Game of Thrones Lingo Quiz


By: Jonnathan Chadwick

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

You can't watch "Game of Thrones" without understanding the lingo. It's impossible. With thousands of years of history and countless cities, countries and people, knowing the difference between King's Landing and Winterfell, or the Unsullied and the Gold Cloaks, is essential to following along. But that's just the beginning.

There are seven kingdoms of Westeros and they all have unique names, features and residents. There are 10 Great Houses in the kingdom and they all have their own mottos and sayings. There are countless cities beyond Westeros like the free cities of Braavos, Pentos and Volantis, and they all have ruling families who live in giant castles that all have specific names, sigils and mottos. And if that isn't enough, the story takes place in archaic times with archaic language. Then you have to add in Wildling slang, Dothraki slang and low and high Valyrian, plus whatever other languages are floating around, and you can start to understand all the lingo.

You can fill a real dictionary with just lingo from "Game of Thrones." It's a lot of stuff to remember, but if you're a fan of the show, you should remember it all. "Game of Thrones" is over, but its legacy is just beginning. Do you know all the lingo used in the show?

Who is the second most powerful person in the Six Kingdoms?

Tyrion Lannister is Hand of the King under King Bran Stark and he held the position under Joffrey and Daenarys as well. The King's Hand or Lord Hand is the king's right hand man and the second in command in all the Six Kingdoms.


What is the Washington, D.C. of Westeros?

King's Landing is the capital of Westeros, but unlike D.C., it is the most populous city in the kingdom. Like D.C., it is full of corruption, scandal and crime and is the source of strife for all the commoners in the Kingdom.


What Westerosi tradition marked the end of a wedding?

Time is of the essence when everyone is always at war, so there was no time for honeymoons in "Game of Thrones." A wedding ceremony didn't end until all the guests carried the newlyweds to bed in what was called the bedding ceremony.


Napalm is to the Vietnam War as _________ is to the Battle of Blackwater.

Lord Tyrion's secret weapon for stopping Lord Stannis and his forces when they tried to sack King's Landing via naval attack was a massive stockpile of wildfire. It almost worked, but Stannis and his men still made it ashore and weren't defeated until Tywin Lannister arrived.


Which of the following phrases was one of Melissandre's mottoes?

This is Melissandre's motto and she said it several times throughout the show. She often said it right before her ritual sacrifices and she worshiped the Lord of Light. She used fire to burn away the darkness and terrors.


"You want Cersei to bend the knee you can ask her yourself." What do you need to ask her to do?

Jamie Lannister dropped this line to Tyrion near the end of the show when all hell was about to break loose and it looked like Cersei could lose King's Landing. To bend the knee means to swear allegiance to a ruler.


What do Nymeria, Grey Wind and Ghost have in common?

We first see the direwolves in episode one when the Stark kids rescue them in the woods. They don't last long. Sansa's wolf, Lady, gets killed very early on for biting Joffrey, and Arya's and John's wolves Nymeria and Ghost are the only ones that survive the show.


What fatal disease do the Stone Men have?

Greyscale eventually turns your skin into a flaky, stone callus and is usually fatal. Almost everyone with greyscale lives with the Stone Men on abandoned islands, and the disease is so contagious that you just have to touch someone to catch it.


When Qyburn has to operate on Jamie Lannister's infected arm, what medicine does he offer to numb the pain?

Jaime Lannister was humbled after his right hand got chopped off, but he still refused the painkiller Milk of the Poppy when his infected wound needed treatment. We never learn why but it might be because he didn't trust Qyburn, who was expelled from the Citadel for medical malpractice.


What aviary sage does Bran see after awakening from his coma?

After the entire series we still don't know exactly how Bran became Bran, but when he was pushed from that window in season one, he somehow got pushed on to the path to become the Three-Eyed Raven. He forgot what happened, but then had his first vision of the bird.


Which of the following phrases is Tyrion Lannister most closely associated with?

We don't know who invented this motto, but Tyrion is one of the first people to utter it in the show and everybody in Westeros knows it. It means that a Lannister always repays favors, and the motto holds true on several occasions.


