Blue Tiger

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  1. That'd explain why the head of House Santagar is Ser Symon Santagar, Sylva's father. And of course, Christanity's first pope was Simon Peter (peter = rock/stone). Hmmm.... That explains why Ser Aron is killed in this gresome way: Note how GRRM manages to put Lady Tanda Stokeworth there... and of course the Stokeworth sigil is a nod to The Holy Grail and The Lamb of God...
  2. They're all silicon dioxide, SiO2
  3. And: VS And And: Therefore, Tiger's Eye = Amethyst. So this might be yet another clue that BE's wife, the tiger woman is the same person as Amethyst Empress and Nissa Nissa. But, tiger's eye = bloodstone as well.... IDK what this means... Maybe that 'corruption of symbols' you spoke of here...
  4. And one of Varamyr's wolves is one-eyed, making the Odin-Naughty Greenseer Azor Ahai connection even stronger. BTW, Varamyr might be named after Norse goddess Var.
  5. Ethan was Brandon's squire. For unknown reasons he was the only one not killed by Aerys... But it's not surprising at all that he wasn't grateful to Aerys... He saw all his friends and their fathers killed. And it's possible that his father died there as well. And I wouldn't really say that spending more than a year in the black cells qualifies as 'being spared' by merciful king Aerys. @ravenous reader this 'sparing' backfired on Targaryens when Ethan was freed during the Sack and later joined Ned on his voyage to ToJ.
  6. And four fingers... One similiarity can be easily dismissed as coincidence... but IMO it's very unlikely that it's just a happenstance that COTF share their two most characteristic features with creatures from mythology GRRM used to study at university...
  7. Thanks ! and congrats on another great essay. That description is quite reminiscent of Draugrs, the Wights of Norse Mythology: (From Wikipedia) Draugar live in their graves, often guarding treasure buried with them in their burial mound. They are animated corpses — unlike ghosts they have a corporeal body with similar physical abilities as in life. Older literature makes clear distinctions between sea-draugar and land-draugar. (...) Draugar possess superhuman strength, can increase their size at will, and carry the unmistakable stench of decay. "The appearance of a draugr was that of a dead body: swollen, blackened and generally hideous to look at."[2] They are undead figures from Norse and Icelandic mythology that appear to retain some semblance of intelligence. They exist either to guard their treasure, wreak havoc on living beings, or torment those who had wronged them in life. The draugr's ability to increase its size also increased its weight, and the body of the draugr was described as being extremely heavy. Thorolf of Eyrbyggja saga was "uncorrupted, and with an ugly look about him... swollen to the size of an ox," and his body was so heavy that it could not be raised without levers.[3][4] They are also noted for the ability to rise from the grave as wisps of smoke and "swim" through solid rock,[5] which would be useful as a means of exiting their graves. (...) Some draugar are immune to weapons, and only a hero has the strength and courage needed to stand up to so formidable an opponent. In legends the hero would often have to wrestle the draugr back to his grave, thereby defeating him, since weapons would do no good. A good example of this kind of fight is found in Hrómundar saga Gripssonar. Although iron could injure a draugr, as is the case with many supernatural creatures, it would not be sufficient to stop it.[17] Sometimes the hero is required to dispose of the body in unconventional ways. The preferred method is to cut off the draugr's head, burn the body, and dump the ashes in the sea; the emphasis being on making absolutely sure the draugr was dead and gone.[18] The draugar were said to be either hel-blár ("death-blue") or, conversely, nár-fölr ("corpse-pale").[6] The "death-blue" color was not actually grey but was a dark blue or maroon hue that covered the entire body. Glámr, the undead shepherd of Grettis saga, was reported to be dark blue in color[19] and in Laxdæla saga, the bones of a dead sorceress who had appeared in dreams were dug up and found to be "blue and evil looking. (...) Traditionally, a pair of open iron scissors were placed on the chest of the recently deceased, and straws or twigs might be hidden among their clothes. The big toes were tied together or needles were driven through the soles of the feet in order to keep the dead from being able to walk. Tradition also held that the coffin should be lifted and lowered in three different directions as it was carried from the house to confuse a possible draugr's sense of direction. The most effective means of preventing the return of the dead was believed to be the corpse door. A special door was built, through which the corpse was carried feet-first with people surrounding it so the corpse couldn't see where it was going. The door was then bricked up to prevent a return. It is speculated that this belief began in Denmark and spread throughout the Norse culture. The belief was founded on the idea that the dead could only leave through the way they entered. In Eyrbyggja saga, the draugar infesting the home of the Icelander Kiartan were driven off by holding a "door-doom". One by one the draugar were summoned to the door-doom and given judgment and were forced out of the home by this legal method. The home was then purified with holy water to ensure they never came back. BTW, @LmL, there's another creature from Scandinavian folklore that might have been GRRM's inspiration... Nisse VS So, this seems to strongly imply that Nissa Nissa was in fact a Child of the Forest, as you've suggested long ago...
