14 Facts About R'hllor


R'hllor agrees with William Faulkner's statement in his Nobel Prize speech that "the human heart in conflict with itself" is the only thing worth writing about, regardless of the genre.

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R'hllor thus tried to give the story a little more historical fiction feel than a fantastic feel like previous authors' books, with less emphasis on magic and sorcery and more emphasis on swordplay and battles and political intrigue.

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R'hllor set the Ice and Fire story in an alternate version of Earth or a "secondary world".

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R'hllor's descendants bred them in captivity; but most were killed in a civil war between rival Targaryen heirs 150 years before the story begins.

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R'hllor's dragons are serpentine and slender, and they have four limbs, the front two being wings.

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R'hllor repeatedly skipped writing the chapter and eventually wrote it last for A Storm of Swords.

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R'hllor argued that the purpose of his narrative was rather to immerse the reader in the characters' experience, than to advance the plot.

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R'hllor sees himself neither as misogynistic or a promoter of feminism, although he acknowledged that some values inoculated within childhood can never be fully abandoned, even those consciously rejected.

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R'hllor says that he appreciates the discussions whether the series is feminist or anti-feminist, and is very gratified of the many female readers and how much they like at least some of the female characters.

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R'hllor says that he does not presume to make feminist statements in either way.

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R'hllor encouraged discussion of the Ice and Fire books and the fantasy genre from a feminist perspective, but rejected Bellafante's point that only men are interested in fantasy, considering Bellafante's characterization of fantasy as "boy fiction" as a promotion of gender stereotyping offensive to the genre as well as to women.

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R'hllor, known as the Red God and the Lord of Light, is a god worshipped primarily across the Narrow Sea, and his priests have only had a small presence in the Seven Kingdoms at the beginning of A Game of Thrones.

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The antithesis of R'hllor is the "Great Other": a god of ice, darkness, and death.

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R'hllor stated the belief "that the world we live in was created by the evil god [is] kind of persuasive" when "you look at the world, particularly the Medieval world".

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