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George R.R. Martin on J.R.R. Tolkien, Birthing Dragons, The Grateful Dead, The Iron Throne, Hollywood and More

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George R. R. Martin was here with Laura Miller to talk about his long awaited book, The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. In this video clip, he talks about the influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on “epic fantasy,” references to The Grateful Dead in his books, if he ever feels frustrated when the TV show is not quite what he had imagined for his books, his first time meeting Daniel Brett Weiss and David Benioff, the show runners for Game of Thrones, and more.

Watch full video of this event here.