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  1. Yeah, that's it in a large nutshell. I'd say that the original usage of the Black Gate was to enter, or leave, the Heart of Winter. At least in the era of the Night's King. (Who knows where Bran landed on the other side when passing through, or if it always led there.) Whether as an agreement or as an outpost to gaurd the portal, it's a coin toss. Yet the idea that the Night's King spotted his cold bride south of the Wall would make good sense if the Gate were being guarded and the 'woman' slipped through to be caught and bound. Better yet, that he, the NK, passed through the portal to claim his prize north of the Wall. (cough~Bran~cough) Either way, The Night's King supposedly did some unscrupulous things after catching his 'white woman' and I'd say she was from the Heart of Winter. Whoever or whatever she may be.
  2. My crackpot (with no text to support it) is that Jyana Reed is actually Joanna Lannister. She fled east to find her truest love, Brynden Blackfish, after Tywin's outrage on Tyrion's birth. Guess what? Brynden is not into the ladies but he is a good-guy-knight so he helped her run. Run to the Neck. The reason the Reed kids don't talk about their mother is that she is not a true crannog. Gotta hide away just like Howland does with his magic castle. Jyana - Joanna? Hey, I said it was crackpot. As to Lemore, I'm not quite sure. Someone thought to be dead is probs true Yet, I can't help but think of Poe's 'The Raven'. (Lemore- Lenore) A talking raven and a woman named Lanore long gone. Poe studies the raven to figure out just who or what it is just as Tyrion ponders on and questions Lemore.
  3. I like this, and it fits nicely (to me) with Jamie Lannister. Also, I like what Matthew. has to say on an outsider to the Stark crew bringing the pain and humiliation to the three squires and their knights for the sake of justice.
  4. As to your last paragraph... yeah. And that is one reason why I think Jaime is a candidate for the mystery knight. Who would think a Lion would sport a laughing tree on his shield other than Aerys? When leaving Harrenhal Jamie describes his departure... "Lord Bolton had accoutred him as a knight [...] He was not such a fool as to show the lion of Lannister on his arms, though, nor the plain white blazon that was his right as a Sworn Brother of the Kingsguard. He found an old shield in the armory, battered and splintered, the chipped paint still showing most of the great black bat of House Lothston upon a field of silver and gold. [...] He would be no one’s cousin, no one’s enemy, no one’s sworn sword … in sum, no one. A mystery knight with a borrowed shield which is later painted over with a tree. Not a weirwood, but still. Then further on in the chapter, he reminiscences on the Tourney and even thinks about leaving Harrenhal to hear an old Miller tell him he is heading the wrong way for the big tournament. And just after he sleeps with his headed rested against a weirwood stump. I know there are some problems with Jamie as the KotLT, like motivation to take call out the three squires behaviour against Howland, but I don't find it that big of a stretch. Jamie was a new and honorable knight. While Ned is a or the top contender for the man behind the mask in the 'Mystery Knight Theater', I find Jamit as a close runner-up. Not to mention Benjen and Howland.
  5. Has anyone else had the thought that the Giants who supposedly helped build the Wall, and whatever else, could have been a twisted story about the Umbers? Their sigil, a Giant in broken chains, could go back to a time when they were enslaved and broke free or were broken free by an outside source. Conversely the Umbers could have been the folks who freed giants from bondage. And subsequently procreated to become the human-giants of which their are tales of wielding swords, wearing boots and such. Just throwing it out there.
  6. Well, Jon was sorta halfhanded with his burnt hand when he killed the Halfhand. And he did so with his bastard sword a.k.a. a hand and a half sword. Half a hand. And Tyrion gave him some good advice and became Jon's friend. Tyrion was a half-Hand. Get it? And Jon's "father" was the Hand who got beheaded, so.... another half-Hand? Anyway, while I'm not into RLJ the Blackfyre bastard status thing could be interesting if Jon created the new House, "Snowfyre"
  7. Howland Ned Benjen Jaime Singing brother of the Watch
  8. Like Coldhands? An Other and a wight. A crow and a raven. He was quite anxious about stumbling upon the Others just as Bran and all were approaching the cave. Makes me wonder if there are more beings like Coldhands lurking about the forests.
  9. Hey, overall a good read with some new insights and ideas. Skol! Not quite what you were asking, but... The greenseer's and old gods' words are wind. The Others have their own language; they can speak for themselves. While the Others fly on the cold winds of winter, they don't need the winds to walk. They are the calm after the storm. The wind and storms go together and storms are Chaos (as are the cotf chaos, imo) yet the Others are Order. And to get all sciency, the coldest nights are clear windless nights. Not to mention nocturnal inversions and lack of eddies and such. [My take on it is the Others seen in the prologue are only corporeal in times of darkness and extreme cold. During the day, the Others melt away and ride the cold winds of winter with their menacing presence.]
  10. In the current story, 'A Stark of Winterfell" is Jon and 'The Stark of Winterfell' is Bran. Instead of Joramun, leader of the free folk, there is Tormund. Tormund Giantsbane, Horn-blower, and Breaker of Ice, Speaker to Gods and Father of Hosts [...] It's a reversal of the old tales of the Night's King. Or maybe the tales are wrong and the current story is a repeat of the original.
  11. I don't see Lyanna in Ghost unless Howland is involved in some crazy bastard weirwood, old powers stuff. Still, what you had to say there reminds me of Bran while climbing in the godswood... Might be it's the old gods/third eye powers that are the underground players.
  12. "nidos commaculans immundus habebitur ales" The Mockingbord never dirties his own and he sings everyone's favorite tunes.
  13. Well! I have a tinfoil about electromagnetic charge and the Others. The blue lights in the eyes of the white walkers and the wights along with the fight between Waymar and the white walker in the prologue of AGoT makes up most of this theory. After Waymar's sword breaks it is described, "the end splintered and twisted like a tree struck by lightning." So I'm thinking of a magical electromagnetism, but I've never connected that with the comet although it makes a certain sense. A large burst of energy up north could draw in a celestial orb.
  14. I like this. The comet passed overhead at the conception of Aegon VI then less than twenty years later it is seen again. I suspect the Singers were responsible for the initial, jacked-up seasons and could be they had a hand in the Doom through the power of Song. (At least the Singers would have tried to balance a long Summer ) Their songs are magic, imo. What I'm getting at is Bran's though on the Singers - The Singers would sing sad songs... of the earth. A song to move the heavens and earth?
  15. Has anyone discussed the Nightfort well containing the Black Gate as a wishing well? Some ancient wells were marked with wooden figures to represent the gods who blessed or inhabited the wells. The wells blessed people with their wants or needs. Nowadays people toss coins into a well. Coldhands threw a a Watchman down the well and recieved a gift in return.