Last night, at his New York chat about his latest book The World of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin said that his dragons, notably Drogon, wouldn’t stand a chance against The Hobbit‘s Smaug. “Drogon could never beat Smaug in a fight… Drogon is a very young dragon,” Martin said. “Not to mention Smaug, like, talks, which would give him an intellectual advantage.”
(For the record, Martin also noted that The World of Ice and Fire does not rival Tolkein’s The Silmarillion.)
The A Song of Ice and Fire series contains relatively little magic compared to some fantasy novels. In fact, Martin nearly wrote a historical novel about the Wars of the Roses and almost didn’t include dragons in A Game of Thrones. His friend Phyllis Eisenstein talked him into adding the fire-breathers by saying, as Martin tells it, “George, it’s a fantasy – you’ve got to put in the dragons.”
Recently, I found myself reflecting on Martin’s use of fantasy. I have some friends — ISTJs for anyone into Myers-Briggs personality types — who wrinkle their noses they hear “fantasy” and grit their teeth through the GoT scenes with dragons.
Does fantasy add to ASOIAF/GoT or subtract from it? Share your thoughts in these polls and in the comments below.
(I realize that the novels elaborate more about the fantasy, and it a different fantasy experience; however, for simplicity I lumped both the show and under “GoT” in the poll.)
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