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  1. I stand corrected! Thanks
  2. The fullest description of the events at the tower are in a dream. Its possible that she wasn't still hanging on to the flowers when Ned found her; that this is a dream element in his memory linking her death with her abduction. As to Stockholm syndrome, I'm not sure I know enough about the behavior of those affected to know if there are any hidden clues in the text, so I can't speak to that.
  3. Agreed; I was just about to note the same. I've never seen a tree the trunk of which being 8 feet in diameter, except in pictures. Sounds sufficiently impressive to me!
  4. Agreed. If anything, the fact that our most unreliable pov says Jon looks like his father makes me think he looks nothing like his true father.
  5. From what I understand that is actually what quickening is...feeling the movement. (speaking from the experience of 2 pregnancies) Maybe GRRM is using it unusually, but that's the usual meaning.
  6. I'm not a tarot expert, but I think that in the Crowley tarot the fool has devilish horns because he represents potential for becoming good or evil...he has symbolism for both. Although with tarot the meaning is really personal for the reader, from what I understand, so any wordplay you see (or GRRM sees,if it's part of his inspiration) is fair play when interpreting.
  7. Agreed about the ages for sure! Another realistic change that would probably happen: If the books were being released now, and not the 90s, Game of Thrones could be far less circumspect with gay characters. (For example, he wouldn't have to beat around the bush so much in descriptions of Loras and Renly's relationship.) I'm not implying that the author was less approving or anything, just that he was writing for a world I'm which open descriptions of gay relationships was less acceptable to the mainstream public.
  8. Thanks That's definitely food for thought!!
  9. I'm sure someone has already written about this: The Norse creation myth, from what I remember, says that the niflheim (world of ice) and a primordial world of fire (name escapes me) were separated by a huge chasm, and creation began when the ice and fire mingled, creating the first being. Has anyone done an analysis on this particular marriage of ice and fire and how it relates to the books? My instinct says that maybe he was inspired by the idea of ice and fire and took it to a while new place, but now I'm curious to see if any other readers who know far more about Norse mythology than me have already gone down this rabbit hole.
  10. We're allowed to post outside links, right? This may be much more than you are looking for since you are in the first book; you'll find the character list for the books it's much different than the show!
  11. Yum! I hate autocorrect. I'm usually typing while trying to perform some caregiving activity to one of my toddlers, so I don't always proofread, haha!
  12. I don't think Salsa has her own sigil, at least in canon materials. Maybe an artist has imagined one at some point? Each house has a sigil, and sometimes individuals within a house that lead their own armies have identifying banners. I don't think there's a hard and fast rule about what constitutes a good reason to have a family or individual sigil. I think it's just what you proclaim to the world, like, "I belong to such and such loyalty." Smallfolk would have no sigil.
  13. Any wildling pov from the point where we left off at the wall would be interesting. Marcella would also be a great pov. Margaery or Loras ( assuming he's alive) would be my third choice because we could see events that until now we really only see through really untrustworthy eyes (Cersei's). I think illyrio, tywin, littlefinger, varys, etc would ruin it because it would spoil the mystery.
  14. Grammar can be tricky when writing in a second language. As for the op, I think a previous poster has the right of it. I get the impression Jeyne's mother pretty much shoved her romanticminded daughter down the king', and the kids were more than happy to oblige. Or she at least took advantage of the relationship for the Lannisters. (Notice how she also kept Jeyne from getting pregnant while pretending to help her be more fertile?)
  15. Agreed. I'm thinking his whole story and the Davos quest will literally be a Shaggy dog story. It's not exactly like the phrase is used commonly, so it's not the blazing of a clue for most readers. Usually this kind of story has no point. But if it IS a Shaggy dog kind of plot, it's obviously very purposeful on the authors part. Is he trying to make a statement about pointlessness? Edited to add: I hope the pointlessness of the story is not to build him up as the lynchpin of Manderly's plan and after all that he is dismissed as he enters the gates of Winterfell or something. Like the Wizard of Oz: "you mean, I could have gone home at any time?" "you mean, there was actually no point to getting reckon here because we are going to join team Jon/Danaerys/Whomever anyway?" or Davos does all that work to get rickon so that manderly will support Stannis and Stannis dies. :/