Saturday, 13 June 2015

Game of thrones influences

Some thoughts on reading the book for the first time. 

Influences from History:
King Robert Baratheon similar to Henry VIII; larger than life womaniser. Wife Anne Bolyn similar to Queen Cirsei Lannister, she was accused of having an affair with her brother and getting court jobs for her family. 

Romans, praetorian guard choosing the new emperor. Valyrian might be ancient Greece or Rome 
Ancient Egypt brother and sister marriages Pharos 

Influences from Fiction:
"Ser" Tales of King Arthur knights of the round table 
Khal Drogo of the Dothraki might be the desert from John Normans Gor series, perhaps Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom novels. 
Dune house clan war 
Zombies from many stories 
LOTR obv 
Children of the forest = Elves 

Then I read this from the author George R R Martin, he cites many influences. 

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