Ireland – Meeting Game of Thrones, Part II

When we arrived at Pattys Barn we ate a delicious lunch in nicely decorated rooms. They had items from the series all around and we sat by Loras Tyrells helmet.

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After the lunch we got to know who we were going to meet. We got to meet Thor and Odin, the dogs who play Grey Wind and Summer in the show. Normally you’d think that it would’ve been disappointing when you had expected people, but I got even happier when I heard the news. I really love animals and meeting them was really amazing. They were so nice, kind and happy, and they didn’t have anything in mind if you wanted to take pictures of them.

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This is Thor (Grey Wind)

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And this is Odin (Summer)

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This is the owners. William (to the left) told us a lot about when HBO called him and asked  if they could use his dogs for the show. The one to the right is his father. They have both been in Game of Thrones and Williams brother was on set recording a battle scene for GoT as we spoke. His father had this scrapbook that he had made from the series. He could be seen as a dothraki slave master in 6 episodes during season 1. He had pictures of himself in the background in different scenes and on the front of the book he has glued a horseshoe. That horseshoe was attached to Emilia Clarkes horse, when she, as Daenerys was riding and talking to Jorah Mormont on the trail in season 1. He was in the back of the shot and her horse left one of its shoes. He picked it up and glued it to the book. He also mentioned that his son was playing the wildling that saved Jon Snow from white walkers in the “Hardhome” episode in season 5. He had pictures of his son together with Kit Harington (Jon) and Kistofer Hivju (Tormund). They were very nice and gave us a lot of information about themselves, the show and of course the dogs.

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They told us that Ghost, Thor and Odin had the same parents. Their mothers name was Cookie (Williams father told us that you should never argue with a 6 year old girl when you want to name your pet) and their fathers name was Moon. They were really pretty, and of course, so are the pups. Both pretty and famous. They also had pictures showing us who was who in the direwolf puppy scene in season 1. During the time they also mentioned that Kit Harington (Jon Snow) was a huge fan of the dogs and he had grew very fond of them. Whenever he was around he loved to visit them and say hi. I think I would’ve done the same, because the dogs were amazingly great.

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I mentioned that I was from Norway and William was a huge fan of norse mythology, vikings and Scandinavia. He told me that he wanted to visit Norway someday and we spoke for some time about the country and vikings. William has (it really suits him btw) been in Vikings as well and can be seen in some of the scenes there too. Vikings does also have most of their sets in Ireland, so William had actually never been to Norway, even though Vikings is set in some parts in Norway.

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Cuddling with Odin was great. His long fur and calmness was really amazing. I didn’t want to leave, but we had to. We still had some locations left.

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Richard (Robb) holding Thor (Grey Wind) and Isaac (Bran) holding Odin (Summer) in the show.

Next stop was Winterfell. It’s far from how it looks in the series and you can’t really see many similarities there. Most of the set was set up by green screen and props that they built and took down again after recording. It was still beautiful though.

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Here we’re standing on the exact same spot as the Stark family was standing when they welcomed King Robert to Winterfell in season 1.

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Next stop was the location where Brienne and Jaime arrive with a boat and they find the three hanged people in the tree. We could see the tree, the branch the people hang from and the spot where Jaime was tied to. It was a really beautiful place and a great setting.

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At the exact same area we visited Robb Starks camp where they keep Jaime as prisoner. They also used the tower in the area as The Twins of Walder Frey.

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This is Winterfells brothel. This is where we meet Tyrion Lannister for the first time.

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Me being all weird and happy with Renly Baratheons crown.

At the end we went to the ruins of a really nice chapel. This is where Robb Stark was crowned King in the North. On the bus to the locations we had a quiz and the winner was going to be crowned the king/queen in the North at this location. We all got dressed up in cloaks, swords, helmets and shields.

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Here’s our Queen.

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Robb was crowned during night, so it’s a bit hard seeing it all, but you can see the middle window in the shot that he’s standing under.

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I was very eager to get crowned myself, so I had to run for my ceremony.

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We had a lovely day and this is something I’d like to do again. It was really fun, informative and it really made my GoT-fan heart a lot better. If you ever travel to Dublin or Belfast I would’ve gone on this tour. It’s worth all the time and money. You get to see so many beautiful locations and you also get the bonus, amazing nature.

