- Oct 2011
What is interesting here is that Tolkien's political system as used for Gondor is actually more realistic than Westeros' political system. Gondor's political system is based on Byzantine Empire, while Westeros is based on Wars of Roses England. But Gondor is not that different in size from Byzantine Empire - as present in Lord of the Rings it has surface of 716 426 suqare miles (1 855 530 km2) which is comparable to Byzantine Empire as it was in 1025 (1 675 000 km2). Westeros, on the other hand, is massively larger than Medieval England, being about half the surface are of South America. Yet, as Martin says, War of the Five Kings is based on Wars of the Roses.I'm a fan of both as well, but I am cognizant of the fact that one is an attempted rebuttal of the other. I tolerate that; some other people might not.
And I agree with you re: Danaerys