One of the most significant objects in the Game of Thrones universe is the Iron Throne located in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in King’s Landing. The King, Lord Regent and Hand of the King are the only persons who can sit on the throne and thus it represents the authority of the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms.
The throne was forged at the order of Aegon the Conqueror’s who was the first of the Targaryen Kings and unified the independent kingdoms of Westeros under his rule. It is made of the 1,000 swords that surrendered to him in the War of Conquest. The dragon Balerion the Black Dread melted them with his breath and then bent the throne in the shape it has in the film.
The problem with a throne made of iron is that it is quite cold and deadly, so a group of friends gave it a nice holiday twist by making one out of gingerbread. Their version comes with warmer tones and decorative motifs made with blue and purple to look a lot more festive. It transforms the threatening symbol of power into a delicious treat that pays homage to the saga of George R. R. Martin in a really original way.
The great thing about this gingerbread throne is that it was made by a group of friends who joined forces to create something wonderful and this is quite the antithesis of the dragon forged seat which is the epitome of selfishness as we have seen in the books and TV series.
Stannis Baratheon described the chair to Davos Seaworth thus: “Have you ever seen the Iron Throne? The barbs along the back, the ribbons of twisted steel, the jagged ends of swords and knives all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat, ser. Aerys cut himself so often men took to calling him King Scab, and Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest at ease. Oftentimes I wonder why my brothers wanted it so desperately.”
This is certainly not the description you would give to this yummy gingerbread version but it is closer to the holiday spirit and they paid a marvelous and ingenious homage to the popular series.
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