By James Hibberd
Updated July 10, 2013 at 06:18 PM EDT

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin recently posted on his blog that the HBO hit’s version of his stabby Iron Throne isn’t exactly what he had in mind. The TV edition is great and all, he writes, but what he described in his novels is a tad … bigger. More pointy. And intimidating. The throne is supposed to be a potentially lethal chair made of thousands of swords, helping ensure that nobody ever rests easy while ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Martin posted an image by artist Marc Simonetti that showed his version of the coveted ruling throne of Westeros (click the button above to see the really impressive full-size version).

“Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it,” Martin wrote. “This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Asymmetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few. This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.”

Here’s the HBO version:

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

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