The Fattest Leech

Nymeria is poised to return

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"Because they're different," he insisted. "Like night and day, or ice and fire."

"If ice can burn," said Jojen in his solemn voice, "then love and hate can mate. Mountain or marsh, it makes no matter. The land is one."

 

This is a bit of a looong post, however, I am constantly updating this main post to make it easier to do a read through from one spot... even though I encourage you to read the posts of other contributors as well. I just don't want anyone to get turned off by so much info if it is broken up. Also, I like to refer to the books first for proof or parallels, and if more info is needed, I then check George SSM's/interviews, and then I check his known outside influences for other references. So be prepared for info from a few sources. Oh, and sorry about the weird text and formatting. I have no idea what happened.

George's words: "In A Song of Ice and Fire, I take stuff from the Wars of the Roses and other fantasy things, and all these things work around in my head and somehow they jell into what I hope is uniquely my own." source

George on video talking about how he uses Norse myths (and a few others) in his books. Video link here.

George also gives a lot of details in Dreamsongs Vol1 (pgs 12 & 13 of the first intro) about his college studies in Scandinavian (Norse) mythology and how he used the topic of Sveaborg in two past stories. So yeah, the Norse is there.

TLDR version:

1.       Jon and Val are acting together as the new Nymeria to unite the people back into one.

2.       This is a re-play from history in both 10,000 Ships, and the Conquest of Dorne (with lots of book quotes).

3.       Jon chose Val as his queen, and the Free Folk chose Val and Jon as their leaders.

4.       Jon is not ded-dead, Val will heal him, and things will progress from there.

5.       Val and Jon have a ton of symbolism that link to the history in ASOIAF itself, as well as Norse mythology, and the stars, water, and milk. Some of the Val symbolism does connect to RLJ, but it works without just as well for other reasons.

6.       The mutiny against Jon was planned before he was LC, and it shows that the other brothers were the traitors in this case.

7.       Val, and maybe Morna and/or Tormund will heal Jon and the situation at Castle Black. Mel and Selyse (especially Selyse) will be the main antagonists in the aftermath. Neither Jon nor Val trust Selyse or Melisandre.

8.       While searching for something completely unrelated to this, I came across this info and it sparked my thoughts on Jon and a future queen of his in the north and why a generic "ship" with Jon and other girls just doesn't make narrative, political, or long-term sense.

9.       It also seems to have a few links to Patchface and his creepy little diddies. Melisandre and Selyse play a part as well. As does Davos. And Dorne. Some other common themes are: water- sea, rivers, walls, milk, ships, the sun, the moon, stealing/thief, and the concept of wisdom/being wise.

George has already stated that the ASOIAF series is a three part story. As of now, we are nearing the end of act two and shifting into act three. GRRM has also said that he planned on introducing (and killing) new characters in each act, many of whom are important. Certain characters are introduced when needed. So, we did not have to have someone of great importance way back in AGOT if they weren't important until ASOS. When someone is introduced later in the series, they have to have some narrative importance. We are introduced to Val in the story several chapters before Daario is introduced to Daenerys, and two whole books before Aegon or Bloodraven appears on page (GRRM said BR wasn't fully developed yet). Jon's last chapter in Clash gives our first glimpse of the tent where Val is, and then in Jon's first chapter in Storm, Jon is introduced to Val (the significance is below). I theorize that Val and Jon are the new Nymeria.

Why did Jon (George) just let 10,000 (4,000+ Hardhome) people through the wall and then Jon gave two of the higher ranking Free Folk command of two castles and married a Magnar to a noble Westerosi lady?

Jon's long-term aspirations

Jon is faced with a lot of choices, some very hard to decide on, but Jon consistently chooses peace in Westeros, to keep remaining family safe, and to learn about the Others/wights, and to protect the realms of men. Basically, Jon is dealing in compassion and evidence, not conjecture and rumors and false information. These are the main reasons for his reaction to the pink letter, to giving Morna and Tormund castles, and for already marrying the more advanced and more obedient Thenns into the Karstarks. Check out the comparison between the Martells sigil and the new Alys Karstark/Magnar House Thenn sigil.

  • As shown a little further down, George realizes that the integration of the Free Folk into Westeros will take some work. It is a good thing that the Magnar of Thenn is already married to a highborn, which will set the example for other "common" Free Folk to integrate more peacefully. Jon thinks of the Magnar as this in STORM/Jon III: "Styr commanded absolute obedience from his men, and that discipline was no doubt part of why Mance had chosen him to go over the Wall.

It was shown back in Jon's last ACOK and first ASOS chapter that Jon was chosen by the old gods to help save the wildlings. This post on PG 2 shows how. So this seems like it is happening on page already (again). All references come from the World book, Ten Thousand Ships, unless noted otherwise.  

  • This is not a shipping thread, but a thread that ties together the past, present and future events in the story. This post on PG 2 talks about the transition from the migration to the current events.
  • Jon and the mutiny on pg 3. Jon was not guilty of "playing politics" as claimed, but Thorne, Marsh and Yarwyck are guilty.
    • The Wall in general, or Castle Black, or Nightfort is the ASOIAF version of Náströnd in Norse mythology. The link is worth a read to get the details.
    • Does Mel have a hand in the mutiny?
    • Jon was not stabbed because he rode after Arya. Jon gave permission for Mance to go save Arya. Jon may not have been stabbed for going to ride to fight against Ramsay's threat against the NW. Jon was stabbed for letting the wildlings through.
      • ADWD/Jon 11 (just two before the mutiny)- Marsh flushed a deeper shade of red. "The lord commander must pardon my bluntness, but I have no softer way to say this. What you propose is nothing less than treason. For eight thousand years the men of the Night's Watch have stood upon the Wall and fought these wildlings. Now you mean to let them pass, to shelter them in our castles, to feed them and clothe them and teach them how to fight. Lord Snow, must I remind you? You swore an oath." More.
  • This post on PG 2 shows the Jon/Odin/Old Gods connection... and here is Odin with his raven and wolf and spear and throne finery.This post on PG 2 links Jon to the Blood Eagle that almost takes his eye and why.
    • The eye is symbolically the window to the soul and the first part of one's perception. When the eagle attacked Jon and blood spilled into his eye, this was Jon taking a look at his first men blood and it was just after this, when back at Castle Black, that Jon admits that his perception about the wildlings has changed.
    • Also: AGOT/ Eddard XIII: "Promise me, Ned," Lyanna's statue whispered. She wore a garland of pale blue roses, and her eyes wept blood.
    • Jon has this exchange when he is first taken to see Mance in STORM:

Styr the Magnar drew a long knife. "The boy might see more clear with one eye, instead of two."

    • In Jon's last chapter in ASOS, right after he wins the new LC election, we get this image of Jon as very Odin-like: "He walked across the castle, wondering if he were dreaming, with the raven on his shoulder and Ghost at his heels." Another great pic of a statue of Odin with his raven and wolf.
    • Adding- This encounter with an eagle is probably also another clue to the readers that Jon is half a dragon. We learn in ASOIAF that the best/only way to kill a dragon is a bolt to through the eye. Could this be the reason why Orell hated Jon so deeply from the beginning? Did Orell sense Jon's dragon side?  ASOS/Jon II: "Can a bird hate?"
  • Part of Odin and the importance of the number 9 in Norse mythology also play out all over ASOIAF. Seriously. 
    • Jon takes his vows at an irregular grouping of 9 weriwoods north of the wall (old gods country). This PG 3 post gives more details.
    • In Norse mythology, there are nine worlds of which relate almost one to one in ASOIAF.
    • Odin hangs himself in sacrifice for nine days from the Yggdrasil tree in search of knowledge, and I speculate that Jon will be "dead" for nine days to parallel this thought.
  • The super duper importance of Shieldhall and how it relates to old gods, both ASOIAF and Norse, and to Jon, Tormund and Val is in this PG 2 post.
  • We also learn this little bit, which Jon also grows to realize, ""By night all cloaks are black, Your Grace." This is not just literally all cloaks are black during sleepy time hours, but during the Long Night, everyone has to be a warrior to survive.
  • Horn's are very important to the gods in Norse mythology. Jon found a horn and gave it to Sam who now has it at the Citadel. What could be up with that??? PG 2 Post for more.
  • Jon, and Bloodraven, also share Odin's fondness for bows and archery as I wrote about in the Jon/Rhaegar comparison thread here. Jon has instated archery training to take place everyday.
    • Ichaival, a bow possessed by Odin. Another source said it was came from Ydalir, the home of the god Ullr. It possessed the power of each pull of just one arrow will release ten arrows.
  • A quick peek into the Odin write up with the Eagle and the eye will show Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he sacrificed/traded for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge. So again, we have Jon as the sun, we have water connections to wisdom, which is also a connection to Nymeria with the water and wisdom, or "wise woman", as referred to Dalla and Val as she replaces her dead sister and repeats the wisdom.
    • Ghost was curled up asleep beside the door, but he lifted his head at the sound of Jon's boots. The direwolf's red eyes were darker than garnets and wiser than men.
    • Mance gave her a fond smile. "It's a wise woman I've found. A true queen."
    • "Dalla told me something once. Val's sister, Mance Rayder's wife. She said that sorcery was a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it."

"A wise woman." Melisandre rose, her red robes stirring in the wind.

    • World book about Nymeria: "It was a wisdom she passed along to her heirs,..."
  • Jon is already thinking of Val as queen material. As just mentioned, Val is a suitable replacement for Dalla for both wisdom, healer, and queen.
    • Jon, Dance XIII: "He has taken a liking to Val. Her sister was a queen, why not her?"
    • ADWD/Jon III: "Val stood beside him, tall and fair. They had crowned her with a simple circlet of dark bronze, yet she looked more regal in bronze than Stannis did in gold."
  • When Val returns with Tormund and the other Free Folk, that is when Val is dressed all in white... and coincidentally, this is also when we see the Free Folk paying homage to Jon by giving up their valuables and even children:
    • ADWD/Jon XII: None knelt, but many gave him their oaths. "What Tormund swore, I swear,"
  • There is a connection to First Men also including proto-Valyrians, or as we know the ones who stayed in Westeros, Daynes, and the title of Sword of the Morning who wields the sword Dawn. Short Ran video explanation. Jon describes the Wall as a "sword to the east", and east is where we get dawn. Jon could have a literal sword Dawn in the future, because right now he has the figurative sword in the dawn as the Wall.

In addition to what Jon has already started doing on page, Jon tells Stannis that he wants to re-settle the Gift, which undoes the northern treachery that "Good" Queen Alysanne commits against the Starks and northern magic... including direwolves. And then who returns to Jon with a direwolf at her side... Val.

  • A Storm of Swords - Jon XI

"My father dreamed of resettling the Gift," Jon admitted. "He and my uncle Benjen used to talk of it." He never thought of settling it with wildlings, though . . . but he never rode with wildlings, either. He did not fool himself; the free folk would make for unruly subjects and dangerous neighbors. Yet when he weighed Ygritte's red hair against the cold blue eyes of the wights, the choice was easy. "I agree."

  • A Storm of Swords - Jon XII

>Real quickly, this next passage is interesting because it has a few transitions. First it is all about logic, then the sun goes down and most prophetic/wolf dreams happen in the dark, and then he thinks on what is currently perceived as the correct NW oaths. John turns down Winterfell and Val only because of his NW vows and the fact that Melisandre told him he would have to burn the heart tree and forsake the old gods, which Jon refuses to do. Then it turns into a real, honest conversation with himself about what he guiltily wants = a family. Then, and this is where it gets interesting, he is starting to unconsciously warg Ghost while he is awake. His wolf senses are tingling when he thinks of what he wants. This is one of the first times that happens and it is not until Dance 1 that it happens again. The first time he consciously warg's Ghost while he is awake is when he calls out to Ghost at the mutiny. Also, Jon says he would need to steal Val to get her love, but he already has, but Jon Snow knows nothing.

