, I also think he's about 27 in the first book, 5 years younger than Gregor, who is probably about Jaime's age or perhaps a couple of years younger. Sandor was 12 during the sacking of KL and Gregor 17, as people have said in their posts. Now that I think of it, it gives me the chills that he raped Elia and killed her children when he was so young. Well, he maimed Sandor's face and didn't kill him because he was stopped by 3 men, so it shouldn't surprise us what he did some years later.
I thought Littlefinger was about Jaime's age, in his early thirties, but someone mentioned he was younger, thirtyish then, but I can't remember that. He was a bit younger than Cat but not much, that's all I can remember, not his exact age. Maybe someone else can help us here.
Anyway, Sandor is about 12, or 13 years older than Sansa, not older than that. That's not a shocking age difference and hardly unusal in the context of the story. Well, it may be just me, but if we did away with all the obstacles that make their relationship 'impossible'
(in theory), where would the drama be? Sandor being 12 years older is not the main obstacle, it would bother me if he had leered at her and groped her like Joff and Littlefinger. His feelings for her are clean and beautiful. If he starts to feel attracted to her physically when he notices she has started to look like a woman grown, that's something he can't help, no more than Sansa can control her fantasies about him. He doesn't make sexual advances on her, he never leers at her or she would say so ( she says so about other characters).
It's just unfortunate that two people who can connect in such a significant way (despite all the circumstances which should have prevented it) should have met in the wrong place, at the wrong time and on the wrong side (Stark/Lannister). Against all odds they connected, they cared for each other and they are always on each other's mind. This can hardly be ignored and it seems very much the stuff of love songs. If it isn't love, it resembles it very much!
Edited by MaryaStone, 24 February 2012 - 06:24 AM.