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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Hodor, Bran & Reeds Diorama

Hodor! Hodor Hodor Hodor!

Gentle Hodor carries Bran Stark to safety, accompanied by the Reed children, Meera and Jojen, as Winterfell burns. This diorama piece from Dark Sword Miniatures depicts the fear and confusion of the group’s escape from Theon Greyjoy’s rising madness and flee north to the Wall in hopes of help from the Night’s Watch. Sold as a combo with individual statue bases and a bonus pewter diorama base that positions the crew together.

The confusion on Hodor’s face is priceless as he scratches his shaggy head. Bran rests in his woven basket as the Reeds prepare themselves for wargs and wizards.

The Hodor diorama is available from the Dark Sword store page for $39.99. Sculpted by Tom Meier, each scale miniature is cast in pewter and resin and is sold unpainted. It is up to you, as artist and collector, to paint according to your own whims. The images of the painted versions on the website feature the work of artist Matt Verzani.

HODOR!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Complete ASoIaF Audiobooks

What better way to spend these long holiday nights than by listening to the complete A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks?

This CD bundle includes the first five books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series from George RR Martin. They are all read by Tony Award winner Roy Dotrice… older versions of A Feast for Crows are read by John Lee but these are updated and shiny and new. The first two books, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are HBO Tie-in Editions, although I don’t know how that works with the Audio CDs. There seem to be issues with the print versions of this collection, so best to stick with the audiobooks or Kindle version to avoid any problems. A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons are included here in the audio. Other hardcover or paperback sets available in the US only include the first 4 books and don’t include Dance.

This set is “complete” for now… the complete series won’t be ready for 5-20 years. Looks like this will keep you busy until the next book comes out.

Download the Kindle version to get this complete set just in time for Xmas!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Sansa Stark Diorama

Baby, it’s cold outside. Let’s make a snow castle!

Sansa Stark Diorama

Sansa Stark wasn’t in the merriest of moods when she built a tiny version of Winterfell out of the snow while up in the Eyrie. Far from home, she makes the frosty model to remind her of better times, before her father became Hand, before she met Joffrey, before being whisked away to “safety” by Littlefinger.

It is likely that Sansa represents a chain of nested symbolism from the prophesies of A Song of Ice and Fire: “I dreamt of a maid at a feast, with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow.” What this moment in Sansa’s life foreshadows is a change in world orders; the rise again of the Starks sits within Sansa. She must be crafty; she must be cunning. But most of all, she must survive.

The Sansa Stark diorama is from Dark Sword Miniatures; buy it from their store page for $9.99. Sculpted by Tom Meier, each scale miniature is cast in pewter and resin and is sold unpainted. It is up to you, as artist and collector, to paint to fit your own flight of fancy. The images of the painted versions on the website feature the work of artist Marike Reimer.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: GoT Card Game Expansions

Jazz up the cold winter nights with some great expansion packs for The Game of Thrones card game!

If you were with us last year when we posted about the Game of Thrones Collectible Card Game, you know all about this game and jousts and melees and how each card is an individual work of art. Well now dive deeper into the game with these expansion decks from Fantasy Flight that enhance your game with extended House cards. The Lords of Winter expansion includes Starks and Tullys, and using it alone will create a dominant force in the North. Balance out that power with the other expansion packs, such as Queen of Dragons with House Targaryen that enhances the traits of Dragons and Dothraki.

With the Princes Of The Sun Expansion, you bring the might of House Martell to the gameplay in full force. Now available with the Dornish cards is a new Civil War option, based on the way their house held the Targaryens at bay. The King of Seas expansion lets you play the traitorous Greyjoys with their raiding warship fleet. While there are other house expansions, the Baratheons are a dead line and nobody wants to play a Lannister.

If you tend to build your own decks and don’t stick to particular houses, any of the expansions to Game of Thrones LCG will bring new elements and strategies, so feel free to buy the ones you like best. Otherwise, buy as many as you can to keep all the houses equal during play.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Jon and Arya Diorama

Capture the magic of familial love with this Jon and Arya diorama, perfect for holiday giving.

Jon Snow and Arya Stark Diorama

It’s inarguable that Jon Snow and Arya Stark have one of the most heartwarming and enduring relationships in all of A Song of Ice and Fire. Second perhaps only to Arya’s undying bond with Nymeria. Set upon the steps of Winterfell, this endearing piece shows a touching moment between these two. Raised as siblings, you can see that Lord Snow and Arya Horseface share the Stark blood, and t’ ain’t nobody that’ll tell you diff’rent.

