Category Archives: World of Ice and Fire

Race for the Iron Throne Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks, time to check in once again. So the Patreon is officially in its second month – it’s still a bit short of its first stretch goal of an extra essay per month, so if you have a few bucks to spare and would like to see more Race for the Iron Throne content, every little bit helps.

More importantly, work has started on Arya VI, once of my favorite chapters in all of ASOS. This essay is going to be a long one, but I think a good one.

In the mean-time, we’ve got Tumblrs:

ASOIAF:

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I’d like to thank my Patrons: Beth Becker, Anonymous, Steven Xue, Gabriel Nichols, Casso King of Seals, Stephan Priddy, Sister Winter, Alistair, Aweseeds, Quinn Albaugh, James Tuttle, Hedrigal, Jeremy Alexander, Dan Kohn, Donald Newell, joannalannister, Abel Savard, Quinn Radich, Emmett Booth, Leonard Wise, Kelly, Courtney Simpson, Will Pepperman, Angus Niven, Lauren Combs, Amanda Marie Ford, Danil Koryabkin, John Pharo, Darby Veeck, History of Westeros, Joshua Imboden, Imriel, Adam Blackwood, Greg Sanders, Alex Chiang, William Griese, NotAPodcast,, Chris Reid, tomsevenstrings, Timothy Upton, Willie Frolik, Micah Bouchard, Lucas Fyten, Gabriel Mallows, Paul Connolly, Brett, Michael Aaronson, Nina Friel, Christine Higgins, Jason Reilly Arends, Jim Tripp, Eric Benjamin, Sara Michener, Dave, and James Keene.

If you’d like to become a Patron and support Race for the Iron Throne, see here.

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RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! So the Patreon is two weeks old, and already it’s almost to the first goal of an extra essay per month! Just as importantly, the show is now done, which means that all of the time and effort that went into watching, taking notes on, and writing up each episode can now go into writing about A Storm of Swords…which I’ll be announcing something exciting about soon.

In the mean-time, we’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblrs.

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Patron Asks:

  • Anon asks: “How much do you think Joffrey was inspired by Richard II?”
    • Not that much? It’s not that they don’t have some things in common: they both come to the throne rather early, they face a popular uprising, they both rule in a somewhat tyrannical fashion. However, Joffrey isn’t deposed, the Lords Appelant were moved over to the Vale, and Joffrey’s death is more similar to that of Prince Eustace during the Anarchy. Personality-wise and in terms of the rest of his backstory, he’s more akin to Edward of Lancaster.
  • Hedrigal asks: “If a medieval or ancient person makes a purchase involving millions of gold coins, how does that actually work? Like if Crassus (chosen as the richest man in Rome) wanted to make a major acquisition worth a million gold, how did the told actually change hands. ”
    • This is a great question! In addition to letters of credit and similar financial instruments, one of the ways that ancient and medieval people conducted large-scale transactions was to leave coins behind and just deal with precious metals. For the ancient Mediterranean, you had talents; throughout much of Asia, you had the lakh. These were bars or plaques or discs of (as pure as they could get) precious metals, which would be put into chests and very carefully transported in well-guarded caravans.


I’d like to thank my Patrons: Beth Becker, Anonymous, Steven Xue, Gabriel Nichols, Casso King of Seals, Stephan Priddy, Sister Winter, Alistair, Aweseeds, James Tuttle, Hedrigal, Jeremy Alexander, Dan Kohn, Donald Newell, joannalannister, Abel Savard, Quinn Radich, Leonard Wise, Kelly, Courtney Simpson, Will Pepperman, Angus Niven, Lauren Combs, Amanda Marie Ford, Danil Koryabkin, John Pharo, Darby Veeck, History of Westeros, Joshua Imboden, Imriel, Adam Blackwood, Greg Sanders, NotAPodcast,, Chris Reid, Lucas Fyten, Gabriel Mallows, Paul Connolly, Brett, Michael Aaronson, Nina Friel, Christine Higgins, Jim Tripp, Eric Benjamin, Sara Michener, Dave, and James Keene.

If you’d like to become a Patron and support Race for the Iron Throne, see here.

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Ok, the Patreon is launched and the show’s almost done, let’s do this! But before that… some announcements about what’s next after the show recaps are no longer a burden I must toil under. I’m quite eager to get back to writing ASOS chapter essays, with Tyrion IV being the first on the docket. I’ve also got to finish some loose ends, with Part III of Hour of the Wolf and redoing my edit of the True Life of the Spider on the list. And then I’d like to get into Dunk and Egg Part I.

And somewhere in the middle of that, I’ve got some PHOMUs to write.

But in the mean-time, we’ve got Tumblrs.

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Race for the Iron Throne: The Patreon!

I need a new headshot…

After several delays and a good deal of consideration, I’ve finally taken the plunge and started a Patreon campaign. Initially, I wanted to wait until the bulk of Kickstarter rewards were fulfilled, because I don’t like double-dipping on people. And then life got in the way…

Anyway, the goal for the Patreon is to help me shift from writing about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture (including but not limited to ASOIAF) mostly for a hobby towards writing about it for a living.

So if you can chip in a little bit per month to help me achieve that goal (or can help spread the word on social media about the campaign), it would be greatly appreciated. I want to promise off the bat that the heart of this blog – regular essays about ASOIAF and comics and the like – will not be pay-gated. There’s some great Patreon reward levels, but they all involve getting to read stuff early and getting access to bonus stuff and the like. My intention is that Race for the Iron Throne and my other endeavors continue to be fun and accessible for supporters and casual readers alike.

Either way, I’ve had a great time writing and chatting with you all for these past several years, and hope to keep the conversation going for many years to come.

Panel Discussion on Regional Westerosi Military Traditions

For a while now, I’ve been part of a virtual panel along with JSLAL, History of Westeros, and Lady Gwyn from Radio Westeros, where we swapped ideas about the military traditions of the Seven Kingdoms.

Rather than keeping our thoughts to ourselves, we got together last week and recorded a podcast about it.

Check it out!

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! Here we are, the last Tumblr Roundup before the final season of Game of Thrones…which I will be covering, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated fashion, focusing more on what I think will or won’t happen in the books than detailed recaps, although I’ll register my opinion about any truly egregious plotting/characterization.

But in the mean-time, we’ve got Tumblrs:

ASOIAF:

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RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hello, everyone! Apologies for not posting sooner; I’ve been in a bit of a Sisyphean cycle recently where I spend the entire week doing the lecture for the coming week and then restarting again, so haven’t had the most time for writing. In the mean time, I do have some Tumblr goodness for you:

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