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Is "The Ice Dragon" set in the same universe as "A Song of Ice and Fire"?

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 ...
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What does it mean to greet a guest with an unsheathed sword?

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 ...
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Difference between editions of A Game of Thrones from 2016

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 ...
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Did George R. R. Martin Conceive Bronn as a Younger, Cynical Version of Illyrio Mopatis?

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 ...
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Is "The Ice Dragon" set in the same universe as "A Song of Ice and Fire"?

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 ...
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Did George R. R. Martin read Romance of The Three Kingdoms?

While I've been unable to find a source which uses the precise term 'ROTK Video game' G R R Martin's LiveJournal from October 1st 2011 includes this: I have a history of being swallowed whole by ...
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What was the real-world inspiration for the Kingsguard?

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 ...
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Understanding this sex scene in A Song of Ice and Fire

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 ...
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What does it mean to greet a guest with an unsheathed sword?

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 ...
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What is the evidence supporting the idea that Aegon (young Griff) is a Blackfyre?

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 ...
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Is "The Ice Dragon" set in the same universe as "A Song of Ice and Fire"?

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 ...
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Is there evidence that the fate of some "A Song of Ice and Fire" characters was inspired by the "Divine Comedy"'s contrapasso?

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 ...
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Is there a synopsis available for A Song of Ice and Fire?

Westeros.org offers chapter by chapter summaries for all currently published material including the main A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the released chapters of The Winds of Winter, and a couple ...
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Why are German language editions of Game of Thrones much more expensive than their original version counterparts?

Looking at the links and the pictures used to represent the product, it is likely that the price difference is simply the difference from paperback to hardcover. Even here in the United States a ...
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What was the real-world inspiration for the Kingsguard?

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 ...
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What does "The beginning came long after the end" mean in George R.R. Martin's Dying of the Light?

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 ...
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