Bran has also seen dragons, in his first wolf dream while he's in a coma.
Bran has seen 'winged shadows', but we have no indication of how clear his flight with the three eyed crow was.
So why not just call it a dragon. When Bran is attacked by the wildlings, he does liken their spears to serpents. Her long spear was a steel-headed serpent...Other weapons, like swords, have been likened to serpents as well. I'm not sure why it's difficult to make the leap that this winged snake is just another type of weapon, like a burning arrow.
It seems like you're saying that Bran has full wits about him while in summer. The reference to 'man claws' is pretty clear evidence to me that he does not, later in the book while warging summer Bran makes a comment something like 'there were as many men as the toes on a man pawn' in reference to the dead crows beyond the wall. Why wouldn't Bran/Summer just say 5 in that case? The big leap here for me is that he didn't just see a 'winged serpent' he sees a 'great winged serpent'. A great flaming serpent would be a strange description for an arrow that is about the size of a snake. On the other hand it would be a reasonable description of a palintone or balista shot, but there is no reason for there to be any siege equipment set up. It isn't a siege, they've taken winterfel. They're burning it and puting all the men to the sword. A flaming spear? Why would someone light a spear on fire when they have to grasp it to throw it?
So, why doesn't Bran say "Hey I saw a dragon"(if it was in fact a dragon)
- He thinks dragons are extinct. He saw 'winged shadows' to the east in his flight with the 3 eyed crow, meaning he didn't identify them as dragons, otherwise he would have called them dragons.
- He only caught the briefest glimpse of it. Once when i was watching TV I thought I saw someone sitting in the chair in the corner of my room. When I looked, there was nothing there. I didn't go and tell everyone that I saw a ghost though! He may simply think it was his imagination. I've considered that this is the same thing, however random things tend not to happen in books, and I can't think of anything that fits the description given.
- He didn't immediately return to the real world. He hides and waits for Dawn, which is hours later, so it's not fresh on his mind.
- He doesn't attempt to return to the real world, he is forcibly awakened
- He has been warging summer for 3 days, with out food or water except the honey which Jojen and Meera were pouring down his throat. He's practically delirious and can barely speak.
- Perhaps 'Wolf dream' is more like a real dream than in name only. When a person wakes from a dream they can't always remember every detail of the dream.
Edited by Gar Weg Wun Sygerrik, 25 September 2012 - 02:59 PM.