Published on July 17th, 2017 | by Sarah Jubb
The Game Of Thrones Begins Again
After an extended period, Game of Thrones has finally reached our television screens again. The critically acclaimed cultural phenomenon is now into its seventh season, with an eighth and final season still to come.
Game of Thrones has become one of the most popular television shows in history with a large fan base that extends across the world. It has become so popular that common phrases such as ‘Winter is Coming’ can be recognised even by people who do not watch.
An article written last year on the Post Office Shop Blog discussed some of the extensive background that makes up the world of Game of Thrones. Here on the Post Office Shop we are pleased to be able to offer the limited edition range of Moleskine Game of Thrones notebooks and to celebrate the new season we’ve taken a closer look at the three important houses along with the Night’s Watch.
House Lannister is one of the richest and biggest Great Houses in the Seven Kingdoms along with being designated the Warden of the West. The seat of their house is in Casterly Rock and their sigil is a golden lion on a crimson background, which matches their house words “Hear Me Roar!”.
They also have a more unofficial motto that is also well known around Westeros; “A Lannister always pays his debts“. In the beginning of Game of Thrones, the Lannisters are directly connected to the Iron Throne thanks to the marriage of Cersei Lannister to King Robert Baratheon.
House Stark is another Great House situated in Westeros and is known as the Warden of the North. They rule from their seat in Winterfell where they have been situated for thousands of years.
The Stark sigil is a direwolf, a larger version of a wolf, on a white background and their house words are “Winter is Coming“. The head of the Stark family, Eddard “Ned” Stark becomes the Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon at the beginning of Game of Thrones due to the death of Robert’s original Hand, Jon Arryn.
The arrest and subsequent death of Ned Stark at the hand of the Lannister family causes the North to attempt to secede from the Seven Kingdoms and proclaim Ned’s son, Robb Stark, the King in the North.
A former Great House of Westeros, House Targaryen is survived by two direct members; Daenerys and her elder brother Viserys. The Targaryen’s were the ruling House of the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries until the death of Mad King Aerys during Robert’s Rebellion.
They are currently based in the eastern continent of Essos due to their exile. Their house words are “Fire and Blood” and their house sigil is a three headed dragon on a black background.
The Night’s Watch was formed thousands of years ago to man the Wall which separates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from what lies beyond. The Wall is a 700 foot tall construct of stone and ice that stretches over 300 miles across the entire continent of Westeros.
The Night’s Watch in recent times has become severely depleted of manpower and they struggle to protect the Wall from free folk, or Wildlings, who attempt to cross and the impending threat of White Walkers.
From Westeros To A Galaxy Far, Far Away
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The newest addition to the STAR WARS saga is eagerly anticipated by fans across the world. The previous film, titled The Force Awakens was the first direct STAR WARS sequel in 10 years and was hugely popular, becoming the third highest grossing film of all time.
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