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  1. Lyanna Stark: A Gift from Old Gods

    Yeah, I have read several of the 1,000 world stories, and even two of his three truly time travel stories (one is out of print and near impossible to find), and even in those stories he uses the same types of inner struggles, going to a dark place to find yourself, weird dreams, etc motif. I think to try and make more concrete predictions about future ASOIAF plotlines, it could be helpful to read GRRM's other stories to see which dots connect. It is not required, but it helps. Same with the Dunk & Egg, the Princess and the Queen, and Rogue Prince. They are helpful (and fun) but not really required for the main series. Just my thoughts, of course. Yeah, looking back I may have been conflating some info from a few threads in my head that just today has similar content. Anything in particular? Why Lyanna? Not to say she wasn't worthy of such honors, just that I am drawing a blank. I agree with this. Good points. I am not sure what the 200 years ago link it (yet, I will read it), but if it has anything to do with "Good" Queen Alysanne and Jaehaerys...... then yeah, those two wrecked the north for some sort of gain, fear of magic, cutting off magic, tricking the NW and norhern people, money and undeserved power. I think the fact that George literally named someone as "Good" should be a massive, skyscraper sized red flag to pay attention because the opposite is actually true.
  2. Good news Charlaine Harris fans...

    Nope. Not more "Sookeh", sorry, but a whole new book series all together. Whadda ya think? Personally, I enjoyed most of the Southern Vampire Mysteries (True Blood) books. They are what they are and you have to read them knowing that. The show... well, let's just say it started great, but then went the way of HBO From the article The book is based on one of Harris’ earlier short stories, “The Gunnie,” and is set in an alternate history of the United States — one that sees the country split into six territories after being weakened by the Great Depression as well as the assassination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Among the new territories are the original colonies of New Britannia (minus Georgia), the Canadian-controlled New America, the southeastern Dixie, the Holy Russian Empire colonies of California and Oregon, and of course, the southwestern Texoma. The central mystery of the novel will follow the independent Lizbeth Rose, a mercenary on a manhunt, hired by Russian sorcerers in a Mexican border town. Charlaine is busy lady because she also has a new tv series coming out A trailer for the new NBC show, Midnight, Texas was released on Monday, and it seems the town’s inhabitants are quite the colorful bunch. The upcoming series is based on the New York Times best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels behind HBO’s True Blood) and follows a psychic named Manfred (François Arnaud) as he moves to a new Texan town that boasts a more vast array of creatures than Bon Temps.
  3. Lyanna Stark: A Gift from Old Gods

    No. George may do that within his 1,000 worlds universe, but ASOIAF is not part of that universe so nothing translates 1:1 from that one to this one. He does, undoubtedly, use very similar themes and objects in very similar ways... but he does change it depending on which world it is on. For instance, in Dying of the Light, the main guy and his girlfriend "steal" aircars that look like giant wolves. They "slip" in to them as well. In ASOIAF world that would be warging. Those types of things object-wise (over and over). GRRM does use the idea of genetic mutations, blood "purity" and how it ends in failure, the constant need to know one's own name = identity, discovering what oaths and honor truly mean, religious extremism, nature .vs. nurture, loneliness and broken promises, and the like in all of his books. I know you are being a little cheeky here (love it), but I am always a little confused when other posters who are not being cheeky at all poo-poo the idea that a writer has an inherit theme within himself that he is trying to tell. And funnily enough, it seems to be many of the other posters that want to analyze the life out of ASOIAF using things like Greek and Norse mythology, or the Catholic church, or the War of the Roses, or the Black Dinner, or Zoroastrianism, etc, but get angry at the idea that George uses his own mind to write his own story. Write what you know, right? Sorry, I did not mean to use your post as a catalyst for a rant that I did not even realize I had in me. Let me buy the next round to make up for it Oh, and speaking for myself, I can't say that I agree with the ideas of Lyanna being a greenseer or pup mother. I would need more discussion on that to be convinced.
  4. Daenerys's Fate and the Fire She Must Light to Love

    I was never sure who Dany would marry, but I can see this now because it seems to be a way to bring the Targaryens and Blackfyre wound to heal. Possibly, because who knows how long Aegon will last?
  5. [SPOILERS] Black Sails Season 4: All that glitters is not Silver

