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  1. The Hidden Dragon

    Unicorns

    another thing to consider is that grrm has indicated that the Bran povs are the hardest to write because everything needs to be interpreted through the lens of a small boy. So, has Bran ever SEEN a unicorn before? I doubt it. Coupled with the quote from the OP about grrm doing an interesting take on unicorns and it seems likely that Bran doesn't recognise what he sees as an actual unicorn because he's never seen one before. in that case he names the animal he sees a goat, but in grrm's world the animal is actually a unicorn.
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    POLL: Will you continue to read the books if _________

    IMO the world GRRM created is too engrossing, too rich in detail and mystery to be abandoned because one particular (i.e. favourite) character dies. In my case, that was Ned, but I'm still here. Speaking of Ned, where are his bones?
  3. The more I think about this the more I agree. As you point out Robert's own version of events has Rhaegar raping Lyanna repeatedly. Given Robert's own experience fathering children there is no way he is not thinking/wondering if Lyanna became pregnant. Regarding how widespread the rape story is, in AGOT Bran VII, Bran tells Osha that Rhaegar carried Lyanna off and raped her (quote included below). If Bran knows Lyanna was raped, the story is likely widespread.
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    Heresy 215 - Hammering Out the Timeline

    @Feather Crystal you said you believe that Ashara is Jon's mother with Ned being the father (or perhaps Brandon). I'm curious then, how do you reconcile Ned being Jon's father with Ned's own thoughts excluding Jon from a list of his children (from AGOT Eddard XII)? There Ned lists his children, in the order of their birth no less, but does not include Jon. Just a reminder, this in Ned's internal thoughts. He's not speaking, so there is no need to hide or lie.
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    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    @Lord Varys I think the library from the Nightfort may have been transferred to Castle Black. Below is an excerpt from ASOS, Bran IV, where Bran and company are exploring the Nightfort. They find an empty library. They spent half the day poking through the castle. Some of the towers had fallen down and others looked unsafe, but they climbed the bell tower (the bells were gone) and the rookery (the birds were gone). Beneath the brewhouse they found a vault of huge oaken casks that boomed hollowly when Hodor knocked on them. They found a library (the shelves and bins had collapsed, the books were gone, and rats were everywhere). They found a dank and dim-lit dungeon with cells enough to hold five hundred captives, but when Bran grabbed hold of one of the rusted bars it broke off in his hand.
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    Night's Watch vows and the truth of history.

    My apologies, as this is slightly off-topic but this quote caught my attention..."the trees have eyes again". That implies that there was a time when the trees didn't have eyes. Has this ever been discussed? Do we know of a time when the trees didn't have eyes? What causes the trees to have eyes again? What caused the trees to stop having eyes in the past?
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Yes, there is a list of errors confirmed and corrected.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    nope...moved to Whitetree
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    @kissdbyfireThe error is listed in the thread you provided as confirmed and corrected. To be clear, the error is 282 and the correct year for the battle of the Trident is 283. So that confirms the search website has an error in it. Makes me wonder what other errors are there. I guess its best to double check key points if using the search site.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    I bought the book in December of 2017 (Christmas present to myself).
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Thanks for the link.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Hello All, I discovered a difference between the hardcopy text in TWOIAF and what asearchoficeandfire says, which makes me wonder 1) which version is correct (my copy of TWOIAF or the website), and 2) perhaps, more importantly, what other differences between the two are floating out there. Here is what I found. In the section on the Stormlands: House Baratheon (page 231 of TWOIAF, first line of the page) it reads "In 283, at the ford of the Trident, Robert Baratheon slew Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone, and shattered his host, effectively ending three centuries of rule by the House of the Dragon." The asearchoficeandfire website, however, shows 282 not 283 in that sentence. I know the one number difference may not be huge, (and, yes, I think 283 is the correct year) but I think many of us rely upon the site for quick search/reference and it shook my confidence in the site some. Can anyone shed some light or comment on this? Thanks much.
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    Jon Snow

    Apparently, Lyanna died soon after childbirth. Ned arrived to claim her before she died. Lyanna was defended by three of the Kingsguard, ser Arthur Dayne called the Sword of the Morning, Ser Oswell Whent, and the Lord Commander Ser Gerold Hightower called the White Bull. Arthur had a sad smile, suggesting the confrontation would be bittersweet. A question remains as to the vow Gerold mentioned. Was he referring to the vow of the Kingsguard to defend the king and their duty to protect the king's family, or was it a specific vow sworn to Rhaegar at the Tower of Joy? If it was the first, that would suggest either Lyanna or the babe were of the king's family. In other words, that Rhaegar had taken Lyanna as a second wife, and/or that Rhaegar was the father of the baby. And now we see that Lyanna's roses were blue. On the topic of Ned's dream, just as a reminder, there is an SSM where GRRM indicates that this is a fever dream and, as such, should not be taken literally. Given that, I have a hard time deciding which parts of the Ned's dream to rely upon. Is the order of events correct? Are the quotes between Ned and the KG correct or not? Does it make sense that Lyanna is calling out to Ned using "Eddard" and "Lord Eddard", especially when we have Ned recalling that she called him "Dearest Ned" in an earlier memory? And why does Ned name all his friends except for Lord Dustin? Why would he list a friend by title only? I'm not trying to interfere with the premise of the OP, just trying to point out that, IMO at least, there are some valid questions as to which information in this dream can be relied upon and which cannot, especially given the SSM. Keep up the good work!
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    A couple catelyn/littlefinger related questions: 1) in AGOT, when Catelyn arrives at KL, the guards how her a seal, the mockingbird, and she recognizes it as LF's. How did she know that was his personal sigil when she hadn't seen him since he left riverrun after his duel with Brandon? 2) also in AGOT, when she meets LF in KL she asks LF "Does Varys know about..." What do you think she is asking about?
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    I apologize if this question has been asked before, but in Bran III of ADWD I came across the following passage: The last greenseer, the singers called him, but in Bran's dreams he was still a three-eyed crow. When Meera Reed had asked him his true name, he made a ghastly sound that might have been a chuckle. "I wore many names when I was quick, but even I once had a mother, and the name she gave me at her breast was Brynden." I've seen many times in these novels where the word "quicken" has the meaning of to make alive. So, when Bloodraven tells us he wore many names when he was "quick", does he mean he wore many names when he was alive? Is he telling us he is not alive now?
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