Elden Ring: George R.R. Martin Seemingly Hid His Initials In Plain Sight
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin seems to have hidden his initials in the world of Elden Ring using many of its characters. The game’s opening cutscene introduces one of the Elden Ring goddesses, Queen Marika. And players end up meeting her various relatives and descendants.
Spoiler alert: This story contains several Elden Ring character names and relationships from deep within the game.
But the main four as noted by PC Gamer, Godfrey, Rennala, Radagon, and Marika. Their initials are combined into GRRM, not unlike George Raymond Richard Martin. In fact, the names of all Elden Ring gods and demigods begin with these three letters. Godfrey, Godwin, Godric, Rennala, Radagon, Radan, Ricard, Ranny, Renna, Marika, Morgoth, Mog, Malenia, Mikella, and Maliket. Martin created the backstory and history of Elden Ring many years ago with an opportunity “too exciting to pass up”. This included the names of many of the characters. Although game director Hidetaka Miyazaki thought Martin might be shocked at what became of them.
Miyazaki also placed important limits on Martin’s contributions because
“The story should always serve the player’s experience”, but he generally described working with Martin as “a conversation with an old friend”. When the game was released on February 25, it became one of the most popular games in modern history, and Martin said he was very pleased with how the game turned out. Developer FromSoftware probably did too, as Elden Ring dominated US sales and became the best-selling game of 2022. It’s also the largest non-Fifa or Call of Duty release in the UK since 2018, and on Steam its popularity grew day by day before becoming the sixth most played game of all time.
Elden Ring has turned out to be something of a cultural phenomenon, with crazy ads,
A Twitch streamer chat playing while sweeping, someone using a Ring Fit Nintendo Switch controller to defeat a boss, and even having their own candy. In our 10/10 review, IGN said, “Elden Ring is a massive iteration of what FromSoftware started with the Souls series, bringing relentlessly challenging combat into an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to choose our own path.” To make that choice with the most accessible information, check out our guide, which has everything you could ever hope to know about Elden Ring, including collectible locations, boss strategies, and more.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally tweets @thelastdinsdale.