Theologies in a Song of Ice and Fire

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Theologies in A Song of Ice and Fire
For my final paper, I will discuss a few of the religions in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I will describe and show how these fictional religions compare to factual ones. I will mainly focus on how it relates to Christianity and its various forms, but I will also include other religions in smaller detail. Before I dive right into the religions, I will give a brief description of A Song of Ice and Fire and why Martin, a lapsed Catholic and proclaimed atheist, decided to include such a large amount of religion in the series.
The tale takes place in the fictional realms of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos. In these fictional realms, power and religion sits above all else. Westeros, also known as the Seven Kingdoms, is the main continent described in the series. The land of Westeros became a “melting pot” for religions after Aegon the Conqueror succeeded in capturing all of Westeros. Before this conquest, there were multiple kingdoms, all practicing their own religions. The unification of countries created much adversity as some religions faded away while others became universal. The series focuses on a set of main characters and how they rise and fall from power.
Martin uses religion in the book to create a sense of realism. Due to how prominent of a role religion played in our medieval history, the inclusion of religion in the series adds depth and extra diversity. His reasoning for this is The Crusades. The Crusades shaped our history books and the outcome of this religious war can still be seen in society today.
One of the major religions seen throughout the series is The Seven, or New Gods. This religion was brought from Essos during the invasion of Westeros by a people called the Andals. The invasion was a way to spread their religion throughout the world. The Andals took over all of Westeros, except for the…...

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