got-iron-throne“The realm? Do you know what the realm is? It’s the thousand blades of Aegon’s enemies; a story we agreed to tell each other over and over, until we forget that it was a lie.” Petyr Baelish – “The Climb”

George R.R Martin’s vision of the Iron Throne has always surpassed the television version. He discussed how the picture in the reader’s head and the picture in the writer’s head do not always line up perfectly in his blog this week. There have been a dozen different artists that have interpreted the Iron Throne, and none have been quite right, including HBO’s much smaller version featured in the television series.

While George says he loves it, and even has the paperweight, I’m not a big fan of it. It doesn’t really inspire terror, and I loved the joke Baelish made about counting only 200 swords in it. Of course something closer to the real Iron Throne would be near impossible to replicate in a television series, as George says, they’d need to shoot in something like Westminster Abbey to have enough room for it.

But George has finally found an Iron Throne that is closer to the one he pictures than anything he has seen so far. Artist Marc Simonetti‘s interpretation of the Iron Throne will feature in the upcoming World of Ice and Fire book. George loves the painting so much he says that this will be the reference he gives every other artist tackling a throne room scene.

The Iron Throne as imagined by Marc Simonetti

The Iron Throne as imagined by Marc Simonetti

“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.”

Read the full blog here

Marc Simonetti’s official website




About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.