A few open questions about Roose Bolton and a conjecture.
1) If I am not mistaken, Bethany Ryswell was his second
wife. I do not think the first wife is ever mentioned. Domeric had brothers who died very young. Were they the children of the first wife?
2) Domeric is described a better horseman than Lyanna Stark, which seems to imply they were of a similar age. Since Lyanna would be 33, Domeric would likely be at least thirty. Since Roose is in his forties, that does not seem to leave much time for him to marry twice and father a son.
3) There is this mysterious passage in ACoK. Arya is Roose's page in Harrenhal in the following scene:
Roose Bolton was seated by the hearth reading from a thick leatherbound book when she entered. “Light some candles,” he commanded her as he turned a page. “It grows gloomy in here.”
She placed the food at his elbow and did as he bid her, filling the room with flickering light and the scent of cloves. Bolton turned a few more pages with his finger, then closed the book and placed it carefully in the fire. He watched the flames consume it, pale eyes shining with reflected light. The old dry leather went up with a whoosh, and the yellow pages stirred as they burned, as if some ghost were reading them.
We have too few informations to formulate any decent conjecture. Is it a book found in Harrenhal? Related to dragons perhaps. In any case, it signifies that something is missing in our understanding of Roose.
4) Roose becomes friend with Qyburn in Harrenhal. It seems to me that the leeching habit has nothing to do with Qyburn. But I am not sure.
Finally a conjecture. It's less wild than what tze proposes. The suggestion that Ramsay killed Domeric comes entirely from Roose, it seems. Why would Roose spread such rumours? It's because Roose is himself responsible for Domeric's untimely death. Of course having a psychopath like Ramsay at home provides a convenient cover up, and would explain why Ramsay has finally been admitted at the Dreadfort. When you recall that other sons
have died in infancy, it begins to sound suspiciously like Craster's dealings. I am thinking as I type, and I come to think that if Roose is in league with the Others (which is compatible with the destruction of House Stark, of course), that might explain Roose's gloomy predictions for the future. You might want to forget the last couple of sentences and concentrate on the idea that Roose himself killed Domeric and used Ramsay as a scapegoat.
Edited by Bran Vras, 04 February 2012 - 06:02 PM.