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  1. Jak Scaletongue

    [Spoilers] EP707 Discussion

    Technically, in the patriarchal feudal society that is Westeros, Lyanna's permission is irrelevant. Rhaegar took Lyanna without Rickard's permission (as far as we've been told in the books). That's all that matters - regardless of Lyanna's feelings, whether she went willingly or not, without Rickard's permission it IS, legally, technically, kidnapping and rape should he choose to pursue it as such. Which he did.
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    Wow, I never noticed that v.15

    I'm only going to quote one of the short one, cause it's not terribly important! I was always under the impression that cyclone/typhoon/hurricane was a large matter of language (and the attempt to Anglicize unfamiliar words). Cyclone was coined by an Englishman in India using Latinized Greek (hence the "c"'s instead of "k"'s; see below) to describe a specific storm he witnessed. Hurricane was originally Spanish "huracan" from an Arawak word to describe the storms in the Caribbean. And Typhoon is a little more complicated! Typhon was a Greek god but he was more about "whirlwinds" in general not simply just the storms, but it was the Portuguese who brought the term to Europe to describe the storms in the East Indies but it's suspected that the Portuguese were influenced by the word "tufan," and variants from Arabic, Persian and Hindi and likely learned the word from Arabic sailors. Though there's also a Cantonese word "tai fung" may also have influenced the word; though whether it directly influenced the English, the Portuguese, the Arabic, or the Hindi word is unclear or unknown. For your perusal from the Online Etymology Dictionary http://etymonline.com/index.php Sorry. Language fascinates me, and the borrowing and bastardizing of foreign words is always fun!
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    Project: Featured Article

    You're awesome!
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Thank you! I figured there had to be one somewhere but Google had failed me! I knew the forums wouldn't! Much appreciated!
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Has anyone ever created a handy-dandy list of all the characters still alive at the end of ADWD? With or without including the "presumed dead but really alive" and the "was dead but isn't anymore"? It's more out of sheer curiosity than any actual purpose, but I thought I'd see what the fandom had come up with before I started the long process of making my own list! Thank you!
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    Atlas of Ice and Fire

    Thank you! This is excellent! I have duly informed my boss as to why I won't be getting any work done today! If he can figure his way onto here, you may get a nasty message! LOL! But really, thanks! I love maps and all that goes with it!
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    It just struck me as interesting how many ways one can read the word "Last" and all the different interpretations a single word has.
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    So, your comment about the "Last Greenseer" seeming a bit sinister to you (a page or two back) made me want to look up the definition of "Last" (cause I'm weird like that!). Here's what I found: last adjective: last 1. coming after all others in time or order; final. ex: "they caught the last bus" ex: "the last woman in line" 2. most recent in time; latest. ex: "last year" ex: "their last album" 3. only remaining. ex: "it's our last hope" adverb: last 1. on the last occasion before the present; previously. ex: "he looked much older than when I'd last seen him" 2. after all others in order or sequence. ex: "the two last-mentioned classes" 3. (especially in enumerating points) finally; in conclusion. ex: "and last, I'd like to thank you all for coming" noun: last 1. the last person or thing; the one occurring, mentioned, or acting after all others. ex: "the last of their guests had gone" ex: "they drank the last of the wine" So, I think the adjective is what we're looking at (please correct me if I'm wrong - I can spell, but my grammar is crap!). It seems most people assume "Last Greenseer" is implying the 3rd definition under adjective (ex: "only remaining" Greenseer). But it's absolutely possible that the 2nd definition is applicable also/instead ( ex: "most recent in time" Greenseer). The noun definition is applicable too (ex: "the one occurring" Greenseer or "the only Greenseer still acting"). But if someone who actually knows their grammar would go over this and take a look that'd be great! LOL!
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    Dwarfism: A Targaryen Trait?