Ygritte wanted me to be a wildling. Stannis wants me to be the Lord of Winterfell. But what do I want? The sun crept down the sky to dip behind the Wall where it curved through the western hills. Jon watched as that towering expanse of ice took on the reds and pinks of sunset. Would I sooner be hanged for a turncloak by Lord Janos, or forswear my vows, marry Val, and become the Lord of Winterfell? It seemed an easy choice when he thought of it in those terms . . . though if Ygritte had still been alive, it might have been even easier. Val was a stranger to him. She was not hard on the eyes, certainly, and she had been sister to Mance Rayder's queen, but still . . .

I would need to steal her if I wanted her love, but she might give me children. I might someday hold a son of my own blood in my arms. A son was something Jon Snow had never dared dream of, since he decided to live his life on the Wall. I could name him Robb. Val would want to keep her sister's son, but we could foster him at Winterfell, and Gilly's boy as well. Sam would never need to tell his lie. We'd find a place for Gilly too, and Sam could come visit her once a year or so. Mance's son and Craster's would grow up brothers, as I once did with Robb.

He wanted it, Jon knew then. He wanted it as much as he had ever wanted anything. I have always wanted it, he thought, guiltily. May the gods forgive me. It was a hunger inside him, sharp as a dragonglass blade. A hunger . . . he could feel it. It was food he needed, prey, a red deer that stank of fear or a great elk proud and defiant. He needed to kill and fill his belly with fresh meat and hot dark blood. His mouth began to water with the thought.

  • A Dance with Dragons - Jon XI

From above came the sudden sound of wings. Mormont's raven flapped from a limb of an old oak to perch upon Jon's saddle. "Corn," it cried. "Corn, corn, corn."

"Did you follow me as well?" Jon reached to shoo the bird away but ended up stroking its feathers. The raven cocked its eye at him. "Snow," it muttered, bobbing its head knowingly. Then Ghost emerged from between two trees, with Val beside him.

They look as though they belong together.

Additionally, Jon has tons in common with his blood father, Rhaegar, as well as his learned behavior from his bonded father, Eddard. There were red wolves in the Rhoyne. This could easily be a sigil for Jon to use... a red wolf on black in place of a red dragon on black. Personally, I think Jon will use a weirwood face as an official sigil because of his many, many references to Ghost, Val and him being of the old gods. We do get a brief description showing that there were red wolves in the Rhoyne.

  • AGOT/Jon VIII: "He is not my father. The thought leapt unbidden to Jon's mind. Lord Eddard Stark is my father. I will not forget him, no matter how many swords they give me. Yet he could scarcely tell Lord Mormont that it was another man's sword he dreamt of …"
  • ADWD, Tyrion III: "Griff's cloak was made from the hide and head of a red wolf of the Rhoyne."
  • AGOT/ Jon I: "Lord Eddard Stark is my father," Jon admitted stiffly.

Lannister studied his face. "Yes," he said. "I can see it. You have more of the north in you than your brothers."

·         This should be taken two ways. One is in regards to his Stark brothers in the symbolic sense. and the other is regards to his future Black Brothers of the NW who mutiny and stab him because the Watch has forgotten its original purpose, as LC Mormont points out in a Sam chapter. Jon knows the purpose and it fits with the historical Stark/North/Night's Watch purpose.

o    AGOT/Jon III:  Benjen Stark frowned. "A boy you are, and a boy you'll remain until Ser Alliser says you are fit to be a man of the Night's Watch. If you thought your Stark blood would win you easy favors, you were wrong. We put aside our old families when we swear our vows. Your father will always have a place in my heart, but these are my brothers now." He gestured with his dagger at the men around them, all the hard cold men in black.

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How Val is acting as Nymeria returned

 Basically, everything highlighted or underlined below is happening on page with Val, and sometimes Jon, because the two need each other. Historical Nymeria's great migration (it's official name) sounds to me like Val helping bring the wildlings through the wall after a long time struggling to help them find a new home. And don't forget, Mance found Dalla and Val wandering while on his way back from Winterfell. To be clear, I DO NOT think Val will be the conqueror of the north. She is a key player of the larger picture.

  • Nymeria was called a warrior and a witch. Neither is true on the surface as we think of them, but they are true in the symbolic sense. I do think Val is a woods witch- healer, maybe still training under Morna Whitemask, Morna has the full-faced weirwood mask while Val has a weirwood brooch. This thread tells why.
    • Maester Aemon even calls in Val to help him with the sick babies at Castle Black
      • AFFC/ Sam 1: "Sam had only spoken to Val twice, when Maester Aemon called upon her to make sure the babes were healthy."
      • "Jon saw signs of sickness too. That disquieted him more than he could say." More in ADWD here.
    • Jon hears Val, a moon symbol, singing to Gilly's baby, Monster. Could this be a parallel link to Val and Dalla being moonsingers of some sort? They are nomadic healers, they know birthing songs, and Jon did declare that Val was the midwife to Dalla.
  • How Val and Dalla got their name and their importance to Free Folk society (section 4). Or this updated woods witch one in ASOIAF world.
    • Where George got the inspiration for the wall from Hadrian's Wall (HW) and how it directly connects to Val's name. PG 5 post.
      • A quick summary let's you know that the words Aeli, Vali and Draconis are used often when speaking about the historic significance of HW. Valli means VAL[L]I, "of the Wall"The name AELI was Hadrian's nomen, his main family name, the gens Aelia. DRACONIS can be translated as "[by the hand – or property] of Draco". Draco also means dragon, and is a constellation as well. We know by now how Jon is tied to the stars, including the ice dragon himself. I pointed out in the main OP that after Jon is chosen as LC, he says repeatedly that the wall is his.
    • Dalla and Val are derived from the old Norse word Völva, or Vala in more modern tongue. The Vala were wandering shaman/healer, and one who is a seer. A literal translation of the word völva is "wand-wed". Well, we don't have any magic wands in the story, but we have swords and magic swords and a tradition of "marrying" a girl caught at sword point (stealing). Jon already stole Val.
      • I think Val is a representation of the völva 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 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.

        • the Freya is this story could have been swapped with Borroq who calls Jon brother, and has his boar he skinchanges.
        • 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.
        • Ottarr is thought to be another aspect of Odin, and also sometimes spelled Odr, which means song and poetry
    • Another translation to Völva is spæwīfe, which is like spearwife in the story.
    • The weapon of the vǫlva was not the spear, the axe or the sword, but instead they were held to influence battles with different means, and one of them was the wand. This is exactly how historic Nymeria is described and in the story Val is not a technical fighting spearwife, either. George confirms this in a PG 5 post.
    • An overlapping option for Val's name is Vali, the god who avenges death and is also the etymology for a holy places called Valaskjálf.
    • Another name and character option, courtesy of Jon's Queen Consort, Galadriel from LotR (as if I had to clarify that!)
    • Another name option. Vali a monkey god who wandered the land and then came home to worship the Sun God!!! The Sun God is Jon to Val is the Moonmaid. PG 4 post for discussion.
  • The Free Folk are already bowing to Val in their first migration through the wall. During the second migration they give their vows and oaths to Jon as they pay him monetary homage. This post on PG 5 gives some great detail of the choosing of Jon and Val as their leaders.
    • The Free Folk pay homage to Jon as they pass through the wall, just before they kneel to Val, not Stannis, while she stands on the platform next to Stannis and Mel burns fMance. Remember, Val has already refused to kneel to Selyse, so the Free Folk will follow Val's example and chosing.
    • Val refers to the people she just went and saved, and then led back to the Wall.
  • Val is repeating the words of Meria Martell, a female descendant to Nymeria, and as noted below, Dorne and the far North are related, and the Rhoynish migration is the Free Folk migration of now. Val is the new Nymeria to Jon and his future campaign. More on PG 3 post.
    • From Dance: "Free folk do not kneel," Val told her.
    • From World:"I will not fight you," Princess Meria told Rhaenys, "nor will I kneel to you. Dorne has no king. Tell your brother that."
    • AGOT/ Eddard X: [ToJ scene] "I came down to Storm's End to lift the seige, " Ned told them, " and the Lords Tyrell and Redwyne dipped their banners, and all their knights bent the knee to pledge fealty...", "Our knees do not bend easily, " said Ser Arthur Dayne.
    • Meria is called the Toad of Dorne, and later we see that Toad at Castle Black warns against Melisandre because she has people BURN WEIRWOOD pieces. Mel also wants Jon to burn the weirwood at Winterfell, which is a reason why Jon declines that offer.
  • Nymeria had Lyonel Tyrell who fought under King Daeron I during his Conquest of Dorne. The Dornishmen proved too much for him to handle and they ended up killing him. Val now has Selyse in the Lyonel Tyrell position to deal with... and maybe kill? Post on PG 3 tells more.
    • In ASOS/Davos V, Davos goes to Maester Pylos to continue his reading practice. They talk of the book Conquest of Dorne and then Davos starts reading practice using scrolls. This is where Davos reads about the situation at the wall and then convinces Stannis to head that way. So we have the book Conquest of Dorne mentioned twice and then the discovery of the Wall situation happening in quick succession. Book source
      • Princess Shireen and the boys said their farewells courteously. When they had taken their leaves, Maester Pylos moved closer to Davos. "My lord, perhaps you would like to try a bit of Conquest of Dorne as well?" He slid the slender leather-bound book across the table. "King Daeron wrote with an elegant simplicity, and his history is rich with blood, battle, and bravery. Your son is quite engrossed.""..."As you wish, my lord." Maester Pylos rummaged about his table, unrolling and then discarding various scraps of parchment. "There are no new letters. Perhaps an old one . . ."
      • Davos arrives to White Harbor, which is at the mouth of the White Knife, on the ship The Merry Midwife. We have seen that Jon makes Val a midwife.
        • ADWD/Davos 2: The Merry Midwife stole into White Harbor on the evening tide, her patched sail rippling with every gust of wind.
      • A few more Davos connections in a PG 5 post. These are a little more symbolic, but still cleverly done.
      • The symbolic connection between the flaking gold crown on Queenscrowne and the statue in Oldtown. PG 5 post.
  • The importance in the symbolism of her honey hair color, and some possibilities to her curious eye color as well.
    • We know Val is the moon maid that Jon the Thief stole, and Val has honey-colored hair, sooo... Val is a honey moon. Are Jon and Val on their honeymoon (or will be after the fighting stops)
    • In ancient times honeymoon referred to the time of year when bee honey was ripe and cured to be harvested from hives or from the wild. This was usually around the Summer solstice by end June.
    • We learn in a Jaime chapter, "Faith is like porridge. Better with milk and honey."
  • The mythological importance of first seeing meeting/seeing Val and she is milking a goat. Odin had magical she-goat named Heiden, which grazed by the Yggdrasil tree, and its udders dispensed not milk but mead for the warriors in Odin's Great Hall. Jon is linked heavily to being an Odin figure. Also, as noted below, Jon finds the Wildlings along the Milkwater River. Val=Milk + Nymeria=Water ==Milkwater.
    • ASOS/ Jon IX: "On the edge of the Wall an ornate brass Myrish eye stood on three spindly legs. Maester Aemon had once used it to peer at the stars, before his own eyes had failed him. Jon swung the tube down to have a look at the foe. Even at this distance there was no mistaking Mance Rayder's huge white tent, sewn together from the pelts of snow bears. The Myrish lenses brought the wildlings close enough for him to make out faces. Of Mance himself he saw no sign this morning, but his woman Dalla was outside tending the fire, while her sister Val milked a she-goat beside the tent."
      • By the way, this is also how the Night's King found his queen. He spied her from atop the wall and fell in love. Think back to Val's physical moon-like descriptions, and Jon gave her "his seed" when he honored his promise and gave "Monster" over to her for safe keeping. Also, the tale of Night's King is most likely over-exaggerated and false the way it is told. George has Sam tells the reader this in not one, but two identical chapters.
    • ADWD/ Jon V:  [Jon] "Val had reminded him of that, on his last visit with her. "Free folk and kneelers are more alike than not, Jon Snow. Men are men and women women, no matter which side of the Wall we were born on. Good men and bad, heroes and villains, men of honor, liars, cravens, brutes … we have plenty, as do you."

