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Gods of Thrones: Exploring the Religions of Westeros
Gods of Thrones: Exploring the Religions of Westeros
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Hi, I'm A.Ron. I co-host a bunch of podcasts over on the Bald Move network. The one most pertinent to the project is the creatively titled "Game of Thrones Podcast by Bald Move".

My co-author for this project is Anthony Le Donne.  Anthony is an associate professor of religion at United Theological Seminary, the executive editor of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, and a published author of several books on Christian and Jewish origins.

Anthony approached me a while ago and said he had an idea to explore the fictional religions and mythology of the Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire universe from a mock-serious, scholarly point of view. I was immediately taken with the idea, and after some back and forth we agreed to collaborate on something with the working title Gods of Thrones. We hope to wed his expertise in comparative religion studies with my knowledge of lore and fandom in order to have something new to say about GRRM's work.

I don't have to tell you that we're in the middle of a real content drought. Winds seems more like a Dream at this point and we're oh so far away from the final season of Game of Thrones. Our proposition is simple: if you would like to read 45,000ish words comparing R'hllor to Zoroastrianism, explaining how the Celtic concept of "thin places" might explain a form of  Westerosi time travel, and analyzing the motives of the White Walkers by looking deeper into the Norse legends of the jötnar, then please back our project! 

Anthony is introducing a ton of interesting new ideas, many of which I would consider in the mindblower-class -- and that's to a pretty jaded die hard like me. I have the easy part, peddling tinfoil theories, making jokes, and in general being the Ser Dontas to his Lady Sansa. Or the Florian to his Jonquil, if you prefer. There, now, I've made my references! They will have flown over some of your heads. They will be deemed suitably impressive by others. Still more will narrow their eyes and tuck their chin and judge this all "early round at trivia night kinda stuff." Hey, tough crowd, I get it. But you know... content drought. I promise you, it beats refreshing GRRM's livejournal for the millionth time.

The funds raised for this project will be used to cover the costs of editors, typesetters, artists, pagesetting, and printing of limited edition physical copies of the book. We've also accounted for fulfillment of physical rewards, shipping, taxes, credit card processing, and Kickstarter fees.  As our primary method of publication will be e-book sales, this could be the only opportunity to own a physical copy of the book, if you're into that kind of thing. Don't worry, we won't tell the weirwoods. They already know.

Stay tuned to this project page for updates, art concepts, samples from the book and other fun and not at all desperate attempts to get people sitting on the fence to please back our project!

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Anthony is an experienced author with several published works to his name. I've produced popular, well-regarded podcasts on an insanely regular basis for over 8 years now. I've also been through two successful Kickstarter projects already. We think therefore that this is sufficient evidence that we are reliable; if we say we're going to do this thing we're going to do it.

However, there are many things we can't guarantee. We can't guarantee you'll like the book or personally enjoy it, regardless of what backer level you are. We would be really bummed out about that, but sometimes it happens. We can only promise to deliver the book to the best of our ability and accurately fulfill any backer rewards.

There could be unexpected legal issues or fulfillment issues that could cause delays or worse. We pledge to diligently work through any issues to ensure you receive what you were promised.

We are also mortal, and there are just two of us, at that. We could experience sickness, death, or other serious issue that could jeopardize our timelines or perhaps the project itself. You should also be aware that we live close enough together that we could simultaneously experience a FEMA-declared "class D full regional impacting EVENT" at which point, all bets are off. Valar morghulis.

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