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It’s good and bad news, Game of Thrones fans. The long-awaited A Song of Ice and Fire encyclopedia has been delayed because author George R.R. Martin just has too much material.

Anyone who has attempted to get through all five of George R.R. Martin’s massive A Song of Ice and Fire tomes knows that if there’s one thing Martin isn’t afraid of, it’s writing too much.

The Game of Thrones television series does a great job of distilling what is already more than 5,000 pages of story into short 10-episode seasons. But of course, the show barely scratches the surface of the world Martin has created.

This is why fans of both the books and the show have been anxiously awaiting The World of Ice and Fire, the official encyclopedia written by Martin in collaboration with Westeros.org site owners Linda Antonsson and Elio M. García.

The multi-volume epic, which will detail the world and history of Westeros and its surrounding kingdoms, has already been delayed once.

And now, Geekosystem reports that its projected 2014 release date is set to be changed again. The reason? Martin was tasked with writing 50,000 words, but ended up submitting five times this amount.

This extra material includes brand new information about the series, and has caused publisher HarperCollins to reconsider the original encyclopedia format. They have also commissioned more artwork to go along with Martin’s writing.

We suppose this is what you might legitimately call a “fangirl/boy problem.” While we are sad to hear about the delay on The World of Ice and Fire, anything George R.R. Martin wants to share with us about the incredible universe he has created is probably worth waiting for.

What do you think? The more the better? Or perhaps there’s such a thing as too much, even for Martin? Sound off in the comments!

  • Amanda Douglas

    FIVE TIMES?! My god. I haven’t read the books yet (I have the first one, just haven’t started it.), but I…don’t even know what to say. That’s some serious world-building!

    • grapes9h5

      indeed it is!!! You should get started on the books, especially once the Tv season ends in two weeks. 5 of the most awesome books you’ll ever devour. Books 4 & 5 are a bit tedious, but totally worth it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.soor Nicole Soor

    This is going to be amazing,there’s never too much! Certain other authors should take note *cough* JK Rowling

  • Jeff Dodge

    Is it just me, or does it sound strange that an encyclopedia would have been (or maybe still will be) released before all of the books are even out? Aren’t there going to be stuff we learn about in the final two books that there should probably be info about in the encyclopedia? I say keep working on it, but hold off on releasing it until all the books are out.

    • Kate

      I believe the encyclopedia is focusing entirely on events of the past, not everything occurring in the books. It’ll be more back story and history, since we’ve got the actual series for all the other information…

      • Sarah

        There is still a lot we don’t know, and won’t possibly know until the last two books come out. We don’t know anything about what is north of the wall, what the others really are, are they working with the children of the forest? Who are Jon’s actual parents, is Aegon actually is who he says he is… GRRM should focus more on actually finishing the series before he starts any new side projects. It is ridiculous that fans have to wait 6+ years for each new installment. The show runners shouldn’t have even started filming until he finished. Now they are talking about either having to wait for him to actually finish or just making it up on their own with the tiny bit of information he deemed fit to give them. It is ridiculous.

        • Kate

          I assume he’ll be answering those questions in the series; particularly Jon’s parents.

          And seriously, it annoys me to no end when people believe he needs to focus on the next book 24/7. He is NOT a machine. He is a writer. Writers do not always have the desire to write; I’d much prefer he write when he has the inspiration rather than just pushing himself to get whatever down so we can all get the next book. You really think he’s not also writing the book while working on this as well?

          And as for the show, we can’t be sure how much information he has told David and Dan. But they do know how the series ends. And probably many of the major plans he has for the series.

  • Erika

    He should be writing 250k words toward Winds of Winter!! When is THAT coming?!

  • grapes9h5

    I was already dying for this book, and felt I could barely wait any longer, so while this news does make me pull my hair out (literally), I’m also SO EXCITED to hear that there is gonna so much more info than originally planned. That’s awesome. I can never get enough of Westeros and Essos (and Sothoryos!!! and Ulthos!!!!)

  • Me

    That is ridiculous. In a good way.

  • Reuel Woodhouse

    This is sickening. He should be working on the novels, devoting a majority of his attention towards them before any encyclopaedia. Also, incredible as it may be that he has written fives times the amount requested, Martin should have met the requirements. His editor is frustrating! Honestly, the saga is bursting with copious amounts of fluff that could have and should have been omitted. The story line, along with understanding the characters, is half if not less than half of what he has written, which makes me believe that this encyclopaedia will be identical in design.

    Do not misunderstand me, I do very much enjoy the ideas of the story and the characters BUT there has to be momentum in a novel and many chapters in A Song of Ice and Fire lack this flow. I’m not the only one that believes this, you can find reviews on Amazon and GoodReads saying the same. Working in a book store I am always interacting with customers and the big discussion topic right now is Game of Thrones. Those that have been reading since initial publication have stated on multiple occasions they wish he would be precise and concise as it is littered with meaningless dribble but unfortunately – yes they say unfortunately, not in a joking manner but in fashion of disgust – they have to finish what they’ve started. They only wish they didn’t pick it up to begin with. They find the ideas wonderful but he needs to get to the point. He could easily do this without sacrificing the storytelling.

    • Reuel Woodhouse

      Ugh, just ignore me readers. Ranting happened. Staying up all night was probably not the best thing.

  • Maria Wang

    Did somebody say encyclopaedia? Harry Potter!!!

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