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  1. A little lost here. The other skills you mention are very straightforward, but I don't get what "sense of timing" means. (maybe it's just language barrier, sorry if that's the case)
  2. So, quarantine. I (and everybody) have been baking bread, right? And I know my way around a kitchen, truly, but I had never seriously made bread before. Now? I’m elbow deep in sourdough every other day. And it got me thinking about Hot Pie, cause really, he knew immediately upon looking at that loaf what Sharna and Husband (or maybe it was Boy?) had done wrong. Too much kneading! That is some really expert knowledge, I tell you. Troubleshooting is hard. My bread is really nice but never perfect and it is a dour task to pinpoint exactly what should have been done differently. Getting a soft stretchy crumb and thin crust using stone-ground wholemeal flour (which I’m sure was all they had in Westeros circa 300 a.c.)? Wow. Just wow! I always liked Hot Pie, really, but I’ve found a new appreciation to his amazing baker’s skills. What are some skills you find amazing, cute, funny, underappreciated, or simply likeable in the characters in A Song of Ice and Fire?
  3. What Bran saw was a woman killing a man in front of the weirwood. We do not know what was her intention, we have no grasp of what was happening. Killing in front of a weirwood tree might be just a ceremonial execution, for example. What makes killing "sacrifice" is expecting something in return from the deities that life has been offered to. As an example, in this world where capital punishment is the norm, if someone who has committed a crime and has been judged guilty is the executed in front of a weirwood, is that "blood sacrifice"? If there is a duel in the godswood that leaves one person dead, was that "blood sacrifice"?
  4. based on the reasoning being used by some people on this thread I'm thinking Eddard Stark should have been incarcerated, too.
  5. Could be he was going say "m'lord, I have no right" or something along those lines
  6. No, the architecture is precisely what is influenced by Mesopotamia. Just look up ziggurat. humm... actually, everything ASOIAF is much more early modern than true medieval.
  7. I truly do not know how this is relevant the story, but anyway... I assume in my headcannon that Sothoryos is well populated mostly by peoples who survive either as hunters and gatherers or through the means of small-scale subsistance agriculture with a semi-nomade lifestyle. You know, similar to how peoples lived in Africa and the Americas before Europeans set out to drain us from every last bit of wealth.
  8. She glares at him, she is angry because she feels devalued, but says nothing because she knows he is right, and they simply go back to watching the training below. On the other hand, when we get to AFFC, even though Arya is aware she could not man an oar, she realizes she has other qualities that could be of use. That is not enough for her to stay on the ship though, and she knows it. In AFFC, she again says nothing, only nods, because she is not strong enough to do what she truly wants. @Seams your interest in oars made me think of this parallel again. Arya is too skinny to "even lift" a longsword, but she is given Needle a few chapters later. Will she have to "man an oar" at some point? She never wielded a longsword (though she did lift one against Anguy, Tom and Lem) but she did get a sword all to herself. Maybe similarly she will never be oaring on a bravoosi galley, but a rowboat may feature significantly in her story? In Braavos most vessels are poled through the canals, so my mind goes to the riverlands...
  9. Ah, @Seams, your input is always lovely. I believe you will like what I have been thinking about weapons in Arya's story if I ever get that organized and writen and posted. But I quoted this part of your post because when I read it Stoney Sept just sprung to my mind, and how Robert hid in the town, recovering from wounds, only to come out when the battle was being fought. When is Needle going to come out of hiding? This has to be a really important moment. And if Needle is a stand in for Jon Snow, what does it mean that it is in a similar position to Robert, then a rebel who would become king? Oarsmen are also well known for taking information from here to there, which I think maybe adds to this possible parallel? Sailor's tales aren't a reliable source of information, but they travel distances and reach many ears. This obervation of your actually had me thinking of Gendry and his constant frowning... Gendry makes Arya think of Jon sometimes, but he is definitely "not her brother". How can these two young men in Arya's life be compared or act as foil for each other? Oh, there is so much to think about...
