It is accepted in and out of the books that the White Walkers are the ones that raise the dead and while it can be argued that a link does exist between them; I will offer an alternative to this belief by showing that they are not the ones raising the Wights not ar they the driving force behind their attacks on humans.So if not the WWs the who?
I believe the author have seeded clues that indicate that the power to raise the dead lays in men;specifically Greenseers who have been using the wind and cold as a vehicle to move in the environment and enthrall the dead.
The day was grey, damp, overcast, the sort of day that made you wish for rain. No wind stirred the wood; the air hung humid and heavy, and Jon’s clothes clung to his skin. It was warm. Too warm...........A north wind had begun to blow by the time the sun went down. Jon could hear it skirling against the Wall and over the icy battlements as he went to the common hall for the evening meal(AGOT,382&386).
Some hardly looked like trees at all. Buried from root to crown in frozen snow, they huddled on the hill like giants, monstrous and misshapen creatures hunched against the icy wind....
“They are here.” The ranger drew his longsword. “Where?” Meera’s voice was hushed. “Close. I don’t know. Somewhere.”(ADWD,Bran)
“But,” said Bran, “he heard me.”“He heard a whisper on the wind, a rustling amongst the leaves...............
Here we see an anomally repeat itself and it's clear something magical is happening.Waymar's observation that the Wildlings couldn't have frozen because the Wall was weeping.Meaning it was warm.Now when the Wights are found it is unusually warm which would render the Wights dormant until they were found,then a switch to a Cold Wind blowing from the North.There ofcourse would have to be eyes on the Wall or near to know the Watch had taken the bodies in.There has been questions as to why the Wights were able to rise on the Wall,i believe the answer lies in what the Watch has done since the last LN. They dug tunnels through the Wall which would have allowed the Wind to enter.Fortunately,during the Wildling attack Jon had the tunnels filled in...Yeah.Lets continue
V6 has the ability to enthrall multiple animals against their will.He ripped Haggon from his wolfs body and had he not been dying his mastery of Thistle would have been complete.Importantly,what V6 showed that is of most import is the ability to travel and have affect on the external world as a disembodied Skinchanger.At one point V6 was expelled from Thistle(more on this later) he was not dead but for a lttle bit he was able to conciously travel.
What is going on with the Wights is no different to what skinchangers and to a greater capacity greenseers do when they "take" another body or whole other creatures in thrall.The only difference is that what is being enthralled in this case is the dead.The only thing that has that juice is a greenseer/skinchanger.
Without going to much into another theory it is evident that GRRM is using the Greenseers as archatypes of the Oak and Holly King and that relationship.Depending on what tradition is involved the Oak and Holly King are two sides of the same god (The Horned Lord) while in others they are twin brothers.
For reference of myth in and out of text:
http://asoiaf.wester...191-heresy-146/( Garth Greenhand)
It is a long held belief on Heresy for some of us that Bran is the embodiment of the Oak(Summer) King and Jon has been tapped to be the next Holly(Winter) King.
Melissandre is correct in her statement that " There is not seven gods or one there are only two and that this dance between them has been going on since the dawn of time". The same dance per the Holly and Oak king Myth is being employed for determining how the seasons turn.Melisandre is wrong in her interpretation that they are gods,in this case they are just Avatars to govern the seasons merging a magical bloodline and the Weirnet.Thus making GRRM's statement about the problem of the seasons being magical all the more understandable.We see this story being played out again with the story of the Shrouded Lord and what happens on sorrows which is eerily similar to what is going on North.However the story of the Shrouded Lord is just another Greenseer type tale to determine the next avatar.
When first he see the Black Gate via Bran's POV these were his observation:
We know ofcourse that Haldon is wrong because the dead do rise and we have a precedent through CH's that it's possible that a man "a special" man can live very long .
Next I draw your attention to the second version of how the Shrouded Lord came about with the "Cold kiss" and it's similarities to Bran's vision here:
This i believe is forshawdowing of what will become of Jon as similar imagery is being utilize to show that he is about to have some type of transformation.
Note: I do not believe Jon is dead,only in a coma akin to Bran ,which means he too will recieve his "Wings."
So back to the Greenseers and reiteration of what "The cold" is,it is nothing but a Greenseer and all the abilities that go along with it,but in this case it is enthralling the dead.The term and phrase "cold winds rising" is a tell of this Greenseer and it bringing of Wights.
"The Cold Winds are rising and the Dead rise with them"
Of the bat we see in text a connection between the cold winds and the wights and more importantly a connection between the cold wind the connection with the dead and skinchanging/Greenseer abilities:Relevant text below:
"Oh, my sweet summer child,” Old Nan said quietly, “what do you know of fear? Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north."
