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  1. Blackfyre Bastard

    Targaryen Kings and their Historical Counterparts

    I know GRRM modeled ASoIaF after English medieval history, but I can't seem to chase off the idea that there's a hint of the Carlist Wars in the Blackfyre Rebellions.
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    Awful translations from aSoIaF

    OMG! I read this correctly in my first try!!! I'm feeling very proficient at the moment.
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    Origin of Red Hair?

    I tend to think that is a trait present since the First Men, given that the Freefolk present it (albeit very rarely,) but also present and maybe a little more prevalent in the Andals. Instances of red hair are present all over Westeros: from the Redwynes to the Tullys (and therefore the Stark children), to the Dornish Marches (Anguy and Beric Dondarrion) to the Iron Islands; but the fact that the Free Folk consider it "lucky" and a beautyfing trait is a signal of its scarcity beyond the Wall.
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    Who is your favorite villain and why?

    Man, it's gonna be tough when we meet the Others and they start whining about grievances 8000 years past...
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Since we're on the topic of pronunciation of names, I'd like some suggestion to the pronunciation of "Chella" Ch as in German or Scottish "loch" [x]? Or Ch as in church, Chicago [tʃ]?
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    Who is your favorite villain and why?

    I don't know if villain, but as antagonist of the main story I like Daemon Blackfyre (big surprise, huh?). Many people saw him as a worthy alternative for a liege, galvanizing the resentment toward the current king into the most dangerous threat to the Targaryens until Robert. In that line of thinking, then my favorite villain would be Bloodraven. He's the reason the Blackfyre Rebellions weren't successful and he's been pulling strings of the people in Westeros for the last 100+ years, making him IMHO the central character of ASoIaF.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    All of them TY. What's the point of etymology, then?
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Don't sweat it. Some of those in the list are probably still wrong. GRRM has acknowledged (probably tongue in cheek, but still) that he's not authoritative regarding pronunciation because of his Jersey accent and I wouldn't count the show as canon (although it probably has popularized and standardized many of the names). Regarding the audiobooks, GRRM has said that they consulted him on the harder names, but got the easy ones wrong! (e.g. "Damfair") I for one refuse to accept Tyrion's pronunciation as ['tɪəɹiən] TEER-ee-ən; having the particle "Ty" in his name, I think it should be pronounced as Tywin ['taɪwɪn] TY-win, hence: ['taɪɹiən] TY- ree-ən (similar to Tyrone but with the stress on the first syllable). But that's me.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    IIRC, there are tourneys in the North, just that there are no tilts (jousting), since there's few knights (because of religion); however northern tourneys are mostly melee.
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    Bran's vision of Jon in Bran III, GoT

    Yeah, mine too. For years I pictured it at daytime, because the description of the colors of blood and ser Patrek's cloak are very vivid. I only got this detail until a very recent re-read.
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    Bran's vision of Jon in Bran III, GoT

    Sorry to intrude, but it is indeed night at the moment of the Ides of Marsh. Earlier in the chapter, GRRM had already warned us to set our minds to picture the stabbing at night. After delivering the "Bastard" letter, Clydas is dismissed by Jon:
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    Bran's vision of Jon in Bran III, GoT

    Because he's (LF) preparing a war for them all. They're his pawns in the game of thrones. Don't know, honestly I know it better graphically represents unGregor; but up until ADwD, Gregor has had a secondary role at best: he's been Tywin's tool for war, always following orders. I guess it remains to be seen what the rest of the series holds for him. I'm just relaying an alternate theory, which I think has its own merits.
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    Bran's vision of Jon in Bran III, GoT

    The sigil of House Baelish is the Titan of Braavos's head, which is a giant made of stone. We know that in Westeros, people represent or identify themselves with their sigils and think of them as lions, dragons, roses, etc. True that LF doesn't actively identify himself with his family sigil; he hides behind a mockingbird (i.e. he mocks everybody else with this change), but he's a giant still.
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    Errors in the WOIAF

    I find that there are many dates left ambiguous or unsaid so the reader must fill in the blanks. If the wording would have been something like: "In the year 114 BC, twelve years before the Doom of Valyria, Aenar Targaryen sold his holdings in the Freehold and...", then there would be no ambiguity and we'd have a solid date to which build chronology upon. I just had an argument about the length of time spanned between Braavos's founding and its reveal. On one hand, many people interpret the wording of "Its very existence had been a secret for a century, the girl had learned; its location had been hidden thrice that long." to mean that the location was revealed two centuries after the existence was revealed. On the other hand, I always took it to mean that it was three centuries instead. That, if we only take into consideration that the quote is from AFfC (Cat of the Canals). If we take the World book into consideration there's still more contradiction. The World book states that the Unmasking of Uthero occurred on the 111th festival of the city's founding, further explaining that when the city paid reparations "[t]he dragonlords proved to have little interest in the descendants of slaves who had escaped a century before", which makes it unequivocal that the founding occurred a century before the Unmasking. ETA For the record, I can get both meanings (the Doom being in 102 BC or 114 BC) alternately, depending on how I read the passage.
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    Bran's vision of Jon in Bran III, GoT

    I agree that Bran sees Jon "live". He also sees Robb training "with real steel in his hand", which is something mentioned in Catelyn's previous chapter. He sees Ned pleading with king Robert, in all certainly about Joffrey's incident and Lady's death, etc. I think the storm represents the War of the 5 Kings, which Cat precipitated, but was manufactured by LF when he manipulated her; that's why the storm looms ahead of Cat. This interpretation would make LF the giant standing over the shadows that travel along the king's retinue: "There were shadows all around them. One shadow was dark as ash, with the terrible face of a hound [the Hound]. Another was armored like the sun, golden and beautiful [Jaime]. Over them both loomed a giant in armor made of stone, but when he opened his visor, there was nothing inside but darkness and thick black blood [Littlefinger]." Bran takes a look at the heart of winter. What he sees there is so frightening he starts to cry, forgetting all his idea of "being almost a man grown". There must be something terrible. I dare say is the origin of the Others and their motive for making an appearance after so long. Bran also sees the dead bodies of other seers that never learned to fly as the crow commanded them. He sees "[The jagged blue-white spires of ice] flew up at him like spears. He saw the bones of a thousand other dreamers impaled upon their points. He was desperately afraid." I had never paid much attention to this line, but the other day I was reading (somewhere in this forum, sorry I can't remember) that Euron was probably one of this dreamers that didn't make the cut to become Bloodraven's protégé.