George R.R. Martin may have shown his support of HBO’s TV adaptation of his Game of Thrones novels, but this time… they have it all wrong.
On his blog earlier his month, George set the record straight when it comes to the Iron Throne. HBO may do 99.9% of things perfectly, but the Iron Throne just doesn’t quite hit the spot.
In a blog post on his website, Martin said that the books describe the throne as “HUGE, hulking, black and twisted with steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court”. However, the HBO throne “is none of these things”… oh dear!
His blog post reads: “The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It’s a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. There are replicas and paperweights of it in three different sizes. Everyone knows it. I love it. I have all those replicas right here, sitting on my shelves.
“And yet, and yet… it’s still not right. It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see.
“The way the throne is described in the books… HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric…
“The HBO throne is none of those things. It’s big, yes, but not nearly as big as the one described in the novels. And for good reason. We have a huge throne room set in Belfast, but not nearly huge enough to hold the Iron Throne as I painted it. For that we’d need something much bigger, more like the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, and no set has that much room. The Book Version of the Iron Throne would not even fit through the doors of the Paint Hall.”
According to George R.R. Martin, the only person that has got it right is Marc Simonetti who has rendered the best version of the Iron Throne.
Martin said that from now on, Simoneti’s rendering is the reference he’ll be giving to every other artist tackling a throne room.
“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,” he explained.
I wonder what HBO make of this blog post?