A few sample chapters were released in the months prior to the release of the book:

Further, Harper Voyager released a Fact of Ice and Fire in the days leading up to the release of the book, through their Twitter account.[14]

Cover

The English language versions of The World of Ice & Fire are available in two versions: the red cover, displayed on the top of this page, and a black cover. The former version of the book is published by Bantam, the latter by Harper Voyager.

Behind the Scenes

There were a few typos and mistakes in the first editions of the book. Among these is that Alysanne Blackwood was the aunt of Benjicot Blackwood, not his sister,[15] as well as a few mistakes in the genealogy trees. Garcia has stated these will be corrected in future editions.[16]

The conceit of the book is that it is an in-universe history text written by Maester Yandel,[17] originally for Robert I Baratheon. However, Yandel has lived through the deaths of both Robert and Joffrey.[18] The edition published in 2014 is the version produced by Yandel at the time of the fifth novel, A Dance with Dragons, for Tommen Baratheon.[19]

As a result, Garcia explained, for fear of angering the Lannisters, Yandel cut out from his original draft all but the bare minimum of material on Eddard Stark, Stannis Baratheon, and several other figures:

"In particular, Yandel starts to get quite careful when he writes about events in which various important, influential, powerful, and (most of all) still living people had a role. He has an interest in keeping his head on his neck. Ned and Stannis practically disappear from the account of the rebellion because Yandel has cut out his original account of the rebellion after Robert's death, Eddard's execution for treason, and Stannis and Renly proclaiming for the throne, and hastily did a revised and more politically acceptable one."[20]

See Also

References