UPDATE NOVEMBER 2015
Every so often, I get a nice bit of fan mail asking if I'm still alive, and if I'm ever going to update this FAQ. The kind words are appreciated. The answer is, yes, I'm still alive, but no, an update to the FAQ seems unlikely at this point (it was last updated circa 2003). The site was created at a different time in my life, when I had a lot more free time and energy to devote to it. Since then, both myself and the world of ASoIaF fandom have moved on from this humble Angelfire page. Assuming Angelfire doesn't pull the plug, this will continue to stand as a museum of pre-A Feast for Crows theories, but don't expect any other updates to occur in the near future. I may be back when A Dream of Spring is published in 2020 to gloat about calling Jon Snow's parentage 15 years before the reveal.
Welcome to the site for Frequently Asked Questions for George R.R. Martin's wonderful series A Song of Ice and Fire. The purpose of this site is to lay out and analyze quotes from the series, and infer from them the answer to several mysteries that are presented. The purpose is not to present all theories pertaining to the books. Only theories will considerable evidence in the form of quotes will be discussed here.
Readers should be warned that the articles and questions below CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT FINISHED THE BOOKS! It is highly advisable that you read the series up to the current volume, A Storm of Swords, before reading the questions below. Most contain evidence that will only spoil and surprise your enjoyment of the series.
As a quick note, all quotes from A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are from the American paperback edition. All quotes from A Storm of Swords are from the American hardback edition. I am trying to get my hands on other versions of the novels, as to compare the page numbers, but this will take time. New readers also might want to check out a quick list of acronyms to avoid confusion. All quotes listed with an 'SSM' after them mean they are a quote from George R.R. Martin, taken from the 'So Spake Martin' collection at Westeros.org.
The following is a list of questions that an average reader would have in their head after finishing the three currently published books. Some of the questions have definite answers, others are up in the air.PAST EVENTS: