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Game of Thrones facts aren’t always easy to follow, especially if you haven’t read the books or watched the T.V. series. Here are 10 easy to learn Game of Thrones facts that anyone can learn when they’re bored to keep up in the endless conversations about Game of Thrones!
This article includes no spoilers beyond general Game of Thrones knowledge!
1.“Snow” is not the only name a child born of a bastard can be called
Each region of the fictional land in Game of Thrones has its own ways of how to represent a bastard child. The two most popular bastards in the game are Jon Snow and Ramsey Snow (also known as Ramsey Bolton). Their surnames indicate they are a bastard from a certain region of the book.
Bastard Surnames by Region thanks to Gameofthrones.wikia :
- Flowers: The Reach
- Hill: The Westerlands
- Pyke: Iron Islands
- Rivers: The Riverlands
- Sand: Dorne
- Snow: The North
- Stone: The Vale of Arryn
- Storm: The Stormlands
- Waters: The Crownlands
2. Daenerys’s dragons names and their meanings
The most terrifying of all the Game of Thrones facts to arise: after over a century without dragons, Daenerys hatched three dragons from eggs given to her during her wedding early in the series.
Each of Dany’s dragons have a special meaning within their respective names:
- Drogon named after her husband Khal Drogo
- Rhaegal named after Rhaegar Targaryen
- Viserion named after her brother Viserys
3. Many of the houses in Game of Thrones have a family “motto”
Each house within the world of Westeros has very distinct qualities their known for. With these qualities, they’ve also developed certain mottos and sayings.
The only house that has an “unofficial motto” is House Lannister. the Lannisters are famous because of their wealth, and have since adopted the moniker of “A Lannister always pays his debts!”.
Their actual motto is “Hear me roar” after their representation of a lion.
Other House Motos:
- House Baratheon – Ours is the Fury
- House Greyjoy – We Do Not Sow
- House Martell – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
- House Stark – Winter is Coming
- House Tully – Family, Duty, Honor
- House Tyrell – Growing Strong
4. Filming for Game of Thrones takes place across multiple countries and continents
The award winning T.V. series is filmed across a wide variety of sets across the whole world! This Game of Thrones fact will shock you to realize that these locations include:
- Northern Ireland
- Los Angeles
5. Only 5 of 7 books have currently been written by author George R.R. Martin
It’s a common Game of Thrones fact that George is a slow writer. Really slow.
The first book A Song of Ice and Fire was released in 1996. Over the next 20 years, he’s completed the next four books. George is currently writing to finish books 6 & 7.
This leads to point # 6 on this list…
6. Game of Thrones TV Series has gone through most, if not all the written book material
This has left show writers of the show to take directions with the storyline that may or may not sync up with the remaining two books. This is a unique situation as George R.R. Martin has spoken with the show writers about where he intends to take the books but hasn’t revealed all of his secrets.
7. Each House of Stark child has it’s own “dire wolf”
Game of Thrones facts can be hard to follow at times, but this one is pretty fun! Early on in Season 1 we saw the Starks come across a dying/dead dire wolf that had wolf puppies. Each child was given a wolf to keep as their own.
- Grey Wind – Robb
- Lady – Sansa
- Nymeria – Arya
- Summer – Bran
- Shaggydog – Rickon
- Ghost – Jon
8. The biggest Game of Thrones facts “secret”: Who is Jon Snows mother?
The long-standing question on the show is who is Jon’s mother? The story currently is that while Ned Stark was away at war, he had an affair and brought home, Jon.
However, there are more than a few theories on this fact.
There a lot of theories that are out there, but by far the most popular is the theory that Jon is actually the child of Ned Stark’s sister Lyanna. Do a quick search of Jon Snow and you’ll find a dozen or more theories on who Jon Snow’s mother is.
An interesting fact was that the show creators were actually quizzed by author George R.R. Martin about who they think Jon’s mother is. He was trying to gauge if they had actually read the books and paid attention to some subtle hints sprinkled in.
9. “Winter is Coming” – The only real Game of Thrones fact to know
While this is the motto of the Stark House, there’re some other meanings behind this iconic message.
Most of Westeros doesn’t realize it, but the battle for the Iron Throne is only one battle that will be forged by the time the show and books end. There’s a huge army beyond the great wall in the north that will signal the beginning of “winter” that may threaten everyone in the book.
10. Several Types of Magic
Game of Thrones facts are hard to wrap your head around, and this fact is no different. Game of Thrones reveals many different types of magic that are included in the books. It’s interesting to see who and where these different types of magic are used.
- Blood magic – Sacrificial magic that is banned amongst most people in the storyline
- Warging – The ability to enter and control the mind of an animal
- Greensight – ability to see past stories through some complicated dreaming
- Resurrection – Some priests representing the “lord of light” have the ability to resurrect the dead. There are also some possible zombies roaming around King’s Landing.
- Dark Magic – Giving birth to a demon seems pretty evil to me.
Game of Thrones Facts – Conclusion
So, there you have it! Those are 10 easy facts you can keep in the back of your mind the next time your coworker or annoying brother decides to talk about Game of Thrones.
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