A document in Tengwar, the script of the Elvish languages invented by JRR Tolkien, Dozza, Italy.
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From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, writers and linguists have invented an array of new languages.
Daenerys Targaryen as portrayed by actress Emilia Clarke.
Although the universe of "Game of Thrones" evokes the medieval era, several key figures in the series are directly inspired by characters from Roman antiquity.
An upcoming film will explore the origins of the Joker, last seen in the Batman franchise. But prequels are often poorly received – perhaps with good reason.
From the Joker to a Game of Thrones prequel, origin stories are increasingly common in film and TV – perhaps at the expense of originality in popular culture.
Dany and Jon are seen right before he knifes her in the heart – and the back, for that matter.
It's tempting to go along with the notion of Daenerys as Mad Queen in Game of Thrones, but what if, instead Dany was the real heroine of the series, and Jon Snow the real heel?
Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons, megalomaniac? Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
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Some lessons from leadership theory for anyone aspiring to sit on the Iron Throne.
Reaction videos are just one of many ways that Game of Thrones fans have explored their love for the show online.
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Fan culture is thriving in Westeros. Although HBO's Game of Thrones has ended, fans will ensure that the show lives on (and changes) across multimedia platforms, long into the future.
Scientists have pieced together Game of Thrones’ geology as the show draws last breath on television.
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Even in this fantasy world, geological processes like tectonic plate movement, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would have built the mountains, carved the rivers, and created vast oceans.
Let battle commence.
Vudu, Apple TV+, Disney +, NBC Universal: there's going to be a lot of blood on the carpet.
Give the Good Boy a pat.
There's a big difference between rehoming and abandonment.
Warrior women: Brienne of Tarth, left, and Arya Stark sparring.
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The young assassin and wannabe knight stand in the background but if their medieval influences are anything to go by, they could end up leading the final battle.
Brandon Stark’s story extends far beyond the world of Westeros.
The original origins of some key characters names might give hints to their fates in Game of Thrones.
Hell hath no fury…. Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones.
We've watched the youngest Stark daughter grow from a tomboy to a trained killer. Now she's come into her own.
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For HBO, online piracy is not the huge issue it represents for the platforms that screen its content.
Human civilisation is threatened by long-dead organisms, whether as White Walkers or petrol.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in season 8 of Game of Thrones.
For all its queer characters, Westeros is a gender binary world.
‘Game of Thrones’ has taught audiences to never get too attached to any one character.
The vast majority of stories told in movies, in books and on television conclude with happy endings – and this has real-world political consequences.
Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and is one of the actors whose face is part of a new test of face recognition skills.
Facial recognition is a crucial skill, but difficult to test accurately. Researchers are taking advantage of the popularity of Game of Thrones to test the limits of our ability to identify a familiar face.
An early comics book writer inspired today’s TV writing. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix), based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, tops binge-worthy TV lists this month. Mary J. Blige plays Cha-Cha, an assassin that can travel through time.
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Our current golden age of TV storytelling is influenced by comic books, in particular, one writer: Chris Claremont pushed boundaries and gave audiences strong female leads and deeply involved dramas.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo talks to IMF managing director Christine Lagarde during the plenary session at the IMF and World Bank annual meeting in Nusadua, Bali, Indonesia recently.
Films can be used to help understand international relations concepts.
The HBO series can tell us a lot about how we view the Medieval world.