A FanGirl’s Guide to Westeros [updated]

I can admit it, HBO’s Game of Thrones sold me first episode. For a couple of months my brother would keep bringing up Game of Thrones. Whoop de fucking dooo. Didn’t care. He burned the first season onto DVD for me and he had to hound me to watch them. So I finally did. Watched all of season one in a single sitting.

With YouTube being the wonder that it is, I have assembled a guide for those who are audio/visual learners. Those who have read the novels (Admittedly, I’m on A Clash of Swords right now) will appreciate the nuances that narration can bring. Those new to the wild land of mind games in hopes of scoring a throne will enjoy a perspective not really expounded upon in the series.

And for those of you who haven’t yet seen GoT for yourself, give it a whirl. It’s fantasy, but a more gritty version of Lord of the Rings. A version filled with lust, violence, and songs of pwning disrespectful families. It’s very character driven. And Tyrion is my favorite.

On that note, let me get down to business.

Westeros has a history that goes back twelve thousand years. Yeah. So I’ll use THIS VID as a way to bring you up to speed before you get going below.

[each link will open into a new window. heads up on that.]

WAY IN THE PAST
History and Lore The Children of the Forest, The First Men, and the Andals. [Indigenous peoples, treaties and invasions]

The Age of Heros [300 years before the start of Book/Series]

NOTABLE PLACES
– History and Lore of Valyria [ Where the last invaders came from ]

The Free Cities [ Cities in Essos, a continent across the Narrow Sea ]

Qarth [ City and harbor in Essos ]

Old Ghis and Slaver’s Bay [ Essos ]

The Red Keep  [ Home of central government in Westeros ]

The Wall [ Gigantic ice-and-magic shield to protect the North from The Land of Always Winter ]

Harrenhal

Dragonstone

The Reach

The Riverlands

The Stormlands

The North

The Westerlands

The Vale

RELIGIONS
Old Gods and New

The Drowned God

The Lord of Light

The Wargs and The Sight

ORDERS OF PEOPLE WORTH NOTING
The Night’s Watch

– as told by House Stark

– as told by House Lannister

– The Maesters

The Maesters Chain

The Warlocks

– The Alchemists Guild

The Free Folk

Nations of the North

The Iron Bank of Braavos

THE GREAT HOUSES OF WESTEROS
Targaryen
Character Study
Baratheon – The Stormlands
Stark – The North
Character Study

Lannister
-Character Study: Tytos and Tywin   |  Cersei, Jamie and Tyrion

Tyrell – The Reach

Martell – Dorne

Greyjoy – The Iron Islands

Arryn – The Vale

Frey – The Twins

Tully – The Riverland

Reed – The Neck

Bolton – North

Clegane

Baelish

The Bastards of Westeros

20 YEARS BEFORE THE BOOKS/SERIES START

Robert’s Rebellion
THE MAD KING, AS TOLD BY:
Lannister

Stark

Baratheon

Davos Seaworth

ROBERT’S REBELLION, AS TOLD BY:
Baratheon

Stannis Baratheon

Catelyn Stark

Targaryen

Tyrell


Davos Seaworth

Oberyn Martell

THE FIELD OF FIRE, AS TOLD BY:
House Targaryen

House Stark

THE SACK OF KINGS LANDING, AS TOLD BY:
House Targaryen

House Baratheon 

House Stark

House Lannister

After the rebellion
THE GREYJOY REBELLION, AS TOLD BY:
– Theon Greyjoy

Robb Stark

Stannis Baratheon

MISCELLANEOUS

-The Kingsguard

Valyrian Steel

Poisons

Sell swords and Hedge Knights

– Justice of the Seven Kingdoms

Dragons

The Death of Kings

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