Even if you've never read a single page of the A Song of Ice and Fire series or watched a passing minute of Game of Thrones, chances are good that you know what the Iron Throne is.
The massive chair stands as a testament to the power of Kings in Westeros and has been the inspiration for swanky toilet decals, $30,000 fiberglass replicas, high-end iPhone docks, and seven hour lines in Manhattan. Yet the throne on HBO's massively successful show isn't quite the throne that George R.R. Martin was envisioning when he penned this books.
Martin's version of the Iron Throne is a bit more towering, imperious, and impractical than its TV counterpart, and it looks a little something like this...
Martin took to his Livejournal (awwwww) earlier this week to discuss the discrepancy between the throne in his mind and the throne on the show. Although he praises HBO's version for its "terrific design", he notes that it's not quite what he would have chosen for Joffrey's princely ass to perch upon.
Describing his version of the Throne, captured above in Marc Simonetti's amazing painting, Martin says it should be:
",,,massive. Ugly. Assymetric. 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. ...From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few."
Honestly, I never got that impression from reading the books and I kinda assumed that the stairs mentioned in conjuncture with the throne were from the dais it was seated upon and not part of the throne itself, but I suppose it's Martin's world and he did mention the whole "thousands of swords melted in dragon fire" a few times so... fair play to him.
I just feel sorry for the guy who made an Iron Throne sculpture out of melted keyboards. That dude's got a serious weekend modeling project ahead of him.