Fantasy lands: George R.R. Martin's new book reveals how the landmarks and castles in Game of Thrones TRULY appear


Fantasy author George R.R. Martin, whose 'A Song of Ice and Fire' book series has been turned into the hit HBO program 'Game of Thrones,' has a new book being released this week, which includes what he says are faithful renderings of the landmarks and castles fans know and love. Martin's book is 'The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones,' 300 pages of back story and original artwork by the some of the world's top fantasy illustrators. He has said that the Iron Throne (far left) is much larger than how it is seen on the HBO series. Martin has also admitted he was inspired by Hadrian's Wall in the United Kingdom when he imagined Castle Black at the Wall (center), where members of the Night's Watch guard Westeros from what lies beyond. The author also said that Dragonstone (far right), the former stronghold of the Targaryen clan, has been difficult for numerous artists to capture correctly.

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