Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:32 AM
Re-reading Dance with Dragon, in the "Lost Lord" chapter, shortly after Jorah abducted Tyrion, unbeknownst to Griff, when Griff is talking to Lemore,
“The plan was to reveal Prince Aegon only when we reached Queen Daenerys,” Lemore was saying.
“That was when we believed the girl was coming west. Our dragon queen has burned that plan to ash, and thanks to that fat fool in Pentos, we have grasped the she-dragon by the tail and burned our fingers to the bone[," said Griff].
What did Griff mean by this? How did Griff, Illiro,Varys, and the Golden Company "grasp the she-dragon by the tail and burned their fingers to the bone"?
To me, their situation doesn't quite meet the graphical description of this phrase.
1) "Grasping the she-dragon by the tail" - presumably getting the attention of Daenerys. Another interpretation is that they tried to goad or control Daenerys, but the description seems a bit off. Why would you grasp a dragon's tail if you wanted to goad it to do something?
2) "Burnt our fingers to the bone" - how did they severely hurt themselves by getting her attention/attempting to goad her? It's true that Griff, Illiro, and Varys have played their hand with the Golden Company, and that now that Tyrion is "on the loose", the existence of Aegon is going to become public knowledge soon, but the situation isn't that bad for them, is it? Yeah, they played their hand early [from an omniscient perspective's point of view], but I just don't see the consequences being this bad.
I would be interested if anyone else seriously interpreted Griff's words as having to do with something other than the only interpretation that I could come up with.