Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Iron Throne and Swords

Her Maj and hubby Philip visited Westeros Northern Ireland yesterday and toured the set of Game of Thrones. For those who aren’t into this wonderful and riveting TV series, it is an American fantasy drama that is filmed in Belfast. It concerns political manoeuvres, treachery and civil war as various noble families seek to gain, and hold, the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.

The Iron Throne is constructed from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty.  It is symbol of the King's rule, being the throne upon which the King of the Seven Kingdoms sits in the city of King’s Landing. Only the King and his chief adviser, the most powerful appointment in the Seven Kingdoms and known as The Hand of the King, may sit upon the Iron Throne. 

And perhaps Queen Elizabeth 11, although she declined to sit on it when she did her inspection. That hasn’t stopped photoshoppers showing her on the throne:

An image of Queen Elizabeth photoshopped onto the iron throne (left) and on her actual throne (right). 

Some pics:

Her Maj with some of the other props.

What is also of interest about the Iron Throne is that some eagle eyed observers and bloggers have noticed some famous swords incorporated in it. It is unknown if this is a bit of humour, a homage to other films or simply a raid on the props store room.

Gandalf’s sword shown here in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey . . .

. . . appears to be part of the Iron Throne . . .

Robin Hood's sword:

And Orlando Bloom’s sword from Kingdom of Heaven.

Here’s one that was missed:

And yes, that is Sir Patrick Steward, aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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