Iron Throne (2011)

“Throne as a symbol of authority”

“Have you ever seen the Iron Throne? The barbs along the back, the ribbons of twisted steel, the jagged ends of swords and knives all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat, ser. Aerys cut himself so often men took to calling him King Scab, and Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest at ease. Ofttimes I wonder why my brothers wanted it so desperately.”

– Stannis Baratheon to Davos Seaworth, Game of Thrones

The Iron Throne is the main object in Game of Thrones, American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The story of the series focuses primarily on alliances and conflicts among the dynastic noble families either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from the throne. The Iron Throne is the throne upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits, located in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the city of King’s Landing. Besides the seat of the monarchs, the Iron Throne is also a metonym referring to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms and the authority of the monarchy. The throne was allegedly forged from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty, though the actual number of the swords is less than two hundred. These were subsequently melted down by the fiery breath of Aegon’s dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, then beaten and bent into a throne of imposing appearance.

Author: Martina Malešič

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