George RR Martin
George RR Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones," gestures during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel, July 10, 2014. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Thinking up the vast, imaginary world of Westeros can be a daunting task, but George RR Martin has a collection of toys that make his job easier. The author of the popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series has shared a picture of the toy knights in his office, a collection that's any kid’s dream come true.

The cupboard in Martin’s office is full of toys. Although he called it his “toy knights” collection, the set is actually very elaborate. There are lords and ladies, cup bearers and cutthroats, musicians and pets, and all manner of characters one may find in the fantasy world of Westeros.

The toys come with their elaborate settings as well. There is a large castle in which the lord is enjoying a pleasant meal with his knights and ladies. The grand hall is complete with banners on the wall and dishes on the table.

The castle also includes a few creepy-looking toys watching the celebration from afar. There are also hooded figures that seem to be plotting something sinister.

Martin also had a toy castle in his room as a kid. It was where he kept his pet turtles. He has said many times in the past that the inspiration for his popular series came from his pets. The turtles the author kept in his old castle died one after another. He had imagined his pets as lords and knights, attributing their deaths to sinister plots they hatched against each other.

Martin still keeps a few turtles in his hometown Santa Fe. They were a Christmas gift from his employees. The reptiles may give more inspiration while he writes “Winds of Winter.” The author is close to finishing the book, but he is yet to deliver the complete manuscript for publishing.

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