George R. R. Martin's Earliest Inspiration Of All

  • Published on Nov 22, 2018
  • 'Fire and Blood' author George R. R. Martin shares his writing inspirations, which range from Tolkien to his childhood pet turtles.
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  • Giannis Koutinas
    Giannis Koutinas 2 hours ago

    Well Turin Turambar had sex with his siter, Nienor, in the Silmarillion. So there you have it. Sex and incest in Tolkien's books.

  • Dikshya Mohapatra
    Dikshya Mohapatra 2 hours ago

    Ok hold up, Fire And Blood?

    CM ONHITME 5 hours ago

    Sounds to me like George does not want to be James Caan in MISERY. It's easier to just make shit up that nobody knows about...the alternative involves rabid fans who have visualized their own way of ending the tale--giving him no better alternative to keep living and avoid writing the wrap. Too many angry fans on the roads...SMART..even if the RR in his name is bull-shiT.

  • Dexter Oxnard and Boss
    Dexter Oxnard and Boss 13 hours ago

    I wanna hear these guys talk for 5 hours.

  • Ozybeastias
    Ozybeastias 14 hours ago

    Surprised he didn't mention Dune. I recently watched the miniseries from 2000 and the stuff with the princess really reminded me of Game of Thrones, at least in terms of the political intrigue.

  • July Stylez
    July Stylez 19 hours ago +1

    Thank you for GOT George!

  • alex unger
    alex unger 20 hours ago

    The greatest storyteller is he who doesn't resort to erotica and yet manages to keep the readers on the edge. That’s why George R.R.Martin can never reach the level of Tolkien.

  • gigglyme2001
    gigglyme2001 20 hours ago

    Martin is a little pervert isn’t he lol

  • Abdur Rauf Mahmood Khan

    Two nerds kicking it off.

  • The_Parson
    The_Parson 22 hours ago

    Who knew that GRRM is really Peter Griffin...?

  • The Reaper
    The Reaper 22 hours ago

    Homeboy needs Atkins or I'll be seeing him soon.

  • John Gulotta
    John Gulotta Day ago

    The book was so much better than the last season

  • SeNniN
    SeNniN Day ago

    Is he wearing lipstick?

  • posthumorously
    posthumorously Day ago

    It's so disappointing that he's not English. XD

  • Huda Qawi
    Huda Qawi Day ago

    If you like Lord of the Rings, you should check out the Wheel of Time series! It's better written than ASoIaF and completed.

  • mel on
    mel on Day ago

    I bet stephan Colbert just googled those sci find novels

  • Brandon
    Brandon Day ago

    American tolkien lololol...All hail J K Rowling, king of fantasy, 1st of her name

  • vignesh ravi
    vignesh ravi Day ago

    He sounds like Kripky from Big Bang Theory!! Lol!!

  • Vukosava Vukovic
    Vukosava Vukovic 2 days ago

    U are genius, I hope that all this pressure will not influence your artwork.

  • Gino
    Gino 2 days ago

    The Orquettes. That surely is half a name of a great indie band

  • Robert Fletcher
    Robert Fletcher 2 days ago +2

    The Ice and Fire books are so intricate and magnificent that it's hard to imagine how someone could assemble them in a lifetime. I don't blame George for taking his time, I will happily wait for that level of quality.

    • Hank Sam
      Hank Sam 17 hours ago +1

      It's stunningly amazing how much detail the stories has. i have no idea how one man, GRRM, could create such level of quality work. he's definitely a legend.

  • Claudio Starri
    Claudio Starri 2 days ago

    More nerds please

  • Gelie Peronce
    Gelie Peronce 2 days ago

    "there is no porn in Middle Earth" 😂😂😂

  • Xay Tre-Marc
    Xay Tre-Marc 3 days ago

    this dude has a turtle on his necklace

  • Ian Heinzinger
    Ian Heinzinger 3 days ago

    The Orcettes omg someone do that please

  • Nadá K
    Nadá K 4 days ago

    “Was it murder?” HAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • Laura Veapi
    Laura Veapi 4 days ago

    6:30 @stephencolbert they are not bread by Sauron. They were made (long long time ago) out of ELVES. By Sauron's boss, Morgoth. Silmarillion. 😉

  • Noah Grobben
    Noah Grobben 4 days ago +1

    I wish these two would have a Tolkien-off

  • Tun Huang
    Tun Huang 5 days ago +1

    The whole interview Stephen didn't mention once the tv show Game of Thrones, they only talked about books. That must have made Martin happy.