She was not wrong. The trick was telling one from the other, parting the sheep from the goats."

  • Her personality fits with what Jon likes in a lady. Val even shares some of Lyanna's traits. Again, this does hinge a little on RLJ, but the symbolism can work without that just as well. 
    • In ADWD/ Jon VIII, the chapter where Jon sends Val out to bring the free folk to the wall, Val is set up with a grey, half blind horse, which resembles Sleipnir, Odin's special horse. Sleipnir, or "Slippy", has been linked to shamanic practices and the name of ships.
    • Jon calls Val, "lonely, lovely, lethal," and says Val is not "cowed" like the other woman at CB, and she stabbed three guards to protect herself.
    • Jon thinks of her as independent, "Val looked the part and rode as if she had been born on horseback. A warrior princess, he decided, not some willowy creature who sits up in a tower, brushing her hair and waiting for some knight to rescue her." Also, Lyanna was often compared to being a strong, northern horseback rider, and Lady Dustin called her a "centaur."
    • Jon thinks to himself, "Like so much else, heraldry ended at the Wall,' but then he finds Val with the weirwood face brooch , she is in all white and Val's cheeks are flushed red. Jon Snow knows nothing! The only other time we see a weirwood face being used as heraldry is with the Knight of the Laughing Tree (possibly Lyanna) where the shield is described as, "blazoned with the image of "a white weirwood with a laughing red face." Jon, as being a member of the Night's Watch, is a shield that guards the realms of men, and this also fits the Norse influence and Val being a spearwife/ shield-maiden figure
    • Lyanna was crowned the Queen of Love and Beauty- ADWD/Jon XI: "When presented to Val, the knight sank to one knee to kiss her glove. "You are even lovlier than I was told, princess, " he declared. "The queen as told me much and more of your beauty." Also, when Jon first meets Mance, Mance introduces Dalla as his "queen", but then introduces Val as the "beauty". Here.  
  • The importance and symbolism of her clothing color on PG3. The spae wives/spearwives/völva is also a type of elf. (note: not little pixie, but human-like)
    • More of the "Queen" imagery passed to Val after Dalla dies in childbirth. Val tells Jon, "Should I have dressed in mail instead of wool and fur? These clothes were given to me by Dalla, I would sooner not get bloodstains all over them." Clearly Val thinks of these particular white wools and fur as fancy enough to meet a queen in... oh the irony!
      • Finds from a vǫlva's grave in Köpingsvik, Öland. There is an 82 cm long wand of iron with bronze details and a unique model of a house on the top. There is also a pitcher from Persia or Central Asia, and a West European bronze bowl. Dressed in a bear pelt, she had received a ship burial with both human and animal sacrifice.
        • more imagery with Val in a bear pelt, Nymeria/Val and the ship burial water connection. Not crazy about the animal sacrifice part.
        • Iron and bronze are the metals of the north and even the crown of the Stark Kings. Black iron is for ravenry and bronze is for astronomy, of which we will see plenty of between Val and Jon a little further down.
          • ACOK/ Catelyn I: ...bronze and iron were the metals of winter, dark and strong to fight against the cold.
        • Could the house be Winterfell, or, House Stark?
        • Val says the same words that the last king who visited the north (Robert B.) said to Ned. They both exclaim "Up!" to the kneelers in the same way. Kind of a funny read here in a Pg 5 post.
      • It is difficult to draw a line between the aristocratic lady and the wandering vǫlva, but Old Norse sources present the vǫlva as more professional and she went from estate to estate selling her spiritual services.
    • Dalla wore amber, the "gold of the north", which is used for healing. Did Val inherit Dalla's amber when she inherited Dalla's clothes??? This post on PG 5 gives details.
  • How Val will have an impact after she passes through the wall while leading the wildlings on PG 2. Samwell thinks highly of Val as well, and Sam is a pretty smart guy.
    • AFFC/Sam I: Sam reddened. King Stannis had plans for Val, he knew; she was the mortar with which he meant to seal the peace between the northmen and the free folk.
  • Salt. Jon thinks of Val as this: "Val stood on the platform as still as if she had been carved of salt. She will not weep nor look away. Jon wondered what Ygritte would have done in her place. The women are the strong ones."

o    First, chances are extremely high that Val knew of the Mance/Rattleshirt switch. She is not crying because she knows of the future plans with Stannis.

o    So we have Val standing there looking all salty... well a synonym for Salt is Sailor... as in someone who sails the seas... as in Nymeria! synonym source

o    Norse connection to salt and how it gives nourishment and life, and is linked to ICE. Here and Here

o    TWOIAF: The salty Dornishmen of the coasts, dark-haired and lithe and oliveskinned, have the queerest customs and the most Rhoynish blood.

  • Val, not Tormund, has already led about 3,000 free folk through the wall (they crossed the river), something other "stronger" men have not been able to do, which Jon noted.
    • Jon took a swallow of ale. "I sent her to find Tormund Giantsbane and bring him my offer."
    • ADWD/ Jon VIII: "I hope not. Jon was counting on that, trusting that Val could succeed where Black Jack Bulwer and his companions had failed."
      • For the reader record- ADWD/ Jon VII: [Jon] "He had even less trust in Melisandre."
    • ADWD/ Jon XI: "All true enough, but the wildling woman was so much more. She had proved that by finding Tormund where seasoned rangers of the Watch had failed. She may not be a princess, but she would make a worthy wife for any lord."
  • I have read other posters claim that Jon is not into Val anymore because of a tiff over Shireen and Greyscale. Well, that is not quite accurate because even after the tiff, Jon watches Val stride away. Not stomp away. He didn't turn his back to her as she left angrily. He watched her stride. This post on PG 2 explains futher, but here is a point or two:
    • Wildings have actual experience with Greyscale. Jon does not. He still knows nothing when it comes to this topic.
    • Val is warning him. As a Völva, part of their job is a seer, so she could have some premonition of what could be about to happen.
    • Also, George has said he is a romantic, but he knows romance is not all kisses and butterflies. He knows there are ups and downs and that is what makes it real. Interview source.
  • She is already a bargaining chip for the nobles in Westeros (which she refuses and Jon knows). Whoever gets Winterfell gets Val. They go together... like Val and Ghost, according to Jon.
    • Dance/Jon II: "Lonely and lovely and lethal, Jon Snow reflected, and I might have had her. Her, and Winterfell, and my lord father's name. Instead he had chosen a black cloak and a wall of ice. Instead he had chosen honor. A bastard's sort of honor."
      • Jon had to make a hard decision to continue to live as a bastard by forgoing Val, Winterfell and the Stark name. He made the "bastard" decision because he thinks he is a bastard... but Jon Snow still knows nothing at this point in the story.
    • Dance/Jon X: Florent's face grew flushed with anger. "So it is true. You mean to keep her for yourself, I see it now. The bastard wants his father's seat."

The bastard refused his father's seat. If the bastard had wanted Val, all he had to do was ask for her. "You must excuse me, ser," he said. "I need a breath of fresh air." It stinks in here. His head turned. "That was a horn." (... and then Val returns)

      • Note here: You know nothing Jon Snow! He is not a bastard but thinks he is. Robb's will could also legitimize Jon. When he finds out his real heritage and the fact that he is not a bastard, he can accept these things and undoing the "bastards honor" of nothing mentioned above. This is very much like how Gendry got upset with Arya back at the Peach because he feels too "low born" for her because she is a noble girl. Gendry knows nothing, too!
    • Dance/Jon I: "Good," King Stannis said, "for the surest way to seal a new alliance is with a marriage. I mean to wed my Lord of Winterfell to this wildling princess."

Perhaps Jon had ridden with the free folk too long; he could not help but laugh. "Your Grace," he said, "captive or no, if you think you can just give Val to me, I fear you have a deal to learn about wildling women. Whoever weds her had best be prepared to climb in her tower window and carry her off at swordpoint . . ."

·         This last line has some people suspecting that Ser Patrek tried to "steal" Val from her tower and Wun Wun, whom Jon set as Val's guard, was having none of it and that is why Wun Wun was upset and smashing Ser Patrek to pulp. There is a chance Wun Wun knows Jon stole Val and they are already bonded.

  • Val is already speaking George's real-life words, and Jon has agreed that he wants to resettle the gift with wildlings like Ned wanted to do. Taken from my post on PG 3:

 

George is no doubt writing a modern day tale that reflects his personal values. There are many common themes throughout all of his books, and valuing the underdog is one of them. Just look at his recent September 14 blog post that is a "Salute to Immigrants", where he says in the comments:

"The idea that the present wave of immigrants is somehow different from all previous waves of immigrants, and THESE people are "not like us" and will not assimilate... this is the myth that will not die. It has been applied to pretty much every group of immigrants ever to come to our shores. Assimilation does not take place overnight, no. It is sometimes the work of generations. But it does happen. I believe in the power of the melting pot."

  • ADWD/Jon V: Val had reminded him of that, on his last visit with her. "Free folk and kneelers are more alike than not, Jon Snow. Men are men and women women, no matter which side of the Wall we were born on. Good men and bad, heroes and villains, men of honor, liars, cravens, brutes … we have plenty, as do you."

[Jon} She was not wrong. The trick was telling one from the other, parting the sheep from the goats.

    • ADWD/Jon VIII: Septon Cellador made the sign of the star. Othell Yarwyck grunted. Bowen Marsh said, "Some might call this treason. These are wildlings. Savages, raiders, rapers, more beast than man."

"Tormund is none of those things," said Jon, "no more than Mance Rayder. But even if every word you said was true, they are still men, Bowen. Living men, human as you and me. Winter is coming, my lords, and when it does, we living men will need to stand together against the dead." *Ok, now for the real world junk.

The World of Ice and Fire - Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships

It is said that, amongst the Rhoynar who came to Dorne with Nymeria, eight of every ten were women...but a quarter of those were warriors, in the Rhoynish tradition, and even those who did not fight had been hardened during their travels and travails. As well, thousands who had been boys when fleeing the Rhoyne had grown into manhood and taken up the spear during their years of wandering. By joining with the newcomers, the Martells increased the size of their host by tenfold.

When Mors Martell took Nymeria to wife, hundreds of his knights, squires, and lords bannermen also wed Rhoynish women, and many of those who were already wed took them for their paramours. Thus were the two peoples united by blood. These unions enriched and strengthened House Martell and its Dornish allies. The Rhoynar brought considerable wealth with them; their artisans, metalworkers, and stonemasons brought skills far in advance of those achieved by their Westerosi counterparts, and their armorers were soon producing swords and spears and suits of scale and plate no Westerosi smith could hope to match. Even more crucially, it is said the Rhoynish water witches knew secret spells that made dry streams flow again and deserts bloom.

To celebrate these unions, and make certain her people could not again retreat to the sea, Nymeria burned the Rhoynish ships. "Our wanderings are at an end," she declared. "We have found a new home, and here we shall live and die."

 And, we need to remember that the World book in written with heavy Lannister leanings by a maester... *and maester's seem to be trying to rid the world of any magic, or at least downplay it in written history. And as Val says in Dance, "The maesters may believe what they wish. Ask a woods witch if you would know the truth."

 

  • The World of Ice and Fire - Dorne: The Coming of the Rhoynar

Suffice it to say that the wealth and the knowledge that the Rhoynar brought with them to Westeros, together with the ambition of Lord Mors and the indomitable will of Nymeria of the Rhoyne, enabled the Martells to greatly expand their power, as they defeated one lord and petty king after another, until at last they toppled even the Yronwoods and united all of Dorne...not as a kingdom, but as a principality, for Mors and Nymeria never named themselves as king and queen, preferring the titles prince and princess, after the fashion of the fallen citystates of the Rhoyne. Their descendants continued that tradition until the present day, even whilst defeating many a rival and proving themselves against the Storm Kings and the Kings of the Reach alike.

