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  1. Oh, I didn’t realize the names had been changed. It’s almost impossible to translate rhymes, puns and wordplay in general. Usually I prefer translations which opt to loose one aspect - either keep a literal translation and forego the rhymes, like the german version @Nagini's Neville spoke about, or a version with a distinct meaning that uses the same sounds accompanied by footnotes explaining the translator’s choice and the original meaning... I remember reading His Dark Materials as a preteen and thinking “oh, here is a translator that respects my intelligence and the original work both!” because of the well placed footnotes along the books. I mean... -ijn and -ane ?
  2. I was rereading today and came across this quote: How long he waited in the quiet of the godswood, he could not say. It was peaceful here. The thick walls shut out the clamor of the castle, and he could hear birds singing, the murmur of crickets, leaves rustling in a gentle wind. The heart tree was an oak, brown and faceless, yet Ned Stark still felt the presence of his gods. His leg did not seem to hurt so much. AGOT, Eddard XII This happens in the Red Keep's godswood while Ned is waiting for Cersei to show up. I feel like the bold is nod to Arya... I think it's relevant that Ned can feel the gods of the North in the oak tree. Througout the books Arya is associated with oaks and acorns time and time again. She tosses accorns on Praed's grave so that an oak can grow to mark his place of death. She often uses oaks to climb to the canopy of the woods she travels through, and she practices being 'quiet as a shadow' on the branches of an oak. She eats accorn paste to avoid starvation after she survives Amory Loch's attack to the party bound to the Wall. Lommy is killed resting against an oak tree. Arya practices her 'needlework' on the canopy of Harrenhal's godswoodz and attacks the bole of an oak pretending it's Joffrey. She escapes Harrenhal through an oak door. Then Arya 'becomes' an oak tree (a nice oak tree) at Acorn Hall. She also hears the Ghost of High Heart giving her speach that goes like: "the oak recalls the acorn, the acorn dreams the oak, the stump lives in them both". Arya and Sandor come across a survivior from the red wedding between the roots of a fallen oak... And of course, I don't believe it's a coincidence Ned can feel the presence of the old gods even in the faceless oak and that Arya is currentely atempting to become a part of the faceless men... This might be a nod to the fact that old gods (i.e. the northern identity) shall prevail in Arya's storyline, I think.
  3. I haven't read the books in portuguese, it's way to cringe-worthy for me and plainly not interesting because why would I if I have access to the original material? But I have glossed through them a few times in book stores and read radom chapters. Once I read Arya IV from ASOS and noticed a subtle but significant change in this passage: The next day they rode to a place called High Heart, a hill so lofty that from atop it Arya felt as though she could see half the world. Around its brow stood a ring of huge pale stumps, all that remained of a circle of once-mighty weirwoods. Arya and Gendry walked around the hill to count them. There were thirty-one, some so wide that she could have used them for a bed. The Brazilian edition of the book says "some so wide they could have used them for a bed".
  4. This is an interesting notion. I don't think we can confirm it or deny it, but I like it. I mean can you imagine if Arya were to don his face, the memories she could witness?? @Rufus Snow this quite recent topic may interest you:
  5. You are right. I forgot Jaime left King's Landing imediately after his confrontation with Ned Stark, which ia before Robert dies. I still think Tyrek was too young to have slept with Cersei though.
  6. Isn't Illyrio the part he played in the abandoned pilot for the HBO show? Ir was it just a random pentoshi?
  7. Precisely! It's a new set of eyes looking on the same landscape, a new heart and its conflicts about similar situations. Aerys acts as a foil for Jon Snow as well.
  8. That is unlikely. He was younger than Lancel, and Cersei only started her relationship with her cousing after Jaime was gone to war, long after Tyrek had gone missing. In AGOT Ned remarks that Tyrek is about Sansa's age... So about eleven or twelve? I don't think he was having sex with the queen or anyone. He was so young...we can't be sure, but I'd fo with him being oblivious to the plan. I would really like it if he kept being mentioned but it never "payed off". If he just died in the riot and his body rotted in the streets, the end.
  9. I love Feast and Dance. Feast most of all. I'm an outlier, I'm aware... When I first started reading the novels, I was after an easy, entretaining read to distract myself. I had been a voraceous reader since childhood and all througout my teenage and young adult years, but with all the work I had to do for university and after having my son I had little time or energy for literature, and I found myself missing it. My son was about to turn two and I hadn't touched a novel in years. I went for A Song of Ice and Fire because I had watched the HBO show and liked it well enough, the first book was there easily reachble on my bookcase, and I figured it would remind me of the fantasy I had read as a kid, stuff like Harry Potter and His Dark Materials. And it did. I liked A Game of Thrones and proceeded to borrow Clash from a friend. As a teen I had abandoned fantasy in favour of other genres, and I found I really liked it. It was fun and easy to read and... and... and... and then I got to Storm and realised just really how good it really was. It wasn't the plot that had me fall in love with ASOIAF, it was the characters. Literature is art and Martin is an amazing artist. The beautiful, entrancing way he weaves words sentance after santence to create the distinct voice of each POV, the inner world of each character, that is what made me love and not only like ASOIAF. When I got to Feast... I loved reading Aerys and Brienne and Asha. The Soiled Knight is fascinating to me, I don't get how anyone could ever find it superflous to have the experience to read such a chapter... The exploration of the white knight conscience within the complex world the author build, that in itself is valuable to me. It's art for fucks sake, good art is the opposite of utilitarian. I don't want chapters to "advance the plot", I want chapters that make me feel, chapters that move me and make me live in a reality other that my own with an intensity only a good writer can accomplish. Martin does it, and in my personal experience he does it better in the later books. I'm invested in this world he has created, really, and I love to explore it. That's what's brought me here.
