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    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.
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    Puns and Wordplay

    Eyrie / eerie The seat of House Arryn is a desolate castle located at the top of a mountain surrounded only by air and the peak of the mountain from where Alyssa's Tears drop towards, but never reach, the ground below (i.e. there's sadness even in the sunniest and warmest day). The first impression we get of the Eyrie is Catelyn's POV. She notices something anomalous about it: While imprisoned, Tyrion gives us his impression of the sadistic nature of the builders of the Eyrie, regarding the lack of walls in the cells And of course, the culmination of this aversion to heights and the threat of a gruesome death by falling is the Moon Door. Remember Sweetrobin's favorite phrase: "Make him fly". Later, Sansa as Aleyne gives us a more insightful view of the Eyrie. Still, it is depicted as desolate and the isolation that emerges from it Even when well-lit with sunshine, the castle seems strangely eerie
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    I'm trying to wrap my head around this. If existence and location were revealed, how they didn't occur? TWoIaF mentions that Uthero "invite[d] men of all nations to celebrate the 111th festival of the city's founding." How could the location be kept a secret if you have a bunch of people from all over the world traveling to your city to celebrate a festival? In the same paragraph we're told that the Valyrians showed "little interest in the descendants of slaves escaped a century before," so it's clear that Yandel puts the reveal of existence and location at the same time. Yes, I know it's a matter of interpretation. I start from the premise that if the existence of something is unknown, then the information regarding the location cannot be counted as concurrently. Let's say a sporting goods store opens by your house and you never knew about it. It has functioned for two years without you noticing it. Then, for some reason you need to buy a football (or darts or whatever) and you start to inquire and someone tells you of the existence of this store but refuse to tell you the location. Let's say you come up with the location after two weeks of trying to find it. Would you say that the location was kept a secret to you for two years or two weeks? If you never knew about the existence, then you wouldn't be bothered about not knowing the location.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    I'm a little confused as to the diverging versions of the Uncloaking of Uthero and the total number of years that the city's location was a secret. TWoIaF says that the revealing of the existence and the location of Braavos were done at the same time, 111 years after the founding, but AFfC (Cat of the Canals) tells that the existence was a secret for a century (111 years, fair enough) and the location was a secret "thrice that long", which to me suggests that the location was a secret for another 300 years after the revealing of its existence, not 200, so the total time between founding and reveal of the location would be ~400 years (not 300). I mean, if you are not aware of the existence, then you couldn't possible worry about finding the location. Is only after learning about the existence of the city that someone would be actively searching for it and the citizens of Braavos purposefully trying to keep the city undisclosed, so the location was a secret "thrice that long" AFTER news broke about the existence of the city. Earlier this year on the thread about mistakes and contradictions I said, half joking and half serious, that the figure of 111 years in TWoIaF was probably a typo and it should be 411. I'm sorry if my reading comprehension is flawed and "thrice that long" doesn't mean "add another 300 extra years from this date" but rather "300 years in total since the date of the founding," but to me that's what makes sense and I believe the date should be pushed back another century.
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    Puns and Wordplay

    Bread in the broader sense of food and nourishment could be at issue also. Don't forget that Pod is usually described as undernourished: too thin and short for his age. He looks (and behaves) very much a child compared to Sansa who is of an age with him. Pod was sentenced to death for sharing food belonging to Tywin with other soldiers, but his name saved him (Payne / paine / bread)
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Dontos told her to escape during the bedding, when all attention would be focused elsewhere. I'd never considered it, but in the end, I think it was pure luck that she didn't stay with her husband not 10-15 minutes, but 3-5 minutes. That's how narrow her window was and she took it (inadvertedly) right on cue.
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    Kings in the North vs. Kings of Winter

    My first thought was that the clear hole in your theory was, as Curled Finger pointed out, that the First Men had bronze weapons. But then I thought that you don't need to reconsider; if the iron swords have rusted away but not the bronze ones, then you still have like 5000 odd years worth of vengeful Kings of Winter's souls (how many are those, like 300?) roaming around. The lower levels of the crypts might have collapsed for some more pedestrian reason (i.e. the structure couldn't support anymore the upper levels that were added later) but if the bronze swords of the earlier Kings of Winter still exist then their souls might still be bonded to them swords. I seem to remember a (tinfoily) theory that paired the Valyrians, which are Fire, to the Others, which are Ice. And if the Valyrians prized the incestuous unions to keep pure their dragonriding blood, wouldn't the Others seek children born from incest to make them Others in turn? I know is crackpot and I have little to support the theory, but here you can find some symmetry, and explain Craster's actions (he calls himself a "pious" man) and the Others' apparent recent comeback. I swear I'd burn my books if this happens.
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    Mistakes/Contradictions in the books?

    He wore Lannister colors when he had dinner at Darry on his way to Riverrun (AFfC)
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    Mistakes/Contradictions in the books?

    I haven't had my printed copy at hand for a while but I've been reading a digital copy which so far hasn't "shamed itself", so I trust it when I spotted this error. When Jon Snow treats with Tycho Nestoris, Jon mentions that some members of the NW should have passed through Braavos and Nestoris offers to inquire after them when he returns: This time of year. Someone forgot that the year and the seasons don't run concurrently in Planetos and the time of year doesn't have much significance when it's the seasons that change the weather and seasons can last for years on end. And is strange that they let this pass since only a few lines earlier, the same characters have this exchange:
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    Puns and Wordplay

    After I wrote my previous post, it occurred to me that the anagram of KOTN (King of the North) would be "knot."
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    Puns and Wordplay

    Just read your thread about portals and seams and it reminded me that whenever I see the acronym KITN I always read "knit". I know that is a coincidence, but then again why call him the "King IN the North" when logic (and grammar, I guess) dictate that it should be the "King OF the North"?
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