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The Wall – One of the Nine Wonders Made by Man
The Wall from George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is one of the Nine Wonders Made by Man. It forms the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms on the continent of Westeros. It is the second tallest structure in Westeros, exceeded in height only by the High Tower of Oldtown, but is by far the largest artificial structure known to exist in the world.
To reach the top of the wall, knights make use of a pulley system powered by a person standing at the base of The Wall. At a rate of 10cm/second it would take 40 minutes to reach the top of The Wall using this system.
The Wall is over eight thousand years old, and was built by Bran the Builder following the War for the Dawn. Once the demonic Others were turned away, humanity built The Wall, assisted by the Children of the Forest and giants, as a defensive bulwark against the return of the Others.
The Sworn Brotherhood of the Knight’s Watch was founded to man The Wall and defend it against all threats from the North.
The Wall is guarded by nineteen castles which act as garrisons for the Knight’s Watch. Over the centuries, as the manpower of the Watch has dropped, these castles have gradually been abandoned, until only three are currently inhabited: the Shadow Tower near the western edge, Castle Black in the centre, and Eastwatch-by-the-sea, where the Wall meets the sea.
At its highest point The Wall is 800 feet tall.
The Wall: 244m
Eiffel Tower: 324m
The Shard: 310m
Pyramid of Giza: 138m
A380 Airplane (nose to tip) 72m
The Leaning Tower of Pisa: 56m
The Wall is 300 Miles (482km) across, compared to the 8,800km of the Great Wall of China. It stretches from the Gorge to the Bay of Seals. In season one of Game of Thrones, the Knight’s Watch are less than 1,000 in number, meaning that each Knight would need to police around half a kilometre in order to sufficiently guard The Wall.
The Wall is wide enough for a dozen horsemen to ride abreast. Using the width of a standard horse trailer we can calculate that The Wall is 21.6 metres wide.
The total volume of the ice is 2,540,332,800m3 and at 0 degrees Celsius the ice has a density of 916.7kg/m3. If The Wall were to melt it would produce 2.3 trillion litres of water, which is five times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour and seven times the volume of oil transported by oil tankers worldwide in a year.
This means that if summer were to come, the ice may melt and sink Winterfell. Although according to myth, spells are woven into The Wall to prevent it from collapsing from mundane causes and to keep certain entities, such as the Others from passing.
The myth also states that The Wall can only be destroyed by blowing the Horn of Winter, which Mance Rayder claimed to possess. This artefact has since been destroyed by the Stannis Baratheon’s men.
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