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  1. I don't think he is, I'm positive that he wanted to start a war with the Starks.
  2. In Part I I talked about the statues of WF and the link they seem to have with the Titan of Braavos, that statue has eyes of fire, a broken sword like the LH and a horn like Joramun in the legend of the Nk. In Part II, I talked about Ned’s Tower dream to prove that Arthur is Jon’s father. Part III talks about what happened during the war and how Brandon survived his execution at KL. This part is about the Others and the Starks, next I’ll make a summary of all the sphinxes and Jon’s death, and later, I’ll talk about the pink letter. A. The Last King The Last Hero goes out in search of a magic that would allow him to recover something he lost, and begins his journey with 12 companions, a horse, a dog, and his sword. But as he searches, he loses everything, his friends die one by one, and he is left without a horse, and even without a dog. The hero finds himself completely alone and with the sword so frozen that the steel shatters. What this legend talks about, is the line of Starks, their bloodline, each Stark in the crypt is a ‘last hero’, that is exactly what the crypt shows, the ‘Last Stark’, and he is a hero because he kept the sword frozen and the proof is that the steel shatters: “By ancient custom an iron longsword had been laid across the lap of each who had been Lord of Winterfell, to keep the vengeful spirits in their crypts. The oldest had long ago rusted away to nothing, leaving only a few red stains where the metal had rested on stone.” Eddard I - AGoT The new swords begin to disappear from the crypt in this generation, while Eddard is ‘the last’ statue, when Bran and the Reeds steal the swords while escaping from WF, and that proves that there are ‘others‘. "That king is missing his sword," Lady Dustin observed.(...). The sight disquieted him. He had always heard that the iron in the sword kept the spirits of the dead locked within their tombs. If a sword was missing …” The Turncloak - ADwD It turns out that a ‘high’ amount of iron makes things look black: “Dragonbone is black because of its high iron content, the book told him.” Tyrion II AGoT This will help us understand the Others. Speaking of black, The NK, was a ‘black brother’ to whom legend blames of a series of things for which the NW brothers are forbidden to do anything but ‘watch’. When I spoke about this legend in Part I, I said that it’s not clear how he’s defeated, except for the mention of the ‘Horn of Joramun’. In recent history, the eyes of Cersei’s children function as a ‘horn’, they are the loud and clear warning that those children are not the king’s, and the one that sounds the horn is Sansa, who tells Ned that Joffrey is nothing like his father. In our story, our horn is Waymar, whose resemblance to Jon makes us suspect that there must be some connection between his death and ‘the bastard of Winterfell’. Waymar’s death, broken sword included, takes us back to the LH and the crypt of WF where there is something very wrong. Unlike what was traditionally (and apparently for good reason) displayed in the WF crypt, instead of finding the classic statue of the deceased lord or king, we have 3 statues, three “watchers”, even though according to Bran, Brandon and Lyanna “are not supposed to” have statues, that’s an honor for Kings and Lords and the brothers were neither. The “song of fire”, the song they sing south of the Wall, is the one that wrote the official story, the “seven facing three” that Ned dreams of. But to know what really happened, we need some ‘ice eyes’ to see how the ‘Song of ice’, unflods, the one that The Others sing, in deathly silence. B. The Others made no sound We know that the Others have a ‘special’ appearance with eyes that burn like ice, swords that are not made of any known metal, and an armor that changes color between white, grey, and black. I’ll talk about this in the next part. Curiously, the color of their armor is the same as that of the direwolves that Jon a Robb found: “He’s not like the others,” Jon said. “He never makes a sound. That’s why I named him Ghost. That, and because he’s white. The others are all dark, grey or black.” No iron here. He’s white. In AGoT’s prologue, when Will sees the Others he thinks “The Others made no sound” and that’s the point of being a ‘watcher’. The Last Hero is a watcher, he was looking for something, and we know from the legend that he left a trail, a trail of dead friends, and horse and even a dog, following that trail, we will see the ‘song of ice’. 1. The sword in the darkness Waymar Will and Gared are looking for 8 wildlings, 8 are the NW brothers that the LH leaves as a trail so we can follow his story. When Waymar and Will arrive on the scene they find that there is nothing, except for an axe that Will had described as: “Heavy-looking, double-bladed, a cruel piece of iron. It was on the ground beside him, right by his hand.” Upon arriving and seeing that the axe is still there, Will feels confused, it’s a “valuable weapon” and it is still there…‘untouched ’. The ‘cruel piece of iron’ as we’ll see, represents Lyanna, and appears all over the hero’s trail. In every death of the men of the NW, there’s an axe or a mention of an axe. After all, the ‘Last Hero‘ in the crypt when this story begins, is Lyanna. But besides, Ned told Robert that he saw Lyanna’s beauty “but not the iron underneath“, Lyanna was the double-bladed, cruel piece of iron. Lyanna caused much of Ned’s problems Waymar, as I said in Part II, is the first one attacked, and that attack proves that Arthur is Jon’s father. But there’s another point, another clue that Will gives us during the attack, he says that The Others ‘made no sound’ and yet, during the fight, The Other says something, he mocks Waymar, and that mockery we hear later and much further north, when Qhorin tells Jon: “They warned me bastard blood was craven,” he heard Qhorin Halfhand say coldly behind him. “ What the Other says to Waymar, is what Qhorin says to Jon: bastard. And this coldness, will be relevant for Jon. 2. Watchers and Fire We don’t see the second attack, what we see is the result. The night Jon swears his vows with Sam, Ghost brings Flowers’s right hand from the forest. Sam is important later. When the NW comes out to examine the bodies of the dead rangers, Jon thinks of Othor that his “singing days were done” a singer is a bard, or a wolf, and Othor represents both. Othor appears with a horn, Othor represents Brandon, as I said in Part III, entering KL while shouting ‘come out and die’. In fact, it’s because of Othor and Flowers (and what they did) that the NW goes out to the ranging and they effectively die, like Rhaegar. Flowers kills 5 brothers that night. Lyanna’s dissapearence leads 5 people directly to their deaths in KL: Rickard Stark, Jeffory Mallister, Kyle Royce, Elbert Arryn, and the poor guy who died instead of Brandon in the execution. Othor goes in search of the LC. I said in Part III that Hightower was an accomplice of the Starks and this is sustained in Othor’s attack, because Jon surprises him hiding in Mormont’s room, the same room were the Valyrian steel sword was ‘hidden’. This supports the idea that Brandon went to KL to make Rhaegar ‘come out’ from whetever he was hidden, that Hightower knew, and hid Brandon, until Rhaegar appeared. Othor’s attack also includes a very interesting detail: “The sword, where was the sword? He’d lost the damned sword! When he opened his mouth to scream, the wight jammed its black corpse fingers into Jon’s mouth. (…) Its hand forced itself farther down his throat, icy cold, choking him” During the attack, Jon loses his sword and wants to scream, but the wight stops him by sticking his fingers ‘icy cold’ down his throat, choking him. The attack is curiously very similar to the legend that tells how Qhorin lost his fingers: “Only thumb and forefinger remained on the hand that held the reins; the other fingers had been sheared off catching a wildling’s axe that would otherwise have split his skull. It was told that he had thrust his maimed fist into the face of the axeman so the blood spurted into his eyes, and slew him while he was blind. Since that day, the wildlings beyond the Wall had known no foe more implacable.” Qhorin loses his fingers due to a ‘wildling’s axe’, as I already mentioned, the axe is in all the scenes where the Others appear, and it’s Lyanna. Qhorin blinds the ‘axemen‘ with blood to kill him. Ned dreams of Lyanna and her bed of blood, Jon has very dark grey eyes, as if he had an extra grey, and since both Qhorin (Arthur) and Lyanna had grey eyes, the ‘blinding blood’ are Jon’s eyes, he can easily be posed as a Stark because he looks like any of them. Jon thinks that the wildlings ‘had known no foe more implacable’ than Qhorin; in the prologue, Will feels that something ‘cold and implacable’ is watching him. Bael’s song tells that Lord Stark called Bael ‘a craven who preyed only on the weak’, so Bael went to tech him a lesson, which is very interesting, considering what Aemon told Jon: “A craven can be as brave as any man, when there is nothing to fear. And we all do our duty, when there is no cost to it. How easy it seems then, to walk the path of honor. Yet soon or late in every man’s life comes a day when it is not easy, a day when he must choose.” Jon III – AGoT And that’s exactly why ‘the watchers’ are not supposed to have kids, because having a child makes you fear for their life. Back to the Wall and the corpses. Othor dies as Rickard, set on fire, Flowers, who had died beheaded as Brandon supposedly died, is cutted to pieces, there is nothing left, as there was no Brandon in KL, as Ned’s dream points out. 3. The light that brings the dawn When the NW reaches the Fist, Jon makes a very interesting discovery, a package containing obsidian or ‘frozen fire’ and a horn wrapped in a NW cloak. Jon tries to sound the horn but can’t get any sound out of it. A fist has 5 fingers, and curiously, a few days after that Jon blows the silent horn Qhorin arrives, the ranger with the 3 missing fingers on the right hand, the same hand that Jon burns. In Ned’s dream, Arthur has Dawn poking over his right shoulder, and in his memory, Lyanna squeezes Ned’s fingers tightly while the black petals fall from her hand, as Waymar’s sword falls from Will’s hand, the sword that was “proof” of the existence of the Others. When I talked about Lyanna’s crowning in Part I, I said that it was curious that Rhaegar had laid the flowers where the Starks usually put their swords, on her lap. The statues are holding the swords with their hands. Lyanna, who is represented by an axe on the trail we are following, drops black petals, which metaphorically are Arthur’s fingers. Jon finds 3 things in the Fist: a ‘black cloak’ (him), a silent horn (Brandon), and frozen fire (Arthur). For inexplicable reasons, since they had never met, Qhorin personally chooses Jon and later sends him on a vital mission, ordering him to ‘watch’. Clearly, the explanation is that he wants to spend time with Jon before sending him to Brandon. Arthur was a ‘broken’ sword, he wanted to die. The mission that Qhorin entrusts him, leads Jon to ‘Mance’, who is singing “The Dornishman’s Wife” when they meet. Mance asks Jon if he’s a craven (like Bael), and Jon answer is just gold: “And did you see where I was seated, Mance?” He leaned forward. “Did you see where they put the bastard?” Mance, offers to find him a new cloak. 