Really? Because I think it sounds a little ridiculous that a dragon could be living under Winterfell and no one knows about it. I mean, what does it eat?
Oh... By the moon... How did I not ever, EVER, notice this? HOW?! ARGH! My mind is bursting! Bobling! This is soooooo freakin' weird!
Alright, sorry for that... Slight overreaction. This is amazing! The idea of a Dragon providing the hot spring warmth of Winterfell is freakin' awesome. .
Well, if this is true, and let's face it, we don't have a lot of evidence, the plot just became a thousand times more interresting to me. Re-read ACoK I must!
I'm totally with you Winter Crow, I've read this series at least 5 times and I listen to the audio book series over again at work every few months, (warehouse work is tedious), and yet I never caught this!! Or maybe I did years ago and put it down to poetic license and a wolf's extravagant descritption of flame. But I can't write it off as that this time.
I don't know what it IS. I don't think we can know what it IS right now. But I know George Martin pretty well, and he chooses his words carefully. This isn't AFFC either. The first three were solid as granite and he alluded to crucial relations with sometimes a bare sentence. And to quote LordNedsHead again, "in the sky he saw a great winged snake whose roar was a river of flame. He bared his teeth, but then the snake was gone." So I can say I know what it's NOT. It's not a casual reference to smoke and a gout of fire billowing from some window "in the sky". It's not THAT.
I'd also like to say a quick word on dragons, particularly hibernating dragons. They do hibernate, or at least they can become inactive and harnessed. Only Bran has seen them. It's in his third chapter (or part 5 in the Audiobook), when he's dreaming and must wake, "He lifted his eyes and saw clear across the narrow sea to the Free Cities and the green Dothraki Sea, and beyond to Vaes Dothrak under its mountain, and beyond to the fabled lands of the Jade Sea, to Asshai by the Shadow where dragons stirred beneath the sunrise."
I've always taken this to mean that the Shadowlanders - seperate from Asshai and recognizable only by the masks they wear - have taken dragons and forced them into hibernation or locked them away to preserve their own cache of "faerie dust".
I've also always wondered where the magic that fueled wargs and the green dreams and the weirwood's eyes came from. Again, I can't say what " a great winged snake whose roar was a river of flame" IS, but I know what it's not. It's NOT flame spewing from a streamer of smoke in the shape of a dragon in the middle of the sky.
Awesome, awesome post LordNedsHead. Thank you very much.