  10. I never saw this parallel. Would you care to expand on it?
  11. Oh, I never read the book! I was asking because I was genuinely curious about a grrm story for kids.
  12. "If Robb has to go, watch over him," Bran entreated the old gods, as they watched him with the heart tree's red eyes, "and watch over his men, Hal and Quent and the rest, and Lord Umber and Lady Mormont and the other lords. And Theon too, I suppose. Watch them and keep them safe, if it please you, gods. Help them defeat the Lannisters and save Father and bring them home." A faint wind sighed through the godswood and the red leaves stirred and whispered. Summer bared his teeth. "You hear them, boy?" a voice asked.(...) "No, stay," Bran commanded her. "Tell me what you meant, about hearing the gods." Osha studied him. "You asked them and they're answering. Open your ears, listen, you'll hear." Bran listened. "It's only the wind," he said after a moment, uncertain. "The leaves are rustling." "Who do you think sends the wind, if not the gods?" She seated herself across the pool from him, clinking faintly as she moved. Mikken had fixed iron manacles to her ankles, with a heavy chain between them; she could walk, so long as she kept her strides small, but there was no way for her to run, or climb, or mount a horse. "They see you, boy. They hear you talking. That rustling, that's them talking back." BRAN VI, A Game of Thrones
  13. Lemons as a both prevention method and cure for scurvy was a discovery made by "epidemiologists" (who did not yet go by such name) at the dawn of the field, much earlier than ascorbic acid was isolated and understood as an essencial nutrient to human health. But while they are ideed good for preventig scurvy, which causes gengivitis and therefore eventually teeth loss, lemons are actually good for the gums but bad for teeth themselves. The acid nature of the fruit makes enamel prone to demineralizing (its low pH can turn Ca bound to the organic matrix into Ca+2 ions which readily difuses to the saliva) and therefore teeth become more brittle, stained/discoloured and prone to cavities.
  14. It certainly could be interpreted that way given the ambiguity of the passage. But given Sansa's fondness for lemony lemon cakes, I think the girl no one is thinking of is Sansa. These are not mutually exclusive interpretations
  15. I'm not sure if this sentance is you mocking me or if it's a genuine example of what I pointed out.
  16. @Megorova I intend what I'm saying next as a friendly and truly well-meaning advice. You should really work on your ponctuation. Specially your use of comas. I'm not a native speaker of the english language and I understand the same os true for many people in this forum. People are usually very generous about that, and that is why I'm adressing the issue. I know my posts are probably full of little mistakes and also contain a few big ones. I am greatful to the opportunity of improvment when I'm called out. Your posts would be much more pleasant and easy to read if you tried to use the comma with a little extra care. It's really distracting when my mind keeps stopping mid-sentance in weird places, and I often feel discouraged to read through your long and funny musings because of it.
  17. I'm late into the thread, and haven't read it through (it's really long, I think I'm on page 7 now) so maybe it's been mentioned before and I haven't gotten around to it... Ever since the episode aired I've had this notion that D&D went for Jon (whom they named Aegon for who knows what reason..) killing Daenerys because they knew in the books Aegon VI Targaryen would, if that makes sense? Not the while 'noble' (cof, cof) reason behind the killing, but the whole "knife to the gut while embracing", maybe it could go down like that for (f)Aegon and Daenerys... I don't love it, but let's wait and see I guess.
  18. I don't know the first thing about swords, really, but Wikipedia tells me a regular medieval sword worn by knights is called a longsword. The blade should be around 3 feet long, give or take a few inches.
  19. No time skip necessary. Arya is already eleven in 300 AC, she should be around twelve in the sample chapter from Winds.
  20. @sweetsunray what a fucking awesome catch with hair and heir!!! It does explain why George's eununchs are bald (though I suspect Varys' head could be shaved). You got me thinking about Aegon V. His hair is shaved again and again in his youth, but it does insist on growing back in. His hairline is not receeding, but his hair betrays his purpuse to keep his Targaryen identity hidden. I think this could parallel with him ending up with heirs that refuse to do as he bids them, perhaps?
  21. Jon was barely 15 when he got longclaw from Mormont... Edric is twelve in ASOS, when Arya is ten. By Winds Arya should be twelve, which makes Edric Dayne at least 14. He is a lord, and has been trained in arms probably ever since he could walk. At twelve he already wears a real sword while servig as Beric's squire. It's not a greatsword of course, but it's most likely a regular longsword. Robb started wearing a proper steel sword at fourteen, as we are well awere, and was commanding battles when he was fifteen. I don't think it's a stretch whitin the books famework that we will see young Edric wield Dawn by A Dream of Spring...
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