4. The Horn that wakes the sleepers Jon gives the horn he finds in the Fist to Sam. Jon and Sam are ‘brothers’, they took their oath together. Sam shows us the trail of the other hero, Ned. After the attack on the Fist, Sam escapes but is so exhausted that he can’t continue, so Small Paul carries him, until the weight is too much and he leaves Sam sitting on the floor. Grenn and Paul are trying to convince Sam to get up and keep going when an ‘Other’ appears riding a dead horse from the NW. Remember that the LH leaves a trail of dead friends, a horse and a dog. Here’s the horse. While Grenn tries to scare the Other away with fire, Small Paul attacks him with an axe. In the midst of his terror, Sam hears (in his head of course) Jon’s voice saying do it, Sam.You can do it, you can, just do it, and without much thought, he kills the Other. Throughout the journey from the Fist to the Wall, Sam is never sure if he is dreaming, remembering, or how he got where he is, because he was terrified of what he saw and really doesn’t want to remember. I our hero from the other side version of things, the voice that Ned hears is Lyanna’s ‘Promise me, Ned’ which is supposed to be about killing the 3 KG, (what the Other seemed about to do to Grenn, Paul and Sam), when in reality it’s about him killing the ‘Other’, Lyanna, for what she did to Robert (Small Paul). The problem is that Ned doesn’t remember exactly how things happened, nor does he want to remember. To see how Ned killed Lyanna, you have to look closely: “Promise me, she had cried, in a room that smelled of blood and roses. Promise me, Ned. The fever had taken her strength and her voice had been faint as a whisper, but when he gave her his word, the fear had gone out of his sister’s eyes. Ned remembered the way she had smiled then, how tightly her fingers had clutched his as she gave up her hold on life, the rose petals spilling from her palm, dead and black. After that he remembered nothing.” The words of the first victim, Royce, are ‘we remember‘ and that’s what it’s all about. Waymar yells: For Robert ! while Lyanna dies for Robert, because Ned chooses Robert over his family. The ‘fever’ that takes Lyanna is Ned, the cold burns, in fact, ‘nothing burns like the cold‘, Lyanna’s voice is ‘faint as a whisper’ because he’s chocking her. All the wights choke their victims, they all have black hands like the black petals that Lyanna has in her hands, they all have blue eyes (like Robert’s) that burn, eyes like ice. I said in the previous part that Jon’s origin song is the ‘Dornishman’s Wife’ that song is about a guy that dies singing that the dornish took his life, the ‘dornish’ is Ned with his song about some rescue in Dorne that never happened. This is part of the lyrics: "As he lay on the ground with the darkness around, and the taste of his blood on his tongue, His brothers knelt by him and prayed him a prayer, and he smiled and he laughed and he sung..." Right there we have the entire Lyanna’s death scene, the smile, the prayer (Jon and the promise), the darkness (Ned and his secret), the blood. Ned murdered Lyanna. The Wall looks blue when the sun is facing it, when there is ‘light’, but it’s grey when the sun is hidden. That’s why the Others and the wights have blue eyes, they see the truth of what happened, and that’s why the wights kill their ‘brothers’, because it’s exactly what happened. When Will picks up Waymar’s sword, the one that’s proof of what happened, Waymar raises and this happens: “The broken sword fell from nerveless fingers. Will closed his eyes to pray. Long, elegant hands brushed his cheek, then tightened around his throat. They were gloved in the finest moleskin and sticky with blood, yet the touch was icy cold. Lyanna squeezes Ned’s fingers (while he’s choking her), Will’s fingers are ‘nerveless’. The ‘rose petals spilling’ ‘dead and black’ is the trail of dead NW brothers who tell the story that Lyanna can’t tell because ‘dead men sing no songs’. 5. The Shield From his terrifying encounter with the Other, Sam goes to another terrifying encounter, Craster’s Keep. While the NW is there, Craster tells them that there’s nothing to fear, he is a godly man: “A godly man got no cause to fear such. I said as much to that Mance Rayder once, when he come sniffing round. He never listened, no more’n you crows with your swords and your bloody fires. That won’t help you none when the white cold comes. Only the gods will help you then. You best get right with the gods.” Samwell II – ASoS There are two things about WF that are striking, one is the crypt with its ‘swords’ and the other is the ‘bloody fire’ or rather the heat of the walls that Cat describes as a man’s hot blood running through the walls. Both are supposed to be protection against the ‘white cold’ and its different forms, The Others, and winter. It turns out that Craster was right, the moment that Ned left Winterfell he was fucked, because while the Old Gods protected him, ‘the seven don’t know winter, and winter don’t know them’. Besides, a ‘ghost’ was ‘sniffing round’ WF, ‘Brandon’s ghost’. "Very good! Yes, that was the first time. You were just a boy, and I was all in black, one of a dozen riding escort to old Lord Commander Qorgyle when he came down to see your father at Winterfell. I was walking the wall around the yard when I came on you and your brother Robb. It had snowed the night before, and the two of you had built a great mountain above the gate and were waiting for someone likely to pass underneath." I remember," said Jon with a startled laugh. A young black brother on the wallwalk, yes . . . "You swore not to tell." "And kept my vow. That one, at least." Mance was the 13th watcher that went to WF to see, and curiously, ‘it had snowed’ as always happens when the “Others” appear. If we remember what I said when I spoke of the NK, this ‘black brother’ is the one that bounds his brothers to be nothing but ‘watchers’, which is logical, Ned himself said so, “It was all meant for Brandon”. Back to Ned After escaping from Craster’s Keep, with Gilly and the baby, Sam falls asleep and wakes up just in time to see that Small Paul is entering the place where the 3 were spending the night. Gilly tells him that he came for the baby, that the wight ‘smells life’, but that’s not exactly what we see. What attracts Paul is the sound. “Paul swung toward the sound, and seemed to lose all interest in Sam. (...) Half-turned, the wight never saw him coming. The raven gave a shriek and took to the air. "You're dead!" Sam screamed as he stabbed. "You're dead, you're dead." He stabbed and screamed, again and again, tearing huge rents in Paul's heavy black cloak.” Undead Paul is the black brother looking for the maiden and the babe, the one lured by the sound, the one with the teared cloak. Brandon Stark. Small Paul dies when Sam pushes his face into a fire, but Brandon is very much alive, and looking for a sorcery. C. All but invisible in the woods Now is the time to talk about the Other’s companions. This is what Will sees during the attack: “Behind him, to right, to left, all around him, the watchers stood patient, faceless, silent, the shifting patterns of their delicate armor making them all but invisible in the wood. Yet they made no move to interfere.” All the wights, or rather, all the direct victims of the Others’ attacks are brothers of the NW, so they all took an oath. Like Ned. Let’s go back to Ned’s dream for a moment, to examine the ‘shadows’ that accompany him to the tower: “In the dream his friends rode with him, as they had in life. Proud Martyn Cassel, Jory’s father; faithful Theo Wull; Ethan Glover, who had been Brandon’s squire; Ser Mark Ryswell, soft of speech and gentle of heart; the crannogman, Howland Reed; Lord Dustin on his great red stallion.” Each NW wight corresponds to one of Ned’s 5 companions (not counting Reed): Proud Cassel: Waymar proud of his sword Faithful Wull: Will who prays to the Old Gods while watching Glover: Flowers hand that Ghost brings from the forest. Ryswell soft of speech: Othor and his horn that nobody heard Dustin and his stallion: Small Paul outraged because the Other stole a horse I already said that Waymar’s words are ‘we remember’, what ‘the north remembers’ is the path of ‘black petals’ left by the NW brothers, that clearly leads to WF, because if we look closely, each shadow on Ned’s dream and every ‘brother’ of the NW, represent one of Ned’s children. The proud is Robb, the faithful is Bran, the ‘squire’ is Arya who looks just like Lyanna, the horn is Sansa, and the ‘red’ stallion is Rickon. Every NW brother who dies, dies in place of one of Ned’s children. “…that is why they dress us in black.” Mormont told, and unfortunately, he was right. That’s Bael’s song dark end, the gods hate kinslayers, but as Old Nan said, a man has the right to his revenge, so while ‘winter’ kills ‘black brothers’ beyond the wall, ‘the grey brothers’ are killed in the south, and that only leaves us with the ghosts. Thanks a lot for reading. Sorry for any grammar or spelling mistakes, but English is not my first language.
