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A Song of Fantasy Traditions: How A Song of Ice and Fire Subverts Traditions of Women in Tolkienesque Fantasy Buchanan, Mark


George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire consists of a planned seven books, of which five have been published, A Game of Thrones (AGoT), A Clash of Kings (ACoK), A Storm of Swords (ASoS), A Feast for Crows (AFfC), and A Dance with Dragons (ADwD). Women have often been pushed to the margins in the fantasy genre. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as the foundation for a particular subgenre of fantasy, and a tradition of focusing almost exclusively on male characters begins with Tolkien as well. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series continues the fantasy genre in the mode of Tolkien and retains many of the same qualities, but differs in its portrayal of women.

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