In the songs, Nymeria is said to have been a witch and a warrior; neither of these claims is true. Though she did not bear arms in battle, she led her soldiers on many battlefields, commanding them with cunning and skill. It was a wisdom she passed along to her heirs, who would themselves command the hosts when she grew too aged and infirm. And though none matched Nymeria's feat of sending six captive kings in golden fetters to the Wall, her heirs succeeded in keeping Dorne independent against the rival kings north of the mountains and keeping it whole against the rancorous, hottempered lords of mountain and desert whom they ruled.

House Martell has guided Dorne for seven hundred years, raising its great towers at Sunspear, seeing the shadow city and the Planky Town rise, and defeating all those who threatened its dominion.

 

  • The World of Ice and Fire - Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships

The battered, tattered remainder of the ten thousand ships sailed west with Princess Nymeria. This time she made for Westeros. After so much wandering, her ships were even less seaworthy than when they had first departed Mother Rhoyne. The fleet did not arrive in Dorne complete. Even now there are isolated pockets of Rhoynar on the Stepstones, claiming descent from those who were shipwrecked. Other ships, blown off course by storms, made for Lys or Tyrosh, giving themselves up to slavery in preference to a watery grave. The remaining ships made landfall on the coast of Dorne near the mouth of the river Greenblood, not far from the ancient sandstone walls of The Sandship, seat of House Martell.

Dry, desolate, and thinly peopled, Dorne at this time was a poor land where a score of quarrelsome lords and petty kings warred endlessly over every river, stream, well, and scrap of fertile land. Most of these Dornish lords viewed the Rhoynar as unwelcome interlopers, invaders with queer foreign ways and strange gods, who should be driven back into the sea whence they'd come. But Mors Martell, the Lord of the Sandship, saw in the newcomers an opportunity...and if the singers can be believed, his lordship also lost his heart to Nymeria, the fierce and beautiful warrior queen who had led her people across the world to keep them free. (as in free folk?)

 

My thoughts on the last underlined part:

"none matched Nymeria's feat of sending six captive kings in golden fetters to the Wall, her heirs succeeded in keeping Dorne independent against the rival kings north of the mountains and keeping it whole against the rancorous, hottempered lords of mountain and desert whom they ruled."

 

This to me sounds like the situation at Castle Black right now. Jon was stabbed and I am sure the chaos we glimpsed right before is only increasing after the mutiny. There are wildlings there 5 to 1 (as Jon notes) and if they see Val as some higher ranking voice of command, or if she takes command, then she could possibly could be the one to call order to the hot-tempered mutineers, queen's men, and Borroq (?). It could be a Val and someone combo. I don't think Val is that much of a omnipotent superhero and I certainly don't think prophecy and history repeats it self literally, just the broad strokes.

Other paths for other ladies

*Again, this is in no way shape or form a shipping thread, however, I know sometimes relationship talk overlaps with other info, so let's keep the discussion on the larger aspect at hand which is the safety of the humans and the political structure of Westeros after the Other's invasion. Trolls should be ignored as per the forum suggested method. Civil discussion and questions are always welcome, arguing is not. P.S. I am not a "hater".

1. Daenerys She undoubtedly fits many aspects because she and Jon are obvious parallels, but she is making different decisions in her similar experiences. Yet in total, Dany does not fit all aspects. George once sorta compared the attitudes of Daenerys to Nymeria, but he then said that Danaerys and Cersei are intended to be ruling parallels >here. However, the Dany-Nymeria comment was before ASOS, before the back history in the World book, and before he gave Dany the Meereenese Knot and other challenges and before Val was on page to make reference to in interviews. George also states that Dany has embraced the Targ words "fire and blood." What does that mean???? George also stated as recent as May 30, 2016 that when writing his books, "characters changed along the way." Apparently Dany spends alot of time with the Dothraki in TWOW. At Balticon 2016, George said he was, "making shit up" in the 91' outline, and this proves it here. Also, "the tale grew in the telling." GRRM had to be convinced to add dragons for gods sake. It now looks like Daenerys is more lined up with (f)Aegon (either with or against him) for a Dance of Dragons 2.0, rather than a Nymeria great migration. Dany has moved beyond migrating and is now ready to conquer. Danaerys could also, or instead, be the next Amethyst Empress... keeping in mind that history repeats, but with a twist.

  • It has already been shown that George does, in fact change his characters along the way. Dany is no exception and she is a major character. This great thread shows one major point.
  • Historical Nymeria did not take the title queen, but preferred princess. Daenerys makes it known she is a queen and has 9 titles that mean such, with three of them literally calling herself a queen.
    • From the World Book: "not as a kingdom, but as a principality, for Mors and Nymeria never named themselves as king and queen, preferring the titles prince and princess, after the fashion of the fallen citystates of the Rhoyne."
      • Note: Jon is most likely a prince who was born in the Prince's Pass in Dorne. We have the Jon-Prince connection.
        • "I can do more."

Why not? thought Jon. They are all convinced she is a princess. Val looked the part and rode as if she had been born on horseback. A warrior princess, he decided, not some willowy creature who sits up in a tower, brushing her hair and waiting for some knight to rescue her.

        • "You may not. This is no game. A river of blood runs between our peoples, old and deep and red. Stannis Baratheon is one of the few who favors admitting wildlings to the realm. I need his queen's support for what I've done."

Val's playful smile died. "You have my word, Lord Snow. I will be a proper wildling princess for your queen."

 

  • Daenerys is not even fighting disease as Nymeria did, or even fighting the pale mare in any similar way as Nymeria did. Val and Jon are (will be) and this post on page 2 shows why.
  • Note: I tend to think the word for mother, "mhysa", was derived from the Latin/Catholic term for "missa", which means mass... as in a composition setting several sung parts to prayer. Dany has a religious experience akin to Jesus:
    • "Mhysa!" they called. "Mhysa! MHYSA!" They were all smiling at her, reaching for her, kneeling before her. "Maela," some called her, while others cried "Aelalla" or "Qathei" or "Tato," but whatever the tongue it all meant the same thing. Mother. They are calling me Mother.

The chant grew, spread, swelled. They... to kiss her feet.

  • However, the great migration of Nymeria and her people was caused by a need to flee the Vayrians and their dragons. Dany is a Valyrian descended dragonlord coming with dragons.
    • "Legend tells us that Nymeria took ten thousand ships to sea, searching for a new home for her people beyond the long reach of Valyria and its dragonlords.
    • "The last of the great migrations into Westeros [Nymeria and her people] happened long after the coming of the First Men and the Andals. Once the Ghiscari wars had ended, the dragonlords of Valyria turned their gaze toward the west, where the growth of Valyrian power brought the Freehold and its colonies into conflict with the peoples of the Rhoyne.
    • "And the dragons came. Not three, as Prince Garin had faced at Volon Therys, but three hundred or more, if the tales that have come down to us can be believed. Against their fires, the Rhoynar could not stand. Tens of thousands burned whilst others rushed into the river, hoping that the embrace of Mother Rhoyne would offer them protection against dragonflame...only to drown in their mother's embrace.
  • Daenerys is embracing her inner dragon, her blood and fire, the Targaryen words. Well, the Rhoynish people (wildlings in our books now) were very leary of such magic.
    • The World of Ice and Fire - Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships

Art and music flourished in the cities of the Rhoyne, and it is said their people had their own magic—a water magic very different from the sorceries of Valyria, which were woven of blood and fire. Though united by blood and culture and the river that had given them birth, the Rhoynish cities were elsewise fiercely independent, each with its own prince...or princess, for amongst these river folk, women were regarded as the equals of men.

2. Arya does not fit all aspects. Now, I know Arya/Jon shippers would claim this Nymeria is Arya because her wolf is named Nymeria and so on, but I would disagree because you have to look at the entire image of this historical Nymeria. Besides, when in all of the 1.8 million words has GRRM been literal??? George actually speaks against it, "Prophecies are, you know, a double edge sword. You have to handle them very carefully; I mean, they can add depth and interest to a book, but you don’t want to be too literal or too easy." Source

  • I think Arya is more like this "Nymeria". Princess Aliandra Martell was head of House Nymeros, so leader of her pack, in addition to her wolf Nymeria leading her wolf pack.
    • Prince Qoren's daughter would be of a different mind. Princess Aliandra came young to her seat and thought herself a new Nymeria. A fiery young woman, she encouraged her lords and knights to prove themselves worthy of her favors by raiding in the marches, but also showed great favor to Lord Alyn Velaryon when his first great journey took him to Sunspear, and again when he returned from the Sunset Sea.
      • Alyn Velaryon, formerly known as Alyn of Hull and later known as the Oakenfist, was Lord of the Tides, Master of Driftmark and head of House Velaryon. Alyn was a legitimised bastard of dragonseed descent from Hull on the island of Driftmark. This sounds like a special bastard associated with watery storms we have already met .
      • THIS Nymeria also fits a character type like Wenda the White Fawn, who Arya also wants to be like: ASOS/ Arya XII: "...and she could ride with Gendry and be an outlaw, like Wenda the White Fawn in the songs."
      • Gendry would be Gendry Waters if given an acknowledged bastard surname, and his mother was a serving girl at an ale house, which is how Arya began her personal arc in a few locations and links to Arya's Valkyrie symbolism. Gendry was born in the Crownlands as a "Waters".
  • Historical Nymeria was from a distant land and brought people together that united them by blood, in this case marriage, not because they were related. Jon and Arya together would not unite different people, including those on any type of a migration, but would only keep the thinly populated north just as thinly populated without adding anything to it politically, defensively, genetically, or economically. The Stark household is not the only one whose Stark numbers are low. Every house in the north needs new blood married into it. Free Folk/First Men blood would be a welcome addition.
    • George is not using incest as romance, but instead it is a lesson of how "blood purity" is a ridiculous notion and can bring down a dynasty.
  • Historical Nymeria had a lot of sickness to deal with within her people. Arya does not as of yet and that is a key element to Nymeria's arc. In future book 6 of 7, Arya is still in Braavos doing FM training and possibly moving on to training with the Black Pearl. Arya still does not fit most of Nymeria's main points. There is no parallel to this training and historical Nymeria. "Mercy" chapter synopsis. A good SSRis here.
  • One thing I will add is that historical Nymeria is associated with rivers/water, as Arya is with waterdancing. Wolf Nymeria and Arya have unfinished business in the Riverlands and that is probably where Arya will reside, possibly as the head of Riverrun. That is the link between Arya, wolf Nymeria and historical Nymeria.
  • A Game of Thrones - Eddard V

"You," Ned said, kissing her lightly on the brow, "will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and princes and lords and, yes, perhaps even a High Septon."

Arya screwed up her face.

"No," she said, "that's Sansa." She folded up her right leg and resumed her balancing. Ned sighed and left her there.

Inside his chambers, he stripped off his sweat-stained silks and sluiced cold water over his head from the basin beside the bed. Alyn entered as he was drying his face. "My lord," he said, "Lord Baelish is without and begs audience."

·         Note: Arya is having a moment of clarity here and is correcting her father. We can deduce this because Ned is using these words as fatherly solace to his daughter, and Arya is doing her water dancing training... which is in preparation to her future training at detecting lies. Arya, like Bran, is already ahead of the training schedule.

o    Arya tells us twice in the story, "Look with your eyes, Syrio had said, listen with your ears."

·         In this scene, Ned is completely overwhelmed with the machinations and politicking of KL. Something he dreaded while back at Winterfell. Ned, a man of ice who stands naked at his window in frigid temperatures, is literally melting in the KL heat and not making rational decisions. Something which later gets him killed.

·         Ned was wrong about a prediction of his in the beginning of the story as well when Cat asked if Gared deserted the NW because of wildlings and Ned responds, "Who else?" Sometimes Ned assumes he knows the right answer, but never with any malicious intent. Also, this is consistent with how Cat describes Ned and his intuition in AGOT/Cat 1: "... she forced herself to smile at this man she loved, this man who put no faith in signs."

·         There is a chance that the speach Varys gives in the Dance epilogue about what makes a good leader also applies to Arya. Read it here.

 

3. Arianne does not fit all aspects because her motives are misguided. She cannot be the new Nymeria because, as with Arya, it is too literal. Arianne does not have the right method of thinking to be a new Nymeria. Arianne is thinking this is something owed to her because of birthright.