  10. Hi Dilekless, sorry for being almost a year late to respond. I really like this take of yours and believe it adds to the significance of the parallels we agree axiste between Arya's chapters in the first and the last two books. Oh, I like this very much! It makes sense. I have just reread Arya's chapters from ACOK taking notes, but I haven't read Mercy in ages, so nothing spring to mind immediately, but it's worth exploring.
  11. I never did write the conclusion I promised for this series of essays. I don't know if I have it in me to go back to those ten chapters and work on a "summary of evidence" kind of write up, but maybe? Would that be interesting? I don't know.
  12. Long time no see lovely folks. It's nice to see this thread getting some attention again. I have put a lot of thought and time to writting all that and every time I reread I find my effots lacking, but there is no mending it, only going fowards right? @a black swan you made my day by calling the thread brilliant! Amazing posters have contributed to this thread with insights on the rich and complex world Martin has crafted for us. I have been rereading Arya's chapters in ACOK and ASOS with the hope to continue to scratch the surface of this story. Some symbolic or metaphorical layers have become more clear to me recentely. There are so many details to explore, I have been dedicated to unsterstanding the role of weapons as stand ins for different people and situations, taking the hint from Needle representing Jon. What does it mean that Gendry gives Arya a stolen sword? What does it mean that she wants to learn how shoot a bow? What about the dirk Sandor gives her? I really hope to do a write up on that sooner or later. Also, windows and doors! I am cataloging every time Arya goes through a window in the story and it's really impressive, I'm absolutely positive this means something (or a few things). There is much and more to explore. I'm glad to be back!
  13. I really recommend the documentary film Ex-Paje. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7754564/ It's a beautiful piece about a very sad situation, and what it pictures unfortunately contradicts the statements I quoted above. While I'm not convinced Melissandre will be successful in her converting efforts, this is not the reason why.
  14. Suggesting the children were killed by Aerys’ orders or by Elia herself and failing to even mention that it might have been the soldiers that breeched the keep is obviously just Yandel-typical Lannister propaganda. One must always bear in mind that TWOIAF is a book that “exists” in cannon, and that it was written circa year 300 a.c. *for* king Tommen’s education.
  15. I just want a whole book of short stories of Arya living in Braavos
  16. Is there such a thing as being “self-made”? Ever?
  17. Oh, yeah, me too, most definitely. But it isn’t, is it? If from now on we were to see a very different picture painted in the following books that would be an inconsistency, in my opinion, and thar in itself would disappoint me... also, I think there is room for a very interesting deconstruction of tropes to be built by the author. We first ever saw Dorne through the eyes of Aerys Oakheart, an outsider with his own preconceived notions about the place and its people (and in a sex-laden chapter!), so far I have a feeling like this was a literary choice to set the grounds to present a change of perspective along the narrative, from the outside to the inside... anyway, we have to wait and see.
  18. Yeah, you and me agree on this topic lord Varys! We are on the same page. I hope further writing from GRRM proves us right, I’d be slightly disappointed otherwise. Can’t be sure though.
  19. I think this is very relevant. It’s possible that the Dornish have a slightly different approach to sex than the rest of the seven kingdoms, something less hypocritical, and it’s cleat that the (high born) women have more agency there, but I’m on the camp that they are not that different really - it’s mostly Yandel being ethnocentric...
  20. I think you overlook the fact that “The World of Ice and Fire” isn’t a absolutely reliable source of information. It is a book that exists within the world George R. R. Martin has created. It was written by a singular maester, under specific circumstance. My take is that Martin writes the way the rest of Westeros see Dorne much like the west sees the east in our world, as Edward Said has explored in his ground setting book Orientalism.
  21. Along with a lot that has been brought up by others posters above, I feel like the frequent haircuts Arya gets point to a parallel that is drawn between her and Egg from the Dunk and Egg tales, who would later become king Aegon the Unlikely (Aegon V).
  22. This makes as much sense as saying Africa, culturally, conquered Europe in the Modern Age. Did africans ‘teach’ europeans to be slavers?
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