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    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    "There where it is we do not need the wall: He is all pine and I am apple orchard. My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder If I could put a notion in his head: ‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense. Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him, But it's not elves exactly..." ROBERT FROST, from 'Mending Wall'
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    Skinchanging into a baby?

    Craster's babes are left to the Cold (old) Gods -- more evidence implying the Others are greenseer-skinchangers.
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    Favorite Jaime Quotes

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    The Lucifer Comet

    You are incredible (I thought we'd cleared up the relevant etiquette previously, silly me...) -- So you 'googled' every 'Lucifer' and 'Lightbringer', and just couldn't bring yourself to cite @LmL and his comet theory! Synchronicity, right..? I sea you. That's like two greenseer rivals (perhaps one of ice and one of fire?) in the weirnet.
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    An Evil Name

    Oh, but is it really all *your own*..? "Blood Of The Other"... Really? (And that's not the only recognizable phrase that leaps off the page). It will not surprise you to hear I've heard that peculiarly poetic styling before... Writers have voices like fingerprints, you know -- and ravens have excellent hearing (and sharp beaks...). P.S. The idea of the sacrifice being thrown down the well -- that, in contrast, *is* your original idea -- is a good one, and I like it. Fits well with the parallel of Moon Door (bloody blue) execution and Melara falling down a well as blood magic payment. I agree it's an excellent theory (I may even have helped develop the ideas behind the eponymous essay series! )... Here's a link to @LmL's original: https://lucifermeanslightbringer.com/2018/02/24/a-baelful-bard-and-a-promised-prince/ Good points.
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    The Stranger has three heads?

    Ah, the old 6+1=7... We call it Stranger or Night's King Math!
  7. They killed Grand Maester Mellos: Queen Alicent was captured on them while two of her guards were slain: They murdered the great Corlys Velaryon: And they broke little Falena Stokeworth's leg: In the main series, Sansa had a close call on them: People were killed on them during the Sack of King's Landing: And, worst of all, Dontos barfed on them: I would recommend avoiding those snaky steps whenever possible. They have a bad history. Honorable mention to this flight of stairs in the Starry Sept of Oldtown: Cersei thinks of having a heart attack when climbing the steps in the Tower of the Hand to her dead father, Tywin: The sense of disorientation and people whispering, speaking in unknown tongues, is an allegory for greenseeing, as is the moth spiraling to its fiery death-- but then, I think everything can be symbolically decoded as a greenseeing reference! A bit more on that later... Her grandfather Lord Tytos Lannister's heart failed when he was climbing some steps: Areo Hotah also thinks of his heart stopping during the ritual on the 'Sinner's Steps'... What do you make of 'Sinner's Steps'? Steps as temptation, transgression, hubris. Here's another Hand tempting death with his escapades. Note, the spelling of 'steppes': Every flight (of stairs..? ) begins with a fall... Fitting here, @Leo of House Cartel's excellent pun STAIRS STARES, to which I might add STARS, linking the stairway to heaven to the greenseers staring/stairing into the past & through another set of eyes. He also noted that the Dothraki 'steppes' is another name for the Dothraki Sea, which ties in nicely with my greensea/greensee pun! I also like @Seams's pun on SCALES, whereby dragonscale might be read as a step/overlapping steps (this is also reminiscent of Valyrian steel and the 'one-but-overwrinkled' motif) -- so that mounting a dragon might be like climbing or 'scaling a flight' of stairs, and, thereby, well... taking flight. So, scaling serpentine steps is about flying -- including dragonriding, as well as climbing and riding a tree (weirwood as Yggdrasil-Sleipneir world tree), i.e. greenseeing. 'Scales' might also have associated connotations of (in)justice; in other words, a moral dimension, as was hinted with 'Sinner's Steps'. Love this whole topic!
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    Meu limão, meu limoeiro

    LEMON TREE by Peter, Paul & Mary When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me "Come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree" "Don't put your faith in love, my boy" my father said to me "I fear you'll find that love is like the lovely lemon tree" Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat One day beneath the lemon tree, my love and I did lie A girl so sweet that when she smiled, the stars rose in the sky We passed that summer lost in love, beneath the lemon tree The music of her laughter hid my father's words from me Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat One day she left without a word, she took away the sun And in the dark she left behind, I knew what she had done She left me for another, it's a common tale but true A sadder man, but wiser now, I sing these words to you Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat Songwriters: Will Holt
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    Did Ned Hear The Weirwood?

    The irony -- Eddard Stark, by dismissing the deserter, disregarded the message of the (red) trees, which as it so happens is none Other than the words of his own House -- Winter Is Coming! As you so astutely have noted, Gared 'had the ear' of the Others (or vice versa). Thus, Ned disregarded the message of the Others at his peril; everything 'went south', literally and figuratively (essentially deserting his post at Winterfell); and he was beheaded -- like the deserter, whom he mirrors -- by Ice. Yes, indeed. When have you ever known Bran to respect a restriction? "No more climbing..." Famous last words! We know that Theon heard Bran, so I see no reason to assume the same could not be true of the encounter with his father. What do you think, @Dorian Martell's son ? A most interesting topic... (I've been thinking of you, as the keen and merciless eye of Dorian bears down on Florida... )
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    About R+L=J and a different point of view

    You are such a romantic.. It was about hatching dragons. He needed skinchanger blood for the dragon-hatching recipe! MUAH HA HA "The sphinx is the riddle..."
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    Does Asoiaf Have a True Protagonist? *SPOILERS*

    The author is the protagonist. He says we are all heroes in our own story; and it's his story, after all. If I had to pick one, I'd say Bran is the sleeper hero.
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    It's like poetry, it rhymes

    I really enjoyed reading this piece of yours, when @Crowfood's Daughter shared it with us the other day. Are you familiar with this thread..? @Kingmonkey said something similar:
  13. Hi Meera! Long time...but never tired of discussing our Bran. Admittedly, it's my favorite tinfoil! I could be wrong. What say you to my symbolically-invested 'fanfic', @Dorian Martell's son..?
  14. Bran sits the greenseer throne, master of magical not mundane power. As such, he will be instrumental in the final war and its outcome, but he has Other things on his mind besides vying for political power. I also think he will sacrifice himself to save his brother Jon, his family and the world, so he will not be around to sit any throne at the end. The execution scene in AGOT serves to prepare Bran for his own death. 'The man who passes the sentence must swing the sword'...I see Bran as the old gods trinity, making him at once the man who passes the sentence (the father), the one who swings the sword (the Holy Spirit... skinchanging Viserion, the Dawn sword), and the sacrifice (the son). The Iron Throne will likely not survive at the end. A new political order will arise. Addendum: I predict the Last Dragon will be Viserion, skinchanged by Bran, the Last Greenseer, making them together 'the Promised Prince', who will heroically take control of the army of the dead from the Night's King. They will leave this world together, and with them magic will depart from the world. This is how Winter fell. Bittersweet. (Bran is the third head of the dragon.)
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    The Prophecy Glitch

    I don't think it's that complex. GRRM toys with prophecy, because it's a way of seducing the reader's interest and creating suspense, which he then delights in keeping perennially unsatisfied. While I like your idea of second-lifing dragons, your presentation of the 'solutions' to the prophecies has always been a tad forthright, admitting of no alternative, and therefore likely to be wrong. Remember GRRM's warning to the 'cocky' in this respect!