Game of Thrones Gives a History Lesson on the Ancient War That May Still Lead to Westeros' Destruction

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Westeros is a world with a long, rich history, which the Game of Thrones DVD and Blu-ray sets have done a great job in explaining with their Histories and Lore extras. io9 is proud to exclusively reveal the first one from the upcoming season six set: “The Children of the Forest vs. the First Men,” narrated by the Three-Eyed Raven himself.

Game of Thrones fanatics will of course know that when men first came to the land of Westeros, it was inhabited by the Children of the Forest. As men began cutting down the Children’s sacred Weirwood trees, the two groups went to war—leading to a desperate gambit by the Children, which may spell doom for Westeros, even all these centuries later.

This Clio Award-winning Histories and Lore series has been part of the Game of Thrones Blu-rays since season one, and they’re always good, but they keep looking better every year. The video above is just the first of 18 that’ll be part of the season six set. The rest are as follows:

  • The Old Way: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
  • The Kingsmoot: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
  • The Sunset Sea: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
  • War of the Ninepenny Kings: narrated by Brother Ray (Ian McShane)
  • The Great Tourney at Harrenhal: narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)
  • Robert’s Rebellion: narrated by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
  • Vaes Dothrak: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
  • The Dothraki: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
  • Northern Allegiances to House Stark: narrated by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
  • Brotherhood Without Banners: narrated by Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye)
  • Oldtown: narrated by Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) and Qyburn (Anton Lesser)
  • House Dayne: narrated by Young Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo)
  • The Little Birds: narrated by Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
  • Knights of the Vale: narrated by Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
  • House Tarly: narrated by Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner)
  • Riverrun: narrated by Brynden ‘the Blackfish’ Tully (Clive Russell)
  • Great Sept of Baelor: narrated by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)

You can see them all on November 15, when the set is released.