George R. R. Martin Reveals The True Iron Throne

June 15, 2014 by dracs

The Iron Throne of of the HBO show is one of the most iconic images of the Game of Thrones show.

Iron Throne HBO

However, it turns out this isn’t quite what George R. R. Martin had in mind. Now, he has revealed a piece of artwork showing what he calls the closest to capturing how he imagined it.

Iron Throne

This fantastic art piece is the work of Marc Simonetti for the upcoming concordance, The World of Ice and Fire. It depicts a truly horrific Iron Throne, towering over any supplicant who might find themselves at the mercy of the king.

“Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it. 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.
This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.” – George R. R. Martin

I love this artwork, and I hope that someone decides to make a miniature form of it at some point. A sculpt like this would make an amazing terrain piece, as well as just being a cool thing for collectors to have.

Do you prefer this version of the Iron Throne, or does the HBO version remain iconic?

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