    Hahaa. I thought like the needles dropped because Madi just served him a bigger truth about slaves and their history? Needles, swords, it could work either way.
  6. [SPOILERS] Black Sails Season 4: All that glitters is not Silver

    Oh I loved him. Totally the Boba Fett, who I loved as a little girl watching that movie for the first time. It says something when you can imprint an aura the way he did without saying a word
  7. [SPOILERS] Black Sails Season 4: All that glitters is not Silver

    Many thanks. It's always a good time to be a smelly pirate hooker! I am about to rewatch that episode myself. The scenery was gorgeous, but there are a few points in the plot that I want to take in again. LOVED Eleanor in the background clicking away.
  8. [SPOILERS] Black Sails Season 4: All that glitters is not Silver

    Yes he was. He was my favorite of all the side characters... and maybe a few of the "leads". I was screaming when he died. Protesting loudly. Did he ever have a line?
  9. I confess, I really want little Rickon to be more of a Snarlyyow story, and not a shaggy dog story. I have hopes that he is. Go team Rickon! Snarlyyow, the dog fiend: Set in 1699 and framed around the Jacobite (supporters of the overthrown king, James II) conspiracies of the time, Lieutenant Cornelius Vanslyperken is the greedy and treacherous commander of a small vessel that hunts for smugglers in the English Channel. Snarleyyow is his "indestructible" dog. Or this description of the book: This book is filled with adventure, treachery, and a good mix of humor. Snarlyyow, the dog, a cur, is the focal point the story revolves around. He belongs to the captain of the Yang Frau, a British cutter that regular sails between Portsmith and Amsterdam. Of course, the captain loves Snarlyyow, but the dog is disfavored by the crew. The crew schemes to get rid of Snarlyyow, but every attempt to do so ends in failure. Of course, the Captain is greatly angered at the crew for this and he plots revenge on the crew members.
  10. That is actually not so bad.
  11. I agree that I think Val having just a brooch could mean "in training". I do think Morna is the more advanced teacher and that is why she has a full mask. Also, as to Val inheriting Dalla's "queen" clothes, Dalla also wears amber which has healing properties... so I wonder if Val inherited those jewels as well? Sorry to ramble This part of the story is just so intriguing to me. And if you can't tell, I think this is all a build up for something(s) big in the next book. I did find this woods witch information that I posted elsewhere a little while ago. It seems the term 'woods witch' is a Westeros term, because there seems to be a version of these healing women all over the planet (the parts we know of). Ok, I won't ramble on too much longer. Just one more thing, I swear! Last summer I also pulled together a bunch of witch/healer clues fromt he books. I wrote about it here in this thread, but I will paste it here under the secret eye to save space. Some points you addressed above, but some may be refound information. Ok. My excited rambles are over
  12. As far as Val as a völva, I completely agree, and I think Val could represent Hyndla in particular. Hyndluljóð or Lay of Hyndla is an Old Norse poem often considered a part of the Poetic Edda. It is preserved in its entirety only in Flateyjarbók but some stanzas are also quoted in the Prose Edda where they are said to come from Völuspá hin skamma. In the poem, the goddess Freyja meets the völva Hyndla and they ride together towards Valhalla. Freyja rides on her boar Hildisvíni and Hyndla on a wolf. Their mission is to find out the pedigree of Óttarr [*Odin] so that he can touch his inheritance, and the lay consists mostly of Hyndla reciting a number of names from Óttarr's ancestry. The poem may be a twelfth-century work, through Bellows believed the material of which the poem was compounded must have been older. Ottarr is thought to be another aspect of Odin, and also sometimes spelled Odr, which means song and poetry the reciting names could be Val, or a combo of Val and Bran and Morna, etc, all coming to the realization that Jon could be the Last Hero (or whoever), even if they do not list all the names out loud.