Those sentenced to death have the option of joining the Night's Watch, where they become known as?

Wildlings love to eat crow, which means they love to kill members of the Night's Watch, but they and everyone else in Westeros probably eat actual crows, too. Wildlings often wear white and crows usually wear black.


If you combined the Library of Congress with the National Weather Service and Johns Hopkins Hospital, you'd get what building?

The Citadel is part think tank and part university and it is home to the most educated learners in Westeros. The scholars that live there work on the country's most complicated scientific matters and update the kingdoms on their findings.


The most efficient way to destroy a White Walker is dragonglass or?

There is barely any Valyrian steel left in Westeros and it is one of the most powerful metals in the kingdom. It can kill White Walkers and very few people get swords made from the metal. The only way to get on is to be gifted one.


A not-so-secret phrase for acknowledging the injustices carried out against House Stark is?

The Stark family is a victim of the Lannisters from the onset of the show, and there are plenty of people in the North who remember all the atrocities like Ned's execution and the "Red Wedding." This phrase is used to acknowledge allegiance to the Starks.


How do you tell a dragon to light something on fire in High Valyrian?

Dracarys is the High Valyrian word for "dragonfire," and as soon as Daenerys learned the command she taught her dragons how to barbecue their food before eating it. She then used the command to destroy King's Landing.


If a noble highborn is accused of a crime, he's allowed to request what?

We first learn this rule when Tyrion requests a trial by combat to avoid execution via moon door at the Eyrie. A man named Bronn fights for him, and Bronn eventually becomes Ser Bronn and then Lord Bronn as he proves his Lannister loyalty time and time again.


Sansa's sewing skills inspired the nickname for Arya's sword, which is called what?

Arya Stark spends about seven seasons walking around and training to become an assassin, and one of the first thing she learns is to give her sword a name. She names it Needle in season one and keeps it for the entire series.


What do you call someone who can enter the mind of an animal and see and feel what it is seeing and feeling?

Being a warg is one of the greatest superpowers in the history of superpowers, and it's ridiculous the Iron Throne didn't employ one on its Small Council. Bran is the main warg of the show, and he's also the Three-Eyed Raven and the ruler of the Six Kingdoms.


Ned Stark's sword was named Ice. It was melted down and made into two swords: Joffrey's Widow's Wail, and Brienne of Tarth's sword named what?

Tywin Lannister made two Valyrian steel swords as heirlooms for his family by melting Ed Stark's sword called Ice. Joffrey named his sword Widow's Wail, and Jamie Lannister didn't name it anything but he gave it to Brienne of Tarth as a gift, and she named it Oathkeeper.


What is the Westerosi version of a birthday party?

The Westerosian version of a birthday party is a nameday celebration. One of the most famous nameday celebrations we see in the show is Joffrey's party. A nameday celebration in real life is when people celebrate the feast of whatever saint they are named after.


How do you respond to the phrase: "What is dead may never die"?

The Iron Islands are ruled by the Ironborn and the Ironborn follow the religion of the Drowned God. This popular saying is used from the beginning of the show until its end and will continued to be used by the clan as long as they live.


The reason Ned Stark carries out his own executions is because?

In the pilot episode of the show, we learn that Ned Stark is a man of his word who teaches his kids honor and integrity by dropping this classic line. When Joffrey passes the sentence for Ned Stark's execution, he has someone else swing the sword.


If one of the Faceless Men asks Arya for her name, how might she respond?

Arya spent a good deal of time training with the assassins in Braavos known as the Faceless Men. It was common for them to refer to people in third person with little detail, and Arya's goal at the House of Black and White was to become no one.


What phrase did members of the Night's Watch say right before they cremated fallen brothers?

This common phrase can be heard being uttered by members of the Night's Watch in memory of the recently deceased. Another common phrase used by the Night's Watch is "for the watch," which is what each member says when they stab Jon Snow.


The dosh khaleen is a group of women who used to be married to what Dothraki members?