  3. Hi! thanks for your comment, actually I think that the sphinxes you mention, the ones at the Citadel represent the Lannister twins, they are opposites, man and woman, have the same 'human face', same 'lion' body and the wings represent their incestuous practice. I had to left the Lannisters relegated until part V unfortunately.
  4. First, I needed to prove that Arthur was Jon’s dad (Part II), now I need to prove why it matters, but mostly, I’d like to prove that Brandon Stark survived his execution in KL, and what two of the sphinxes that I mentioned in Part I are all about (the three headed dragon and WF statues). Next, I’ll talk about The Others, In Part V about all the sphinxes in this story and their importance, and then about Jon’s death. To talk about sphinxes, we need to talk about Craster. When Jon meets Craster and finds out what he’s doing, he goes to talk to Mormont and the LC asks him a very interesting question: “Does Craster seem less than human to you?” and Jon thinks “In half a hundred ways”. Mormont then tells him that Craster serves crueler gods and that the sons are an offering, a prayer, which of course makes you think about Dany and her sacrifice. Bael’s song says that the maiden “loved the bard so dearly she bore him a son,” and that that boy grew up to become Lord of WF. But it also says that Bael “left the child in payment”. The thing is, that the song talks about different men, ‘Bael the bard’ is the smart and charming dude that sings for the Lord, but ‘Sygerrik the deceiver’ is the one that actually fathers the child, and of course we have a third guy, the Lord that gives the child a name, or rather a lastname. In Lyanna’s story, Sygerrik is Arthur, Ned the “sisterless” is the one that makes Jon a Snow. But Bael is the smart and charming dude that sings for Lord Stark. In the song’s dark ending, Bael returns 30 years later and the son kills him because he doesn’t recognize him. What the song doesn’t say but is obvious, is that Bael himself was leading an attack against WF, so he couldn’t expect a different outcome. That explains Qhorin’s death. he falls to his knees saying “sharp” referring to the song “The Dornishman’s wife”. In that song the guy died because he was caught cheating. Jon cuts his neck, as if to recall what I mentioned about Ned’s dream and the prologue, “The Others made no sound.” Heroes have to pay a price to become heroes, and they have to pay it in blood. “All knights must bleed, Jaime,” Ser Arthur Dayne had said, when he saw. “Blood is the seal of our devotion.” Jaime I – AFfC The Last Hero finds the magic after his ‘sword freezes’, and Qhorin was the price that Jon paid for magic. Jon’s magic is Mance Rayder, the singer, and this will be clear in the bastard letter. Ok, now I can talk about Brandon Stark and for that, I am going to explain two things. First: what really happened during the rebellion. Second: how Brandon Stark ended up being ‘Mance Rayder’, the mediocre brown-eyed singer Jon meets beyond the Wall. Jon leaves the Wall with a cool new sword thinking he’ll have to fight wildlings, but along the way the sword ‘freezes’ and he realizes that his war is elsewhere. But to fight that war, against ‘the creature that makes cloaks with the skins of women’ he needs to be someone else. And of course, he dies (allegedly). That’s exactly what happened with Brandon. I mentioned when I spoke of Ned’s dream, that there are 3 parts in the prologue and that in the second, we find several indications of how things really happened during the war. This is how the story begins: Let’s bring light to what happened on the Trident. In the prologue (and this is a problem that Dustin also has in Ned’s dream), Waymar goes ranging on the wrong horse. In that same situation was the ‘promised prince’, Rhaegar, he had the wrong horse. He needed dragons, not horses. Rhaegar wanted to be a hero, and like Waymar, he was unwilling to fail, to die without the glory that the prophecy had promised him. That leads him to “the 3-headed dragon”, which was nothing more than the idea of killing his father to marry his mother, making him the three headed dragon, like Aegon. And before you dismiss this idea thinking I’m crazy, think about what Dany did with her family, how she sacrificed them all to get her dragons. That bring us to Rhaegar’s idea of the “Song of Ice & Fire”, that’s why he crowns Lyanna: That’s ‘Jenny’s song’ lyrics, the song that the GoHH asks as payment for her prophecies. The “gone” King was Aerys. When Waymar faces the Other in the prologue he says “dance with me”, and I always found it curious, until I realized that Jenny dances “with her ghosts” and dragons were supposed to be dead. Rhaegar wanted a new “dance”, or rather, a ghost, a ‘gone’ king. Rhaegar wanted to start a conflict, he wanted Aerys gone, likely because the GoHH told him that the dragons would return after Aerys died. So Rhaegar thought to speed things up a little. What Rhaegar needed was for the conflict to escalate just enough to justify the fact that he planned to overthrow Aerys, and Lyanna was perfect. Lyanna was engaged to a Baratheon (just like the prince who married Jenny), and Robert was a cousin, he was kin, so eventually, things could be solved peacefully, once Aerys was removed from the equation of course. “Somewhere off in the wood a wolf howled. (...) Royce paused a moment, staring off into the distance, his face reflective. A cold wind whispered through the trees.” Lyanna disappears, as I already mentioned, in a very strange circumstance because there is no logical reason that explains her presence near Harrenhal, where she allegedly disappears. The reason is that she was never there. Let’s hear what “the darkness” Ned Stark said: “Brandon. Yes. Brandon would know what to do. He always did.” Cat II – AGoT “Wind. Trees rustling. A wolf. Which sound is it that unmans you so, Gared?” The sound that scares Gared, and should have scared the dragons, is Brandon entering KL and shouting “come out and die.” If Brandon “always” knew what to do, this scream deserves careful examination. History says that Brandon died in KL and that Rhaegar returned from wherever he was to confront Robert. The prologue suggests otherwise. This was Rhaegar’s moment of glory, this is the moment he has been preparing for since as a child, he read ‘something’ that made him believe that he needed to be a warrior. In the prologue, Will thinks that Waymar had prepared for his vocation: “At least insofar as his wardrobe was concerned.” Waymar had a splendid cloak, ‘his crowning glory’ Will called it, Rhaegar had a splendid armor, the one with the rubies, and this, the battle, was his crowning moment. Unfortunately, the “splendid weapon” was Rhaegar’s idea of starting a conflict. It was a splendid opportunity for his enemies, a great excuse. Brandon goes to KL and yells a threat knowing that he is going to be arrested, because as logic and Bael’s song suggest, it is the expected outcome of threatening the prince’s life. What really happened is what we can infer from what happens at the Wall, in the “song of ice”. Waymar leaves and doesn’t return, the parallel is Lyanna’s disappearance, though is actually Arthur’s disappearance. When Ned sends Gared’s head to the Wall, Mormont assumes that something happened to Waymar, so a group (led by Benjen) goes looking for him. This is what allegedly happened, ‘someone’ told Brandon of Lyanna’s kidnapping so he goes to KL. Othor and Flowers “return”, one of them wearing a “hunting horn” (come out and die) and both with blue eyes, a very clear reference to Harrenhal and Lyanna. Othor as I said, is the one that Jon discovers, hidden, apparently trying to kill Mormont in the same place where a valyrian steel sword was hidden. So, Othor is Brandon looking for Rhaegar. I’ll discuss every single parallel between Robert’s rebellion and what happens north of the Wall in the next part. At some point, likely after Harrenhal’s Tourney, Arthur showed up at Winterfell, like Sygerrik the deceiver, the one that hides with the maiden, and told the Starks what was happening because he had a bellyfull of dragon madness. There’s also a parallel of this situation north of the Wall, The NW is expecting Qhorin and he’s late in coming, but when he finally comes, he brings very useful information, Mance is looking for a ‘power’, some sorcery to bring down the Wall. Arthur is Sygerrik, the one that fathers the child while hiding with the maiden, but the bard is the one with the “horn” , the one that screams, Brandon Stark. Lyanna never left Winterfell. She lived and died at her post. Rhaegar, as Bael song suggest, was “hiding with the dead,” he was with one of the dead men from Ned’s dream, Whent, until his moment came. He went to KL with the idea of being the hero that saves the day. He even talked to Jaime about all the changes he was going to make upon his return. Arthur, like Jon, talked to his LC of his doubts about the “humanity” of the royal family, but unlike Mormont, Hightower listened, and did what Mormont suggested Craster’s wives should do: Gerold left Jaime Lannister, (that kills first and thinks later), night and day with the king. “To lead men you must know them, Jon Snow” Jon VII – ACoK Gerold disappears roughly at the same time that Rhaegar arrives to KL and Rhaella is sent to Dragonstone. Gerold is ‘Sygerrik’ in the song of fire, the one that hides with the maiden and fathers the child. Hightower is the man that takes care of Dany in the “house with the red door”, he is the man she remembers giving orders all the time, and of course, he is her father, that’s why in the House of the Undying they call Dany “daughter of three”. Dany is a sphinx, the 3 headed dragon. ‘Bael’ is Rhaegar, the one that steals the maiden (Rhaella) from Aerys, Hightower is ‘Sygerryk’ the real dad, and Aerys the one that gives her a name (and a fame). The “song of fire” the song that explains Dany’s existence, is actually a song from the north, “Brave young Danny Flint” about the girl that enters the NW dressed as a boy, Dany is the ‘prince that was promised’. Prophecy promised a prince, not a princess, just as the NW is supposed to be made only by ‘brothers‘, (incest like) as the PTWP that was supposed to be made by Aerys and Rhaella. The “song of ice” is of course, a song from the south. The song that explains Jon’s existence is “The Dornishman’s Wife” a song, about a guy that dies singing. Clearly, the one that dies singing is no guy, but Lyanna, and she dies singing that she was murdered. We'll see how in the next part. “The Song of Ice & Fire” is Bael’s song, a mixed up version of events of how two children (and two very powerful weapons) were born, and the answer to the riddle that the Black Gate (that’s white) asks: Who are you? This is a story of