This is what the real Iron Throne REALLY looks like... ~George R.R. Martin
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Game of Thrones!
Imgur comments: http://imgur.com/gallery/ILPpWCl
According to the books, the Iron Throne was made from over 1,000 swords. This depiction looks far more accurate (and badass) than the show’s.
In the show the throne is made of around two hundred swords (according to Little Finger).
"Have you ever seen the Iron Throne? The barbs along the back, the ribbons of twisted steel, the jagged ends of swords and knives all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat ser. Aerys cut himself so often men took to calling him King Scab, and Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest at ease." ~Stannis Baratheon to Davos Seaworth talking about the Iron Throne
What makes it even more badass is the fact that the swords are of the men Aegon I conquered after they had bent the knee and sworn fealty, forged together by Aegon I's dragon, Balerion the Black Dread.
"...Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it."
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That looks like more than 1,000 swords.
I keep losing count every time I try...
George R.R. Martin said:
“Marc [Simonetti] has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it. From now on, THIS will be the reference I give to every other artist tackling a throne room scene. This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Assymetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few.
This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.”