George R.R. Martin Saves Wolves, Spares Boy

George R.R. Martin Saves Wolves, Spares Boy

George R.R. Martin might not spare many of his characters, but he has a soft spot for wolves and kindly fans.

Over the last month, George R.R. Martin, author of Song of Ice And Fire, used a crowd-funded campaign to raise over $450,000 for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Among the many incentives, two donors would receive the honor of being killed in Martin's next book.

Though the two spots were claimed, and the donation required was $20,000, a 13-year-old boy wrote Martin a letter asking to be part of the contest. He scrounged together £153 ($260 'Merican) and included it with the letter, a quick but heartfelt note that described the boy's love for wolves, his plans to become a conservationist, and although he's "not allowed to watch certain bits of Game Of Thrones" he ended the letter by saying "A gruesome, grizzly death is all I ask for."

Martin responded:

Dear Jack,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt, touching note.

I’ve heard that you donated all your £153 pocket money savings to my Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I cannot tell you how much that moved me. It pleases me no end to know that my novels, and the TV series based on them, have inspired readers as young as yourself to rally to the support of these majestic and too often stigmatized animals.

Alas, I cannot promise you a grisly death in THE WIND OF WINTERS. Those spots have already been filled by some very generous donors, and there’s a limit to how many people even I can kill.

However, inspired by your example, my friends at Prizeo and I would love to follow your lead with a $10,000 donation in your name to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. That’s a wonderful organization that I've heard much about, and they are lucky to count people like you as supporters.

I wish you the best of luck in your future career as a wolf conservationist, and hope that you inspire many others to follow your lead.


Well done, Mr. Martin, and an interesting example of celebrity crowdfunding in opposition to Zach Braff's funding of his own movie or Melissa Joan Hart's attempt to fund her own movie, or celebrity Zosia Mamet's attempt to fund an album, or...

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Alex Hurst July 25, 2014 - 5:14am

Great stuff, here. You go, GRRM! :)