Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows was a book jam-packed with insightful analysis of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but it only barely scratched the surface of the huge and complex world that author George R.R. Martin has created. A second anthology, then, is not only desirable, it’s absolutely critical to unearth all that Martin has tucked away into the many dense folds of his narrative.
Here’s how we’ve expanded A Hymn for Spring in order to make it the most comprehensive exploration of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros yet:
Updated to cover the newly published Song of Ice and Fire material, including The Princess and the Queen, The Rogue Prince, and The World of Ice and Fire.
Four brand-new authors, who hail from some of the most authoritative Ice and Fire websites and podcasts, in order to provide fresh perspectives on the main series.
More than twice the size of A Flight of Sorrows, allowing not only for more essays on a wider range of subjects, but also for longer, more comprehensive analysis.
A huge swath of bonus material, including additional essays from the Hymn for Spring authors – and their special guests – and sneak previews at the next big projects from the Tower of the Hand editors.
Steven Attewell, the mastermind behind Race for the Iron Throne, brings his political and historical expertise to bear on the effectiveness of Machiavellianism in the game of thrones and the economic gamesmanship of Lord Petyr Baelish. The founder of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, Jeff Hartline, makes readers fundamentally question their understanding of King Stannis Baratheon. And History of Westeros co-hosts Aziz and Ashaya offer the single most authoritative account of the history – and mythology – of Harrenhal, while Tower of the Hand/Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire contributor Jim McGeehin does the same for Robert’s Rebellion.
Stefan Sasse, from the Boiled Leather Audio Hour and The Nerdstream Era, determines the effects that patriarchy and civil war have had on the Westerosi psychological makeup. A Podcast of Ice and Fire co-host Amin Javadi investigates the nature that songs and singers play in the various cultures of the Seven Kingdoms, and, even, in the nature of the narrative itself. And Tower of the Handco-founders John Jasmin and Alexander Smith expand the focus to include both an exploration of how HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously improves and degrades Martin’s original story and a look at traditional games to help predict the success of all those who play the game of thrones.
A Hymn for Springis available for pre-order today, with a release date of April 22, 2015.
We are happy to announce that the four podcast hosts will be making cameo appearances in season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Mimi has been cast as one of Dany’s dwindling Dothraki followers: she ends up flipping a table during a Meereenese bar fight. Ashley has been cast as a wildling spearwife: she joins Davos and Shireen’s reading and writing club. Amin and Kyle have been cast as Prince Doran’s night shift guardsmen: they make sure he is well stocked in feathered hats and blood oranges, respectively. Many of the former podcast hosts will also be making appearances as wights.
Episode 167 for the week of March 22nd, in which we are joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave regulars Duncan (Valkyrist) and Greg (Claudiusthefool). We cover the chapters 12 (Jaime II) and 13 (Tyrion II) of A Storm of Swords.
Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, goes on sale on April 15 at Amazon. This new ebook will contain a dozen original essays about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones, written by Tower of the Hand editors and contributors and a whole slew of special collaborators, including Race for the Iron Throne, Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, the History of Westeros podcast, and our very own Amin Javadi. Pre-ordering is not yet possible, but when it is the link will be posted here and on our podcast store. For now, check out one of Amin’s essays (Songs and Singers of Ice and Fire) in the upcoming ebook.
Thanks to the loyal listeners of House Manwoody, the Vassals of Kingsgrave have been nominated for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards.
Voting closes on March 24, at 2100 EST. However, you can vote each and every one of those 22 days, starting with today.
Step 1: Go to this website: http://www.PodcastAwards.com/ Step 2: Select “Vassals of Kingsgrave” in the General category. Step 3: Scroll to the bottom, and enter your name and email, followed by “Submit”. Step 4: Go to your email inbox, and verify your vote. Step 5: Have a Kit Kat. You’ve earned it!
So be sure to share, retweet, reblog, do whatever it is Tumblr does, and loose your ravens to every corner of the realm.
Episode 166 for the week of February 15th, in which we hear about Mimi’s recent trip to Seattle. We are joined by recurring guest host Amber, as Mimi dubs her into the Platinum Club™. We cover chapters 10 (Bran I) and 11 (Davos II) of A Storm of Swords.
Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode contains spoilers for all published books in George R.R. Martin’s ASOIAF series. Congrats to Elle P for winning the draw for the CelebVM contest.
Chapter 10 – Bran I (artist: Dickon Manwoody) A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire
Chapter 11 – Davos II (artist: Lex) A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire
Episode 165 for the week of February 8th, 2015. We are joined by Laura and returning guest host Cosmia to do a sequel of sorts to last year’s all male Valentine’s Day episode. We cover chapter 8 (Jon I) and chapter 9 (Dany I) of A Storm of Swords. We also answer a list of Valentine’s Day themed questions collected from our forums and twitter. In the aftershow, we talk about (spoilers) the recently released copy of GRRM’s 1993 letter outlining his initial ideas and outline for A Song of Ice and Fire.