reflections. Both stories have the same ingredients, a White Knight dad (Hightower/Dayne), a heroic brother (Rhaegar/Brandon) and a ‘shadow’ brother (Viserys/Ned). Back to the rebellion: Hightower, like Gared in the prologue, was afraid. When Rickard and whoever died in Brandon’s place dies (Glover most likely), Gerold approaches Jaime and tells him not to question the king, which Jaime mistakenly interprets as a sign of extreme loyalty. Gerold is, I’m sure, the one who makes the switch between Brandon and the poor bastard that died in his place. That’s hinted at in AGoT’s prologue: What Gerold feared was that Jaime, who was clearly very impressed with Rickard’s execution, would say something that would jeopardize what he, Arthur, and the Starks were doing. There’s another parallel at the Wall, Mance’s execution and the victims’ switch, and Jon’s own plans as we’ll see in Part VI. Brandon leaves KL just as Mance entered WF twice, mixed in the army that goes out to fight in the Trident. Rhaegar never gets to the battle, like Waymar, he dies and is never found, the one that faces Robert on the Trident, is Brandon. Rhaegar’s armor is Brandon’s “sword in the darkness“, this is what Will thinks of Waymar’s sword, which like the dragon’s armor, was full of jewels: “Will doubted it had ever been swung in anger.” Brandon lets Robert “kill” him on the Trident. In the prologue, when Waymar yells “For Robert!” Will thinks that The Other’s parry was almost lazy. This matches the story Mance tells Jon about his desertion, in which he talks about an injury he took while hunting, that made him want to leave the NW. The “scarlet silk” he mentions is a link to Rhaegar’s cloak and the rubies that flew on the Trident. I’ll talk about the rest of the story later. The witchcraft that Mance suggests with the mention of “potions” and Asshai, is what actually happens in the Trident. The sourcery is that ‘Lightbringer’ is forged. When Brandon falls on the Trident, we have the 3 elements that the legend tells about the creation of the sword: a. The water, which repeating the theme of 3, is the Trident b. The “lion’s heart” "Dead is dead." I do not want to know this. "Brandon was different from his brother, wasn't he? He had blood in his veins instead of cold water. More like me." Cat VII - ACoK Jaime claims that Brandon was more like him, and considering that Jaime fooled Robert for years, I think he’s righ*t. “Dead is dead ” says Cat, which is exactly what Gared says in the prologue when Waymar is on his way to meet The Others, and his doom. c. Nissa Nissa’s living heart What Brandon sacrifices is his life, or rather, what his life should have been: “It was all meant for Brandon, you, Winterfell, everything” Ned told Cat. Robert hammers “the sword”, Brandon’s chess, who’s wearing Rhaegar’s black armor (a black steel armor), full of red rubies (red as blood), and thus Lightbringer, the hero’s sword, is forged. The problem is, it’s the sword of the other side. The outcome of the magic is that Brandon Stark loses his face, ‘his Stark look’, like Waymar when he rises, “his face was a ruin”. Brandon’s ‘death’ in the Trident is hinted in Jaime’s fever dream near Harrenhal: We have the ‘little splash’, the water, direwolves, the darkness, and doom. The “doom” that Jaime dreams of is the direwolf, Brandon Stark. Mance told Jon: Those are the 3 parts of the WF sphinx, the 3 reasons why Mance needs to be Brandon again. The “greatest treasure” is the life that Ned stole from them, the place where “a kiss was not a crime” is Winterfell, or it would have been for Lyanna, and obviously, the man who could “wear any cloak he chose” was Arthur. Each one represents one of the parts of the statues: The head, the “likeness” is family, the “greatest treasure” The sword is duty, “a kiss is not a crime” if no incest or kinslaying is involved The wolf, is honor, is doing the right thing when it’s hard to do it, when you need to choose a side. A place where “a man could wear any cloak he chose”. Those are obviously the Tully’s words: “Family, Duty, Honor”. One last comment about Bael’s song, whose main theme is that what’s important is, mostimes, what we have right in front of our eyes, and that sometimes that’s dangerous, is about two things that Cat thinks when we first meet the Starks. The first has to do with Ned: “The Starks were not like other men. Ned brought his bastard home with him, and called him “son” for all the north to see.” For a person who grew up practically next door to the Freys, the comment is of an unusual blindness, and sadly, it proves that deep down Cat never wanted to really see, but also that the north scared her, so at the first opportunity she had, she fled never to return. The second has to do with the Starks words: The chill she feels is for Ned, not for the words. The words represent exactly what she thinks, and clearly represent the Starks, the problem is that Cat never knew that Winterfell, but Ned’s version. I’ll talk about The Other’s version in the next part.
  5. Hi! thanks so much for your comment, there are more parallels coming up that I believe will prove what I'm trying to explain. As for 'Qhorin', when you read the chapters where Jon and him are beyond the wall, there's plenty of hints that he's Arthur and that he has a special interest in Jon, that makes you wonder.
  6. Hi! thanks so much for your comment, and yes! Is incomplete because is just the ground work of the theory, I just posted Part II, in case you are interested. As for the Others, they are part of this theory and as you say, I also believe that the hunting and the babies part is just a misunderstanding, or rather, something that their enemies say. Every story has two sides, and I think that's exactly what's happening here.
  7. This is the second part of a theory, (Part I), that includes Jon's father identity, how Lightbringer was forged (In Part III), and why the Others behave as they do (Part IV), among other things. In this part I’ll talk about Jon’s dad. AGoT’s prologue raises a very interesting question almost right at the beginning, what proof have we? The only proof we have that things happened the way we think they happened is that Ned said so. (Or a horrible interpretation of the story in a TV show) The only 'evidence' we have is a fever dream, which clearly cannot be taken as an account of the events as they happened. But that dream hides the key to finding Jon's father and proving who he is. There is a peculiarity of the Winterfell's Crypt and it is that it has pillars that go two by two until we find that, instead of the classic statue of the Lord, there are 3 statues together, Rickard, Brandon and Lyanna, something that clearly, is not normal. To decipher Ned's dream, we must consider this detail, the 3 statues of the Starks are 3 “sphinxes”, so each Stark is at the same time three people, a KG of Ned's dream, a brother of the NW from the prologue and of course, one of the Starks depicted in the statue. In Ned's dream, Rickard is at the same time Gared and Gerold; Brandon is Waymar and Arthur; Lyanna is Will and Oswell. There are 3 elements in Ned’s dream: 3 knights, a round Tower, and Lyanna in her “bed of blood”. The dream begins with Ned riding with his friends (they are shadows), curiously 6 friends, like the number of the NW vows and the number of Others in the prologue. The access to the crypt of WF is at the foot of a tower, which like the one in the dream, is rounded. The 3 NW brothers from the prologue have been riding for 9 days following the trail of 8 wildlings, 8 is the number of people who die in Ned's dream. The relevance of the number 9 is what I mentioned about the parallels between these 3 groups of 3 people and also 2 peculiarities, Jon swears his vows in a circle of 9 trees and the crown of the Winter Kings has 9 iron swords. "They're dead.” says Gared in the prologue, “They shan't trouble us no more.” But Waymar insists, and asks Will to tell him all the details of what he saw. From that point on, the Prologue is divided into 3 parts: The first, is a kind of introduction to Ned's dream in which all the dream’s red flags are marked, everything that doesn’t make any sense in his version of events, from Dustin's horse, to why 8 people ended up dead if things happened more or less as Ned tells them. The second part begins with something like a ‘scene change’ in which the twilight deepens. That part tells us how the "long night" came for the dragons. I’ll talk about that in Part III The third, the one we are interested in, begins when Ser Waymar "gained the ridge", that is, when he arrives at the scene where the 8 dead wildlings are supposed to be. On a ridge, is where Ned is supposed to have buried the 8 men that die in the dream. The moment that Ned arrives at the Tower in the dream matches, as I said, with the moment that Waymar arrives on the scene and finds that there is no one there. In the prologue, Waymar tells Will to climb a tree and "look for a fire." This is where Ned's dream and the prologue merge. Ned sees the 3 KG and the description he makes is quite peculiar. “Yet these were no ordinary three. (...). And these were no shadows; their faces burned clear, even now.” These men faces "burn", as opposed to his friends, who are shadows, so basically, this dream is Ned "looking for a fire". Let's see Ned's description of the 3 KG: “Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, had a sad smile on his lips. The hilt of the greatsword Dawn poked up over his right shoulder. Ser Oswell Whent was on one knee, sharpening his blade with a whetstone. Across his white-enameled helm, the black bat of his House spread its wings. Between them stood fierce old Ser Gerold Hightower, the White Bull, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.” The 3 KG are in the exact same position as the 3 Starks from the Crypt. In the description of each man, we find 2 vows from the NW, and that is hinted at by the double pillars of the crypt that surround the 3 statues. Arthur, the sword of the morning. I am the sword in the darkness Ser Oswell, the black bat. I am the watcher on the walls Stood fierce Ser Gerlold. The fire that burns against the cold Dawn pocked over his right shoulder. The light that brings the dawn Sharpening his blade*. The horn that wakes the sleepers The white bull. The shield that guards the realms of men *In Part I I talked about the flower from Bael's song, and the link with Lyanna's crowning where Rhaegar puts the flowers on Lyanna's lap, where the swords go in the WF statues. I said that the flower in the song is a "horn", is Bael screaming "I took her". This idea will be clearer later. In the dream, Ned tells the guards a number of things, and the key to understanding what the dream is really about is that for everything Ned