Argh! I've been trying to find time to post here for days , but keep getting interrupted.
... ( Thee, thee, not 3..apologies..)
So..you see my crackpot and raise me one..or .. one good crackpot deserves another..
( I have to say , I'm not a fan of the Jojen paste theory either. Yuck!)
But going back to main part of your post and , and Fire Eater's
, I'm finding little nuggets that help to coalesce my thoughts . I really like the " words are wind " interpretation, especially with the number of times that phrase is repeated in ADwD , and considering Bran's and Theon's storylines . ( That hadn't occurred to me, but it's pretty perfect.) And likening the weirwoods to Yggdrasil. Very fitting.
Also the horn of Joramun..I've been very curious about all the mystery horns..Victarion's has Valyrian glyphs , Sam's smaller , broken , banded in bronze ( I think ) but I can't remember if there was any writing on the bands..Mance's ..well, I just wonder if it really was burned, or if it was something else , glamoured...I don't know if that could be , what with the runes glowing in the air... But I wouldn't be surprised if Val ( or others ) could read the runes ...How did they know it wasn't the horn of Joramun ?..Did they sound it to see if it raised giants from the earth ? ( it was found in a giant's grave )..or did the runes identify it as something else ? ..( and even further OT, I wonder , now that Sallador Saan is a pirate again , if he'll go back for the supposed Kraken horn ?)
Val the Wildling Poster
..yeah, I did post something similar on the Moonsingers thread ,but it was a bit more celtic focused. This is more evolved . I know more about Celtic mythology off the top of my head , and though I have a couple of books on Norse mythology, I haven't read them for a while, and I recently loaned them out. So while there are similarities with Celtic stuff, once I started delving into the Norse , things just started falling into place. I'd forgotten just how important the women seers were.
The vala carried wands or staffs as the symbol of their office and , apparently , a practical tool , since they could reportedly cause forgetfullness with them ( which , I guess, is where our idea of magic wands come from ). What we see for both Val and Morna is the weirwood mask ... Morna's a mask , Val's a mask pin..I'd like to meet some other woods witches and see if this is sort of the eqivalent .
...I think quite a few people have speculated that Tormund's bear woman was a Mormont and that the Mormonts could have some skinchangers in the family. I find the idea appealing..
. Actually , given Tormund's tall-talking ways , she wouldn't actually need to have been a skinchanger , just a Mormont... Besides ( I don't know if anyone's mentioned this , but I wouldn't be surprised ), Tormund still speaks of her fondly , and says she gave him the strongest sons... OK , Tormund had 4 sons that we know of, and one daughter. There's Toregg and Dryn ( careful , he bites ) ,the frail son who died and became a wight , and the one who was killed in the battle with Stannis... And there seems to be an inordinate number of women among the Mormonts (can't look up names tonight ..only Alysanne and Lyanna are coming to me at the moment ).
But back to Tormond's story..he started thinking about her and had the urge to go see her ( note he didn't steal her ). So was this an ongoing long distance affair ( or even marriage) with him raising any sons and her raising any daughters ?..Hmmm.. Tormund and Maege, maybe ? Mormont women seem awfully coy about mentioning their husbands (see Alysanne and Asha's conversation ). Now , after reading Theon's gift chapter from TWoW, I wonder about Alysanne, and whether we'll see a real family reunion at the wall ? ( Just tickles my fancy )
That's all I can do , tonight..my fingers are cramping