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Cersei, Light of the West

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So, I was re-reading A Game of Thrones when this caught my eye: when Joffrey holds his first court as king, Cersei is, among her other titles, introduced as 'Light of the West'. I think this title appears only that one time throughout the series, but nevertheless I find it really interesting. Do you think it's just a title she styled for herself or it's the common title of the queen/queen regent (in a sense that Elia Martell, had she become queen, would have been Light of the South etc.)?

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Probably a self fashioned title, we know Cersei is prideful and vain.

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She's actually on the east coast, isn't she? Unless some people from Essos are present, the title doesn't make much sense - just suggests she's only a light back home at Casterly Rock.

I think the true, meta meaning is that Cersei is the sunset queen, the last monarch before the Long Night.

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On 7/18/2016 at 0:27 PM, Springwatch said:

She's actually on the east coast, isn't she? Unless some people from Essos are present, the title doesn't make much sense - just suggests she's only a light back home at Casterly Rock.

I think the true, meta meaning is that Cersei is the sunset queen, the last monarch before the Long Night.

Casterly Rock and the other Lannister lands are in the West. The West part is OK, but Cersei isn't the brightest character in the books.

 

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Women in the books are usually linked to the moon, I think - but Cersei gets the sun. I wonder if it says something about her?

This is Kevan comparing Lyanna and the young Cersei:

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"... however bright a torch might burn it could never match the rising sun."

Poor Cersei, seems her arc is nearly over.

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On ‎7‎/‎18‎/‎2016 at 2:27 PM, Springwatch said:

I think the true, meta meaning is that Cersei is the sunset queen, the last monarch before the Long Night.

Tolkien uses the same title for the same reason in LoTR to describe Arwyn. 

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I think its just a honorific title given to her due to her good looks. As in that she is the best looking thing to come out of the West in this generation.

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BTW, I found this:

"To King Stannis and his wife, Queen Selyse,Light of the North!" Ser Axell bellowed. (aDwD, Jon X)

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