A Song of Ice and Fire began life as a trilogy, and has since expanded to six books. As J. R. R. Tolkien once said, the tale grew in the telling.
The setting for the books is the great continent of Westeros, in a world both like and unlike our own, where the seasons last for years and sometimes decades. Standing hard against the sunset sea at the western edge of the known world, Westeros stretches from the red sands of Dorne in the south to the icy mountains and frozen fields of the north, where snow falls even during the long summers.
The children of the forest were the first known inhabitants of Westeros, during the Dawn of Days: a race small of stature who made their homes in the greenwood, and carved strange faces in the bone-white weirwood trees. Then came the First Men, who crossed a land bridge from the larger continent to the east with their bronze swords and horses, and warred against the children for centuries before finally making peace with the older race and adopting their nameless, ancient gods. The Compact marked the beginning of the Age of Heroes, when the First Men and the children shared Westeros, and a hundred petty kingdoms rose and fell.
Other invaders came in turn. The Andals crossed the narrow sea in ships, and with iron and fire they swept across the kingdoms of the First Men, and drove the children from their forests, putting many of the weirwoods to the ax. They brought their own faith, worshiping a god with seven aspects whose symbol was a seven-pointed star. Only in the far north did the First Men, led by the Starks of Winterfell, throw back the newcomers. Elsewhere the Andals triumphed, and raised kingdoms of their own. The children of the forest dwindled and disappeared, while the First Men intermarried with their conquerors.
The Rhoynar arrived some thousands of years after the Andals, and came not as invaders but as refugees, crossing the seas in ten thousand ships to escape the growing might of the Freehold of Valyria. The lords freeholder of Valyria ruled the greater part of the known world; they were sorcerers, great in lore, and alone of all the races of man they had learned to breed dragons and bend them to their will. Four hundred years before the opening of A Song of Ice and Fire, however, the Doom descended on Valyria, destroying the city in a single night. Thereafter the great Valyrian empire disintegrated into dissension, barbarism, and war.
Westeros, across the narrow sea, was spared the worst of the chaos that followed. By that time only seven kingdoms remained where once there had been hundreds-but they would not stand for much longer. A scion of lost Valyria named Aegon Targaryen landed at the mouth of the Blackwater with a small army, his two sisters (who were also his wives), and three great dragons. Riding on dragonback, Aegon and his sisters won battle after battle, and subdued six of the seven Westerosi kingdoms by fire, sword, and treaty. The conqueror collected the melted, twisted blades of his fallen foes, and used them to make a monstrous, towering barbed seat: the Iron Throne, from which he ruled henceforth as Aegon, the First of His Name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.
The dynasty founded by Aegon and his sisters endured for most of three hundred years. Another Targaryen king, Daeron the Second, later brought Dorne into the realm, uniting all of Westeros under a single ruler. He did so by marriage, not conquest, for the last of the dragons had died half a century before. The Hedge Knight, published in the first Legends, takes place in the last days of Good King Daeron`s reign, about a hundred years before the opening of the first of the Ice and Fire novels, with the realm at peace and the Targaryen dynasty at its height. It tells the story of the first meeting between Dunk, a hedge knight`s squire, and Egg, a boy who is rather more than he seems, and of the great tourney at Ashford Meadow. The Sworn Sword, the tale that follows, picks up their story a year or so later.
George Raymond Richard Martin George R.R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father, Raymond Collins Martin, was a loader, his mother`s name was Margaret Brady Martin. George has 2 sisters Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten. Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He started writing very early: Martin sold his stories about monsters to the neighbors` children. He later became a fan of comics. Collecting them in high school, he began to come up with stories for specialized fan magazines. The first professional sale took place in 1970, when Martin was 21 years old. "The Hero" was acquired by Galaxy, and published in the 1971 issue. From this year on, Martin`s work began to be published. George Martin graduated with honors in 1970 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois). He has a Master`s degree in Journalism. In the 70s, Martin worked as a volunteer...
George Raymond Richard Martin George R.R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father, Raymond Collins Martin, was a loader, his mother`s name was Margaret Brady Martin. George has 2 sisters Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten. Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He started writing very early: Martin sold his stories about monsters to the neighbors` children. He later became a fan of comics. Collecting them in high school, he began to come up with stories for specialized fan magazines. The first professional sale took place in 1970, when Martin was 21 years old. "The Hero" was acquired by Galaxy, and published in the 1971 issue. From this year on, Martin`s work began to be published. George Martin graduated with honors in 1970 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois). He has a Master`s degree in Journalism. In the 70s, Martin worked as a volunteer at VISTA, and at the same time was the director of chess (in 1973-1976 Martin headed the Continental Chess Association) and teacher (in 1976-1978 Martin was an instructor journalist at the College in Iowa (Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa)). Also worth mentioning is that in 1972-1974 Martin served in alternative military service with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. In 1975 Martin married Gale Burnick, but in 1979 they filed for divorce without becoming parents. In 1979 Martin completely devoted himself to literature. Martin later moved to Hollywood and co-edited CBS`s Twilight Zone in 1986. A year later Martin served as Executive Consultant for CBS`s Beauty and the Beast. he executive produced Doorways for Columbia Pictures. Martin currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy) of America, and he is also a member of the Writers Guild of America. [Collapse collapsed title = Hobbies] From the collection of J. Martin: I not only write about knights, but also collect them. In particular, miniatures of medieval knights and just toy knights. energetic American boys in my childhood I had Marx`s castle and a few plastic knights, I loved watching movies about Robin Hood, Sir Lancelot on TV, went to the movies on Prince Valiant. no matter how sad it is, I matured and toy knights and Marx`s castle followed the path of most toys ... but in 1996, during the painful period of writing my fantasy epic, my old hobbies came to life and I began to buy miniatures again. I collect miniatures in 54mm scale, so called "toy soldiers", sometimes I switch to 70mm scale for nifty Elastolin plastics. These days 25mm "wargame" models are more common, but in my opinion they are too small ... and I have not seen a model among them that can match the beautifully detailed 54mm scale. My collection is strictly medieval, but within this period my taste is eclectic. I collect plastic, pewter and composite figures; painted and not painted; new and old; from cheap plastic of the Marx castle to modern masterpieces coming out in Russia. From time to time I paint the figures myself. It`s quite interesting and helps to see that world, but my work will never be compared with the masterpieces of the masters of painting that I collect. George R. R. Martin © 7kingdoms.ru [/ collapse] [collapse collapsed title = Bibliography, sites, portals, blogs] Incomplete bibliography George Martin on crows.ru (as a bonus, the first 3 spoiler chapters from the unreleased book " Dance with dragons " ) Full bibliography George RR Martin at 7kingdoms.ru (as a bonus, a translation of the third story from the Stories of Dunk and Egg "Mysterious knight" ) deniy George Martin published in Russian Huge collection Fantasy pictures around the world of J. Martin, structured by houses and characters. Even more huge Gallery of artists inspired by the world of "Songs of Ice and Fire" on the site 7kingdoms.ru Huge Russian-language Martin Forum Even more huge, official < a href = "http://forum.chronarda.ru/index.php?s=7e3d161421d2f26bc638b65084d61a8a&showforum=139" title = "Russian Forum of Ice and Fire"> Russian-language forum on the world of Martin Official site George Martin Author`s non-blog George Martin The only Russian-language portal based on the works of George Martin Russian Encyclopedia around the world" Songs of Ice and Fire "by George Martin The only and unique, Russian" Great Atlas of Westeros and Essos "[/ collapse]