“A Game Of Thrones – Illustrated Edition” – Sneak Peak


Penguin Random House had announced in July a 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of George R.R Martin’s Epic Masterpiece “A Game Of Thrones”. The first book of the “A Song Of Ice And Fire” Series was released 20 years ago and sparked 4 following books, with 2 more coming along the way in order to complete the Fantasy Saga.

To commemorate it, they decided to re-release it as an illustrated edition, akin to how some editions of Tolkien’s “Lord Of The Rings” books are released. The illustrations, all approved by GRRM himself can serve as an aid to the reader. Vanity Fair magazine released a report with 10 images that will appear on the book when it gets released. Some of these might look familiar to fans of the saga as they were tied in to the Fantasy Flight Game of the same name.

The Iron Throne

Credit: Marc Simonetti/Penguin Random House
Credit: Marc Simonetti/Penguin Random House


Now THIS, is how GRRM had imagined the Iron Throne to look like. Forged from more than a thousand melted swords of Aegon Targaryen’s enemies, the throne is described to be anything from 10 to 16 feet high, as well as bulky and imposing to those who stand in front of it. The HBO series had it made in a much more conservative way, even having Varys and Littlefinger throw jabs at it: “There’s not even 1,000 swords in there”, “I’d say two, three hundred at most”.

Beyond The Wall

Credit: Magali Villeneuve/Penguin Random House
Credit: Magali Villeneuve/Penguin Random House

The opening chapter of “A Game Of Thrones”, three brothers of the Nights Watch, Ser Waymar Royce, Will and Gared, are patrolling beyond the wall. After encountering a group of slaughtered wildlings, they get ambushed by the Others (White Walkers in the HBO Series). This depiction of the Walkers is more in line with how GRRM had they pictured. Taller and more statuesque than men, with more glow to them that symbolizes and projects their cold aura of eternal winter.

Among The Crows – Bran Climbs In Winterfell

Credit: Marc Simonetti/Penguin Random House
Credit: Marc Simonetti/Penguin Random House

The raw, direct and completely unpredictable cliffhanger at the end of this chapter can be seen as the very first “WTF” moment in the entire series where readers begin to get hooked. Bran Stark, after being warned by his mother not to do it, continues to climb and jump all over Winterfell’s towers and rooftops while his father, the visiting king, and his men are out hunting. After stumbling on the queen and her twin brother going at it, and getting caught for it, we get to witness the first moment that makes this book, and this series completely unpredictable: “The things I do for Love”, as Jaime Lannister pushes Bran off the balcony, hoping to kill him in the process and pass it off as an accident. All the subsequent events stem from that one particular moment.

Daenerys Targaryen And Her Wedding Gifts

Credit: Levi Pinfold, Penguin Random House
Credit: Levi Pinfold, Penguin Random House

Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding to Khal Drogo marks the beginning of her journey into regaining the Iron Throne back. Still a soft spoken teenager with no real world experience, having been in hiding all her life, she is now the center of attention in this Targaryen/Dothraki union. Ilyrio Mopatis, who had sheltered her and her brother in Pentos offers her 3 Dragon Eggs, which will yield her biggest assets once the first book ends. An exiled knight from her homeland, Ser Jorah Mormont, offers her a book of the history of Westeros and its families. Her new husband would offer her the gift she cherishes the most then: a white stallion for her to mount with the Dothraki horde once they are to return to Vaes Dothrak.

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