George R.R. Martin Wrote 250,000 Words for Companion to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’

George R. R. Martin Wrote 250,000 Words for ‘The World of Ice and Fire’

George R.R. Martin might be many things, but he isn’t a slouch when it comes to generating words for his books. This includes any companion pieces that may come along, such as The World of Ice and Fire: The Official History of Westeros and The World of A Game of Thrones, for which he wrote 250,000… that’s 5 times what he needed. Holy crap.

Speaking about his series and Game of Thrones on a panel at ConQuest 44, Martin revealed these details about his contribution to the upcoming book (recently delayed by a year) which will be released in Fall 2014.

The premise of the “World” book is that it is a copy of a tome presented to Robert just after the Rebellion. The “article” he read was written by a Maester Glyndon. Glyndon distilled his work from three other accounts of the conquest: one from a septon, one from a Grand Maester, and one from “The Tales of Mushroom” a court fool. George actually wrote all three of these pieces as well.”

“But what about all that extra material?” I hear you ask. Don’t worry, the extra words aren’t going to go to waste, no sirree.

The extra words, a large novel’s worth, will be saved for “a project they are now calling the ‘GRRM – arillion.’” No real word on what this means, but presumably it would be a similar companion book released after the series is finished.”

Right. A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t yet complete but he’s written 250,000 words about the world and the lore behind it. I’d have to agree with Moher’s observation: “He writes a lot of words. They just aren’t the words that a lot of his fans and followers necessarily want him to write.” Would you agree? Should he knuckle down and finish the damn series? I’m not going to say yes, but I’m not going to read the series until he’s bloody-well finished it.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer May 29, 2013 - 8:04am

He can write whatever he wants. The guy obviously loves world-building. He is just enjoying the world he created. People need to get off his back about it. I was at ConQuest 44. It was a good time. We had Patrick Rothfuss there, as well. 

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Mandi Rei Serra from NorCal is reading Treasury of Royal Scandals May 29, 2013 - 8:05am

GRRM – arillion.


Finally, proof postive that one can claim GoT being like LotR, but more epic, now that one can hold up a book and call it Martin's version of the Silmarillion.