  • Andrew Graham
    Andrew Graham 5 days ago

    Orcs asexually reproduce?

  • Ironborn4
    Ironborn4 5 days ago +2

    The orcs aren't bred by Saruman in the movie in the mud. It's the Uruk Hai that are bred by Saruman.

  • Caroline Merrick
    Caroline Merrick 5 days ago

    He sounds like Bill Hader doing his Keith Morrison impression. Haha

  • Aleksander Figiel
    Aleksander Figiel 5 days ago +1

    No offence but GRRM himself looks like beloved medieval bard who sings songs during feasts about all-mighty kings and heroes living thousands years ago.

  • Monty Parata
    Monty Parata 6 days ago

    Before reading A Game of Thrones I was never very interested in reading, and had always struggled to fend off distracting thoughts and immerse myself, despite being a capable, articulate student, worker, and musician (and naive philosopher).
    4 years later, I have read asoiaf roughly 6 times through, as well as his other works multiple times. All the while I was developing a deep love for the written word, reading Lovecraft, Tolkien, Huxley, Kafka, Orwell to name a few. This lead to a renaissance in my life; now I study history in my spare time for fun, I write poetry and lyrics, as well as documenting my life, thoughts, feelings, and plans.
    All because one of the girls I used to "get coffee" with had this one book in her room and didn't care much for it and gave it to me, and coincidentally, another girl had the rest of the series which she wasn't reading gave me those haha. I'm so thankful, because all of these things helped me turn my life around and now i'm going to be an educator/social worker.

  • Kublai Khan
    Kublai Khan 6 days ago

    I knew it. The ancient cities, the mysterious races, pre-human wonders, I always had a feeling the Conan shorts inspired ASOIAF.

    LUMOS 7 days ago


  • abilyn 1105
    abilyn 1105 8 days ago

    shame shame on you George, all this time when everyone was thinking you were writing winds of winters, this is what you were doing, again, shame shame shame

  • weepingod
    weepingod 8 days ago

    Dear Netflix, please make Lone Wolf (Joe Dever) series. Thanks

  • Emyli Evyrling
    Emyli Evyrling 9 days ago

    Galadriel totally f*cked Celeborn with a strapon

    NICK LOPEZ LI 10 days ago

    I Fucking knew it Game Of Thrones was inspired by Lord Of The Rings.

  • Dean Winchester
    Dean Winchester 11 days ago

    Based on the shape of Westeros, the accents of the people, the titles they hold - and EVEN the wall built around the narrowest part - I would say his "inspiration" was the history of England. Change my mind

  • Katerina 11
    Katerina 11 11 days ago

    What a talented man

  • T
    T 12 days ago

    He is a legend

  • Matt
    Matt 13 days ago

    Please George! We need Game of Thrones fixed... These writers have made the ending to this show a pile of hot, steamy garbage.. I truly don't care if it takes 5 years.. Just please... we need a perfect ending to this (once was) perfect show. Help us please!! Watching season 8 is brutal and most of all, insulting.

  • Rosemary Williams
    Rosemary Williams 13 days ago +1

    So of let downs and budget cuts. Wolves get dumped like one night stands 😩 not even a hug goodbye.

  • Bowen Zhao
    Bowen Zhao 13 days ago

    Now I can't stop but imagining brothels in Valinor. And I really didn't need that.

  • Leyla Aliyeva
    Leyla Aliyeva 13 days ago +1

    I was grinning like an idiot for the whole video because I have the copy of the book sitting in front of me, and seeing it in the video and here is just surreal.

  • CPA
    CPA 14 days ago

    Daaamnnnn definitely gonna buy this book

  • Stefan
    Stefan 14 days ago

    Please don't die before finishing like Robert Jordan

  • Jane Warner
    Jane Warner 15 days ago

    I know that hes been pressured for years to finish the series or release the next book but please just write the damn books George

    • Dab Vitor
      Dab Vitor 10 days ago

      +Jane Warner With the worst ending possible.

    • Jane Warner
      Jane Warner 12 days ago

      Mir ok

    • Mir
      Mir 13 days ago

      Who cares GOT is ending anyways now.

