There is no denying that the Iron Throne from HBO‘s Game Of Thrones is iconic. The seat of kings in the Seven Kingdoms, and according to legend made up of a thousand blades, heated in the breath of the dragon Balerion the Black Dread. A monstrosity of spikes and jagged blades recognizable even to those who do not watch the show. Too bad it is way too tiny and modest according to writer/creator George R.R. Martin.
Taking to his LiveJournal, Martin unveiled a painting closer to what he see’s with his minds eye when writing the books.
Brace yourself, big ass awesome furniture is coming…
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That’s the Iron Throne as painted by the amazing Marc Simonetti (and if you haven’t gotten his 2013 Ice & Fire calendar, better hurry, the year’s half over) for the upcoming concordance, THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. It’s a rough, not a final version, so what you see in the book will be more polished. But Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it. From now on, THIS will be the reference I give to every other artist tackling a throne room scene. This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Assymetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes…a symbol of conquest…it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few.
This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.
Look on his works, ye mighty, and despair.
Oh sure, it’s more impressive than the one we get on TV, but is it practical? Imagine wandering through the throne room late at night in the dark and stubbing your toe on it… Exactly.