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This page addresses frequently asked questions regarding this website, not about A Song of Ice and Fire itself.

Tower of the Hand is a site devoted to the world created by George R. R. Martin in his epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire. It is a web-based project whose primary objective is to create a searchable database with the many characters, places, items, etc. from the series. We hope that fans find this site useful, whether they are looking to jog their memories before the next book arrives, to obtain obscure details concerning who was born where, or to settle arguments about who killed whom.

Where does the information come from?
Currently the only canon sources are A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight. All details and descriptions must come from the texts themselves, whether they be explicitly stated in a chapter or prologue, or listed in the appendices. Information from other locations (graphic novels, card games, forums, Web sites, etc.) will not be used.

Has George R. R. Martin authorized/contributed to this project?
We're not sure if Mr. Martin is even aware of this site. If he is, hopefully he does not oppose the endeavor. At the very least, GRRM's Official Website has linked to us.

Who has contributed to this project?
Alex Smith (formerly of Encyclopaedia of Ice and Fire) provided the majority of information found in the database. Johnny (formerly of Blood of Ice and Fire) is responsible for the technical aspects of this site. Maester Luwin has allowed us to mirror his essays of Frequently Asked Questions. Amok and Stig Greve have permitted us to use their ASOIAF portraits and heraldry designs, respectively. A list of other contributors, great and small, can be found here.

Have the entries been edited or verified?
Every entry on the site was created by transcribing information directly from the books into the database and the entire thing has been edited for grammar, mechanics, and accuracy. Obviously in a project this big it is nearly impossible to catch every error, and readers are encouraged to contact us if anything looks out of place.

Can I reproduce the information provided by Tower of the Hand elsewhere?
Of course. Remember that this site only summarizes events from books written by George R. R. Martin; the events are not ours to restrict. However, we would greatly appreciate it if you mentioned this site as a source for the information you reproduce.

Can I add a link to Tower of the Hand on my site?
We won't complain if you do.

Can you add a link to my site on Tower of the Hand?
If you've created a new ASOIAF site or you have a noteworthy update to an existing site, let us know and we'll announce it on our blog. Also be sure to join the Official Web Ring. That's a terrific resource for A Song of Ice and Fire sites.

Does Tower of the Hand have a forum, a chat room, videos, et al?
If you have to ask, the site probably doesn't have what you want. There are other places on the Web where you can find the items you desire. Try visiting the Official Web Ring for more ASOIAF sites. If you feel certain that Tower of the Hand lacks an important feature, let us know.

What does [an acronym] stand for?
There are several acronyms that Tower of the Hand and its readers regularly use for shorthand. Here are some common ones and what they stand for:

  • ACOK - A Clash of Kings, the title of the second A Song of Ice and Fire book
  • ADWD - A Dance with Dragons, the title of the fifth A Song of Ice and Fire book
  • AFFC - A Feast for Crows, the title of the fourth A Song of Ice and Fire book
  • AGOT - A Game of Thrones, the title of the first A Song of Ice and Fire book
  • ASOIAF - A Song of Ice and Fire, the name of the series
  • ASOS - A Storm of Swords, the title of the third A Song of Ice and Fire book
  • GRRM - George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • POV - Point of View, a term used to describe the character from whose perspective a chapter is told, e.g. Bran is the POV of the first chapter (non-prologue) in A Game of Thrones
  • THK - The Hedge Knight, a short novel by George R. R. Martin, set 90 years before A Game of Thrones, followed by The Sworn Sword (TSS) and The Mystery Knight (TMK)

Why is my question not answered here?
If you cannot find the answer to your question in any of the FAQs, feel free to contact us.

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