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No, it is not. Someone asked the author this question on his LiveJournal page, and for once he gave a straight answer: Is The Ice Dragon in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire like the back cover of it says? GRRM: No, it is not. The world of Ice & Fire did not exist when I wrote THE ICE DRAGON.


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It's been a long time since I've read the books, but I read a lot of romances, and the idea is similar. Basically, she's teasing him about cunnilingus (the act of giving oral sex to a female/someone with a vulva) - she's surprised he knew what to do (or perhaps more accurately, surprised it is something someone would even think to do), and is curious how he ...


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This is a sign of hostility. Times are hard between the Starks and Tyrion at this time, since Tyrion is suspected for trying to murder Bran earlier in the book. The scene that follows between Rob and Tyrion is filled with hostile comments, glares, and movements. This is hinted at in the unsheathed sword quote; the hospitality laws are very important in ...


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I am inclined to say that they are the same book, just produced under different publishers. When searching on Amazon (in the United States) for "A Game of Thrones: 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition". I am presented with the two different covers that your searches also provided. You will notice that the Harper cover is shown second even though it is an ...


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I don't see quite the connection that you have made here. The situations are really quite different. Also, don't forget the show is vastly different from the books... A few key differences are: Varys and Illyrio were both poor when they met and teamed up and worked together to become rich. Bronn is the poor one and uses a chance encounter to befriend ...


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It's not in the same universe. Take it from the author himself, answering the same question in the comment section of his blog. No, it is not. The world of Ice & Fire did not exist when I wrote THE ICE DRAGON. (GRRM)


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There have been (elite) guard units throughout history, such as the cohortes praetoriae and the numerus Batavorum during the Roman Empire, the Pushtigban and the Gond-i Shahanshah of the Sassanid Empire, etc. However, due to the celibacy, the first organisation that comes to mind is the Pontifical Swiss Guard: Recruits to the guards must be unmarried ...


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Mostly we have evidence from symbolism used from different points of view. None of this is explicitly confirmed, but where there is smoke there is Fire and Blood. The Mummer's Dragon Daenerys has a vision in the House of the Undying: Then phantoms shivered through the murk, images in indigo. Viserys screamed as the molten gold ran down his cheeks and ...


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The two other answers have shown the directly George denies the connection, but ice dragons do (might) exist in Planetos... Of all the queer and fabulous denizens of the Shivering Sea, however, the greatest are the ice dragons. These colossal beasts, many times larger than the dragons of Valyria, are said to be made of living ice, with eyes of pale blue ...


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George has certainly made many references and homages in A Song of Ice and Fire. However, the only direct mention I can find of Dante by Martin is the following: Two thousand years after the assassination of Julius Caeser, people are still debating whether or not that was an honorable act. Dante put Brutus and Cassius in the lowest level of hell for ...


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Possibly some inspiration came from the Order of the Garter. During a general interview regarding question on the Kingsguard he mentioned the Knights of the Garter. Institutions like the Kingsguard change over time. The original Knights of the Garter were warriors all, the strongest, bravest, deadliest men of their time, with an average age under thirty....


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The whisperjewel is a piece of jewelry. He has given it to her - presumably at the start of a romantic relationship. From the passage, we do not know more about her. Further reading shows that this jewel came back into the possession of the protagonist. The relationship has ended, it's over. But the piece of jewelry reminds him of the beginning of that ...


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Ygritte wants to know how special she is. Jon had just gone on and on about how much he loved her and what he loved. "I know I want you," he heard himself say, all his vows and all his honor forgotten. She stood before him naked as her name day, and he was as hard as the rock around them. He had been in her half a hundred times by now, but always ...


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Tyrion tells us in his own response to Robb... It means he is not welcome and as a sign disrespect. "Any man of the Night's Watch," the dwarf repeated, "but not me, do I take your meaning, boy?" Robb even goes as far as to point the sword directly at Tyrion making the threat perfectly clear. Robb stood and pointed at the little man with his sword. "...


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