    Dwarfism can be caused by more than 300 distinct medical conditions Dwarfism can result from myriad medical conditions, each with its own separate symptoms and causes. Extreme shortness in humans with proportional body parts usually has a hormonal cause, such as growth-hormone deficiency most often does happen in families where both parents are of average height. In fact, 4 out of 5 of children with achondroplasia are born to average-size parents. Achondroplasia can be inherited from a parent, but in most cases, the mutation in the gene happens at random. Most people with achondroplasia have normal-sized parents. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/dwarfism.html http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/az-achondroplasia.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarfism Having quoted all that - I'll admit to being "on the fence" about the whole Tyrion Targ thing BUT it is important to note that most cases of dwarfism are the result of a genetic mutation while in the womb. Penny's dad could pass it on to his kids, because he *had* the mutated gene being a dwarf himself. Neither Tywin, Aerys or Joanna were dwarves (as far as we know) so regardless of who Tyrion's daddy is, it can not be passed to him simply because none of them had the mutated gene to pass on. It's not a recessive gene, it's a complete mutation of the gene while the fetus is growing - much like Down's Syndrome*, it all comes down to random chance. While GRRM may not have had access to Wikipedia while writing, I'm quite confident the man has opened an encyclopedia a few times in his life. I am just as likely to have a child with dwarfism as anyone else (I'm short, but I do not meet the requirement of shorter than 4'10"!). An adult with dwarfism is more likely than me to have a child with dwarfism, because they are passing on the mutated gene. But you and I have equal chances of having a child with dwarfism (assuming you are an adult taller than 4'10"). (*now, Down Syndrome is an extra chromosome rather than a mutation, but the "random chance" part of it is where the similarity lies. You can't determine who will produce a child with Down Syndrome and you can't determine who will produce a child with dwarfism. It's a complete roll of the dice - you don't know what's going to come up til baby comes out! Unless you can afford genetic screening...) TL;DR - dwarfism isn't recessive. It's a genetic mutation that occurs in the womb. Only a person with dwarfism can "pass it on" to their children, and even that's not guaranteed (two dwarves can have a child of average height - the likelihood is 50/50 for a pair of dwarf parents). Since neither Aerys, Tywin or Joanna were dwarves, none of them could pass the mutated gene on to Tyrion. Since both options for his father were not dwarves themselves, Tyrion's dwarfism was a genetic mutation that occured while he was still in utero.
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    I remember that commercial!
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    I only pressed the button once, I swear!
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    @LiveFirstDieLater He does say "and GRRM" - it's probably in an SSM somewhere. (Might wanna find it when you have some time @Snowisnobastard) But I wouldn't trust the wiki page too much further than HBO. But HBO is NOT who you wanna reference when trying to make a point. My internet's going wonky - maybe I'll be back, maybe I won't!
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    But crows and ravens aren't the same type of bird. They share a genus, but they're different species. It's like saying dogs and wolves are the same. They share a genus, too, but they're very different species. Crow and Raven are as interchangeable as Dog and Wolf (which is to say, not interchangeable). [Apparently, even dogs and wolves are more closely associated - they not only share Genus:Canis but also Species:Lupus, it's in the Subspecies that they get separated. A dog (Canis Lupus Familiaris) is a subspecies of Canis Lupus (wolves). There are other subspecies of wolves as well, but all dogs are CLF then separated by breeds. Crows and Ravens are all under the Genus:Corvus then separated into species (ie: Corvus brachyrhynchos is the American Crow and Corvus corax is the Common Raven. Mostly from wikipedia. But here's a good site too: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Crow_vs_Raven] Brynden Rivers is both Bloodraven and, formerly, a Black Crow. And I suppose, even with the technical loss of an eye the "third" eye is more symbolic of seeing things that others can't, and not an actual count of functional eyes (symbolic or otherwise). But he just sounds so confused when Bran mentions the three-eyed crow, and assumes Bran's talking of his Night's Watch days..... This is one of those arguments where I'm not really sure what I think! I'm neither for nor against! Just hanging out on my fence and waiting for more info!
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    I didn't even think of tying dragons in - but yeah, that's a good analogy. I don't think a dragon has ever had two riders at once, either. It even seems, in some cases, that there's a gap between one rider dying and another rider being accepted - but that just might be the few I picked to look up (Vermithor, Silverwing and Balerion - but Maegor seemed to be waiting for Balerion, so maybe he started "bonding" early while not being allowed by Balerion to ride). Both Vermithor and Sliverwing weren't ridden again until the Dance of the Dragons and people got desperate! So either those two refused all other riders, or the available riders didn't want those two (why not? Vermithor was nearly as big as Vhagar and Balerion). I'm rambling - I'm gonna stop now!
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    I got the impression (and I know everyone gets their own impressions while reading, I'm just saying what mine were not that yours are wrong) that the wolves not being shared part had more to do with the minds of the wolves than the "rules" Haggon laid down. He used the "mate for life" analogy - which is a wolf instinct/nature rather than a "rule" the wolves made, so it gave me the impression that the "for life" part of warging wolves was the nature of the wolves themselves, rather than simply a human "rule." IF it is the nature of the wolves to only share their skin with one person at a time, then I don't see how BR could be warging the Stark's wolves. Wolves can be coerced into swapping loyalties (as Varamyr proved), but even then it was at the expense of Haggon's life (or at least, Haggon's sanity). But with the whole Varamyr/Haggon incident, I got the impression that it's more about the nature of the wolves than any human rules.
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