  • Historical Nymeria had a lot of sickness to deal with within her people. Arianne does not as of yet. She may deal with greyscale later because of Jon Con, but Arianne still does not fit most of Nymeria's main points.
  • A Feast for Crows - The Queenmaker

Arianne left them to their banter. Drey and Spotted Sylva were her dearest friends, aside from her cousin Tyene, and Garin had been teasing her since both of them were drinking from his mother's teats, but just now she was in no mood for japery. The sun was gone, and the sky was full of stars. So many. She leaned her back against a fluted pillar and wondered if her brother was looking at the same stars tonight, wherever he might be. Do you see the white one, Quentyn? That is Nymeria's star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships. She burned as bright as any man, and so shall I. You will not rob me of my birthright!

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Val and Jon and Free Folk/women equality

Equal rights for men and women. This is where I am sure some of Dany's ideals could overlap with Nymeria-Val and Jon. I tend to think that Jon will rule the north and Dany will rule the south past the neck. There will eventually be a peaceful understanding of each other lands, but they will be seperate... all of this after the war for dawn, of course.

*Slight crackpot alert, but I think Val is either Jason Mallister's daughter, or related to him somehow. Niece? If so, the implications could be huge! Read crackpot here.

  • Ser Davos Dayne was a knight of House Dayne and Sword of the Morning. He became the third husband of Nymeria, the Princess of Dorne, and gave her one son, who did not become Nymeria's successor, for the Dornish had come to adopt the Rhoynish custom of equal primogeniture.[1]
  • Also, Jon has already promoted Satin to a NW steward because he is quick to learn and good at his steward job, which many of the other southron NW men are opposed to because of his sexual past.
  • Also, Jon realizes that not all girls are the same and those girls who can fight will be allowed to do so. Jon assigns women to all sorts of "male" tasks.

From Dance: Down in the Seven Kingdoms boys of twelve were often pages or squires; many had been training at arms for years. Girls of twelve were children. These are wildlings, though. "As you will. Boys and girls as young as twelve. But only those who know how to obey an order.

  • Morna Whitemask is a warrior witch and Jon gave her Queensgate to settle. Morna also has this interaction with Jon in ADWD:
    • The warrior witch Morna removed her weirwood mask just long enough to kiss [Jon's] gloved hand and swear to be his man or his woman, whichever he preferred.

 

We all know Val was "married" on some level to Jarl and Ygritte teaches us about wilding marriage (stealing) and makes it clear that in the end the woman decides if she wants the man and she can leave him. And in wildling culture, woman can be warriors and are taught how to use weapons and skills. In keeping with the spirit of free folk independence, women are welcome to take up arms and fight alongside men. Such women are called spearwives, and are known to be every bit as ferocious as their male counterparts. This just made me tilt sideways for a second: equal primogeniture. If that doesn't sound like a Nymeria/wildling influence, then feed me to a kraken.

  • Mance refers to Jarl as Val's "pet,", read here. Jarl disagrees. We know that the Norse Völva occasionally had "pets" that were men, and those men ususally did not last long and sometimes got a "watery" grave, Jarl was killed by the wall- the big giant water wall; was ultimately given as a sacrifice to the trees: ASOS/Jon IV: The Wall defends itself, Jon thought as he pulled Ygritte back to her feet. They found Jarl in a tree, impaled upon a splintered branch...
    • Men who practiced sorcery or magic were not received with the same respect but killed like animals and tortured to death because they were dealing with a practice that was held to be in the domain of women.[11][29] This offense was considered ergi "unmanliness, sexually perverse". The Saga of Eric the Red relates that Ragnvaldr Rettilbein, one of Harald Fairhair's sons by the Sami woman Snæfrid was a seiðmaðr.[11][29]
    • In Lokasenna, Loki taunts Odin for having practiced magic on Samsø, something which was considered ergi.<<< So here we have some reference to Odin (Jon) practicing with a Völva (Val), and also reflects that Jon will make equal primogeniture choices no matter what other "tricksters" say to him. YES! Go Jon! It's your re-birthday!!!
  • Sidenote: Jarl is the Anglo-Saxon word for Earl, and in way back olden days it was a title that means "chieftain", or, a chieftain set to rule a territory in the king's stead. So Val is already a high-ranking woman in wilding culture.
  • It has been noted that the wall is Jon's, and the wall killed Jarl (as Jon tells Val), therefore, Jon killed Jarl by proxy and then went on to steal Val with his sword and claim her when Stannis rode in to sack the wildlings at the wall.

 

No smooth sailing for Nymeria or Jon and Val

 Nymeria even had a negative opposition from another religious type that cost some lives of her people. While Daenerys seems fairly atheist (great!), Jon mentions he doesn't care who worships what, but he is of the old gods himself. 

  • The World of Ice and Fire - Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships

For the next three years the Rhoynar wandered the southern seas, seeking a new home. On Naath, the Isle of Butterflies, the peaceful people gave them welcome, but the god that protects that strange land began to strike down the newcomers by the score with a nameless mortal illness, driving them back to their ships. In the Summer Isles, they settled on an uninhabited rock off the eastern shore of Walano, which soon became known as the Isle of Women, but its thin stony soil yielded little food, and many starved. When the sails were raised again, some of the Rhoynar abandoned Nymeria to follow a priestess named Druselka, who claimed to have heard Mother Rhoyne calling her children home...but when Druselka and her followers returned to their old cities, they found their enemies waiting, and most were soon hunted down, slain, or enslaved.

The battered, tattered remainder of the ten thousand ships sailed west with Princess Nymeria.... The remaining ships made landfall on the coast of Dorne near the mouth of the river Greenblood, not far from the ancient sandstone walls of The Sandship, seat of House Martell.

·         Val has never trusted Melisandre, and while some people at Castle Black do take the R'hollor challenge, many convert back. In the meantime Val says this:

[Jon] "Why let it happen if she knew?"

[Val] "Because it suited her. Fire is a fickle thing. No one knows which way a flame will go."

·         We also get this scene:

o    The queen's men took up the cry, beating the butts of their spears against their shields. "One realm, one god, one king! STANNIS! STANNIS! ONE REALM, ONE GOD, ONE KING!"

Val did not join the chant, he saw. Nor did the brothers of the Night's Watch.

  • For the reader record- ADWD/ Jon VII: [Jon] "He had even less trust in Melisandre."
  • The poster Jon's Queen Consort found an amazing link to the Rhoynar and Dorne and what is happening at the wall military-wise that includes Stannis and his men against the wildlings, as we saw before, There is even a person to person comparison. The post on PG 3 can be found here.

 

Nymeria's ships are a euphemism for the wildlings of now. This sounds very much like the wildings, and even Stannis's men, who decided to convert to R'hllor because of Melisandre, which turns out to be a bad idea (Rattleshirt, the mutiny) and many re-convert back to the seven or old gods. I have a post a few down that possibly links this to Patchface as well. Bowen Marsh is clearly a main antagonist in this battle as well. Additionally, this is also a parallel to Mother Mole and the way she mis-guided a few thousand wildlings and got them stuck in Hardhome where they are resorting to cannibalism and some have now been captured as slaves.

  • A Dance with Dragons - Jon III

"Once the free folk are settled in the Gift, they will become part of the realm," Jon pointed out. "These are desperate days, and like to grow more desperate. We have seen the face of our real foe, a dead white face with bright blue eyes. The free folk have seen that face as well. Stannis is not wrong in this. We must make common cause with the wildlings."

"Common cause against a common foe, I could agree with that," said Bowen Marsh, "but that does not mean we should allow tens of thousands of half-starved savages through the Wall. Let them return to their villages and fight the Others there, whilst we seal the gates. It will not be difficult, Othell tells me. We need only fill the tunnels with chunks of stone and pour water through the murder holes. The Wall does the rest. The cold, the weight … in a moon's turn, it will be as if no gate had ever been. Any foe would need to hack his way through."

    • Marsh refers to the wildling numbers as "tens of thousands", which we know is only about four-thousand with both waves. Another Nymeria connection.
  • A Dance with Dragons - Jon XIII

[Mel] "Borroq is the least of your concerns. This ranging …"

[Jon] "A word from you might have swayed the queen."

[Mel] "Selyse has the right of this, Lord Snow. Let them die. You cannot save them. Your ships are lost—"

[Jon] "Six remain. More than half the fleet."

[Mel] "Your ships are lost. All of them. Not a man shall return. I have seen that in my fires."

    • Here we have Melisandre encouraging Jon to abandon his mission to save the wildlings, even bringing Selyse and her own religion in as an arguing point. We also see another reference to the water theme and ships when Mel tells Jon his ships are lost. There is double meaning in those words. One is the literal ships that are going to save those at Hardhome, but in general as we have seen, it is the term for the wildlings used so far in the Nymeria parallels.
    •  

 

Opposition comes to everyone

There were even rival houses much like what we have on page now.

  • Before Nymeria came, the Kings of Yronwood were the most powerful house in all of Dorne—far greater than the Martells of the time. They ruled half of Dorne—a fact that, to this day, the Yronwoods let no one forget. In the centuries after House Martell rose to the rule of Dorne, the Yronwoods have been the house likeliest to rebel, and have done so several times. Even after Prince Maron Martell united Dorne with the Iron Throne, this habit remained. Lords of Yronwood rode for the black dragon in no less than three of the five Blackfyre Rebellions.

 

This sounds very much like Bolton .vs. Stark clues, remembering that history repeats itself but changes a little bit each time. And think back to what we have going on in the north now. Bolton .vs. Stark and there are already wildlings that are aiding the Stark cause.

And we have a possible case of Melisandre possibly, maybe even contributing the mutiny stabbing part herself. The men at the mutiny were acting very strange by holding their hands up and exclaiming, "it wasn't me," and Marsh with his tears. Mel has already used a glamour, or spell, to try and trick Jon into trusting her by casting a spell on Ghost to make him come to her. But it only fooled Jon for a half a minute because he saw right through it.

  • Melisandre and Selyse together is Jon's version of the perfumed seneschal that readers are told to beware. This post here in another thread describes how. The two are a pair of stinky stewards!
  • ADWD/ Jon III: "She won't let our gods be," argued Toad. "She calls the Seven false gods, m'lord. The old gods too. She made the wildlings burn weirwood branches. You saw."
    • Meria Martell, mentioned above as Val repeats her words, is called the Toad of Dorne.
  • ADWD/ Jon VI- Ch 28: In the shadow of the Wall, the direwolf brushed up against his fingers. For half a heartbeat the night came alive with a thousand smells, and Jon Snow heard the crackle of the crust breaking on a patch of old snow. Someone was behind him, he realized suddenly. Someone who smelled warm as a summer day.

When he turned he saw Ygritte.

...Surprise made him recoil from her. "Lady Melisandre." He took a step backwards. "I mistook you for someone else." At night all robes are grey. Yet suddenly hers were red. He did not understand how he could have taken her for Ygritte.

..."Ghost." Melisandre made the word a song. (song, as in spell like MMD says)

...The direwolf padded toward her. Wary, he stalked about her in a circle, sniffing. When she held out her hand he smelled that too

... At her throat, her ruby gleamed, a third eye glowing brighter than the others.

  • ADWD/ AryaII: "Mummers change their faces with artifice," the kindly man was saying, "and sorcerers use glamors, weaving light and shadow and desire to make illusions that trick the eye. These arts you shall learn, but what we do here goes deeper. Wise men can see through artifice, and glamors dissolve before sharp eyes,
  • ADWD/Mel- Ch31: The carved chest that she had brought across the narrow sea was more than three-quarters empty now. And while Melisandre had the knowledge to make more powders, she lacked many rare ingredients. My spells should suffice. She was stronger at the Wall, stronger even than in Asshai. Her every word and gesture was more potent, and she could do things that she had never done before. Such shadows as I bring forth here will be terrible, and no creature of the dark will stand before them. With such sorceries at her command, she should soon have no more need of the feeble tricks of alchemists and pyromancers.
    • ASOS/ Davos III: "With a smile and swirl of scarlet skirts, she was gone. Only her scent lingered after."

