It is widely accepted that the White Walkers are the ones that raise the dead and will use them to destroy Westeros. I will offer an alternative to this belief by showing that they are not the ones responible for the Wights.This notion about the wws held by Westeros is not based on anything else but misguided beliefs that when put under the microscope is prooven to be false.Besides the hasty belief of Westeros which is purely based on ancient stories.There is no evidence that the wws have this power. But the text does show us who could have such an ability.
Hints in the text implies that there is another force behind the Wights and for the purpose of this analysis i will use the coined term in the prologue to refer to this entity."The cold" is an entity separate and autonomous from the WWs and it is and has always been responsible for raising the dead, killing those injured,or sick.I ask you to remember that this story has its share of skinchangers and greenseers. Individuals that have the ability to wear the skin of any animal and have the ability to whole in thrall servants.How do i know that this entity exists?According to the Worldbook
Skinchangers/Greenseers have the ability to subjurgate any creatures will to claim their body, we see this with Bran and his use of Hodor. We see this with V6 with Orell's eagle,his driving out of Haggon. But more importantly we see him exhibit this same dominion in his attempt to take Thistle. Had he not been so weak there is no doubt he would have taken her as well.
"Varamyr could take any beast he wanted, bend them to his will, make their flesh his own. Dog or wolf, bear or badger...Thistle he thought"
What v6 showed that is of most import was the ability to travel and have affect on the external world as a disembodied Skinchanger
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. So whoever is controlling the Wights has that power and ability and is using it to not control the living but the dead.The only thing that has that juice is a greenseer.What i like about the story of the Shrouded Lord and what happens on sorrows is eerily similar to what is going on North.However the story of the Shrouded Lord is a Greenseers tale of someone who gets replaced every so often.In this tale though there are two(for another posts).
The Cold and Wights
All through this novel GRRM has been hinting at what's controlling the dead giving us first a riddle and giving us this answer in one simple phrase,and again people notice it but they don't see it.There is an unatural cold and wind that precedes/accompanies the Wights.Take into consideration this
"Do you think the Wights are gone?" Sam asked Grenn
Why don't they come finish us?"
"They only come when it's cold "
Yes" said Sam ,but is it the cold that brings the Wights or the Wights that bring the cold?"(Sam,asos,pg.448-449). This riddle by default as 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 hakens back to the skinchanger thrall relationship.To the phrase.
"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
When the Wights attacked the Fist the storm they brought with them was crazy cold winds and a danm blizzard ASOS,pg11-15. Later we get Sam's account.Noticebly absent from his tale and even when he and Grenn were speaking was WWs.
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)
"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.
"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."
"Snowflakes swirled form the dark a dark sky and ashes rose to meet them,the grey and the white whirling around each other as flaming arrows arced up a wooden wall and dead things shambled silent through the cold. Beneath a grey cliff where fires burned inside a hundred caves.Then the wind rose and the white mist came sweeping in,impossibly cold and one by one the fires went out"(ADWD,Mel,pg.408)."
"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."
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).
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:
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 WRT 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 are part of the Old Races:
"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).
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
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Edited by wolfmaid7, 15 November 2014 - 11:34 PM.