Top ASOIAF Websites
The growing popularity of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), coupled with the recent release of its hit HBO television adaptation has given rise to numerous forums, discussion boards, and fan pages. Below are ten of the best ASOIAF sites covering news, updates, comprehensive guides to both the books and television series, and just about everything under the sun that is somehow related to the world of Westeros.
Top A Song of Ice and Fire Related Websites:
- George R.R. Martin´s Official Website : Every fan of A Song of Ice and Fire should visit George R. R. Martin’s (GRRM) official website at least once. The design of the homepage alone is sure to be a treat as it features banners bearing the sigils of each of the major houses in Westeros. Fans can catch up with the latest news and updates regarding this bestselling series. There is also a fan art gallery, where Martin shares the photos and artworks sent by the readers. Followers of the author himself can learn more about Martin and his works through the pages showcasing his biography, bibliography, and even his collection of toy knights and miniatures. Hardcore fans will enjoy the collector’s page and even grab the opportunity to purchase a signed, out-of-print book. Unfortunately, the Seven Kingdoms T-shirt Shop is closed until further notice, but one can still visit the site – if only to marvel at the designs.
- GRRM’s Live Journal : This is not a blog. George R. R. Martin cannot stress that fact enough. He even named his official live journal “Not A Blog”. Dear fans, take heart. Most of the updates and posts are related to A Song of Ice and Fire, though Martin has taken the liberty of sneaking in some posts about other topics such as comics, books, baseball, politics, and whatever else he wishes to talk about. After all, this is not a blog. He simply does not have the time to come up with an actual, full-blown weblog. Oh, and if he does not post for months on end, it does not mean he’s fallen off the face of the earth. On the contrary, fans should rejoice! If he’s not posting, he’s likely too busy – hopefully writing the next book in the series.
- Westeros : This is the ultimate ASOIAF fan site. Access the wiki site for a comprehensive guide to the world, its characters, and their stories. Drop by the Citadel for more in-depth information on specialized thematic resources, including maps, book reviews, prophecies, correspondence with GRRM, and FAQs. There is also a subpage dedicated to the HBO television adaptation. One other interesting part of this site is the “All Sorts of Weird Stuff” section that discusses everything that is remotely related to ASOIAF, without being directly tied to the book or series. This “weird stuff” includes assorted ASOIAF products and their derivations, notable events, and other tidbits of information such as the appearance of a replica of Jon Snow’s sword in an episode of Big Bang Theory. The most popular sub-domains of the site are the Blood of Dragons and A Forum of Ice and Fire. Blood of Dragons gives fans a chance to experience the world of Westeros to the fullest through an online, text-based role-playing game that is fully approved by GRRM. A Forum of Ice and Fire is the largest ASOIAF forum, with over 15,000 registered members discussing everything there is to know about the series.
- Tower of the Hand : Need chapter-by-chapter summaries of each of the ASOIAF books? Look no further than the Tower of the Hand, a website that serves as an unofficial companion to GRRM’s bestselling series. This site is a godsend for those who need a quick recap of the books before delving into the series’ next release. Every single page in the site is painstakingly cross-referenced and hyperlinked such that one could look at the summary of a book, jump to the profile of a character within that summary, access details about an important event in that character’s history, and so on. Tower of the Hand also includes in-depth guides to the television series and the Tales of Dunk and Egg, a series of prequel novellas crafted by GRRM.
- HBO: Game of Thrones : This is the official site of the hit HBO television series. It includes episode synopses, production diaries, commentaries, and detailed information about the cast and crew. There are also several bonus features created especially for the viewers such as avatars, screensavers, and wallpapers. One thing every fan should not miss is the downloadable viewer’s guide that provides a map of the world of ASOIAF and the family trees of each of its noble houses. Those who missed the first season can watch all the episodes online via HBO GO. This service, however, is limited to residents of the United States.
- Winter is Coming : This serves as a fan site for the television adaptation of ASOIAF. It provides news, rumors, speculations, and discussion boards. Because the risk of spoilers in sites of this kind is quite high, the moderators have come up with a rule for spoilers to be blacked out when providing comments. They also keep a close eye out for any possible spoiler slip ups and remedy these as quickly as possible, making this a good site for new viewers who have not yet had the chance to read all the books. The site also provides information on cast, crew, and episodes, and maintains an FAQ. In addition, there are numerous links to related media such as publicity photos, trailers, behind the scenes photos, and fan art, among many others.
- Game of Thrones AudioBook : This website is dedicated to the AudioBook adaptations of the ASOIAF books. It gives a short summary and review of each of the novels, along with details on the length, publisher, and narrator. There is a separate section discussing Roy Dotrice, the award-winning British actor who lent his voice to the AudioBooks and successfully brought to life the world of Westeros and each of its hundreds of characters. To date, all books have been converted into AudioBook format, including the latest release – A Dance with Dragons. The site also provides links to where each AudioBook can be bought or downloaded.
- A Song of Ice and Fire AKA Daenerys Targaryen : While this site claims to be dedicated to the “rich and epic fantasy world of A Song of Ice and Fire”, it is actually a shrine to one of the more popular heroines of the book, Daenerys Targaryen. The website provides a complete biography of Dany’s exploits, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. It also contains detailed information about The Unsullied warriors and two major Dothraki battles, namely the Battle of Qohor and the Battle of Yunkai. A large chunk of the site is dedicated to the military power of dragons. Most of the assumptions regarding a dragon’s physiology are based on numerous resources, including the film Dragonheart (1996), though some data were also drawn from ASOIAF, whenever applicable.
- A Podcast of Ice and Fire : A rather unique way of approaching the series A Song of Ice and Fire, this website is a podcast on basically anything and everything about the series made popular by American author George R.R. Martin as well as the HBO series adapted from it. Hosted by roughly five individuals, the podcast includes facts about the series as well as spoofs, skits, and basically everything under the sun. There is so much going on in the website from the chatbox, text and video discussions, forums, downloads, and many more. The approach of the entire podcast site is humorous which greatly differentiates it from the other websites on the topic. You can tell that the hosts are really into the series yet ironically, despite the series being extremely serious with medieval undertones, the podcast is light and the episodes entertaining in an entirely different sort of way.
- The Brotherhood Without Banners : Named after one of the outlaw groups which is part of the actual plot of the story, the website brotherhoodwithoutbanners.com is a fan site for the epic saga by George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire. It was originally formed by friends equally enthusiastic about the series and who thought up of the building the website after attending the 2001 WorldCon. Since then, it has continued to bring together fans of the series in fun, healthy, and meaningful discussion. Their primary avenue is through a forum which is tied up with the forums at Westeros. This group welcomes both fans of the book as well as the HBO series. However, they warn those who have only watched the series that they might want to avoid the discussion because it is replete with spoilers coming from the succeeding books.
- Inn at the Crossroads: A brilliant blog about recipes for dishes mentioned in all five of A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Many recipes found on innatthecrossroads.com were developed using medieval cookbooks and techniques.