It is not simple to pigeonhole this connection into the label "Tortured Artist"
The fantasy genre as we know it would transcend cultures.
Nor are their procrastinations and pacings-about unproductive
DISCLAIMER: There will be spoilers on the Episode 3 of Season 8. I also want to be clear...
“So Grendel waged his lonely war, inflicting constant cruelties on the people, atrocious hurt. He took over Heorot, haunted the glittering hall after dark, but the throne itself, the treasure-seat, he was kept from approaching; he was the Lord's outcast.” - "Beowulf," Lines 164-169
You will not avoid finding any Martin fanboys, especially since you found one right here
"No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a human library" - Samuel Johnson