says, there is an exact correspondence to something that happens in the prologue. Waymar arrives to the ridge: "Down below, the lordling called out suddenly, "Who goes there?" Will heard uncertainty in the challenge.” This happens in Ned’s dream: "I looked for you on the Trident," Ned said to them. "We were not there," Ser Gerold answered. "Woe to the Usurper if we had been," said Ser Oswell. The only one that doesn't answers is Arthur Dayne. While this happens in the prologue: “The Others made no sound. Will saw movement from the corner of his eye. Pale shapes gliding through the wood. He turned his head, glimpsed a white shadow in the darkness. (...) Perhaps it had only been a bird, a reflection on the snow, some trick of the moonlight. What had he seen, after all?” Arthur is supposed to be wearing white like any KG, and that's exactly what Will sees, a white figure. When he wants to warn Waymar, "the words seemed to freeze" which is a reference to the snow and Arthur's white cloak. Will thinks that maybe it was a bird, a reflection in the snow, and in fact, the KG is a reflection of the NW, the "crows". Ned's dream continues: "When King's Landing fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were." "Far away," Ser Gerold said, "or Aerys would yet sit the Iron Throne, and our false brother would burn in seven hells." In the prologue Waymar also wonders: "Will, where are you?" Ser Waymar called up. "Can you see anything?" He was turning in a slow circle, suddenly wary, his sword in hand. He must have felt them, as Will felt them. There was nothing to see.” The false brother is Brandon who, as I will show in the next part, didn’t die in KL, that's why “there was nothing to see” in KL, Rickard was burned and Brandon wasn’t there. Next question from Ned: "I came down on Storm's End to lift the siege," Ned told them, (...) I was certain you would be among them." This time, the only one who responds, and very coldly, is Ser Arthur: “Our knees do not bend easily” Waymar is starting to feel very cold. “Answer me! Why is it so cold?" It was cold*.* Shivering, Will clung more tightly to his perch”. I said when talking about the NW vows and the parallels with the KG position in the dream that the "horn" corresponds to the image of Oswell (Lyanna) on his knees sharpening his blade. The "horn" in the dream is of course Lyanna screaming: Eddard! But the thing is that Oswell is kneeling, so it seems that Lyanna kneeled easily. Clearly, there's something more here, and we'll see what it is in Part IV. In the prologue, Waymar fights with an Other, and despite all his bravery, he loses miserably basically because he faces a far superior (and cruel) swordsman. In Ned's dream, there is one last dialogue that is also quite cruel. “Ser Willem is a good man and true,” said Ser Oswell. “But not of the Kingsguard,” Ser Gerold pointed out. “The Kingsguard does not flee.” “Then or now,” said Ser Arthur. He donned his helm. “We swore a vow,” explained old Ser Gerold. What Oswell (Lyanna) says, is what Ned told Lyanna about Robert when she found out that he had a bastard, and Ned tried to assure her that once he got married he was going to behave differently. In the prologue, Will says that before joining the NW he was a poacher, and during the attack he behaves like one. What Gerold (Rickard) says about the KG, in Ned's mind of course, is related to two things that Ned thought in the crypt when Robert went to Winterfell. The first is that “all swords” failed Rickard (I’ll discuss this in Part IV) and the second, is that “darkness” was Lyanna’s place: "Ah, damn it, Ned, did you have to bury her in a place like this?" His voice was hoarse with remembered grief. "She deserved more than darkness …" "She was a Stark of Winterfell," Ned said quietly. "This is her place." Lyanna’s statue is not a tribute, it’s a punishment. Lyanna and Brandon are Rickard's “Kingsguard”, they are sentinels who, as in the NW legend, are fulfilling in death what they failed, according to Ned, to do while living. Now to the main point, the proof that Arthur, not Rhaegar, is definitely, and beyond a doubt, Jon's father. I said before that to the vow “the light that brings the dawn”, corresponds Arthur’s image of the “sword of the morning” with Dawn pocking “over his right shoulder”. When, after the duel, Will dares to come down from the tree and goes to check Waymar's body, he thinks something that inevitably made me think of Jon: “Lying dead like that, you saw how young he was. A boy. " But the interesting thing happens later. Will thinks “the broken sword would be his proof” and this happens: “Will rose. Ser Waymar Royce stood over him. His fine clothes were a tatter, his face a ruin. A shard from his sword transfixed the blind white pupil of his left eye*.”* In the dream, Arthur has the sword pointed in a right to left direction, that's why the hilt pokes over his right shoulder, Waymar has a piece of sword sticking out of his left eye. The "broken sword" in Waymar's left eye is the proof that Arthur Dayne is Jon's father. What proof have we? Waymar, our first proof asks, and he answers. The second proof is Ghost, the third is that the “broken sword” Bran Stark names his wolf Summer after seeing the “face” of winter in his comatose dream. "He must have crawled away from the others," Jon said. Or been driven away," their father said, looking at the sixth pup. His fur was white, where the rest of the litter was grey. His eyes were as red as the blood of the ragged man who had died that morning. Bran thought it curious that this pup alone would have opened his eyes while the others were still blind.” Ghost is white like Arthur's white cloak and with eyes as red as the mountains of Dorne that Ned sees in the dream behind the round tower. Ghost 'appears' on Winterfell when they go out to execute Gared, the one guarding the horses during the duel. The she-wolf crossed the Wall using the Black Gate that Gared opened, he had been 40 years in the Watch, surely, he knew the Gate. Waymar's death was planned and executed to send Jon a gift. "The gift of a sword, even a sword as fine as Longclaw, did not make him a Mormont. Nor was he Aemon Targaryen." Jon IX - AGoT Of course not, you innocent bastard. B. The sword in the darkness I don't have all the details of how things happened obviously, but there are a few things we can infer, I'll talk about most of them in the next part. "Dead men sing no songs" says Will in the prologue, but the song Mance sings when he meets Jon, "The Dornishman’s Wife" suggests that the Dornishman had a story to tell. There are some interesting clues that point to the importance of Arthur in the story. Most of them are in parts III and IV. Waymar is a very clear parallel of Arthur (and actually of all the heroes in this story that failed), the first thing Will mentions of the fallen hero is his smile, Ned also remembers Arthur's smile in the first place. Waymar's sword is a "splendid weapon", the Dayne's is supposed to be the best sword in Westeros. The NW sends a group to find Waymar, Benjen's, from that group 2 "people" return, Othor and Flowers (frozen corpses). Those corpses are the ones that rise in the middle of the night. Everyone thinks that Othor's intention is to kill Mormont, but the room where Jon finds the ranger, is the one where the sword was. The sword that Jon wins as a reward and that it was “forgotten”, as Arthur. The sword is obviously not Dawn, but it is a "splendid weapon". But there is another detail, Jon goes north being the living image of a WF statue, (and the Last Hero very image), with "a sword, a horse, a dog" and as the Daynes of legend, following a star (the comet). The first person Jon meets beyond the Wall is Craster, the closest thing to a Targaryen you can find, and Jon's rejection explains in part how Arthur Dayne ended up being a Stark, as I’ll (hopefully) prove in part III. This is the moment that Jon meets his father, unlike what Bael song says, he recognized him immediately: “Jon knew Qhorin Halfhand the instant he saw him, though they had never met. The big ranger was half a legend in the Watch; a man of slow words and swift action, tall and straight as a spear, long-limbed and solemn. Unlike his men, he was clean-shaven. His hair fell from beneath his helm in a heavy braid touched with hoarfrost, and the blacks he wore were so faded they might have been greys. (...)Since that day, the wildlings beyond the Wall had known no foe more implacable.” Jon V - ACoK Qhorin's description is basically that of a direwolf, he even dresses in gray. Qhorin, who even has grey eyes, could be any Stark, with the detail of being "tall and straight as a spear", like a dornish spear. Contrary to what usually happens, with women wearing their husbands colors, Arthur became a Stark. In fact, in the "sphinx" that the statues of WF represent, the wolf, is Arthur Dayne. We’ll see the other two parts in Part III. I'm not going to go into Qhorin's story with Jon because, as much as I like it (though it breaks my heart), it would drag things out too long. Some remarkable things: Qhorin mentions a wedding, Jon "awakens" his connection with Ghost while sleeping with Qhorin, and the night before meeting him, Jon hears the "song" of a wolf and thinks it is a sad and lonely song. Like Arthur, the wolf who was "driven away". I’m only going to briefly talk about the mission that Qhorin entrusts to Jon and that begins with a “hear me” as if it were the announcement of a horn: “Then hear me. If we are taken, you will go over to them*,* as the wildling girl you captured once urged you. They may demand that you cut your cloak to ribbons, that you swear them an oath on your father’s grave, that you curse your brothers and your Lord Commander. You must not balk, whatever is asked of you. Do as they bid you . . . but in your heart, remember who and what you are**.** Ride with them, eat with them, fight with them, for as long as it takes. And watch.” ” Arthur was the “sword of the morning” and that, I think, meant a lot more than just being a great swordsman. Rhaegar, as Waymar in the prologue, was looking for something, and during that search, Dayne, who was his "constant companion" saw more than he could tolerate, the same thing happened to Jon, he 'watched' until he received the pink letter, that was his limit, same as Arthur's. Wymar tells Will "tell me again what you saw, all the details" hinting at Rhaegar's fascination with prophecies and visions. At some point, like Will, Arthur decided it was time to stop just watching. In the next part, I'll talk about Rhaegar’s downfall, Brandon Stark, and Lightbringer. Thanks a lot for reading this second part of the theory! It get’s better, I promise. Sorry for any grammar or spelling mistakes, but English is not my first language.
