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  1. rhoynestar

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Yes, I agree the North is different and knighthood is more rare, and perhaps the Iron Isles as well. Squires in the North and Iron Isles would not necessarily be "squiring" for a knight. Tyrion's case, though, shows that even in the South highborn non-knights can have squires. Likely an occasional deviation from the rule just for highborns -- would not apply to Dunk.
  2. rhoynestar

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Nice points to chew on. If we assume Theon, Robb, and Tyrion were never knighted, then we might argue occasionally highborns can have squires even if they are not knights. Although if you are a lordling with no prospect of becoming a knight(Tyrion) I guess you'd have to put up with the dregs, so to speak -- squires who can't find a home elsewhere with a proper knight or knight-to-be (Robb or Theon would be expecting knighthood soon). Poor Pod.
  3. rhoynestar

    Small Questions v. 10105

    Thanks a lot! That answers both the general question I had and the more specific question regarding Stannis. So we can pretty much conclude squires and pages "squire" and "page" for knights only, except maybe in the North. I had forgotten about Davos becoming Ser Davos Seaworth. Lovely piece of evidence.
  4. rhoynestar

    Small Questions v. 10105

    I have a very small question: are pages and squires always presumed to be "pageing" and "squiring" for a knight? If X is Y's squire, does Y have to be a knight? The question came to me because there was some discussion previously as to whether Stannis was knighted. We know from GRRM (at least I have read a quote from SSM) that there is some honor-related social pressure involved in conferring knighthood, which is a primarily martial position; not all lords or highborn men are knights. Thus logically, we may have many lords who are not knights, including Stannis himself (I'm not trying to run down or play up Stannis, whom I am favorably inclined towards; just that he is the example I draw from). But Stannis does have, from my recollection, squires. So can we assume that if he has squires he was knighted at some point? This question of course is not limited to this specific case.
  5. rhoynestar

    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    True, I agree that's a possibility. Plotwise it would make good sense for Euron to do something like that. Although I have some doubts as well, because if he were going to use her and her fetus as a live sacrifice he should try to keep her alive and in decent shape as long as possible (sort of what Melisandre used to do, prep her victims before the flame or leech). Mutilating a pregnant woman and tying her to the prow of a sailing ship makes me think he doesn't care whether she miscarries/dies or not, which would indicate he may not be much into the blood sacrifice option. Of course Aeron Damphair may be his backup in case she dies.
  6. rhoynestar

    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    Plain sadistic tendencies, I think. Also her only function was to help Euron humiliate her family by elevating a bastard girl over the trueborn members. Once that was done, he doesn't care. She's expendable and very much replaceable as a bedwarmer. The child, of course, doesn't matter to him one bit.