  • asparagusman
    asparagusman 15 days ago

    this guy looks like a total perv...oh wait

  • corposap
    corposap 15 days ago

    wait why did the turtles die


  • V
    V 16 days ago +14

    What do we say to the god of good writing?
    Dave& Dan > Not today

  • khanlie
    khanlie 16 days ago

    Jon stark character is too similar to Aragorn. I can't take him seriously.

  • Kuemmerling Enthusiast
    Kuemmerling Enthusiast 17 days ago +1

    “Why doesn’t George RR Martin use Twitter? Because he killed off all 140 characters”

  • Danny Young jr
    Danny Young jr 17 days ago

    You think anyone has ever emailed him. The way g.o.t is going to end? everything right...?

  • Akumael
    Akumael 17 days ago

    "They die very soon"

    Oh you mean just like your characters??

  • Anthony Yeh
    Anthony Yeh 17 days ago

    I feel like Wheel of Time competes with both Tolkien and Martin?

    • Jack
      Jack 16 days ago

      I dont know, from what I read wheel of time was too close resemblance of Lord of the rings, when I read eye of the world I was like wtf this is like lord of the rings beginning. where u have group of protagonist on the run from minion of the evil lord etc.

  • Chapter FFFMGEHSS
    Chapter FFFMGEHSS 18 days ago

    i need this man's imagination

  • Michael Moretti
    Michael Moretti 18 days ago +6

    Something tells me George R. R. Martin's browser history has a lot of porn ;-)

  • DarthHawthorne
    DarthHawthorne 18 days ago

    Yo hold up... Did Someone just ask Stephen Colbert a question about Tolkien that he was unable to answer?

    • Dylan B
      Dylan B 18 days ago

      DarthHawthorne can’t answer if there is none. All Tolkien said on the matter is that fem orcs exist, and they weren’t part of the army, but that’s all.

  • Iná Tonolli
    Iná Tonolli 18 days ago


  • Kris kspecial
    Kris kspecial 19 days ago

    How disrespectful of you to NOT bow!

  • Lherween Lynx Garcia
    Lherween Lynx Garcia 19 days ago +3

    Me when this came out: Thank the gods we have new content for ASOIAF.
    Me two days after I bought it: *closes book* we need MORE, GEORGE. GIDDIYUP KEEP WRITING.

  • WestonG23
    WestonG23 19 days ago

    The Orc are corrupted elves. The Uruk-Hai are half breed orc humans bread by Saruman - to be stronger and march in the light of day. Neither require females. They are spawned from spawning pits.

    • Dylan B
      Dylan B 18 days ago

      WestonG23 you’re on the money with the Uruk-hai, but there isn’t a clear answer. Tolkien confirmed in a letter that fem orcs exist and that they do reproduce. Bolg is the son of Azog, just for an example.
      As for the origin, Tolkien proposed several theories and never gave an answer. This ranged from corrupted elves, to man beast hybrids, to corrupted maiar of all things.

  • Io
    Io 19 days ago +1

    Tolkien Books Are boooooring.

  • Io
    Io 19 days ago

    The Rolling Stones is a Novel by Robert Heinlein?
    Ha- So That's where the band's got it's Name from!

  • Laurie
    Laurie 19 days ago

    I agree Tolkien books are the best. I am grateful there is no porn in Middle Earth.

  • Janusz Jaskowicz
    Janusz Jaskowicz 19 days ago

    Dear Stephen, the orcs in Tolkien novels were once elves captured by Morgoth and tortured in Angband. There never were orc females. Sincerely - true Tolkien fan.

  • Clark Mannen
    Clark Mannen 19 days ago

    This interviewer needs to let GRRM speak. Mate you’re not the person of interest - ask questions and shut up

  • mohamed el ghoul
    mohamed el ghoul 20 days ago

    Hope there will an other series related to game of thrones

  • The Super Viewer
    The Super Viewer 20 days ago

    Supernerds laughed at the Validor line... I laughed too

  • Fotths Dimitris
    Fotths Dimitris 20 days ago

    copy paste some of Lord of the rings - walking Dead adding cruel cruel raping killing and raping little girls and voila

  • Tone Riggz
    Tone Riggz 20 days ago

    GRRM straight out the projects of New Jeru

  • vasil1406
    vasil1406 20 days ago

    George, please come back and save the travesty that D&D have created

  • goofycker
    goofycker 20 days ago +1

    GRRM is wearing Giorgio Armani.

  • A Geek of One
    A Geek of One 20 days ago

    Turtle Castle? There's a pacing challenge for the television medium.

