The Iron Throne has become a pop culture icon and a symbol of power in the fictional world. It represents an absolute reign, that corrupted many who tried to claim it for themselves. However, there have been many depictions of the Iron Throne, as various artists imagine them in their own ways. Surprisingly, the Iron Throne we saw on HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones wasn’t George R. R. Martin’s favourite design. In fact, he sites Marc Simonetti’s illustration of the Iron Throne in The World of Ice and Fire as his favourite.
Martin brought this up way back in 2013 writing about the Iron Throne in the Live Journal. He does say the HBO Iron Throne is THE Iron Throne, and always will be. But he went on to talk about the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne. He chose the Iron Throne as painted by the amazing Marc Simonetti for his 2013 Ice & Fire calendar. And we can see why he chose it.
How #GRRM envisions the true Iron Throne. Art by Marc Simonetti. #gameofthrones #ironthrone #conquest pic.twitter.com/dTZGV2sPhh
— Margaery Tyrell (@Margaery_Tyrell) July 9, 2013
“This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Assymetric,” Martin wrote. “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.”
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