 

History repeating is a thing. I say again, history repeating is a thing.

It seems that GRRM is using the idea of time repeating itself in a way we know it now. He is giving past examples of people and events as clues to what is going on in the current story. And here are a few more good pieces by someone other than me that is telling it like it is.

 

  • We even have the main-man-with-a-plan, Bloodraven , associating the timelines with rivers and we have seen the comparisons between the Rhoyne and the Milkwater in this post.
    • A Dance with Dragons - Bran III

...Time is different for a tree than for a man. Sun and soil and water, these are the things a weirwood understands, not days and years and centuries. For men, time is a river. We are trapped in its flow, hurtling from past to present, always in the same direction. ...
 

  • Archmaester Brude, who was born and raised in the shadow city that huddles beneath the crumbling walls of Sunspear, once famously observed that Dorne has more in common with the distant North than either does with the realms that lie between them. "One is hot and one is cold, yet these ancient kingdoms of sand and snow are set apart from the rest of Westeros by history, culture, and tradition. Both are thinly peopled, compared to the lands betwixt. Both cling stubbornly to their own laws and their own traditions. Neither was ever truly conquered by the dragons. The King in the North accepted Aegon Targaryen as his overlord peaceably, whilst Dorne resisted the might of the Targaryens valiantly for almost two hundred years, before finally submitting to the Iron Throne through marriage. Dornishmen and Northmen alike are derided as savages by the ignorant of the five 'civilized' kingdoms, and celebrated for their valor by those who have crossed swords with them."

 

Even the actual Wall is involved

George has stated that Hadrian's Wall is the inspiration for the ASOIAF Wall. They share an amazing amount of similarities, including who "owns" it, why it was built, and how Jon and Val are connected to it. Page 5 post for more.

A common theme in the Nymeria history is the connection to water and the ocean, rivers and waves. This sounds like The Wall to me...

·         WoIF: "It was said the Mother Rhoyne herself whispered to her children of every threat, that the Rhoynar princes wielded strange, uncanny powers, that Rhoynish women fought as fiercely as Rhoynish men, and that their cities were protected by "watery walls" that would rise to drown any foe."

  • WoIF: "By and large a peaceful people, the Rhoynar could be formidable when roused to wroth, as many a would-be Andal conqueror learned to his sorrow. The Rhoynish warrior with his silver-scaled armor, fish-head helm, tall spear, and turtle-shell shield was esteemed and feared by all those who faced him in battle.
    • Remember in ASOS the huge turtleshell the Wildling were building to use in the attack at Castle Black? Yup, we have that Nymeria connection here: "The turtle had a rounded top and eight huge wheels, and under the hides was a stout wooden frame. When the wildlings had begun knocking it together, Satin thought they were building a ship. Not far wrong."
    • I tend to think Jon is a representation of the horned turtle-god, the Old Man of the River. George chose a turtle as his own personal sigil, and he says ASOIAF started with turtles!
  • Dance/Jon 3: "The Wall itself turned red and pink and orange, as waves of color danced across the ice. Is this the power of king's blood?"
  • Clash/Jon 3: "When the wind blew, it drove the water right into their eyes. The Wall would be flowing off to the south, the melting ice mingling with warm rain to wash down in sheets and rivers."
  • Clash/Jon 4: "When the wind blew, he could hear the creak and groan of branches older than he was. A thousand leaves fluttered, and for a moment the forest seemed a deep green sea, storm-tossed and heaving, eternal and unknowable.

Ghost was not like to be alone down there, he thought. Anything could be moving under that sea, creeping toward the ringfort through the dark of the wood, concealed beneath those trees. Anything. How would they ever know? He stood there for a long time, until the sun vanished behind the saw-toothed mountains and darkness began to creep through the forest."

  • Storm/Jon 8: "North of the Wall was a sea of darkness that seemed to stretch forever. Jon could make out the faint red glimmer of distant fires moving through the wood. It was Mance, certain as sunrise."
  • Dance/Jon 11: "The crow, the crow," Patchface cried when he saw Jon. "Under the sea the crows are white as snow, I know, I know, oh, oh, oh."
  • BONUS! Game-Cat II: Of all the rooms in Winterfell's Great Keep, Catelyn's bedchambers were the hottest. She seldom had to light a fire. The castle had been built over natural hot springs, and the scalding waters rushed through its walls and chambers like blood through a man's body, driving the chill from the stone halls, filling the glass gardens with a moist warmth, keeping the earth from freezing. Open pools smoked day and night in a dozen small courtyards. That was a little thing, in summer; in winter, it was the difference between life and death.
  • This sounds very much like the wildlings themselves. World book: For many centuries the Rhoynar lived in peace. Though many a savage people dwelt in the hills and forests around Mother Rhoyne, all knew better than to molest the river folk. And the Rhoynar themselves showed little interest in expansion; the river was their home, their mother, and their god, and few of them wished to dwell beyond the sound of her eternal song.

 

As are the stars in the sky... and apparently milk

We already know that there are two celestial bodies that are linked to Jon, the Thief, which was linked to him when he "stole" Ygritte and Val who is Jon's Moonmaid, and the Ice Dragon. Well, Nymeria has her own little bit of the stars as well and it is described as a "milky band" (the Milkwater in the north) and the ten thousand ships (the wildlings following her). And remember, We learn in a Jaime chapter, "Faith is like porridge. Better with milk and honey."

  • The Thief, or the Red Wanderer, is associated with The Smith... and guess where Jon has taken up residence at Castle Black...

·         A Dance with Dragons - Jon I

Outside his bedchamber a flight of steps descended to a larger room furnished with a scarred pinewood table and a dozen oak-and-leather chairs. With Stannis in the King's Tower and the Lord Commander's Tower burned to a shell, Jon had established himself in Donal Noye's modest rooms behind the armory. In time, no doubt, he would need larger quarters, but for the moment these would serve whilst he accustomed himself to command.

·         A Dance with Dragons - Jon III

"… would be a fine thing on the Wall." Jon put aside his wine cup and drew on his black moleskin gloves. "A pity that the sword that Stannis wields is cold. I'll be curious to see how his Lightbringer behaves in battle. Thank you for the wine. Ghost, with me." Jon Snow raised the hood of his cloak and pulled at the door. The white wolf followed him back into the night.

The armory was dark and silent. Jon nodded to the guards before making his way past the silent racks of spears to his rooms. He hung his sword belt from a peg beside the door and his cloak from another.

 

  • Val is Jon's second moon-maid after Ygritte. In the tales, the first moon dies when it gets too close to the sun= Ygritte is kissed by fire. The second moon, that cracks like an egg (ultra feminine) will kiss the sun and dragons will return. This is Val helping to heal Jon after the mutiny stabbing and Jon will know his heritage. Jon= Sun, Val= second moon.
    • Silvery-wet hair tumbled across her eyes as Dany turned her head, curious. "The moon?"

"He told me the moon was an egg, Khaleesi," the Lysene girl said. "Once there were two moons in the sky, but one wandered too close to the sun and cracked from the heat. A thousand thousand dragons poured forth, and drank the fire of the sun. That is why dragons breathe flame. One day the other moon will kiss the sun too, and then it will crack and the dragons will return."

The two Dothraki girls giggled and laughed. "You are foolish strawhead slave," Irri said. "Moon is no egg. Moon is god, woman wife of sun. It is known."

  • Val kissed him lightly on the cheek. "You have my thanks, Lord Snow. For the half-blind horse, the salt cod, the free air. For hope."
  • The light of the half-moon turned Val's honey-blond hair a pale silver and left her cheeks as white as snow. She took a deep breath. "The air tastes sweet."
  • "You have my word, Lord Snow. I will return, with Tormund or without him." Val glanced at the sky. The moon was but half-full. "Look for me on the first day of the full moon."
  • "Good." Val wheeled the garron toward the north. "The first night of the full moon, then." Jon watched her ride away wondering if he would ever see her face again. I am no southron lady, he could hear her say, but a woman of the free folk.
  • Ironically, it was Bowen Marsh that says this in Jon/Dance 3: "in a moon's turn, it will be as if no gate had ever been.", which is what Jon is trying to achieve for the wildlings
  • To me, this next part is both extremely romatic with Jon holding his breath waiting for Val to return to him, but also possible foreshadowing for Val healing Jon after the mutiny stabbing. ADWD/ JON X: "Two blasts," said Mully.

Black brothers, northmen, free folk, Thenns, queen's men, all of them fell quiet, listening. Five heartbeats passed. Ten. Twenty. Then Owen the Oaf tittered, and Jon Snow could breathe again. "Two blasts," he announced. "Wildlings." Val.

  • A Storm of Swords - Jon III

He found Ghost atop the hill, as he thought he might. The white wolf never howled, yet something drew him to the heights all the same, and he would squat there on his hindquarters, hot breath rising in a white mist as his red eyes drank the stars.>>> So here we have a drank/liquid/river connection again, and red eyes of the old gods (to which Jon has already associated Val), and then the white breath misting in the air.

    • A Dance with Dragons - Jon VIII

"He may not heed your words, but he will hear them." Val kissed him lightly on the cheek. "You have my thanks, Lord Snow. For the half-blind horse, the salt cod, the free air. For hope."

Their breath mingled, a white mist in the air. Jon Snow drew back and said, "The only thanks I want is—"

"—Tormund Giantsbane. Aye." Val pulled up the hood of her bearskin. The brown pelt was well salted with grey. "Before I go, one question. Did you kill Jarl, my lord?"

  • A Feast for Crows - The Queenmaker

[Arianne] ...Do you see the white one, Quentyn? That is Nymeria's star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships. ...

    • "You won't," Jon blurted.

It was as if he whacked a wasps' nest with a stick. One of the queen's men laughed, one spat, one muttered a curse, and the rest all tried to talk at once. "The boy has milkwater in his veins," said Ser Godry the Giantslayer. And Lord Sweet huffed, "The craven sees an outlaw behind every blade of grass."

 

Ok, I know this speculation is going on too long already, and I have more!!!! , but I want to give others a chance to jump and and join the discussion. I want to know how you think this will affect the future of Westeros, among other things.

I will edit to add more to the OP as new info appears. Thank you all for reading this long ass post

 

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Always updating for one easy to read source! ;)

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Once again congratulations FL, easily one of my favorite threads for 2016.  I think that is one of the most elaborated and best analyzed threads I have read for a long time here. With no prejudice, unbiased and willing to not only think outside of the box but also willing to understand the parallels when other people chose to close their eyes because they dislike the characters involved in it.

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On 7/29/2016 at 1:14 PM, Jon's Queen Consort said:

Once again congratulations FL, easily one of my favorite threads for 2016.  I think that is one of the most elaborated and best analyzed threads I have read for a long time here. With no prejudice, unbiased and willing to not only think outside of the box but also willing to understand the parallels when other people chose to close their eyes because they dislike the characters involved in it.

Thanks. I wish I could say I wrote the story, but nope, it was already there just waiting to be dug up. No bias here, just book information and even an a more closely related option for Arya. When Arya was at Acorn Hall wearing that pink dress she actually like the dress but became embarrassed and shy around Gendry because he complimented her. So Arya won't be a queen, like she told her father because that is not her, but she will be a leader of her own pack.

A Storm of Swords - Arya IV

"Riverrun." Gendry put the hammer down and looked at her. "You look different now. Like a proper little girl."
"I look like an oak tree, with all these stupid acorns."
"Nice, though. A nice oak tree." He stepped closer, and sniffed at her. "You even smell nice for a change."
"You don't. You stink." Arya shoved him back against the anvil and made to run, but Gendry caught her arm. She stuck a foot between his legs and tripped him, but he yanked her down with him, and they rolled across the floor of the smithy. He was very strong, but she was quicker. Every time he tried to hold her still she wriggled free and punched him. Gendry only laughed at the blows, which made her mad. He finally caught both her wrists in one hand and started to tickle her with the other, so Arya slammed her knee between his legs, and wrenched free. Both of them were covered in dirt, and one sleeve was torn on her stupid acorn dress. "I bet I don't look so nice now," she shouted.
 
