George RR Martin denies Elden Ring rumor

Ring of Elden is full of secrets, and chances are they will still be uncovered for years to come. Players have already found a way to take a break Ring of Elden naturally, while others have found a wall in Volcano Manor that needs to be hit 50 times to reveal a hidden path. It’s all there, ripe for players to dig and discover.

One thing fans have noticed recently is the number of Ring of Elden characters whose names begin with G, R or M – the initials, of course, of George RR Martin. How much he and Ring of Elden director Hidetaka Miyazaki teamed up on the game isn’t entirely clear – although the roles they covered are more distinct – and it has led some to believe that George RR Martin intentionally hid his initials in Ring Elden. He denied this.


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It is worth saying that this theory makes sense. Players just have to look for similar names in Ring of Elden: Godfrey, Godwyn, Godrick, Radahn, Rennala, Radagon, Rykard, Ranni, Renna, Marika, Malenia, Melina, Margit, Morgott, Mohg, and many more. Obviously, that’s enough to see the initials GRRM spread throughout the game, but according to Martin in a recent blog post titled This, That, and Other Things, it wasn’t done by him.


Some believe he hid his initials in the game, and he denies doing so. “It’s hard to come up with names, especially since A Song of Ice and Fire uses so many of them, and I love giving family members and loved ones names that have something in common… but really, why should I hide my name in the game? My name is right there ON the game, as one of the creators. Hey, Elden Ring is pretty exciting, no need to make stuff up.

What should be noted is that looking at these names, this is clearly a common name association tactic. Characters with similar names are, in some way, related and/or connected. Godwyn and Godrick are so named for their association with Godfrey, along with the many children of Radagon with R names: Radahn, Ranni, and Rykard. Margit, Morgott, and Mohg are also all connected as Omens, although some others use M names for a different reason (Marika). Now, usually this is to help players/readers/viewers remember the names, but that’s really not the case here as they often get all confused. It’s more about showing those relationships, which works quite well.

It’s hard to believe that this name association tactic wasn’t done intentionally, but at the very least, George RR Martin denies doing it himself.

Ring of Elden is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

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Source: George RR Martin’s Blog

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