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones 21 day ago +1

    TMNT meets Game Of Thrones

  • rollercoaster478
    rollercoaster478 21 day ago +2

    I love the guy, but please please finish the books already. Its been 8 years. I understand he wants to write other projects, I do, but this just seems like procrastination. He even has said that after Winds of Winter he hasnt decided what to write next. Dream of Spring, Fire and Blood 2 or Tales of Dunk and Egg. Are you kidding me? :D This is exactly what happenned with Tolkien, he couldnt just finish one story, he expanded well beyond LOTR or Hobbit and wrote this whole amazing world, but most of it never finished and didnt publish during his lifetime. I really hope GRRM doesnt go the same route. Fire and Blood is great and all, but its not even near as interesting and important as finishing ASOIAF.

  • Anon
    Anon 21 day ago

    Gotta read fire and blood

  • Tad Cooper
    Tad Cooper 21 day ago

    RR is such a damn treasure.

  • theLonelyCultureShow

    George mate they massacred your story I'm so sorry.

  • quantillimo concordion

    His penis is superrrrr huge and there's dragons with even bigger penises

  • Fahim Jaowad
    Fahim Jaowad 22 days ago

    RR Martin is old Hot Pie

  • SirPug
    SirPug 22 days ago

    I love how Stephen Colbert seems to actually be familiar with all these books.

  • tornokthegreat
    tornokthegreat 22 days ago

    When GRRM said Heinlein was his first sci-fi book, I punched the air.

  • Aerron Jarin
    Aerron Jarin 23 days ago +2

    Martin pls be fast, you are old there is not much time and i want to see it’s end.

  • Chris Redfield
    Chris Redfield 23 days ago +15

    5:50 Basically hints he's working on Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring at the same time. That's the hope at least...

    • MinersLoveGames
      MinersLoveGames 22 days ago +5

      I'm really starting to think that might be the case. He's been pretty quiet about it all for a while, and rolling out not one, but two books would absolutely rock the world.

  • Hirnlego999
    Hirnlego999 23 days ago +2

    We need a proper ending to GoT...the show doesn't cut it, it went Hollywood.

    KRYSTOF 23 days ago +4

    Why they gotta play the tuba when my boy George shows up?

  • Rose Hill
    Rose Hill 25 days ago

    Love when Colbert geeks out. 700pages!!

  • Finn Henderson
    Finn Henderson 25 days ago

    Love knowing I live in the town that inspired the North in Game of Thrones. Glad he even knows it sucks in the winter haha

  • AzizidarkReborn
    AzizidarkReborn 26 days ago

    What many critics and greedy fans forget about Mr. Martin is that he is only human. No matter how hard we push him, he will not finish Winds of Winter without his heart being in it. The last thing any of us want is a rushed and sloppy continuation. That George is keeping himself sane by writing side stories makes me happy. As a fan of Game of Thrones, I just want this incredibly humble and kind man to be happy while he is alive, regardless of whether or not he finishes the books in 2020 or 2029.

  • Chris G
    Chris G 27 days ago

    UGH I love his laugh :)

  • Robin S
    Robin S 27 days ago

    I wonder if Stephen ever wishes he could go back in time and tell his younger self, "Someday you'll have a job where people will pay you millions of dollars to go on TV and talk about Lord of the Rings."

  • Ana Cecilia Molina
    Ana Cecilia Molina 28 days ago

    I wanna be him when i get older, and then kill all of my books's characters from a slow and painful death, except Cersei...George you' re an inspiration!

  • Micaela Lombard
    Micaela Lombard 28 days ago +1

    Anyone read Fire & Blood yet?
    I'm about halfway through and I love it!

  • shaggysaurus
    shaggysaurus 28 days ago +13

    I love that Colbert is such a nerd he just casually tosses out the name Valinor.

  • Greensky02
    Greensky02 28 days ago

    Not to be a stick in the mud or anything, but I can't help wonder if maybe George had sort of a "one-hit-wonder" by writing the first 3 Ice and Fire books in quick succession (1996, 1998, 2000) and then sort of just got stumped by his own creation. He started overthinking everything, taking way too much time to write, and he just doesn't seem to grasp what the fans want anymore. Unicorns? Entire chapters detailing the foods being eaten by the characters?
    I did enjoy the Dunk and Egg series as well as Fevre Dream. The man can definitely write well! I just hope he can do justice to this monster of a story he started 23 years ago!