Notes: If you can’t get enough ASOIAF themed Valentine’s Day questions, check out the latest ruling from the Supreme Court of Westeros. Thank you for nominating us for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards. Nomination results will be released on March 1st, at which point we will update on voting information if we make the final slate. For those interested, here is the free Dropbox signup link mentioned at the end of the episode (you may have to install it as well). Finally, our CelebVM contest is still ongoing until February 15th, post a comment for this episode or the last one to be entered for a chance to receive a video message from Ian McElhinney.
Valentine’s Day by Vaarsuvius
A Podcast of Ice and Fire returns triumphantly to our seventh year of podcasting, as we Muster the Manwoody in preparation for the Podcast Awards. Mimi, Amin, and Kyle dub Vassals Alias and Madscientist into the exclusive Triple Gold Club™, as we cover chapters 6 (Davos I) and 7 (Sansa I) of A Storm of Swords. Mimi talks about the upcoming Manwoody meetup in Seattle, and we cover in the aftershow, better late than never, ColdhandsGate (spoiler alert).
Notes: Nominations are currently open for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards. If you would like to nominate our podcast, each person may submit one (only one) nomination form by February 6th. The podcasts with the most nominations will be added to an online voting system in February, so every nomination does count, as do the comments written in the comments section on the nomination form. If you nominate A Podcast of Ice and Fire, we suggest the Entertainment + People’s Choice categories (any podcast can be nominated for People’s Choice + one category). For Vassals of Kingsgrave, we suggest the General category + Best Produced (Best Produced + one other category is possible).
Thank you very much for your support!
In relation to our CelebVM contest, post a comment for this episode here by February 15th to be entered in the contest, the random prize winner will receive a free video message from Ian McElhinney, the actor who plays Ser Barristan in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Even if you don’t win, CelebVM offers the opportunity to purchase video messages from Ian and actors in other well known works.
Chapter 6 – Davos I (artist: jesicka309) A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire
Chapter 7 – Sansa I (artist: Nick Snow) A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire
Episode 163 for the week of December 21st, 2014, in which we are happy to release our third Christmas Filks episode, continuing the yearly tradition. Curl up at home around the fire, take a sip of a hot beverage, and let DJ Amin take you through our 2014 edition.
Notes: For the lyrics and list of writers and singers for this year’s Christmas Filks, check out the relevant forum. This year’s episode is on youtube, as is last year’s hit single:
Episode 162 for the week of December 1st, in which we start our first of three in-depth episodes covering The World of Ice and Fire. We are joined by Aziz and Ashaya from the History of Westeros videocast and podcast. We chat about Dornish Letter theories, assign one aspect of the Seven to each of the Seven Kingdoms, and given lemoncake ratings for the Targaryen kings.
Notes: Aziz and Ashaya had to drop out due to internet connection problems 2/3 of the way through. Our podcast store is available for your holiday shopping needs. The Supreme Court of Westeros is currently looking for more guest judges for 2015. Submit your Christmas Filks on our forums by December 21st to be included in the third annual ASOIAF Christmas Filk episode.
Last year’s Christmas Filk Episode:
Episode 160 for the week of November 23rd, 2014. We provide a review of the recently re-released Ice Dragon, written by George RR Martin and illustrated by Luis Royo. Joined by the usual Martinsphere review group from Bastards of Kingsgrave, we deal with the Ice elephant in the room, before diving into a spoiler filled discussion.
Notes: Mimi and Ashley will provide their lemon cake reviews in a subsequent episode. For other reviews of Martin’s earlier works, check out the Bastards of Kingsgrave. The video interview from 2006 referred to in the episode is below.
Episode 159 for the week of November 9th, 2014, in which the four podcast hosts share their initial reactions to the recently released World of Ice and Fire. We chat about the possible Winterfell dragon eggs, the Tyrion is a Chimera theory, the variation of the seasons, and the prevalence of Zorses. We draw battle lines over the Blackfyre Rebellion.
Notes: The audio quality for this episode improves after the first 22 minutes. Sorry about the page flips AKA Dolby Surround Sound experience. This is the first of several review episodes planned on the World of Ice and Fire.
Episode 158 for the week of October 26th, 2014, which includes a spoiler-full interview with Elio and Linda of Westeros.org, coauthors of the recently released World of Ice and Fire.
The Summerhall scene that didn’t make it into the book
Notes: This episode was recorded earlier to be released on the official release date for the book. Mimi could not make it to the record at the last moment, but all four APOIAF hosts will return in November for Part II to conduct a full review, along with a second interview episode in December. Submit questions here and in the forums for the upcoming episodes.
Episode 157, for the week of of September 21st, 2014, in which the guys hold down the fort while Mimi crosses the not so narrow sea and Ashley prepares for winter. We are joined by Aziz from the History of Westeros podcast. We chat about a variety of podcast news and cover chapters 2 (Jaime I) and 3 (Catelyn I) of A Storm of Swords.
Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode contains spoilers for all published books in George R.R. Martin’s ASOIAF series. This episode was rescued from the darkling plain: the main audio quality issues subside after a few minutes in, but there are times where the conversation jumps a bit. A Hymn for Spring is not available for preorder yet, the link will be posted here when it is.
Chapter 2 – Jaime I (artist: brynden) A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire
Chapter 3 – Bran VII (artist: linecom1) A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire
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