It can be difficult unearthing the first ASOIAF forums, especially when some have become obsolete, and others like the Dragonstone fan forum no longer exist. What we have are forum discussions on Google Groups and memorial threads on Westeros.org.
This Reddit post compiles some of the earliest (and possible the first) fan speculation of the you-know-what theory (the R+L=J one); the post takes you to a ton of other places, like nineteen-year old discussion threads. The History of the Board thread on Westeros.org is an actual history, and this other thread also elaborates on the fandom’s ‘early days’.
This post by BBFish discusses the events of A Storm of Swords and the following two books affected by GRRM scrapping his five-year gap plan. It pretty much covers everything, as does this one by u/hollowaydivision which elaborates on the growing-up stage of the books’ younger characters.
A list/compilation/directory of website, blogs and Tumblrs dedicated to A Song of Ice and Fire. By no means extensive, but attempts will be made. Continue reading
Featuring illustrations by Seiji of scenes from A Song of Ice and Fire done in the style of Japanese woodblock printing. View the entire gallery here.
Conclusion: they’re all related. View high-resolution version here. Zooming in will help.
S06E05 of Game of Thrones gave Hodor’s name a whole new meaning. For reasons unfathomable, Hodor’s death was much more upsetting than one might have thought—perhaps because it simultaneously revealed Hodor’s past, and the full extent of Bran’s warging capabilities. But some fans have known (sort of) what Hodor means for ages. Continue reading