George R.R. Martin
Birth Date: September 20, 1948
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Pen Names: George R.R. Martin
Occupation: Novelist short story writer screenwriter
Genre: Science fiction, horror & fantasy
No. of books written: At least 27
- Unknown to many, George R.R. Martin is an avid comic book fan. He grew up with a particular fondness for Marvel stories such as the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. He currently has a large collection of comic books and is still a heavy reader to this day.
- George R. R. Martin has always had deep philosophical problems with war. He avoided the Vietnam War draft as a conscientious objector. Instead, he served in a 2-year alternative service with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation from 1973 to 1976. He opposes the idea of glorifying war and deliberately depicts the harsh realities of warfare in his novels.
- Long before Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin was an award-winning sci-fi and horror novelist. The unexpected and commercial failure of his fourth book, The Armageddon Rag (1983), “…essentially destroyed my career as a novelist at the time,” Martin recalled. The Armageddon Rag is a mystery-fantasy novel that was co-published in 1983 by both Poseidon Press and The Nemo Press and reprinted numerous times.
- Even though the book was nominated for the Locus and World Fantasy awards, it was a complete commercial disaster. It was one of those projects that were near and dear to Martin’s heart. He was so distraught at the commercial failure of one of his favorite novels, that he wrote less and ultimately went into writing for television. Even worse, he did so to stay afloat artistically and financially.
Notable Characters Created
Also known as: Aegon Targaryen, Lord Snow, The Bastard of Winterfell
Titles: Warden of the North, King in the North, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch
Status: Alive (Resurrected)
Mother: Lyanna Stark
Father: Rhaegar Targaryen
Birthplace: Tower of Joy
Allegiance: House Stark
Religion: The Old Gods of the Forest
Lovers: Daenerys Targaryen, Ygritte (Deceased)
From infancy, Jon is presented as the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark, Lyanna’s brother, and raised by Eddard alongside his lawful children at Winterfell but his true parentage is kept secret from everyone, including Jon himself.
In order to escape his bastard status, Jon joins the Night’s Watch and is eventually chosen as Lord Commander. However, he is later murdered in a mutiny and resurrected by the Red Priestess Melisandre.
Freed from his Night’s Watch vows, Jon joins his cousin, Sansa Stark, in building an army and together they retake Winterfell from House Bolton, restoring House Stark’s dominion over the North with Jon being declared the new King in the North.
However, after successfully capturing a wight and presenting it to the Lannisters as proof that the Army of the Dead is real, Jon pledges himself and his army to Daenerys Targaryen, Rhaegar’s sister, and steps down as King of the North.
Also known as: Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Daenerys Stormborn, Dany, The Unburnt, The Breaker of Chains, The Mother of Dragons, The Dragon Queen.
Titles: Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms,
Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Lady of Dragonstone, Queen of Meereen
Mother: Rhaella Targaryen
Father: Aerys Targaryen II
Siblings: Rhaegar Targaryen, Viserys Targaryen
Allegiance: House Targaryen
Weapons: 3 Dragons, Unsullied army, All known existing Dothraki Khalasars, Second Sons
Lovers: Daario Naharis (formerly), Jon Snow
Also known as: The Imp, The Little Lion, The Demon Monkey, The Dwarf of Casterly Rock
Titles: Lord of Casterly Rock (disputed), Acting Hand of the King (formerly; to Joffrey I), Hand of the Queen (claimant, to Daenerys I)
Mother: Joanna Lannister
Father: Tywin Lannister
Birthplace: Casterly Rock
Siblings: Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister
Allegiance: House Lannister (by birth), House Targaryen (by pledge)
Religion: Faith of the Seven
Lovers: Shae (Deceased)
His abduction by Catelyn Stark for a crime he did not commit serves as one of the catalysts of the War of the Five Kings. After escaping his captors, Tyrion is appointed by his father as acting Hand of the King to Joffrey Baratheon and successfully defends King’s Landing against Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of the Blackwater, after which he is stripped of his power, demoted to Master of Coin and eventually framed for Joffrey’s murder. After his champion, Oberyn Martell, dies in Tyrion’s trial by combat, Tyrion flees to Essos with help from Jaime and Varys after murdering his father.