  13. I have always wondered about that little line you pointed out. Jon has a similar experience when he is dreaming and finds that as he awakens, his raven is pecking at his head. Both scenes could be read one way or the other, but in the end I would not be surprised at all if it comes down to a lot more skill/magic in the women. (OT: this also sorta parallels the theory some posters have that the Valyrian dragon hatchers were all women and that is why the Targs and other noble families practiced incest. It was to "keep the bloodlines pure" by hoarding all the power for the nobles.) I think I agree with @The Weirwoods Eyes that the lady in the pool at Winterfell is a blackhaired Melantha Blackwood. And I agree that this is where Bloodraven most likely got his certain skills.
  14. Another thing with the woods witches is that they seem to be the ones with the actual experience to certain ailments... such as greyscale. Val warns Jon about Shireen because she, being a very possible woods witch or woods trainee, has more experience with greyscale than Jon... who has zero experience. Now, this is NOT a negative dig at Jon, but more a clear example at how what is taught at the Citedel is not always the truth or best method, and those sometimes inferior methods are passed as "truth" which can cause a huge epidemic. At this point Jon still knows nothing, but he is learning and this was Val giving him lesson #1 on such a topic. And this is not to be confused with Val being a nasty bi-otch, or the sort. Quite the opposite because when Val meets Shireen, the two have a heartfelt conversation about both being "princesses", and how Shireen never had a sister, just a cousin she liked (Edric), but he sailed away. There is a chance that greyscale, or the deadlier grey plague, will come in to play at the wall or up north in the next books. The diseases thrive in cold, damp locations and we already see in Jon's ADWD chapters how cramped and confined everyone is. People with the experience of Val are going to be invaluable. Here we have Val showing some knowledge of medicinal herbs: A Dance with Dragons - Jon XI "Greyscale." "The grey death is what we call it." "It is not always mortal in children." "North of the Wall it is. Hemlock is a sure cure, but a pillow or a blade will work as well. If I had given birth to that poor child, I would have given her the gift of mercy long ago." This was a Val that Jon had never seen before. "Princess Shireen is the queen's only child." "I pity both of them. The child is not clean." "If Stannis wins his war, Shireen will stand as heir to the Iron Throne." "Then I pity your Seven Kingdoms." "The maesters say greyscale is not—" "The maesters may believe what they wish. Ask a woods witch if you would know the truth. The grey death sleeps, only to wake again. The child is not clean!" "She seems a sweet girl. You cannot know—" "I can. You know nothing, Jon Snow." Val seized his arm. "I want the monster out of there. Him and his wet nurses. You cannot leave them in that same tower as the dead girl." A Dance with Dragons - Tyrion V "We'd do well not to breathe the fog either," said Haldon. "Garin's Curse is all about us." The only way not to breathe the fog is not to breathe. "Garin's Curse is only greyscale," said Tyrion. The curse was oft seen in children, especially in damp, cold climes. The afflicted flesh stiffened, calcified, and cracked, though the dwarf had read that greyscale's progress could be stayed by limes, mustard poultices, and scalding-hot baths (the maesters said) or by prayer, sacrifice, and fasting (the septons insisted). Then the disease passed, leaving its young victims disfigured but alive. Maesters and septons alike agreed that children marked by greyscale could never be touched by the rarer mortal form of the affliction, nor by its terrible swift cousin, the grey plague. "Damp is said to be the culprit," he said. "Foul humors in the air. Not curses." And apparently Selyse the Compassionate still has reservations about the "cured" greyscale in little Shireen: A Dance with Dragons - Jon XIII It was the answer that Jon Snow had expected. This queen never fails to disappoint. Somehow that did not soften the blow. "Your Grace," he persisted stubbornly, "they are starving at Hardhome by the thousands. Many are women—" "—and children, yes. Very sad." The queen pulled her daughter closer to her and kissed her cheek. The cheek unmarred by greyscale, Jon did not fail to note. "We are sorry for the little ones, of course, but we must be sensible. We have no food for them, and they are too young to help the king my husband in his wars. Better that they be reborn into the light." That was just a softer way of saying let them die.
  15. Part of that labor scene was the symbolic nature behind it. Val does become the midwife because Jon says she is. Jon makes it so and Val delivers Also, we later learn in a Sam chapter that maester Aemon calls on Val a few times to help see that the two babies are healthy.