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Swords for Sale

The intrepid armorers and brawny blacksmiths at Valyrian Steel have been busy of late. Valyrian has just rolled out two weapons in their new HBO-licensed line of replicas -- the Catspaw Dagger used by the rogue sent to kill Bran in his bed, and the Sword of Robb Stark.

(For those of you who have been collecting Valyrian's replicas of the weapons from the novels, yes, that line is continuing as well, but Jalic has also entered into this deal with HBO to produce limited edition replicas of the blades from the show. So it is entirely possible that eventually there will be two variant 'editions' of the same blade, though it has not happened yet).

Here's the Catspaw Dagger:

Catspaw 2

A handsome blade, I think. Though rather completely different from the dagger in the books, which was far plainer (though made of Valryian steel, with a dragonbone grip). It can be ordered here:


The Sword of Robb Stark is never described in any detail in my novels... but if I ever had paid it any mind, it probably would have looked quite a lot like the one seen in the show, which Valyrian Steel has replicated. So this one can almost be considered "novel authentic" as well as "show authentic." Here 'tis:

Robbs sword on Plaque

You can order Robb's sword at http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/robb-stark/prod_21.html

Both weapons come with a Certification of Authenticity -- though, please note, not a SIGNED CoA, since these derive from the TV show, not the books. The weapons from the ICE & FIRE range, as opposed to the GAME OF THRONES range, are the only ones that include my illegible scrawl.

Speaking of which, I should also note that Valyrian Steel's replica of Needle, the sword of Arya Stark, is now SOLD OUT, like Longclaw and Ice before it (a second version of Ice, based on the HBO version, is forthcoming, but the novel version is all gone). These blades are all limited editions; when they are gone, they are gone, and the price on ebay and other collector sites tends to skyrocket. Robert's Warhammer and the Night's Watch dragonglass dagger set remain available from Valyrian Steel, but stocks are dwindling, so if you want one, don't wait too long.


Daniel Stover
Jun. 3rd, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
inspiration for the Reed's
Dear Mr. Martin,

I am leaving a question/comment in an inappropriate place. Don't know where else to go...

You seem "historically informed" with respect to how you create the world of Ice & Fire in that it seems some of your fantasy cultures where markedly inspired by true historical events/cultures.

I thus can not help but ask if the Reed's were inspired by a group of peoples, a tribe really, in France on the Atlantic Coast.

It seems that there was a tribe in France living in swamplands near the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. They were regularly revolting against whatever royal person was claiming to run France. They were such a trouble that a part of the reason the pine forest at Les Landes was planted in the first place was to remove the swamp where these people could hide and fight from.

I learned about this in the book "The Discovery of France," which essentially attempts a history of France from the peasant's point of view. It is a brilliant book, and as a history buff, you should check it out.

But... Original question... By chance, where the Reed's inspired by this group of people? Thanks,

The Canary

Edited at 2013-06-03 11:25 am (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: inspiration for the Reed's
Sorry, no, these folks sound fascinating, but I'd never heard of them before.


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