More history of the Andals and the Rhoynar
Posted 16 May 2012 - 01:57 PM
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:28 PM
I like to think the Andals arrived not as conquerors, but as refugees, like the Goths. After that (and after conquering the Vale), they became a new class of foreign warriors (like the Mameluks), and maybe some of the First Man lords converted to the Faith of the Seven, to attract Andal warriors to their retinues. Maybe the Andals conquered Westeros with their language and their religion, and not only using steel weapons. Well, it's just my pet theory.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:25 PM
It was probably both, and it took a long time. Also, we don't know how populous Westeros was when the Andals came, or, for that matter, how many Andals came. It seems to me more like a migration of an entire people (like the Goths, as you said) rather than a military excursion.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 11:46 AM
My theory, personally, is that they occupied a similar lifestyle to the nomadic tribes living in Medieval Russia or Hungary; they could move or live wherever they liked, and retain their own customs, while still being subjects of, say, the Triarchs of Volantis or the Valyrians. Knowing that they had a fleet, and a strong warrior custom (Nymeria), this freedom could have come from military service to their rulers. Perhaps their need to flee the Rhoyne to Dorne came from the breaking of such an agreement, or more likely, a regime change in Volantis, from Tigers to Elephants, that felt the need to keep mercenaries as pointless, and expelled them.
Obviously, this is all conjecture, but I think it seems a fair proposal, and I think it would be a matter of some interest in the book