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In Austin, it's South by South Westeros

"Game of Thrones" fans at South by Southwest will be thrilled at the chance to get up close and personal with dozens of original artifacts from the hit HBO show.


One of Daenerys Targeryan's dragons, from "Game of Thrones." Daenerys is known as Mother of Dragons. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

AUSTIN, Texas -- Who would have known that coming to the Texas capital this week would offer up the chance to get up close with the fruits of Westeros?

Thanks to HBO, which is preparing to debut Season 4 of "Game of Thrones," attendees at South by Southwest (SXSW) are being treated to an exhibition of dozens of original artifacts from the hit show based on the books by George R.R. Martin. The exhibit is being held at the Austin Music Hall through March 11.

Ranging from Daenerys Targaryen's dragons (she's the "Mother of Dragons," after all) to the pin of the Hand of the King to clothing worn by most of the show's major characters, the show is a big-time treat for "Game of Thrones" fans.

Alas, none of the stars were on hand, but for those desperate for their fix from Westeros, Season 4 begins April 6.