...and then a little later...

A Storm of Swords - Arya IV

It was even worse than before; Lady Smallwood insisted that Arya take another bath, and cut and comb her hair besides; the dress she put her in this time was sort of lilac-colored, and decorated with little baby pearls. The only good thing about it was that it was so delicate that no one could expect her to ride in it. So the next morning as they broke their fast, Lady Smallwood gave her breeches, belt, and tunic to wear, and a brown doeskin jerkin dotted with iron studs. "They were my son's things," she said. "He died when he was seven."
"I'm sorry, my lady." Arya suddenly felt bad for her, and ashamed. "I'm sorry I tore the acorn dress too. It was pretty."
"Yes, child. And so are you. Be brave."
 

Like I mentioned in the OP, I don't think Val can or will do all of this alone just as Nymeria did, but she will be side by side with Jon (times and situation are very different), and I think the idea of equal primogeniture will play a huge part that actually sticks to the "old way" that the maester's are trying to extinguish, and may be part of the reason that the Others are coming and that magic is dying. The way Leaf describes it, it sounds like Westeros is sick and getting sicker.

*There is a small crackpot idea that sprang from these findings. Prepare yourself. I am wondering if once the north is reestablished after the Other's come sweeping through and Jon is armed with more knowledge, I wonder if Jon will see the problems the south has caused for the north and Jon will deal northern justice (he is ice, maybe swinging a new Ice) and cut the country off at the neck?

  • The World of Ice and Fire - Dorne: The Breaking

    The children fought back as best they could, but the First Men were larger and stronger. Riding their horses, clad and armed in bronze, the First Men overwhelmed the elder race wherever they met, for the weapons of the children were made of bone and wood and dragonglass. Finally, driven by desperation, the little people turned to sorcery and beseeched their greenseers to stem the tide of these invaders.
    And so they did, gathering in their hundreds (some say on the Isle of Faces), and calling on their old gods with song and prayer and grisly sacrifice (a thousand captive men were fed to the weirwood, one version of the tale goes, whilst another claims the children used the blood of their own young). And the old gods stirred, and giants awoke in the earth, and all of Westeros shook and trembled. Great cracks appeared in the earth, and hills and mountains collapsed and were swallowed up. And then the seas came rushing in, and the Arm of Dorne was broken and shattered by the force of the water, until only a few bare rocky islands remained above the waves. The Summer Sea joined the narrow sea, and the bridge between Essos and Westeros vanished for all time.
    Or so the legend says.
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So Arya's direwolf Nymeria, named after the "old witch queen in the songs" is actually GRRM foreshadowing Val. Oh, I see. 

 

"So Arya won't be a queen, like she told her father because that is not her, but she will be a leader of her own pack."

When just before you said, "Besides, when in all of the 1.8 million words has GRRM been literal???"

Very selective. 

Queen Nymeria, of which Arya named her direwolf, has a story that will not be literal to Arya's own. Which is kinda hilarious considering Arya's story arc is still in its infancy and you and I have no idea how it will unravel until the books come out. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, DutchArya said:

So Arya's direwolf Nymeria, named after the "old witch queen in the songs" is actually GRRM foreshadowing Val. Oh, I see. 

 

"So Arya won't be a queen, like she told her father because that is not her, but she will be a leader of her own pack."

When just before you said, "Besides, when in all of the 1.8 million words has GRRM been literal???"

Very selective. 

Queen Nymeria, of which Arya named her direwolf, has a story that will not be literal to Arya's own. Which is kinda hilarious considering Arya's story arc is still in its infancy and you and I have no idea how it will unravel until the books come out. 

 

 

Remember, George himself told fans that important characters were going to be introduced in the second "act" of the series. We are in, almost out, of the second act and the main characters are pretty well established. They have more to do, yes, but they have done the bulk of their learning so far and just now use what they know and act upon it. Arya's arc is not in infancy. That is quite silly to say seeing that there are only two books left and Jon was already stabbed and Dany will be mounting up soon to head toward Westeros. Arya's arc is not lagging behind that far.

Arya will not be a literal queen, but she will rule her own pack as I have described twice in this thread alone and several, several others have described in other threads. For instance, Elisabetha Duo gave you a nicely detailed response at to why and there was no public negative response from you then. It's funny how you can be civil with them, but when it comes to an alternative viewpoint like mine, you become very aggressive. Please don't do that.

Now, I ask that you please not derail the thread any longer. If you have something to add to the northern situation and/or history, please do so and add some book and/or George information to show your case.

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12 hours ago, The Fattest Leech said:

So Arya won't be a queen, like she told her father because that is not her, but she will be a leader of her own pack.

Jut nitpicking but Ned didn't told Arya that she will be a Queen. He told her that she will marry a King. IMNSHO it's totally different. 

12 hours ago, The Fattest Leech said:

Like I mentioned in the OP, I don't think Val can or will do all of this alone just as Nymeria did, but she will be side by side with Jon (times and situation are very different), and I think the idea of equal primogeniture will play a huge part that actually sticks to the "old way" that the maester's are trying to extinguish, and may be part of the reason that the Others are coming and that magic is dying. The way Leaf describes it, it sounds like Westeros is sick and getting sicker.

Except from the six Kings with their golden chains, which could happen after a fashion, I don't see why Val can't do all of those things.

 

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1 minute ago, Jon's Queen Consort said:

Jut nitpicking but Ned didn't told Arya that she will be a Queen. He told her that she will marry a King. IMNSHO it's totally different. 

Except from the six King with their golden chains, which could happen after a fashion, I don't see why Val can't do all of those things.

 

Damn quoter is broken :angry:

Anyway, nitpick away if I goofed something up. Basically what I was trying to show is it is Arya herself that is somehow proclaiming what she feels, that she won't marry a king.

  • A Game of Thrones - Eddard V

"You," Ned said, kissing her lightly on the brow, "will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and princes and lords and, yes, perhaps even a High Septon."
Arya screwed up her face. "No," she said, "that's Sansa." She folded up her right leg and resumed her balancing. Ned sighed and left her there.
 
I would love it if a woman was able to do all of these things. I think it will be a team effort this time around with Val as commander over a large portion. I am sure Morna and Tormund will assist as well, those two were already given the castles on either side of Castle Black (for now). There has to be a reason for why George is placing these people where they are in the story right now, just when JOn needs them the most.

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45 minutes ago, The Fattest Leech said:

Anyway, nitpick away if I goofed something up. Basically what I was trying to show is it is Arya herself that is somehow proclaiming what she feels, that she won't marry a king.

It wasn't about you actually. I have seen way too many times the "Arya will be the Queen because Ned said so.” Which is practically wrong since Ned told that she will marry a King and not that she will be the Queen.

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8 minutes ago, Jon's Queen Consort said:

It wasn't about you actually. I have seen way too many times the "Arya will be the Queen because Ned said so.” Which is practically wrong since Ned told that she will marry a King and not that she will be the Queen.

Yup! :thumbsup:

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Some other Val is ASOIAF’s Nymeria parallels, I am not sure if that is the word, I found;

Val like Nymeria and her people were driven away from their land and their homes by an extremity which is an enemy of the humanity to a land who is ravaged by a war about who will become the new King, a war that seems to be mostly between the two archenemies (Yronwoods-Martells &Boltons-Starks). Also it should be noted that Nymeria was named Warrior Queen but she wasn’t an actual warrior and she came from a culture known about its warrior women. A nice point is about how similar are the Dornishmen and the Northmen.

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 “One is hot and one is cold, yet these ancient kingdoms of sand and snow are set apart from the rest of Westeros by history, culture, and tradition. Both are thinly peopled, compared to the lands betwixt. Both cling stubbornly to their own laws, their own gods, their own traditions. Neither was ever truly conquered by the dragons. The King in the North accepted Aegon Targaryen as his overlord peaceably, whilst Dorne resisted the might of the Targaryens valiantly for almost two hundred years, before finally submitting to the Iron Throne through marriage. Dornishmen and Northmen alike are derided as savages by the ignorant of the five ‘civilized’ kingdoms, and celebrated for their valor by those who have crossed swords with them.”

 

 

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4 hours ago, Jon's Queen Consort said:

Some other Val is ASOIAF’s Nymeria parallels, I am not sure if that is the word, I found;

Val like Nymeria and her people were driven away from their land and their homes by an extremity which is an enemy of the humanity to a land who is ravaged by a war about who will become the new King, a war that seems to be mostly between the two archenemies (Yronwoods-Martells &Boltons-Starks). Also it should be noted that Nymeria was named Warrior Queen but she wasn’t an actual warrior and she came from a culture known about its warrior women. A nice point is about how similar are the Dornishmen and the Northmen.

 

This is the way it reads to me as well, the enemy of humanity. We are at a peak point in the story right now and while the Others are the greatest threat to humanity (as we know them now), but it is also the humans themselves that are an enemy to other humans.


I just found this great quote by George that explains a little to what is going on right now in his world. We have people like Janos and Marsh and Yarwyck, Selyse and company that think the wildlings are the enemy, when in fact, they may be the ones to actually help humanity survive. They will now be very loyal to Jon on top of the knowledge they have about the Other's and wights, which is something they can teach to the southroners. The knowledge the wildlings will teach hearkens back to the Nymeria history as well.

"I've always been attracted by gray characters," says Martin. "I don't see Orcs and I don't see angels. The hero is the villain on the other side."

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2011-07-11-dance-with-dragons_n.htm

It is Val that goes into the woods and leads the wildlings out of the haunted forest to the wall for safety. She is actually the one out first, with Ghost, with her retinue following behind her. I think many will remember this very telling passage from Dance:

  • A Dance with Dragons - Jon XI

From above came the sudden sound of wings. Mormont's raven flapped from a limb of an old oak to perch upon Jon's saddle. "Corn," it cried. "Corn, corn, corn."
"Did you follow me as well?" Jon reached to shoo the bird away but ended up stroking its feathers. The raven cocked its eye at him. "Snow," it muttered, bobbing its head knowingly. Then Ghost emerged from between two trees, with Val beside him.
They look as though they belong together. Val was clad all in white; white woolen breeches tucked into high boots of bleached white leather, white bearskin cloak pinned at the shoulder with a carved weirwood face, white tunic with bone fastenings. Her breath was white as well … but her eyes were blue, her long braid the color of dark honey, her cheeks flushed red from the cold. It had been a long while since Jon Snow had seen a sight so lovely.
  • A Dance with Dragons - Jon III

Val stood on the platform as still as if she had been carved of salt. She will not weep nor look away. Jon wondered what Ygritte would have done in her place. The women are the strong ones.

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The reason why things matter to us, the reader, now is because so much of it is ingrained in Planetos history. It is a way to excite the reader when they see all the clues coming together. Heck, even Tyrion and Roderick the Reader know about history repeating itself. The BIG DIFFERENCE has to be with the current group of characters learning and knowing about the mistakes of the past and doing better the second time around.

  • A Storm of Swords - Tyrion X

[Oberyn] "It was. Even you can see that, surely?"
"Oh, surely." It all goes back and back, Tyrion thought, to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance on in our steads. "Well, Prince Rhaegar married Elia of Dorne, not Cersei Lannister of Casterly Rock. So it would seem your mother won that tilt."
  • A Feast for Crows - The Kraken's Daughter

    [Asha} "You must lend me Haereg's book, Nuncle." She would need to learn all she could of kingsmoots before she reached Old Wyk.
    "You may read it here. It is old and fragile." He studied her, frowning. "Archmaester Rigney once wrote that history is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again, he said. I think of that whenever I contemplate the Crow's Eye. Euron Greyjoy sounds queerly like Urron Greyiron to these old ears. I shall not go to Old Wyk. Nor should you."
So what other history is poised to repeat itself at this point in the stories?
  1. Dance of Dragons 2.0
  2. Long Night 2.0
  3. Aegon/Targaryen invasion 2.0
  4. The Rat Cook 2.0
  5. Massive ecological devastation like the CotF and Dorne 2.0
  6. Spring Sickness 2.0 = Grey Scale, or the worse, Grey Plague
    1. This is probably why Val is telling Jon that Shireen should be given the gift of mercy and killed. Val could see what is to come and she wants to prevent this disease from spreading.

