DomDayne, on Sep 14 2009, 10.56, said:
Having siad that, when was the last time that Ned and Howland Reed actually met up and conversed??? Am I right in thinking it was the Iron Islands rebellion, 10 years ago. While we know that they are still 'friends' cause his children come to re-swear fealty to the Starks, how close were they after these wars? Was Ned ashamed of Howland?
I don't recall any mention that they did
meet in the Greyjoy rebellion. They may not have met again after returning from Robert's Rebellion. However, Ned sent letters to Howland over the years (doubtless by human couriers, since Greywater doesn't have a rookery).
paddydubh, on Sep 14 2009, 10.57, said:
Reed survives his fight alone and interposes himself in the fight between Dayne and Stark at a moment where Ned is about to die or cannot recover in time. Reed blocks a blow from Dayne allowing Ned to recover and land a mortal blow on Dayne. No magic poison or leap of faith to believe this. Doesnt need Reed to be an excellent swordsman eetc etc....
The problem is that this interpretation simply doesn't fit with the facts known about Crannogmen warfare that we are given.
fight with nets and poison tipped weapons from places of concealment.
jump out in face to face confrontations with larger, stronger, better trained, better armed, better armoured opponents. That's just the way they're presented.
Edited by Other-in-law, 14 September 2009 - 10:22 AM.