Thanks to HBO’s Game of Thrones, most of us can instantly conjure an image of the Iron Throne in our heads. While George R.R. Martin respects the iconic design they’ve created, it doesn’t fit the throne he pictured in his head. In fact, until recently, no artistic version has completely captured it. It’s supposed to be gigantic, twisted, and uncomfortable. To give you an idea of scale, Martin states the throne room used in the TV series wouldn’t be big enough to hold the monstrosity.
Talented artist Marc Simonetti managed to pretty much nail it in a piece he did for The World of Ice and Fire (the history book). It damn near gives me goosebumps. Could you imagine approaching this in real life? Or having to climb up the narrow steps and rule from it? Martin states the following on his blog:
From now on, THIS will be the reference I give to every other artist tackling a throne room scene. This Iron Throne is 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… 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.
This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.
Uncomfortable is an understatement.