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Ireland – A meeting with Game of Thrones, Part I

Yesterday I got back from Ireland. I spent 6 days in this beautiful country, and I wish myself back. Hopefully I’ll come back someday later.

During my stay I went to see many different things, but the most important thing for me was the Game of Thrones Tour. The Game of Thrones Tour is a tour with a guide that lasts from 8 AM to 7 PM. It takes all day and you get to see some of the places were GoT got recorded. You also get to see the beautiful nature and countryside of Ireland and it was an absolute bonus for me. I want to share some pictures and thoughts about the experience. I need to part up the GoT Tour in two parts because the huge amount of text and images I’m going to post. I hope it will interest you and maybe, if you’re a fan, you’ll take the tour yourself!

It all startet at the same spot GoT started. Remember the first scenes you ever saw of Game of Thrones? The scene were 3 from the Nights Watch are trying to find a wildling camp and one of them find them all slaughtered and scattered around? That was the first spot on our journey. To get there we had to walk for some time and we all had cloacks that we had around us. They were the real deal and they were a lot warmer than I ever thought they would be.

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The irish morning was foggy and cold when we left.

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The forest was really thick and dark. Only a few beams of sunlight came through.

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Love this picture. You can clearly see that the forest and trees are dead on the left side of the trail. On the other side it’s all green, living and beautiful.

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This is the place were the three guys from the Nights Watch try to run away from the white walkers. The trees were really tall and they grew very close and it made the forest look and feel dark, heavy and scary. A perfect setting!

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My cousin took this picture of me standing in front of the pit used as the wildling camp. Remember the dead girl nailed to the tree that the poor guy sees when turning away from the camp? She was actually nailed to the tree when recording the scene and the hole after the nail is still in the tree today. After recording the scene they had to remove all the fake snow and they have also cut down some trees after the scene was recorded. Sadly, it doesn’t look super familiar, but you can still see similarities.

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After visiting the wildling lair we just walked for 4 more minutes and we arrived at our second location. This was the location they used in the first season when Benjen Stark, Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister are camping on their way the Wall.
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Our guide used to show us pictures and movie clips to refresh our memories around the scene. She also showed it to us so that it would be easier to look for landmarks and see where everything was etc.

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The circle of stones in the middle of the picture (above) is the actual stone circle they made for the camp fire in the scene. If I remember 100% right Jon Snow was sitting by the tree closest to the right in the picture and Tyrion was sitting by the one in the back. IMG_1624 copy

By this tree Ghost is sleeping in the scene.

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A quote from the scene by the campfire.

Our next location was my favourite location. This is actually from my favourite scenes in the entire show. I’m a huge fan of the first season and what I really love is when they find the direwolves. Do you remember the bridge below? This is where they find the killed stag.

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Our guide told us that the stag was 100% real and everything about it. The worms eating its flesh were also real. The stag was bought form a local farmer and it had died of natural causes at the farm. They brought it to the bridge, cut it open and made it all nasty, then they added some sweetening liquids to attract the worms and insects and after a couple of hours they had a nasty animal carcass lying around.

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At the far right in this picture (above) you can see a gap. This is were they walk over the wooden bridge before finding the dead direwolf. The wooden bridge was built for the show and when they were done recording they removed it.

At the picture below you can see a tree and a stone at the right side of the gap. This is were the dead direwolf and it’s puppies were found. The direwolf and the puppies was around the stone and Ghost was all by himself by the tree. Our guide told us that when they recorded the scenes with the puppies they places treats around the areas they were supposed to stand. Ghost was an adventurous little pup and every time Kit (Jon) was bending down to grab him he was gone. He had wandered away to find something to play with in the forest. After several takes this still happened so they had to hire a boy that could sit by the tree and hold Ghost so that he couldn’t run away. If you think about it, you never see Jon picking up Ghost from the ground. You see him disappear from the picture and then come back with the pup in his hand. Now you know why we never got to see him pick Ghost up!

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After seeing this location we went back to the bus again. All of us were hungry so we went to eat lunch at a place called Paddys Barn. We also got to hear that we were going to meet someone from the series. Knowing that the GoT crew were filming a battle scene only a couple of minutes of driving away we were very curious to see who it was. When thinking about who this could be, we walked through the forest and back to the bus again. The forest felt and looked like it was coming straight out of Lord of the Rings. It looked like Rivendell at some places.

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Part II will come in the nearest future. To be continued..