Game of Thrones writer reveals Scots inspiration

George RR Martin. Picture: Getty
George RR Martin. Picture: Getty
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The author behind Game of Thrones has joked that an independent Scotland should build a giant wall of ice along the border, and revealed how a visit to Hadrian’s Wall inspired a key element of his groundbreaking series.

George RR Martin also told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that some strong female characters from A Song of Fire and Ice had been inspired by Scottish history.

The author also said that the 300-mile long ice wall, which protects the realm in the series, was inspired by Hadrian’s wall.

He laughed: If Scotland does secede it should build a gigantic wall of ice. It would be a great tourist attraction as well as keeping the English out.”

“I was inspired by people like Eleanor of Aquitine and not so much Joan of Arc,” he added, “but the queens of Scottish history, from Lady Macbeth on down; strong women who didn’t put on chain-mail bikinis to go forth into battle but exercised immense powers in other ways.”

George RR Martin is due to make another appearance at the book festival today.