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    Well I'm on this forum, so what do you think?

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  1. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Dragon bone is better. Granted weirwood isn't mentioned explicitly, but the phrases in bold would seem to indicate that dragonbone is still superior.
  2. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Primarily it's shape: it looks distinctively like it may have been formed by a shield volcano at that location. If you look at this picture of Banks peninsula in New Zealand, it's clear that the two share an uncanny resemblance. Then you also have, as I mentioned above, the basalt used in the construction of Moat Cailin, which doesn't seem to have any other plausible local source.
  3. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    To present a different interpretation, the basalt could have been easily mined nearby for both locations: the Three Sisters are almost certainly volcanic islands and there is some evidence to suggest that the Cape of Eagles is volcanic as well.
  4. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    I think it might be because the natural resources north of the Wall are too scarce to support large scale civilisation such as a feudal society (except in certain locations, such as Thenn and Hardhome), and so instead a region sparsely populated by lots of independent small fixed settlements and nomadic tribes developed.
  5. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Possibly, although as Tucu said above the Kingsguards' motivations and plans are far from clear. This is also quite likely: you don't want to be fighting with a woman giving birth to your prince in the room.
  6. Maester of Valyria

    Mistakes/Contradictions in the books?

    Football is actually a fairly old sport, dating from at least medieval times (albeit with very different rules, and the use of the actual word 'football' is possibly anachronistic). As for 'squirted', you may be correct in that GRRM meant 'skirted' but it could also be a way to illustrate how fast Arya was moving. I think both words would be valid.
  7. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    They may have been waiting for Lyanna to give birth before moving on: it would hardly be practical to escape with a woman in labour to protect.
  8. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    You're on the forum, so you're going to need to amass a huge amount of knowledge in order to contribute to many discussions. Read the main series at least twice, The World of Ice and Fire three times, and don't forget the Dunk & Egg and Dance of Dragons prequels! And Study the Known World map until you know it inside-out.
  9. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Sounds annoying. Glad that's all cleared up now: I didn't mean anything offensive.
  10. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    The above posters have pointed out to me that you were probably inquiring with regards to a different topic. If this is indeed the case then I apologise for my confusion.
  11. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Ah, that would make more sense! Although some people are funny like that...
  12. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    I know this, but the original used (or meant to use) the phrase 'I find a thread inappropriate', which points to an issue other than length.
  13. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    While of course you have the right to report this topic, I confess that I don't see the reason. Whether Bran would be able to father children or not is a legitimate question with far-reaching consequences for the future books. As such it warrants tasteful and mature discussion, which seems to be the overwhelming type of contribution to this thread.
  14. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    It seems to be implied that Bran will be incapable of fathering children: "No," Ned said. He saw no use in lying to her. "Yet someday he may be the lord of a great holdfast and sit on the king's council. He might raise castles like Brandon the Builder, or sail a ship across the Sunset Sea, or enter your mother's Faith and become the High Septon." But he will never run beside his wolf again, he thought with a sadness too deep for words, or lie with a woman, or hold his own son in his arms. I don't remember the exact quote, but isn't it said somewhere that Bran needs help to go to the toilet etc?
  15. Maester of Valyria

    Small Questions v. 10105

    A complete history of House Targaryen, from Valyria to Robert's Rebellion. It's often ominously called the 'GRRMarrilion'.
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