Con of Thrones 2018: Lord of the Rings influences in Game of Thrones

Posted: June 13, 2018 by patricksponaugle in Game of Thrones
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More audio from Con of Thrones 2018 has become available (and helpfully put on YouTube by panelists other than me.)

Featured from right to left: Brad, Lauren, Matt, and some random guy who snuck up onto the dais. Security was nowhere to be seen.

I’ve included a link to the All That is Gold Does Not Glitter: The Connections Between Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire panel’s audio. I was a participant on the panel, along with /r/asoiaf Reddit moderator Matt (aka Joe Magician), Lauren (aka Joanna Lannister on Tumblr) and convention-running Mischief Management bigwig Brad Ausrotas.

I appreciate Matt for putting the audio up on YouTube, the panelists for their expertise, and the audience for their engagement. Full disclosure: I have not listened to the audio from the panel (other than what my ears heard during that day) but I’ve gotten great feedback from Twitter friends who could not attend, have listened to Matt’s audio, and announced that we crushed it.

Talking about Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones books is a huge topic, and certainly fifty minutes is an inadequate amount of time to cover that topic exhaustively.

Near the end of the panel, someone asked if there were symbolic connections between the One Ring and Azor Ahai’s Lightbringer sword, and I almost passed out from the frustration of not being able to explore that with the audience.

(Maybe next year.)

(Comments are always welcome. Super welcome! But if you want to talk spoilery Game of Thrones talk with me (also welcome) I’d invite you to visit my Safe Spoilers page on my backup blog. That way my non-book-reading friends won’t be shocked with foreknowledge.)

If you liked this article, thank you! I have all of my Game of Thrones related articles on my handy-dandy Game of Thrones page should you want to read more but don’t want to navigate around my site.

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