  8. Part I: A true man Jon Snow is, for me, the most interesting mystery of ASOIAF. From AGoT 's prologue when we meet Waymar Royce, the failed hero, I always suspected that the ranger's physical resemblance to the Starks (with Jon in particular) had something to do with this story. I was wrong unfortunately This theory is based on something Aemon says on his journey from the Wall to Old Town, “the sphinx is the riddle, not the riddler”, although the main evidence is in AGoT’s prologue, a text that I have been struggling with for years. In fact this is not my first theory about this topic, but I think I finally got the riddle. In this theory that sought to understand the importance of Jon's identity, I found Lightbringer and understood what The Others are and why they behave as they do. In Part II I’ll hopefully prove beyond a doubt what Ned’s tower dream is about, in Part III,I’ll talk about how Lightbringer was forged and where, and in part IV about Jon but mostly about The Others. A sphinx is a monster made up of 3 parts, a human face, the body of an animal (usually a lion) and the wings of some beast (a dragon, hawk, etc). But in ASOIAF they also have an additional quality, and that is that they are always in pairs, man and woman, opposites, like fire and ice. My theory is that there are two opposing "sphinxes", the 3 headed dragon that Rhaegar was looking for, and the WF statues. The Crypt’s statues are a sphinx made up of 3 parts, the "likeness" (the lord or king’s face), the sword, and the wolf at his feet. The riddle is the one that the Black Gate at the Nightfort poses: "Who are you?" This three-part set is also depicted on the Titan of Braavos. That statue shows a fiery-eyed man wielding a broken sword. The Titan emits a deafening sound to warn that ships are approaching the city. That sound, the horn, ties him to the Night’s King legend and the “Horn of Winter”. The broken sword links him to another legend, the Long Night and the Last Hero, and the eyes to Jon (or rather to Ghost). This theory is about heroes and what it means to be a hero. Fair warning: this is a long theory that covers many topics and this is just an introductory part to understand parts II to IV where the theory is fully developed. Let's start at the center of the mystery, Lyanna Stark. The first version we have of what happened to her is that she was abducted and systematically raped by Rhaegar. That is the story that Robert tells, and possibly he is not the most objective source of information, so we tend to look for alternative explanations, and there are several. As the story progresses, other possibilities open up, from the idea of a romantic love to a magical crusade in which Lyanna appears to be the piece of the puzzle that Rhaegar needed. None of them are entirely satisfactory because none of them explain some important facts that I will talk about throughout this theory and mainly because they are not entirely in line with what we know about the characters, and that is the worst problem. People have motivations that are logical in their story, with their context. The worst problem with Lyanna's disappearance for me is satisfactorily explaining what she was doing in the place where she was supposed to disappear. And there’s no explanation. But to get to Lyanna, first I have to talk about heroes, and The Others. Let's get started. To our knowledge, The Others appear in Westeros history 3 times: During the Long Night During the NK reign In the present This theory will (try to) explain why. A.- The Long Night & The Last Hero When Old Nan tells the legend she says that during a particularly cold winter “The Others came for the First Time”. According to the legend: “They were cold things, dead things, that hated iron and fire and the touch of the sun, and every creature with hot blood in its veins.” Also, they did something quite disturbing: “They hunted the maids through frozen forests, and fed their dead servants on the flesh of human children." In other words, the enemy presented by this story is, at first glance, the antithesis of everything that dragons represent: iron, fire, sun, hot blood. To think that the Others "hunted the maids through frozen forests" made me think immediately in the search for Lyanna, and the mention of "fed their dead servants on the flesh of human children" is a tremendous image of what Clegane (the now zombie) did with Rhaegar's little children and surely hundreds of other children. In short, if we look at recent history, for Rhaegar or rather for his family, "The Others" are very similar to the Starks and the Lannisters. The Long Night legend also introduces us to the hero, the "Last Hero," a brave man "determined to seek out the children, in the hopes that their ancient magics could win back what the armies of men had lost." This quest for magic inevitably brings Rhaegar to mind and the prophecy he was interested in. The legendary tale remains unfinished, so we do not know what the hero's fate is, how he finds the magic, or what it is. In the legend, the hero "despaired of ever finding the children of the forest in their secret cities." At what point does Rhaegar despair? The truth is that we don’t know if he was desperate, but we do know that even if he was not obsessed, clearly the prophecy was something that he had in mind and he was looking for the signs (the comet, the smoke, etc). The thing is, after Aegon's birth he tells Elia that his son already has a song, "The Song of Ice and Fire." This occurs after Harrenhal’s tournament and before Lyanna's disappearance. Then Rhaegar talks about something else, that “the dragon has three heads”. The interpretation that most of us do, (basically because it is the interpretation that Dany does) is that he needed another son, another "head" to recreate the original trio of conquerors. But in the same way that we don't know what the legendary LH was looking for, we don't know exactly what Rhaegar was looking for either. On the other hand, we tend to overlook that in addition to Lyanna's coronation, another event occurred in Harrenhal that was determinant, and that is Jaime’s appointment as Kingsguard. The legend ends with the hero completely alone, carrying a broken sword and surrounded by enemies who “came silent on his trail”. In this theory, I am going to follow the hero's trail. B. The Night’s King Like the Last Hero, the Lord Commander is an unknown hero, but they also share another interesting peculiarity, the NK of the legend is the 13th man that led the NW, while the LH leaves on his mission accompanied by 12 men, being him, obviously hero number 13. Unlike the LH, the NK is remembered as a villain who defied the power of WF. The legends of the LH and the NK also share a common setting, the Wall, the construction created (apparently) to stop The Others. The NW seems inspired by the LH and the NK was, of course, part of the NW. The oldest castle on the Wall is the Nightfort, the setting for the story of the NK. In that place is the "Black Gate" (which is actually white), a magical door that opens when correctly answering the question: WHO ARE YOU? The correct answer, which must come from a brother of the NW who has pronounced his vows (and who is not a corpse) is: “I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.” So, the answer to "Who are you?" is to BE the vow, it is to follow the "trail" left by the LH. Following that trail, we are going to find the sphinxes. But the NW oath has two parts, the part that opens the door is the second part. The first part includes a series of prohibitions, and that is the part that we are interested in examining to understand the NK. “I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post.” Once we know the story of the NK and the existence of the Black Gate (which has existed since the wall existed), it becomes clear that the first part of the oath was added later and that what the brothers of the NW swear is basically not to become the NK while becoming a hero. All the points of the oath seem inspired by things the NK did that should not be repeated. But in addition, there is another aspect to consider and that has to do with The Others. According to legend, after his fall, it was discovered that the LC made sacrifices to The Others. Old Nan never explains what those sacrifaces are about, but it is clear that it is some kind of "help". The courtship that the NK makes, going in search (or chase) of the woman he loves, is identical to the ritual of "marriage" of the wildlings, and of course, the idea of a "fearless warrior" who kidnaps a woman makes one think of Bael's story. Let us pause for a moment on the woman, the “corpse queen” who caused the hero’s fall. The story goes that the NK “loved her though her skin was cold as ice”. This immediately brings to mind the part of the NW oath “the fire that burns against the cold”. The nickname "corpse queen" and the description of the woman suggest that she was dead, which, obviously, leads to Lyanna. It turns out that the 3-time crowned queen, Lyanna Stark, shares several things with this legend and the heroes of this story. Lyanna is crowned "Queen of Beauty" by Rhaegar in Harrenhal On Cersei's wedding night, Robert calls his wife "Lyanna". That night Cersei became queen instead of Lyanna Ned makes her a statue in the crypt, a statue that she shouldn’t have because that honor is traditionally reserved for the Lords and Kings. Calling her "corpse queen" and "cold as ice," also makes you think about something Ned says to Robert about Lyanna: "you saw her beauty, but not the iron underneath." I'll get back to Lyanna and her iron later. Jaime, like the NK of the legend, broke - almost - all his vows, mostly with his own sister. His most notable act, which is to kill Aerys to prevent him from killing Tywin while destroying the entire city, is unknown (win no glory). So Jaime is an interesting parallel to the NK, just as Rhaegar seems to be like LH. These parallels will make sense later, I promise. Now let's talk about the last legendary hero, Bael. C. Bael the Wild For reasons not entirely clear, Lord Stark “wanted Bael's head” and when Bael found out, he vowed to teach the Lord a lesson. This is the starting point of the song and obviously there is a great similarity to recent history, Rhaegar allegedly wanted Lyanna's "head" and that leads him to abduct her or escape with her or whatever he was trying to do. The prince's gesture is very