And funny enough, it is in Storm (the same book that introduces Val and Dalla) that we have one of our resident history buffs, Tyrion, settled down with a book about a certain Rhoynish history and he seemed to read for a while on the topic.

  • A Storm of Swords - Tyrion II

Varys bowed. "It shall be as my lord commands."
The rest of the day seemed to creep by as slow as a worm in molasses. Tyrion climbed to the castle library and tried to distract himself with Beldecar's History of the Rhoynish Wars, but he could hardly see the elephants for imagining Shae's smile. Come the afternoon, he put the book aside and called for a bath. He scrubbed himself until the water grew cool, and then had Pod even out his whiskers. His beard was a trial to him; a tangle of yellow, white, and black hairs, patchy and coarse, it was seldom less than unsightly, but it did serve to conceal some of his face, and that was all to the good.
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Just updated and added the Dany info above. :cheers:

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Just updated with the Arianne info above, including this:

We already know that there are two celestial bodies that are linked to Jon, the Thief, which was linked to him when he "stole" Ygritte and Val who is Jon's Moonmaid, and the Ice Dragon. The Thief, or the Red Wanderer, is associated with The Smith... and guess where Jon has taken up residence at Castle Black...
  • A Dance with Dragons - Jon I

    Outside his bedchamber a flight of steps descended to a larger room furnished with a scarred pinewood table and a dozen oak-and-leather chairs. With Stannis in the King's Tower and the Lord Commander's Tower burned to a shell, Jon had established himself in Donal Noye's modest rooms behind the armory. In time, no doubt, he would need larger quarters, but for the moment these would serve whilst he accustomed himself to command.
  • A Dance with Dragons - Jon III

    "… would be a fine thing on the Wall." Jon put aside his wine cup and drew on his black moleskin gloves. "A pity that the sword that Stannis wields is cold. I'll be curious to see how his Lightbringer behaves in battle. Thank you for the wine. Ghost, with me." Jon Snow raised the hood of his cloak and pulled at the door. The white wolf followed him back into the night.
    The armory was dark and silent. Jon nodded to the guards before making his way past the silent racks of spears to his rooms. He hung his sword belt from a peg beside the door and his cloak from another.
 
Well, Nymeria has her own little bit of the stars as well and it is described as a "milky band" (the Milkwater in the north) and the ten thousand ships (the wildlings following her).
  • A Feast for Crows - The Queenmaker

    [Arianne] ...Do you see the white one, Quentyn? That is Nymeria's star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships. ...
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And I have not forgotten about Patchface. See how Jon describes the land north of the wall while he is just left the Fist of the First Men and just before he discovers the wildlings:

  • A Clash of Kings - Jon IV

Closer at hand, it was the trees that ruled. To south and east the wood went on as far as Jon could see, a vast tangle of root and limb painted in a thousand shades of green, with here and there a patch of red where a weirwood shouldered through the pines and sentinels, or a blush of yellow where some broadleafs had begun to turn. When the wind blew, he could hear the creak and groan of branches older than he was. A thousand leaves fluttered, and for a moment the forest seemed a deep green sea, storm-tossed and heaving, eternal and unknowable.
Ghost was not like to be alone down there, he thought. Anything could be moving under that sea, creeping toward the ringfort through the dark of the wood, concealed beneath those trees. Anything. How would they ever know? He stood there for a long time, until the sun vanished behind the saw-toothed mountains and darkness began to creep through the forest.
Under the sea the old fish eat the young fish. Up here the young fish teach the old fish.[1]

- Patchface to Davos Seaworth

 

In the dark the dead are dancing. I know, I know, oh oh oh.[6]

- Patchface at Castle Black

 

Under the sea the mermen feast on starfish soup, and all the serving men are crabs.[7]

- Patchface at Castle Black

So, we have Patchface talking about fish eating fish, and "under the sea" which is most likely "north of the wall". Also, we have the possible Jojen paste issue, the fact that Bran and friends ate the "pork" NW men provided by Coldhands, and the fact that Bran and friends at the elk which he called his friend, this from Nymeria's story in the World book:

  • Even to splash in the river was to court death, for the Zamoyos was infested with schools of carnivorous fish, and tiny worms that laid their eggs in the flesh of swimmers.
  • A Storm of Swords - Jon V

    "Swimming? In the storm?" She laughed at the notion. "Is this a trick t' get the clothes off me, Jon Snow?"
    "Do I need a trick for that now?" he teased. "Or is that you can't swim a stroke?" Jon was a strong swimmer himself, having learned the art as a boy in Winterfell's great moat.
    Ygritte punched his arm. "You know nothing, Jon Snow. I'm half a fish, I'll have you know."

Could Patchface be talking about this??? Myrmen, not mermen. Starfish soup = Melisandre. Serving Men = Stannis' or Selyse's men in their armour?

This could also lead back to the fact that the Thenns are considered more advanced by wildling standards.

  • The World of Ice and Fire - The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh

    The origins of Myr are murkier. The Myrmen are believed by certain maesters to be akin to the Rhoynar, as many of them share the same olive skin and dark hair as the river people, but this supposed link is likely spurious. There are certain signs that a city stood where Myr now stands even during the Dawn Age and the Long Night, raised by some ancient, vanished people, but the Myr we know was founded by a group of Valyrian merchant adventurers on the site of a walled Andal town whose inhabitants they butchered or enslaved. Trade has been the life of Myr ever since, and Myrish ships have plied the waters of the narrow sea for centuries. The artisans of Myr, many of slave birth, are also greatly renowned; Myrish lace and Myrish tapestries are said to be worth their weight in gold and spice, and Myrish lenses have no equal in all the world.
  • The Thenns are savage fighters, but because of their belief in the Magnar as their god they are absolutely obedient and more disciplined than other free folk. They are often better equipped than most free folk, with bronze helms, axes of bronze and a few of chipped stone, short stabbing spears with leaf-shaped heads, shirts sewn with bronze discs, and plain unadorned shields of black boiled leather with bronze rims and bosses.
  • Back to Nymeria and the Rhoynar in Dorne compared to the northern alliances now. Check out the comparison between the Martells sigil and the new Alys Karstark/Magnar House Thenn sigil.
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Added carnivorous fish reference

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Hey now. I just found a great connection to a red wolf and the Rhoyne. I added this info to the main post.

There were red wolves in the Rhoyne. This could easily be a sigil for Jon to use... a red wolf on black in place of a red dragon on black. Personally, I think Jon will use a weirwood face as an official sigil because of his many, many references to Ghost, Val and him being of the old gods. We do get a brief description showing that there were red wolves in the Rhoyne. From ADWD, Tyrion III: "Griff's cloak was made from the hide and head of a red wolf of the Rhoyne."

ADDING: also just found this out. A Red Wolf is a HYBRID between a grey wolf and a coyote (a dragon will do). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_wolf

and we all know that George is very invested in the protection of wolves, right? https://www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org/westeros_pack.php

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More with Patchface, my favorite jingler, this time with turtles and crabs:

We see the parallel use of the turtle theme with the Rhoynar and the Wildlings at the wall. Well, we also have the Old Man of the RIver, who happens to be a giant turtle that fought the Crab King.

The Old Man of the River is a lesser god of the Rhoynar. He is the son of Mother Rhoyne, and his form is that of a giant turtle. According to Rhoynar beliefs, the Old Man of the River fought the Crab King for dominion of all life below the flowing water.[1]

The giant turtles of the Rhoyne, the Old Men of the River, are named after him.[2]

So Patchface says:

Under the sea the mermen feast on starfish soup, and all the serving men are crabs.[7]

- Patchface at Castle Black

and I posted upthread one or two back that:

  • The World of Ice and Fire - The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh

The origins of Myr are murkier. The Myrmen are believed by certain maesters to be akin to the Rhoynar,
  • A Storm of Swords - Jon V

    "Swimming? In the storm?" She laughed at the notion. "Is this a trick t' get the clothes off me, Jon Snow?"
    "Do I need a trick for that now?" he teased. "Or is that you can't swim a stroke?" Jon was a strong swimmer himself, having learned the art as a boy in Winterfell's great moat.
    Ygritte punched his arm. "You know nothing, Jon Snow. I'm half a fish, I'll have you know."
 
In summary, the mermen (myrmen) are the wildlings that are fighting the Crab King (Stannis's men in armor) for life below the flowing water (the wall). I think the starfish in the soup is Melisandre and or Selyse. I think the new fish from the previous riddle is Val/Morna, while the old fish is definitely Mel in terms of magic. My theory on this>>> I think Mel will mess something up real bad (burn Shireen?) and whatever is left of Stannis and Selyse's men will reconvert back to their own religion and kill Melisandre for using Shireen without Stannis' permission. This was also mentioned in the Nymeria story above using Druselka.
Also about the watery wall and under the sea and mermaids. From the World book:
The Grey King (Jon) ruled the sea itself (North) and took a mermaid to wife (stole Val), so his sons and daughters might live above the waves or beneath them (the north or the far north) as they chose.
 
and before you say the wall is ice and not flowing, get a load of these:
  • A Game of Thrones - Jon IX

    "Why? Why? Why?" the raven called.
    "All I know is that the blood of the First Men flows in the veins of the Starks. The First Men built the Wall, and it's said they remember things otherwise forgotten. And that beast of yours … he led us to the wights, warned you of the dead man on the steps. Ser Jaremy would doubtless call that happenstance, yet Ser Jaremy is dead and I'm not." Lord Mormont stabbed a chunk of ham with the point of his dagger. "I think you were meant to be here, and I want you and that wolf of yours with us when we go beyond the Wall."
  • A Game of Thrones - Jon VI

     The day was warm and sunny. Rivulets of water trickled down the sides of the Wall, so the ice seemed to sparkle and shine.
  • A Clash of Kings - Jon III

    A blowing rain lashed at Jon's face as he spurred his horse across the swollen stream. Beside him, Lord Commander Mormont gave the hood of his cloak a tug, muttering curses on the weather. His raven sat on his shoulder, feathers ruffled, as soaked and grumpy as the Old Bear himself. A gust of wind sent wet leaves flapping round them like a flock of dead birds. The haunted forest, Jon thought ruefully. The drowned forest, more like it.
    He hoped Sam was holding up, back down the column. He was not a good rider even in fair weather, and six days of rain had made the ground treacherous, all soft mud and hidden rocks. When the wind blew, it drove the water right into their eyes. The Wall would be flowing off to the south, the melting ice mingling with warm rain to wash down in sheets and rivers.
     
 
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Great posts!  I haven't yet gotten to Val entering the story on my second read, but I'll be watching for all this.  ^_^

It just got me thinking when you talked about Jon cutting off the independent territory of the North at the Neck.  The North would still have potential relationships to their immediate south.  As you mentioned Arya possibly being a leader of her own pack and possibly located around the Riverlands or Riverrun, but also Sansa is now in connection with the Vale and the whole possible Vale lords conspiring to bring down Littlefinger and there is suspicion they know who Alayne really is.  The knights of the Vale have yet to be touched by the wars and will likely be an important addition to turn the tide.  Plus the Rhoyces have ties to the Starks and First Men in the past through marriage.  Also, I read a post where Sansa has been connected to bats (sigil of House Whent) through Catelyn's mother, Whent's being the former lords of Harrenhal.  Harrenhal belonging now to Littlefinger, her "father."  Sansa was described as a "wolf with bat wings" after fleeing the purple wedding.  There's a whole post detailing the Whent / Harrenhal / bat connection that describes it way better than I can.  Harrenhal is the original seat of kings and may be again later.  Northern culture may spread to almost half the realm in the end.   

Also with Arya marrying a king... maybe not a literal king, but someone with king's blood.  I'll just leave it at that :P

 

     

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All I can say is that I simply love your analysis which becames better and better in every post. I am not good enough to help or even comment with something useful, so all I can do is :bowdown:

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