I think when we talk about Lyanna and her willfullness, her "wolfs blood," and steely nature, we have to keep in the context of Martins writing, and admittedly, I am a Lyanna fangirl, but there is a reason for it- it's the way, thus far, that Martin has written her.
I don't like some of the other ladies for the same reasons, Cersei, Caitlyn, Arianne, Margery, etc., because (with the exception of Cailtyn), they all use their bodies to get what they want, so they are not "unconventional"
Cersei is trying to teach Sansa these lessons, with Caitlyn inadvertantly teaching her vanity, but it remains to be seen if she goes down that same road.
Lyanna and Arya on the other hand are unconventional, because even though they are beautiful, (I think Arya will surprise everyone much to her own aggravation), they choose the much harder path of openly challenging injustices when they encounter them, which is perhaps a manifestation of this "wolfs" blood, and may mean they also rely on their instincts rather than wait for others, which puts them in danger in that society, much the same way it did Brandon when he attempted to flout a King and his son.
Brandon may have been a fool, but Hoster called him an galant
fool, at least in the instance of doubt about the well being, and honor of his Sister when he ran after her, rather than waiting for his Father.
If Martin wanted to portray Lyannas "willfulness," or "Wolfs blood," in a more shallow, or seedy way, he could have written her like some of the other female characters.
But, the fact that he wrote Howland Reeds backstory of being bullied and Lyanna battling his bullies with a Tourney sword, and then we are to accept that Lyanna is the Mystery Knight, she becomes more than just a girl who just likes to joust, carry a sword, or have a little of the wolfs blood,
for the sake of shock value, or "just because she can."
I think when Martin gives the analogy of the 'Wolfs Blood," I don't think he's just talking about mindless passion, passion is a factor, but I think he's also talking about danger as well.
And both Brandon and Lyanna were a little on the dangerous side I think, and I mean angry dangerous, not "spank-me-I've-been-naughty" dangerous.
When the Knight of the Laughing Tree admonishes the Lords to teach their squires better manners, that indicates that that means something to this Mystery Knight.
If it is Lyanna, then Martin is indicating something about her personality.
That passion to fight is a manifestation of both Arya and Lyannas spirit, and the "unconventional" thing is that they don't
let being females and "understanding their place," stop them.
And yes, for that time period, they were risking not only their safety, but the Honor of their House, because as women of that era they were an extention of the honor of their House and family with all the social pressures and expectations that went with it.
Sometimes, Cersei and Jaimie cross-dressed which was "unconventional" too, but it was because they could, not because they were going to go out and right wrongs, or that it meant anything. They were trying "to get over."
What makes both Lyanna and Arya truly unconventional and Brienne as well, (and I think had Brienne been beautiful, she still would have followed the same path), is that they claim honor for themselves as an exp
ression of their own individuality, rather than an extention of their House, family, and their men.
That would have been revolutionary in that time, not just "rebellious."
HOWEVER, for Lyanna, her actions can bring down her family, her House, and even call her Father and Brothers Leadership into question- she
shouldn't be fighting for one of their Bannermen, it should be Brandon, or Ned, so though it seems a good thing, it's a bad thing.
Much is discussed about what Rhaegar can do like polygamy, divorce, etc., but Lyanna in the confines of Feudal society can do very little because of so many ramifications to other people besides herself,
s the extention of others honor.
Also, if Rhaegar is to be as Noble as everyone believes he is, I think Martin writes a female counterpart that can capture his admiration, imagination, as well as his heart and the "prophesy" thing is not mutually exclusive in this train of thought.
Lyanna may have been a woman-child, but if she's the KotLT, then Rhaegars Father has sent every able Warrior, including him, out to hunt "him" down.
Thats some child.
Edited by Alia of the knife, 24 July 2012 - 09:08 PM.