George RR Martin opens up about the Elden Ring character name rumor

George RR Martin

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Welcome back to what will now be a recurring feature here on, as we chronicle times when acclaimed author George RR Martin chose to write about the video game elden ring on his very old, very quaint personal blog.

The last time Martin visited his blog to talk about the game, with which he had a mysterious brief and vague involvement, he said it looked “amazing”.. This time? He is addressing the strange, and frankly not-actually– rumors all over the internet that he’s somehow hiding his name’s initials in-game as if that were something anyone could actually do:

…there’s a weird story all over the internet about how I “hid” my initials in ELDEN RING because…ah…some of the characters have names that start with R, or G, or M. To that I say: “Eh? What? Really?” That was news to me. I’ve been writing and publishing stories since 1971, and I suspect from the very beginning I’ve given characters names that start with R and G and M. Combined with the other twenty-three letters of the alphabet, it’s difficult , to find names, especially since A SONG OF ICE & FIRE uses so many of them, and I like to give names to family members and close relatives that have something in common about them…but really, why would I hide my name in the game?My name says as one of the creators right there in the game Hey, ELDEN RING is exciting enough without making it up.

Interesting. George, now that you’ve said on record that you don’t have to hide your initials in characters’ names, what do you have to say about hiding your feelings about turtles in the turtle pope? George RR Martin opens up about the Elden Ring character name rumor

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