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  1. rotting sea cow

    longest summer in living memory

    quotes for context: "Winter is almost upon us, boy. And winter is death. I would sooner my men die fighting for the Ned's little girl than alone and hungry in the snow, weeping tears that freeze upon their cheeks. No one sings songs of men who die like that. As for me, I am old. This will be my last winter. Let me bathe in Bolton blood before I die. I want to feel it spatter across my face when my axe bites deep into a Bolton skull. I want to lick it off my lips and die with the taste of it on my tongue." The King's Prize, ADWD "My lady, how do things stand at Karhold with your food stores?" "Not well." Alys sighed. "My father took so many of our men south with him that only the women and young boys were left to bring the harvest in. Them, and the men too old or crippled to go off to war. Crops withered in the fields or were pounded into the mud by autumn rains. And now the snows are come. This winter will be hard. Few of the old people will survive it, and many children will perish as well." It was a tale that any northmen knew well. "My father's grandmother was a Flint of the mountains, on his mother's side," Jon told her. "The First Flints, they call themselves. They say the other Flints are the blood of younger sons, who had to leave the mountains to find food and land and wives. It has always been a harsh life up there. When the snows fall and food grows scarce, their young must travel to the winter town or take service at one castle or the other. The old men gather up what strength remains in them and announce that they are going hunting. Some are found come spring. More are never seen again." Jon X, ADWD
  2. rotting sea cow

    longest summer in living memory

    There are quite a lot of it in Jon chapters in ADWD (check the dialogue with Alys Karstark). The mountain clans mindset, etc. Oh, sweet summer child. It is not the able men nor the heads of the families who go "hunting", it is typical the old men who had a life behind who do that, so the newer generations could survive. This kind of things have also happened in real life during war or famine. Sometimes the grandmother or grandfather just go to sleep and refuse to eat so the grandchildren can enjoy a little bit more of food. No No. Winter is clearly supernatural and the ones who are actually sacrificing to Winter (like Craster) are actually helping it to get stronger.
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    Crystal Sword

    As far as I can seen it from the text, there is no "C". All corpses raised from the dead by the Others have blue shining eyes. Also, it may well be that you don't need to be killed by the Others to be raised as a wight
  4. rotting sea cow

    How would Dragonslayers be seen in Westeros?

    Isn't there a theory which says that the people in KL who stormed the Dragonpit were given Basillisk blood? I mean regardless how angry you are and how many are with you, you may end dying in a horrific way and after seeing many people die, others were still coming.
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    Crystal Sword

    The wights have all blue shining eyes. The Others have more ways to kill a man than a sword. "Scared? Of what? The chidings of old men? Sam, you saw the wights come swarming up the Fist, a tide of living dead men with black hands and bright blue eyes. You slew an Other." Jon II, ADWD "Once the free folk are settled in the Gift, they will become part of the realm," Jon pointed out. "These are desperate days, and like to grow more desperate. We have seen the face of our real foe, a dead white face with bright blue eyes. The free folk have seen that face as well. Stannis is not wrong in this. We must make common cause with the wildlings." Jon III, ADWD For now. "We hold the Wall. The Wall protects the realm … and you now. You know the foe we face. You know what's coming down on us. Some of you have faced them before. Wights and white walkers, dead things with blue eyes and black hands. I've seen them too, fought them, sent one to hell. They kill, then they send your dead against you. Jon V, ADWD "Oh, I do." The grin melted away like snow in summer. "I am not the man I was at Ruddy Hall. Seen too much death, and worse things too. My sons …" Grief twisted Tormund's face. "Dormund was cut down in the battle for the Wall, and him still half a boy. One o' your king's knights did for him, some bastard all in grey steel with moths upon his shield. I saw the cut, but my boy was dead before I reached him. And Torwynd … it was the cold claimed him. Always sickly, that one. He just up and died one night. The worst o' it, before we ever knew he'd died he rose pale with them blue eyes. Had to see to him m'self. That was hard, Jon." Tears shone in his eyes. "He wasn't much of a man, truth be told, but he'd been me little boy once, and I loved him." Jon XI, ADWD The things below moved, but did not live. One by one, they raised their heads toward the three wolves on the hill. The last to look was the thing that had been Thistle. She wore wool and fur and leather, and over that she wore a coat of hoarfrost that crackled when she moved and glistened in the moonlight. Pale pink icicles hung from her fingertips, ten long knives of frozen blood. And in the pits where her eyes had been, a pale blue light was flickering, lending her coarse features an eerie beauty they had never known in life. Prologue, ADWD
  6. rotting sea cow

    Who builds better ships?