Vaes Dothrak is a Dothraki holy city where sword fighting is forbidden, but you're allowed to kill someone with your bare hands. It is home to the Dosh Khaleen, who are a group of khaleesi widows who look over the city. Khaleesis are women married to Dothraki khals.


The Unsullied Army is so obedient they will?

To fall on one's own sword is to take blame or responsibility for a wrongdoing, but when they say it in "Game of Thrones," they mean it literally. Daenerys is told the soldiers are so obedient that they will fall on their sword if commanded.


Ned Stark doesn't make it past season one, but what saying is he most known for?

Ned Stark utters this famous phrase in the earliest scenes of the show's first episode. It is his motto and known as a Stark motto all around the world. It warns others to be prepared for impending doom. Arya uses it to mean Stark wrath.


What happens when you play the game of thrones?

Shortly before Ned Stark is beheaded by Joffrey, Cersei tells him that he should've taken the throne for himself when he had the chance. When he says it wasn't a mistake that he didn't, she says, "When you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. There is no middle ground." That's everything you need to know about the show.


What was the name of the secret society in Meereen that wanted to overthrow Daenarys Targaryen?

Everything started well for Daenarys but then she tried to implement too much change too quickly. When she abolished slavery and turned Slaver's Bay into the Bay of Dragons, the slavers she put out of business formed a secret group and plotted to overthrow her.


What did Lord Stannis and Melisandre use to execute Renly Baratheon?

There's nothing you can do when a shadow pops up in your bedroom and kills you, and that's exactly what happened to Renly Baratheon. The shadow had the face of Lord Stannis, and the only person who saw it, Brienne of Tarth, spent the show avenging his death.


What's the name of the song written for Lord Tywin Lannister as tribute to his destruction of House Reyne?

We never saw Tywin Lannister's destruction of rebels at House Reyne, but if you don't believe it happened, there is a song to prove it. The song is most famous for playing during the Red Wedding when Rob and Catelyn Stark were killed.


"What do we say to the god of death?"

Arya learns the answer to this question in season one when she begins training with the Braavos sword master hired to train her. He sparks her interest in the art and it leads her on a journey that lasts the entire show and beyond.


If the U.S. Director of Intelligence transferred to the Kingdom of Westeros, what would his job title change to?

The Master of Whisperers sits on the Small Council as the intelligence director of the kingdom. The seat is held by Varys for most of the show, and his intelligence officers are a bunch of little kids he calls little birds.


What is the Dothraki phrase for "thank you"?

We're introduced to the wailing tribe of warriors early on in the show, and no scene can describe them better than when Daenarys admits she doesn't know the Dothraki word for "thank you," and Ser Jorah tells her there isn't one.


How do you say "all men must die" in High Valyrian?

This High Valyrian phrase serves as one of the oldest adages in the world and is responded to with valar dohaeris, which means "all men must serve." Arya learns about the phrase during her assassin training.


What do you call someone who has been raised from the dead?

The White Walkers are half-man, half-ice creatures that live in the far north, and they can resurrect the dead. The resurrected are known as wights and they make up the Army of the Dead. If you kill a White Walker, all the wights he or she resurrected also die.


The first time we see Cersei sit on the Iron Throne, she has Tommen in her lap, and what in her hand, as she contemplates life and death?

During the Battle of Blackwater, Cersei takes Tommen and a vial of Essence of Nightshade to the throne room, sits on the Iron Throne and awaits the fate of King's Landing. Her father eventually bursts through the doors and saves the day, and Tommen and Cersei eventually assume the throne on separate occasions.


The Pilgrims are to the Indians as the ________ are to the First Men.

The Andals arrived on Westeros when the First Men already lived there, and they pushed the First Men out without even having a thanskgiving meal first. The First Men moved North and their offspring became the Wildlings.


Can you fill in the blank? Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, __________ , Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt

Daenerys Targaryen had a long title, and she was also a queen, a princess and a khaleesi at different points, but she was never a queen of the free cities or a princess of Qarth. She ruled the Dohtrakis but wasn't known as the ruler of the Dothrakis. She is from the island of Dragonstone.


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