Sculpted by Tom Meier, each 54mm scale miniature is cast in pewter and resin and is sold unpainted. It is up to you, the collector, to paint to fit your own flight of fancy. The images of the painted versions on the website feature the work of artist Jessica Rich.

You can buy the Jon & Arya miniature from the GRRM section of the Dark Sword Miniatures website.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Robert’s Warhammer

Holiday crowds getting in your way? If you are looking for something to smash through them to get to your rightful seasonal bargains, we have the perfect tool for the job!

King Robert Baratheon's Warhammer

King Robert Baratheon led many a battle wielding his trusty warhammer. When his lady love, Lyanna Stark, was “kidnapped” by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, he swore he would have vengeance and take her back. Well, he got half his wish. King Robert slapped the rubies right off Rhaegar’s breastplate, ending the life of the Prince of Dragonstone and ending the Targaryen rule over the 7 Kingdoms.

Officially licensed from George RR Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, the exclusive King Robert Baratheon’s Warhammer replica from Valyrian Steel comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by The Man Himself. This is one hefty hammer, at 10 lbs with an overall length of 44″ (Google tells me that’s 4.5 kilos and just over a meter, in American that’s three and half feet). The hammer’s head is antique-finished cast metal with gold painted accents, and the shaft is steel with accent rings of 24k gold. Comes with a plaque with mounting hardware for your wall or war tent.

Act fast, this is a limited edition of 2000 pieces. Each hammer is laser engraved with an edition number.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Beyond the Wall

With yesterday’s post we offered the chance to see what egg-headed dead philosophers have to say about the characters and goings-on in George RR Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Now we present the opportunity to read what other authors have to say about these things.

The full title is quite a mouthful as well as self explanatory: Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. Featuring commentary by authors and collaborators on other GRRM projects, this tome touches on topics tremendously telling towards today’s teachings. Contributing authors include Daniel Abraham (A Game of Thrones graphic novels) and RA Salvatore (Forgotten Realms saga). Also chiming in are Linda Antonsson and Elio M. GarcĂ­a, Jr., the founders of Westeros.org.

This is not an insider’s edition on the secret schemes and plots within the ASoIaF series, but a cultural and ethical analysis on how the people and events compare with today’s societal norms. Perfect for egg-head scholars!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Game of Thrones and Philosophy

If you have a philosophical bent, this book might be of interest. Even if you don’t, it might be something you’ll want to add to your extensive GRRM collection.

Explore humanity and the nature of good vs evil in this treatise on George RR Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire. Part of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, the book explores the ethics and morality of medieval times under the light of modern philosophical theory. This book is probably a light read for those in the philosophy field (all three of you), but fans of the series will probably appreciate a structured look at the complexities of society in the world of Westeros.

Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons. But maybe, just maybe, they’d have something to say about the characters within this fantasy book series.

Available in paperback and Kindle editions.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: A Feast of Ice and Fire

And the list of derivative works gets longer, and tastier.

You’ll become as rotund as King Robert with this collection of recipes inspired by the native foods of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series. Wanna make some lemon cakes? Now you can! Ready for elegant cream swans to grace your table? The recipe’s included! Are you intrigued, even a little disgusted, by steaming bowls of brown? Here’s the ingredients for the mystery meat concoction!

If you don’t dine on swine or fill up on fowl, there are even some recipes that are vegetarian and vegan, but some will need adapting.

Inn at the Crossroads bloggers have spent the past few years putting together this finely crafted cookbook, filled with glossy photos to go along with the 100+ recipes. Makes a great gift for rustic food fans and cooks of all types, even if they aren’t fans of the series. This will hook them!

Looking for a recipe for dog sausage or olives stuffed with maggots? Unfortunately you’ll want to review a list of meals the good folks at Inn at the Crossroads have nixed from their recipe box.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: The Lands of Ice and Fire

Do you love maps and learning new acronyms? Then check out TLoIaF, or more conventionally, The Lands of Ice and Fire, an illustrated guide to the world of Westeros and beyond.

Filled TO THE BRIM with maps rendered in the finest Maester’s script and copied directly from various tapestries throughout the lands described in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, these are a must for anyone who’s ever asked where the Narrow Sea was… Now they’ll know. It’s like they’ve been ripped straight from the great libraries of The Citadel and flown by very large ravens directly to your door! If you buy online. If you buy it in a shop it loses some of that illusion.

Some of the maps aren’t available anywhere else, so delve into this box of treasures this holiday season!

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