The Old Gods and the New: Religion in Westeros and Beyond

Just as George R. R. Martin draws inspiration from real-world history and politics to add depth to his world in A Song of Ice and Fire (or, as HBO would prefer, Game of Thrones), so too does he look to real-world religions. Religion, a central aspect of medieval culture, is also an important theme throughout A Song of…

Gods & Men: Religion in the Speculative Genre

It’s the issue that started wars in the past, that sends a wave of groans through the classroom today. It’s the single topic academics don’t like to talk about. It’s religion. After all, how can we debate something we’re too biased for or against to consider objectively? The answer is, through speculative fiction. Fictional religions…