Published on January 23rd, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
Welcome To The World Of Westeros
Celebrate the fictional epic that has taken over television screens across the world with the release of the new Royal Mail Game of Thrones themed stamp range and collectibles.
The world of Westeros has been a familiar sight to many people in the United Kingdom over the last eight years as people have become immersed in the struggle for the Iron Throne. Based on the bestselling novel series by George R.R. Martin, there are currently seven seasons that have already aired. For avid fans, the final eighth season of the American HBO saga is expected in 2019 and will be the focus of much excitement.
While Westeros itself may not be a real place, the United Kingdom is and the many British and Northern Irish contributions to the fantasy juggernaut are being honoured with the new stamp release from Royal Mail. It is well known that Game of Thrones is filled with British talent, including those already established such as Charles Dance, Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Diana Rigg and Iain Glen.
Its popularity has since propelled new British stars to the forefront with actors such as Emilia Clark, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington and Natalie Dormer becoming household names across the world. But while these are the visible faces of Britain in Game of Thrones, there are many unseen aspects as well.
Finding Westeros In Northern Ireland
The windswept landscapes of the North in Westeros may seem like alien landscapes, but many of them can be found in Northern Ireland. The hub of Game of Thrones filming, there are many areas that have become famous because of their connection with the fantasy show.
One of these iconic places is The Dark Hedges a magnificent road surrounded by intertwining beach trees and close to the village of Armoy. It made its television debut in the show in Season 2 as the Kingsroad.
There are many scenes in Game of Thrones that were filmed in Mediterranean countries, including King’s Landing in Croatia and the Tower of Joy in Spain. But it may be particularly surprising to note that the infamous scene of Jaime Lannister and Bronn arriving in the warmer climes of Dorne was actually filmed on the sand dunes of Portstewart Strand in Northern Ireland.
Inspired By British History
There are many aspects about Game of Thrones that may seem oddly familiar to British viewers. This suspicion would be with good reason as the series original author, George R.R. Martin, has used plenty of British history as inspiration for some of the events that occur.
The War of the Five Kings is the Westerosi struggle for the Iron Throne that erupts into life after the end of season 1. It has been confirmed that the War of the Roses was a huge inspiration for this, which can be noted in the similarity between the names of the fictional Lannisters and Starks and the very real Lancasters and Yorks.
One of the most important plot points that looms over the story of Game of Thrones, and quite literally over the continent of Westeros, is the Wall. The fictional wall is a towering fortification of ice and magic that has stood the time for thousands of years and protects the realm of Man from the terrors that lie beyond.
This was inspired directly by Hadrian’s Wall, the defensive fortification that was built almost 1,900 years ago during the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian. It marked the northern limit of what was the Roman Empire and featured forts frequently, which have also been translated into the show. While the real Hadrian’s Wall is only 73 miles long, the fictional Wall is 300 miles long.
Celebrating The British and Northern Irish Involvement
To commemorate the success of British and Northern Irish involvement in making Game of Thrones the cultural phenomenon it is today, Royal Mail has released a series of collectible stamps. Included in this range is the Game of Thrones Presentation Pack, the perfect item for any new or experienced collector.
Included in this presentation pack are all ten special stamps that feature important characters from the show including Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and many others. As well as this, the Game of Thrones Miniature Sheet is also included, featuring some of the non-human characters including dragons and direwolves.
For any avid collectors of Game of Thrones memorabilia, the Game of Thrones Framed Character Stamp Set is the perfect item to take pride of place on any wall. Along with all ten special stamps in the issue, there is also a colour visual of King’s Landing, all framed in a black box frame. Why not take a look at the full range of collectibles that is available on the Post Office Shop now to complete your collection?