Published on September 5th, 2016 | by Sarah Jubb
It’s Time For A Game Of Thrones
You may have noticed in the last few years a cultural phenomenon taking over television screens across the world. For the last 5 years, Game of Thrones has had fans eagerly waiting for each new season of the epic fantasy series.
The show is based on a series of books called A Song of Ice and Fire by author George R.R. Martin. Set on fictional continents known as Westeros and Essos, both the books and the show weave together multiple plotlines that include treason, lies and murder in the fight for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, the seemingly unstoppable dark force ‘Beyond the Wall’ and much more.
New to our range are the beautiful Game of Thrones Moleskine notebooks available on the Post Office Shop with four covers that depict the main houses; House Targaryen, House Stark, House Lannister and the Night’s Watch/Jon Snow. To celebrate the arrival of these notebooks, we’ve put together a brief background of Game of Thrones.
The Background of Game of Thrones
At the beginning of Game of Thrones there are three distinct stories that occur at around the same time. The first story is the Battle of the Five Kings that commences after the current king, Robert Baratheon, dies. This death leads five separate men to proclaim themselves a King; Robert’s own son Joffrey and Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly Baratheon all fight to rule the Iron Throne and gain the right to be named King of the Seven Kingdoms.
Robb Stark is proclaimed King in the North and Balon Greyjoy seeks to become King of the Iron Islands, both aiming to become independent nations no longer a part of the Seven Kingdoms. This story follows these men and their fighting that takes over almost the whole of the Westerosi continent, involving many of the great Houses and a large number of the smaller Houses.
Another story that runs concurrently with this is the story of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of the last Targaryen King of the Seven Kingdoms. House Targaryen had ruled Westeros for centuries before Robert Baratheon rebelled against Daenerys’ mad father, the Mad King Aerys II, who is killed during Robert’s Rebellion.
This makes her a claimant to the Iron Throne, which she seeks to take back with her brother Viserys. Due to the slaughter of her family during the Rebellion, their story takes place in the continent to the east of Westeros, Essos.
Daenerys marries a Dothraki warlord named Khal Drogo who provides an army to help them take the throne back. Her story sees her travelling Essos in search of a larger army that can be used to gain her birthright back and along the way she gains three dragons which helps to increase her power.
The final of the main stories is the Night’s Watch and the threat from beyond the Wall. The Wall is 700 feet tall and stretches for around three hundred miles across the northern portion of Westeros. It separates the Seven Kingdoms from the wild areas beyond the Wall which includes the free folk who live there, known as Wildlings to the Seven Kingdoms, and the menacing threat of the White Walkers.
The White Walkers are seen as one of the biggest threats to Westeros due to their ability to raise people from the dead, turning them into Wights. The Night’s Watch was originally created to man the Wall and defend the Seven Kingdoms from what lies beyond. As such, their attempts to slow or stop the White Walkers and the Wildlings become a pivotal plot point.
Look out for our future article on the Houses of Game Of Thrones which gives an in depth to look to each House featured on the Game Of Thrones Moleskine notebooks along with a look at the Night’s Watch.