  8. Birch bark has been used as 'paper' for thousands of years. So birches can store knowledge. Just like the weirwoods. And: ( Birch is Venus' tree. Yeah. Tree symbolism is important in ASOIAF.
  9. There's Melara Hetherspoon as well... and surprise, surprise, she gets killed by Solar Lion chraracter - Cersei. She drowns (with some help) in a well. Hetherspoon, Hetherspoon it rhymes with fallen moon. And their sigil... It seems to be telling a story... A 'spoon' enters the oak via white cartuche (that's the only time cartouche of Ancient Egypt is mentioned in ASOIAF, making the 'spoon' a king, Son of Ra, the Sun god). And that leads to those black diamonds being formed. freckles are red... so we have another 'Red Queen'. Edit: Oh, and that other girl, Jeyne Farman, who survives, has silver ships on blue as her sigil. So, once again we get two moons. One is 'fat and silver' and the other red. The red one is killed by Solar Lion. Jeyne survives, and marries a guy named Ser Gareth Clifton...
  10. Well, there is Zhoe Blanetree, wife of Ser Tytos Frey (Ser Jared's son).
  11. What is thy bidding, my master? Heavy, mechanical breathing Especially the later... the similarities are numerous: It features a guy whose name starts with A: Azor (A Biblical name) Adam A serpent connected with brining light/wisdom appears: Lightbringer Comet Lucifer A tree of knowledge/life appears: Weirwoods The Tree of Life A flaming sword is featured: Lightbringer angels with flaming swords The sword punishes those who reached too high: + + Giants: wake from stone Nephilim Flood: Hammer of Waters Deluge
  12. Yeah... Because it's so weird to believe that a writer might use symbolism in his books.
  13. We're speaking about symbolism and metaphors here.. And this trope is very common in myth and literature - for example Greek dryads or that Narnia fragment I've posted.
  14. A Clash of Kings - Bran III "Was there one who was best of all?" "The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who fought with a blade called Dawn, forged from the heart of a fallen star. They called him the Sword of the Morning, and he would have killed me but for Howland Reed." Father had gotten sad then, and he would say no more. Bran wished he had asked him what he meant. He went to sleep with his head full of knights in gleaming armor, fighting with swords that shone like starfire, but when the dream came he was in the godswood again. The smells from the kitchen and the Great Hall were so strong that it was almost as if he had never left the feast. He prowled beneath the trees, his brother close behind him. This night was wildly alive, full of the howling of the man-pack at their play. The sounds made him restless.
  15. From The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis In the end it's the Solar Lion King, Aslan who wakes up the trees. But it's worth to remember that Lucy is the feminine form of Latin 'Lucius'. And that means Light. So GRRM wouldn't be the first author to use 'Lion (as sun, note that this scene happens right after the morning star rises and dawn breaks) roars and wakes the trees'. And the language Lewis used there is quite similar to ASOIAF's imagery.