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George R.R. Martin wants to revisit the place that inspired Casterly Rock

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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has been building his fantasy world since the ’90s. And it’s ever-growing. And the fandom grows along with it, welcoming new audiences through the shows – Game of Thrones, and its prequel, House of The Dragon. He took inspiration for the world of Westeros from a number of real-life events and places. A few days ago, he revealed how he based the look of Lannister’s Casterly Rock on the rock of Gibraltar. He wants to revisit the place someday, but not before finishing Winds of Winter.

What is the Casterly Rock?

Casterly Rock, also known as the Rock, is the ancestral seat of House Lannister. Casterly Rock was originally a ringfort built by Corlos, the founder of House Casterly. The Casterlys ruled the Rock for centuries until they were tricked into giving away its possession to Lann the Clever, the founder of House Lannister.

What is the real-life inspiration for Casterly Rock?

Martin based Casterly Rock off of the rock of Gibraltar. In a recent blog, he wrote:

“That blog post of mine about my inspiration for Casterly Rock got widely noticed, it seems. Even on the original Rock, the one at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula. They wanted to know more about my visit to Gibraltar, so I did a zoom interview with the GBC.

Author of Game of Thrones Series, George RR Martin, speaks to GBC in exclusive interview

I really need to get back there one day. I want to return to Morocco, Granada, Seville, Toledo, Madrid, Barcelona, and Asturias as well… oh, and to Portugal too. Lisbon and Porto are amazing.

But not until I finish WINDS OF WINTER.”

When is Winds of Winter coming out?

 
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Martin didn’t say anything about how much he has written so far; last we know he was writing some chapters involving Tyrion Lannister. “There are writers who love the simple act of writing, and there are other writers…who love having written,” he said. “It’s great when it’s done, and when it’s not done, you struggle with ever you can really do it.”

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