Then both were gone and he was rising, melting, his spirit borne on some cold wind.Adwd prologue.
"The cold winds are rising, and men go out from their fires and never come back ... or if they do, they're not men no more, but only wights, with blue eyes and cold black hands. Why do you think I run south with Stiv and Haliand the rest of them fools?"
“The cold winds are rising. Mormont feared as much. Benjen Stark felt it as well. Dead men walk and the trees have eyes again. Why should we balk at wargs and giants?” ACOKs,Jon
"He emerged beneath a sky the color of white lead. A snow sky, Sam thought, squinting up. The
prospect made him uneasy. He remembered that night on the Fist of the First Men when the
wights and the snows had come together.(affc sam chpt 5)."
This riddle by default asks us to contemplate if one or the other is responsible for said other.Grenn's answer i believe is right "they come together" and again it harkens back to the skinchanger thrall relationship.
"That won't help you none when the White cold comes,Gilly had spoken of the White cold as well"(Sam.asos,pg.445).
"He gives the boys to the gods.Come the White cold,he does"(ACOK,pg.370). The white cold or the mist is the blizzard that they come with.Note such Weather anomaly occurs with the Wights.
When the snows came though snow and sleet and freezing rain, its bloody hard to find dry wood or get your kindling lit, and the cold some nights our fires just seemed to shrivel up and die. Nights like that, you always find some dead come the morning. Less they find you first( ADWD Jon,58).[/spoiler]
The above examples disprove something said in the annals:
So what is the cold,it is the force that holds the dead enthralled by taking their bodies.Much like a skinchanger/GS would do with the living.Given this it is not a great leap to say that a Greenseer is behind the Wights not the wws.We have from GRRM what the wws are and what they weren't.They aren't dead ,they are sidhe like;there is that nod to Elementals again.But GRRM never said that the wws are Necromancers and in text barring what characters believe because of stories, there is no evidence that the wws have the power to call back the dead. Mel is right in this when she says: Since the dawn of time a battle has been waged and its two that's involved.Not gods far from it but the closest you can get to them in this story.
The White walkers
As far as the nature of Westros goes, beings such as the COTF , WWs even Dragons are Elementals. Elementals are Nature Spirits and/or Nature Angels who rule over all aspects of nature.In the world of magic Elementals create balance. Air Elementals are spirits that govern communication and inspiration and are represented by such things as birds, butterflies and the wind. Water Elementals oversee govern adaptability. Fire Elementals govern the divine spark in all and is heavily intertwined with spirituality and passion. Lastly,Earth Elementals work with humans and are the guardians of sacred sites and ancient groves and temples.So what does this mean in terms of ASOIAF? It means that all these elementals serve nature and have a purpose integral to how the land is supposed to run.Not evil or good just a tool to protect the balance,now you can run afoul of them and incur some backlash but they aren't out to kill mankind.The WWs maybe part of the Old Races with their own agenda :They maybe themselves servants of "The cold/Greenseer". I myself believe they are also Night's Watch enacted for the Long Night.Questions will probably come up on this,feel free to ask.
"North of the Wall, things are different. That's where the Children went, and the giants, and the other old races". (A Game of Thrones, Ch. 66).
"Is the Wall as big as Craster use to say?" Gilly asked."Bigger". Sam tried to sound cheerful."So big you can't even see the castle's hidden behind it.But they're there you'll see.The Wall is all ice,but the castles are stone and wood(ASOS,Sam,pg.640).
"The Others come when it is cold, most of the tales agree. Or else it gets cold when they come. Sometimes they appear during snow-storms and melt away again when the skies clear. They hide from the light of the sun and emerge by night... or else night falls when they emerge."(AFFC,Sam).
There is noway the Wall could have been built without ice magic. GRRM had said that the WW's can do things with ice we can't even dream of.Who are the only creatures in this series that can manipulate ice? Therefore,it stands to reason that the WWs helped in building the Wall.But if they helped build the Wall what was its purpose? To keep "the cold" on the Northside during that time
GRRM has told us many things about the wws what they are and what they aren't Necromancers isn't on their resume
Necromancy animates these wights, yet they are still only dead flesh. Steel and fire will serve for them. The ones you call the Others are something more.Melissandre
Note: WightWalker instead of WhiteWalker was a little joke on my part.Thanks guys
(Editing in progress)
Edited by wolfmaid7, Yesterday, 09:59 PM.