The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire
A series which explores how works of J.R.R. Tolkien have influenced George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire
List of Episodes
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire Main Series
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire, Episode I – Part One of this instalment discusses GRRM’s approach to Tolkien, Part Two explores numerous references to LOTR and other JRRT works in ASOIAF, Part Three focuses on my theory about Numenor and the Great Empire of the Dawn
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire, Episode II – in Part One (The Cosmology of Arda) I discuss how Tolkien’s astronomical myths might have inspired GRRM’s legends (like the Qartheen tale about the second moon of Planetos), and explain how ASOIAF Long Night might be a reference to The Long Night of Valinor from The Silmarillion. In Part Two (The Family of Ice and Fire) I explore the fire and ice dichotomy in the Royal House of the Noldor banches, and how it might have inspired GRRM’s ‘solar king with two lunar wives’ symbolic pattern. In Part Three (The Song of the Sun and the Moon) I explain how Tolkien’s symbolism based on Venus works, and how it might have influenced GRRM’s own symbolism and wordlbuilding. My GEOTD-Numenor theory is also discussed, with some new supporting evidence given.
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire Appendices – posts containing material by Bluetiger like family trees for Elven and Edain houses, charts and maps.
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire: Sansa & Lúthien – a standalone essay that explores the parallels between Sansa Stark and Luthien & between Sandor Clegane and Huan the Hound of the Valar.
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire: The Brief History of Gondor – a supplementary essay summarising the history of Gondor from LOTR.
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire: Minas Tirith and the Hightower – an essay where I explore the parallels between ASOIAF Oldtown and the Hightower & LOTR Osgiliath and Minas Tirith.
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire: Argonath and the Titan of Braavos – an essay where I focus on the similarities between ASOIAF Titan of Braavos and LOTR Pillars of Kings at Argonath.
The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire: Sailing to the Uttermost West – after a long break, The Tolkienic Song of Ice and Fire returns with a brand new essay on the motif of “sailing west” and The Undying Lands
The Advent Calendar Series
The Advent Calendar 2018 series – four posts originally published on Four Sundays of Advent in 2018
The Advent Calendar 2018 – Introduction – post explaining what The Advent Calendar series is all about.
The Advent Calendar 2018 – The Return of the Queen – an essay where I explore ‘the return of the king’ motif in ASOIAF, LOTR and The Bible.
The Advent Calendar 2018 – Eärendil, Bearer of Light – an essay that summarises all my research and theories concerning Tolkien’s astronomical symbolism and how it might have inspired GRRM’s symbolism.
The Advent Calendar 2018 – The Jade Empire – an essay about some Narnia references and parallels in ASOIAF, one bonus section about Tolkienic references in Fire and Blood.
The Advent Calendar 2018 – Aenar’s Aeneid – an essay discussing parallels between Vergil’s The Aeneid and ASOIAF.
The Advent Calendar 2017 series – 22 short posts about Tolkien, ASOIAF and mythology originally published during Advent in 2017