badly received by the very annoyed Brandon Stark and as a consequence, upon learning of his sister's disappearance, he goes like wildfire to KL to yell at the prince “come out and die”. Jon hears this story on the other side of the Wall and up to that point, apart from Ygritte herself, the only wildling he knew was Craster, the NW 'friend'. Craster cannot bear to be called a bastard, which he obviously is, and is involved in two very unpleasant practices, incest and the sacrifice of his children. Issues in which we can also draw parallels with Prince Rheagar unfortunately. Back to the song. Bael comes to WF on a winter night with a false identity, "Sygerrik" which in the Old Tongue means "deceiver" and spends the night singing for the Lord. He is so good at singing that the Lord offers him to name his reward, "all I want is a flower" says the bard, "the fairest flower that blooms in the gardens of Winterfell". The next morning, the Lord realizes that the bard had disappeared and had taken his daughter. On the maiden's bed, Lord Stark finds the flower that Bael had received as a reward, resting on the place where the woman's head had rested. This is where things get interesting. Obviously, the flower and the disappearance are clear references to Lyanna's disappearance and the crown of winter roses she receives in Harrenhal. But there are some details that are not so obvious: The flower appears on the maiden's pillow, so the girl was sleeping when Bael took her. That makes you think of the NW vow "the horn that wakes the sleepers" and of course, the Horn of Winter. The flower, as I said, is a reference to Lyanna and Harrenhal. But unlike the flower in the song, that is placed where a crown is supposed to be (on the head), Rhaegar places the crown on Lyanna's lap. As we know, that is the place where the WF statues have their swords. The purpose of the sword is to "keep the vengeful spirit" in the crypt, basically, to keep it dead. The flower on the pillow, or rather on the head, made me think of the song that the Ghost of High Heart asks for, as payment for her prophetic dreams. The song she asks for is “Jenny's song”. Jenny's song goes like this: "High in the Halls of the Kings who are gone*, Jenny would dance with her ghosts.*" That bit that I highlighted is key to understanding Lyanna’s mystery. Let's start with the Horn. The NW oath speaks of a "horn that wakes the sleepers" and the NK legend mentions that Joramun helps the Stark of Winterfell to defeat the NK. It is never clearly specified how Joramun uses the horn, but there are some details in the story that help to understand what it is. Jon remembers a legend that says that the horn "woke giants". When Viserys gets violent with Dany, he tells her that it's her fault because she "woke the dragon." Melisandre talks all the time about awakening stone dragons, and generally, that involves killing someone. So, clearly, the horn awakens something large and possibly violent. In Bael's song, the flower fulfills the function of a horn, it is a warning, it is Bael announcing “I took her”. In the same way, it is crowning Lyanna in Harrenhal which makes Rhaegar the only suspect. And of course, that was the point. In other words, the "Horn of Winter" is a power, which has to do with waking up, with opening our eyes, with realizing something that we had in front of our eyes all the time. We had the horn of winter in front of our eyes ALL the time. The first step to uncover what really happened, is to talk about Jon’s dad. That is what I’ll talk about in Part II. Thanks a lot for reading this first part of the theory! It get’s better, I promise. Sorry for any grammar or spelling mistakes, but English is not my first language.
  9. A white wolf in a white wood, silent as a shadow. I am going to talk about the link between the NW's Oath with the Starks and 3 legends, the Last Hero, The Night’s King and Bael’s Song. I’ll try to prove that between the votes and those legends, we can understand The Long Night and The Others. And along the way, also clarify a bit about Jon’s identity. “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” The NW oath has 3 types of statements: I shall do/not do something I am something a thing that do something If we treat the oath as 3 parts, in which each one includes one of each of these statements, we will see that: each part includes a vow (I shall do/not do) A character can be identified with a statement (“I am”), I will call this the “identity statement” A second element of this “identity” that doesn’t start with “I am”, which serves as context to identify the story, the thing that do something (the light that, the horn that, the shield that) Let’s see each part: 3 vows: I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory I shall live and die at my post 3 “identity statements”: I am the sword in the darkness I am the watcher on the walls I am the fire that burns against the cold 3 “context statements” the light that brings the dawn the horn that wakes the sleepers the shield that guards the realms of men With this logic, the oath would be re-ordered like this: I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children I am the sword in the darkness the light that brings the dawn I shall wear no crowns and win no glory I am the watcher on the walls The horn that wakes the sleepers I shall live and die at my post I am the fire that burns against the cold the shield that guards the realms of men Let us now examine each part. The Sword In the first section of the vow we can identify the Last Hero during the Long Night. Vow: I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children Identity: I am the sword in the darkness context: the light that brings the dawn In AGoT, when Old Nan tells the story of the Last Hero, we can find all the elements of the vow as “motivators” that make the hero go on his adventure: wife , lands , children. "In that darkness, the Others came for the first time," she said as her needles went click click click. "They were cold things, dead things, that hated iron and fire and the touch of the sun, and every creature with hot blood in its veins. They swept over holdfasts and cities and kingdoms, felled heroes and armies by the score, riding their pale dead horses and leading hosts of the slain. All the swords of men could not stay their advance, and even maidens and suckling babes found no pity in them. They hunted the maids through frozen forests, and fed their dead servants on the flesh of human children." We’ll talk more of this later on. Later, Nan tells that the hero goes "into the dead lands with a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions" in search of the magic he needs to stop the Others. According to Nan, the Last Hero is the sole survivor of his group, for which, clearly, we can consider him as The sword in the darkness, after all, apparently, it is he who finds the way to defeat the Others. The last section of this part of the oath, “the light that brings the dawn” is, as I said, a "complement" of the identity of the person of whom it speaks, a context to understand the story and the purpose. The LH is humanity’s last hope, he is “the light”, either because he knows the answer on how the Others can be stopped, or because he has Lightbringer, or both. The Watcher This part of the oath, refers to the Night 's King legend. Vow: I shall wear no crowns and win no glory Identity: I am the watcher on the walls Context: The horn that wakes the sleepers The King without glory, the 13th Lord Commander, or The Night's King, is the legendary character who declared himself king. Walls, plural, means more than one wall. There is a place in Westeros whose walls has some very particular “watchers”: “ The Lords of Winterfell watched them pass. Their likenesses were carved into the stones that sealed the tombs. In long rows they sat, blind eyes staring out into eternal darkness, while great stone direwolves curled round their feet.” I'll come back to this part later, but let's keep in mind the link between the "watchers" and the Starks. The context of this story is clearly about the "Horn of Winter." If we remember, the 13th LC is defeated, according to legend, thanks to the alliance that is formed between the Stark of Winterfell and Joramun, of the wildlings. As we have seen, this part of the oath mentions 2 demissions, "crown" and "glory". In legend, the LC is stripped of his crown and his glory (his identity and his story). The LH represents only a part of the hero's path, we know that he has a mission, which is to confront The Others, but the story remains without resolution, we do not know if he completed his mission, we do not know what kind of magic he found, and above all, we do not know what was his fate. The last time we "see" the Last Hero, his sword is broken and he is surrounded by enemies. In the case of the 13th LC, we don’t know his identity and motivations, we know that at some point he falls in love with a woman, or at least that he wants her, and that for reasons that are never clearly explained, he decides to declare himself King. It is assumed that because of that, the Stark of Winterfell and Joramun caused his "downfall". Bael is the only legendary character of which, we know not only his motivations, but also its consequences. Bael has a plan, a mission, just like the LH. Bael executes his plan, kidnaps the WF maiden, proving that he is "fearless". Basically, the same crime that the 13th LC is accused of. Like the LC, Bael declares himself king (although on the other side of the wall), and it is being King that his fall comes, just as it happened with the Night's King. The fire In the last part of the oath, we are going to examine the last legendary character, Bael. Vow: I shall live and die at my post Identity: I am the fire that burns against the cold Context: the shield that guards the realms of men Unlike the other two legends, in this one we have a name, Bael, and according to the song, an origin, the bard is a wildling. Bael's is by far the most interesting legend in this story, and I think the most misunderstood. It is Bael's song that will allow us to better understand our characters and their legends. South of the wall, Bael is barely remembered as another failed invader, among the wildlings though, he is remembered for what he knew how to do best, deceive. Bael arrives at Winterfell one winter's night with a made-up identity, (he calls