    Indeed, they have the most modern ships in Planetos. Also, OP forgot the Ibbanese. IIRC, they have big whalers ships.
  7. rotting sea cow

    The three Kingsguard were loyal to Rhaegar, not Aerys.

    Indeed. In fact, Jaime makes it clear "When this battle is done, I mean to call a council. Changes will be made. I meant to do it long ago but... Well it does no good to speak of roads not taken. We shall talk when we return."
  8. GRRM wants to stick to two more books. Unless these books are very long, Dany's arc cannot be successfully completed. Nevertheless this is more a timeline issue than space one. GRRM can write half of the book in Dany's chapters if necessary, but fitting the timelines is more complicated depending of what he has in mind for the rest of the story lines. Also, a lot of other characters have a lot to do. There is for example no clear path for the Starkling reunification. You need to get Bran out of the cave at some point, Sansa needs to reach Winterfell, same with Arya. Jon needs to find himself, get a hold in Dawn, etc. Thanks, I'll read it later. One thing. Once the Slaver culture is military defeated, she can leave the task to the Red Priests + Dothraki to enforce the end of slavery Quaithe uses a glass candle, what she saw was true at the point of the vision. I think there was a time glitch at the Sorrows. HOTU prophesies are different.
  9. rotting sea cow

    Mistakes in the Books

    I don't see how switching to Word or any other word processor would help unless GRRM allows third persons to do edits of his books, which I think maybe even dangerous. I know that because I write academic papers and even if there are co-authors there are places where they are not allowed to touch and I often I get very angry with editorial and language edits by the publisher. Sometimes they have even changed the meaning of sentences. I prefer to implement the (suggested) changes by myself, which is slow of course. Three months is a short time for a book like that. I really hope there are people who really love these books also helping in this daunting task.
  10. Do we? There are still two long books, at the very least, maybe more. A lot of people want to get Dany to Westeros in any possible way. I'm not on that boat and I expect that GRRM will write her coming in a natural way. There is no urgency at all. And the story lines will converge, so no worries. It is set up from the begining. And what happened at the last chapter in ADWD? Let's me remind you: She gave up all efforts for peace, she embraced fire and blood as the only solutions, she gave up Meeren as her home or kingdom. She hasn't given up the protection for the slaves but now she is going to crush the slavers. Look at this: "Glowing like a sunset, a red sword was raised in the hand of a blue-eyed king who cast no shadow. A cloth dragon swayed on poles amidst a cheering crowd. From a smoking tower, a great stone beast took wing, breathing shadow fire... mother of dragons, slayer of lies..." The cloth dragon (the mummer's dragon!) is listed among the lies that Dany has to slay. No, Dany will slay Aegon. There are also many other clues that point to Dany coming to Westeros. The list is long, but I will leave this. Ariane I - TWOW
  11. rotting sea cow

    First Bran chapter in TWOW

    Somehow I don't think this will happen. There are a few story lines that need some catch up before getting into the battles. Bran among them, because a lot of time passed since his last chapter. But I agree that we won't see many Bran chapters in TWOW. At the most three. Within the 10 first chapters My guess is we will have there Alyane (Sansa I), a couple of Sam chapters (we need some world building in Oldtown and many things need to happen there), Davos (a lot of time passed since we saw him last in WH), maybe a JonCon chapter and the Arianne I & II, maybe Theon I, etc. After come the battles. Indeed. I think Bran chapters will be devoted to discover things of the past and to how their newly acquire abilities will transform his personality. See above
  12. rotting sea cow

    The North does not need the Other Regions

    QFT
  13. Then these books will need to be long enough to make room for all the things Dany needs to do, or we need more than two books. Getting Dany to Westeros is a crucial part of her arc, which means that many other things will need to be accommodated so that can happen in a timely and natural manner. I really think that solving this problem (which I reckon exists) is one of the main reasons why TWOW is taking too long. I expect a large restructuring of the story in TWOW, as large as the cancellation of the five year gap. I wonder what we will gain and lose. The OP is reading too much in tiny bits of text. We know already pretty well that Dany is going to fight Aegon, that her arrival is unlikely to be welcomed and she will bring fire and blood to Westeros, maybe burning KL in the process. This will devastate her. At some time in between the Wall will fall and she will find herself again and use her power to defeat the Others.
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    The KoLT and Subsequent Events

    Stopped reading here
  15. Did Ned ever explained Lyanna's death to Robert? For all we know, Ned went straight from Starfall to the North, most likely by ship and didn't stop in KL. He brought only her bones and the only eyewitnesses were from the Starfall household and Howland Reed. The later a dear friend of both. The former have kept their mouths shut for whatever reasons.
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