himself Sygerrik, that means deceiver) and with no weapons other than his cunning. The bard's motivation is to get revenge on Lord Stark who called him a "craven who preyed only on the weak." Bael is so talented that he not only spends the night at Lord Stark's house, eating at his own table, but also gets him to offer whatever reward he wants. Bael asks for a flower: “All I ask is a flower,' Bael answered, 'the fairest flower that blooms in the gardens o' Winterfell.'" The Lord obviously agrees, but as we know, that's not what Bael really wanted. That night, the bard takes Lord Stark's daughter, and in her place, he leaves the winter rose (which he had received as payment) on the maiden's pillow "where her head had lain." Bael leaves the flower so that Lord Stark knows it was him. A desperate Lord Brandon sends the NW to look for his only daughter. After months of searching for her to no avail, it turns out that Bael and the maiden had never left Winterfell: “They had been in Winterfell all the time, hiding with the dead beneath the castle.” Let's have a look at the interesting part of the legend. The part that is not explicitly told. The song never clearly explains why Lord Stark allowed the bastard son of a wildling of dubious reputation to grow up and become Lord of Winterfell, especially considering that the maiden survived childbirth and could have had legitimate children. Until we carefully read this: They had been in Winterfell all the time. The only thing that's been to Winterfell all the time besides the Starks, are the wolves. “The Lords of Winterfell watched them pass. Their likenesses were carved into the stones that sealed the tombs. In long rows they sat, blind eyes staring out into eternal darkness, while great stone direwolves curled round their feet.” When Will raises Waymar's sword in the prologue after he is brutally murdered, he thinks the following: "The broken sword would be his proof." The proof that Bael was the one who took the maiden is the rose on the bed. Bael wants the Lord to know that it was him. The "winter rose" is the "sword in the darkness", is Bael backstabbing Lord Stark. It 's the treason. The "light that brings the dawn" is Lord Stark realizing he was fooled. Bael is a wolf, one of the “watchers on the walls”, he is a Stark. The son he has with the maiden is "the horn that awakens the sleepers." It is when the baby is born that Lord Stark wakes up in the bed he laid, waiting to die. This is what happened to Rhaegar and Lyanna. The "sword in the darkness" is Brandon coming to KL and crying out for Rhaegar to come out and die, that is, accusing him of kidnapping his sister in front of hundreds of people. The "winter rose" on the pillow is Rhaegar crowning Lyanna in Harrenhal. The Starks took it upon themselves to very publicly accuse Rhaegar of Lyanna's disappearance and subsequent death. This is the moment when the legend of the Night's King, and Bael's song overlap, because Bael IS the Night's King. “For thirteen years they had ruled, Night's King and his corpse queen”. In the legend, the queen is called the “corpse queen”, which clearly refers to this detail from the song: “They had been in Winterfell all the time, hiding with the dead beneath the castle.” The return of the "Others" has to do with the new "corpse queen" of the crypt, Lyanna and her Night's King, Brandon Stark as we will see shortly. Let's see again what Old Nan says about the long night: "In that darkness, the Others came for the first time," she said as her needles went click click click. "They were cold things, dead things, that hated iron and fire and the touch of the sun, and every creature with hot blood in its veins.” The "cold, dead things" are the Starks causing the long night on the dragons, extinguishing them. It is during the Long Night that the Others come and the Long Night has already begun, only they called it "Robert's Rebellion." “By ancient custom an iron longsword had been laid across the lap of each who had been Lord of Winterfell, to keep the vengeful spirits in their crypts. Unlike dragons who are conquerors, the Starks are quiet but vengeful people, and as the wolves they are, they bid their time taking revenge at the appropriate moment, when no one sees them coming. “A white wolf in a white wood, silent as a shadow. They will never know he's coming.” Jon VII ADwD We know that the Others are different, special, like the Targaryens but made of ice. The Targ’s kept their "magic" thanks to incest. The Others, the Starks, too. “You know nothing, Jon Snow. A true man steals a woman from afar, t' strengthen the clan. Women who bed brothers or fathers or clan kin offend the gods, and are cursed with weak and sickly children. Even monsters." Despite what Craster and his wives believe, "The Others" are not Craster's children. I’ll talk about this in the next point. I must be a warrior The last character we need to understand is the Last Hero, the hero in search of magic. “Until one day Prince Rhaegar found something in his scrolls that changed him. No one knows what it might have been, only that the boy suddenly appeared early one morning in the yard as the knights were donning their steel. He walked up to Ser Willem Darry, the master-at-arms, and said, 'I will require sword and armor. It seems I must be a warrior.'" The “Last Hero” is supposed to be the hero responsible for ending the long night, and at first glance, the legend never explains how he does it. Except that legend explains it, so does the NW Oath and Winterfell’s Crypt. Let's have a look at the legend first: “One by one his friends died, and his horse, and finally even his dog, and his sword froze so hard the blade snapped when he tried to use it. And the Others smelled the hot blood in him, and came silent on his trail, stalking him with packs of pale white spiders big as hounds” Let's see now, the last part of the oath, as we rearranged it: I am the fire that burns against the cold the shield that guards the realms of men Wolves have a very particular way of hunting large and strong prey, which is to stalk it, surrounding it (what we saw in Waymar’s duel basically) .Once cornered, it has little chance of escaping, since wolves are extremely fast and agile. The Starks were very patient. They waited, and surely helped, until one by one, the dragon's allies "died" or what is the same, left them alone. The legend says: “One by one his friends died, and his horse, and finally even his dog. The horse is obviously about dragons, the "mount" of the dragon kings. The dog is the last strong ally of the Targaryens, Tywin Lannister, known among the deposed royal family as the "usurper 's dog" because of his lion's banner. It was the dragons, as is clearly stated in the oath, which functioned as a "shield" in the revenge planned by the Starks. No slightly intelligent person faces those monsters if he can help it, and the Starks are very intelligent, the proof is that they caused not one, but two Long Nights and nobody noticed. But fire is also, as we shall see, the Stark's own shield in more than one way. When Brandon goes to KL and yells "fire", that is, accuses Rhaegar of Lyanna's kidnapping, the Starks are laying the cornerstone of their strategy, the perfect alibi they need for everyone to watch the fire while “the magic” is happening elsewhere . The legend continues: “his sword froze so hard the blade snapped when he tried to use it. And the Others smelled the hot blood in him, and came silent on his trail, stalking him with packs of pale white spiders big as hounds” When the legend says that“The Others smelled the hot blood in him, and came silent on his trail” is talking about how the wolves came on Rhaegar, not the other way around. Lyanna's disappearance was a trap, a cobweb (“pale white spiders”) that Rhaegar fell into and couldn't get out of. Is Jon Rhaegar's son? Of course not, "the blade snapped", he couldn’t use it, but there is enough circumstantial evidence that he is. If necessary, should a dragon dares to come back, the wolves will give one last and definitive blow. The legend of the "Last Hero" is the legend of the "last dragon" , the tragedy of the hero who does not achieve a victory. The antagonist, the one who defeats him, has no name, he is an "Other" and it is not that he doesn’t have a name, it is that he chooses to have his name erased from history, like the Night's King. That is the last secret that the Winterfell’s crypt keeps. On the surface, the castle is hot, but down below, where the kings of winter, the “vengeful spirits” rest, it’s always cold. "I shall wear no crowns and win no glory". The Others, the ones on the other side of the wall, the frozen ones, are the Starks true face. Those south of the wall are just "their likenesses". The cold ones on the other side are literally "werewolves." “A white wolf in a white wood, silent as a shadow. They will never know he's coming.” Jon VII ADwD Bael's song also explains how The Others are defeated, and it doesn't require any magic sword, just for Jon to continue not knowing anything. When his son, already being Lord Stark, confronts Bael in battle, Bael cannot kill him because he knows that he is his son, which the Stark kid ignores, so he kills his father and wins the battle. The prove that Jon is Bael’s son and the one that will end the Long Night is on his first dream of the Crypts: “And then I find myself in front of the door to the crypts.(..) Somehow, I know I have to go down there, but I don’t want to. I’m afraid of what might be waiting for me. (...). I scream that I’m not a Stark, that this isn’t my place, but it’s no good, I have to go anyway, so I start down, feeling the walls as I descend, with no torch to light the way. It gets darker and darker, until I want to scream.” The one that kills Bael (the Night’s King), the vengeful spirit in the north, is his own son, Lord Stark. That is his place, ending the Long Night, ending his reign. “No torch to light the way” is a reference to the Last Hero, the hero that doesn’t save the day because he is dead, there is no magical sword and no way to win this without sacrificing what he always looked for, his identity. There are no happy endings. The “I want to scream'' is a reference to the horn of winter, that we saw is about Bael’s identity, and therefore, Jon’s. There’s nothing that Jon wants more that being a Stark, and tragically, he is.
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