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  1. JS97

    5 wackiest Crackpot "theories"

    From all we've seen from House Tully, they seem more like pawns than players in the game of thrones so far. It's a fun theory but can't possibly be true.
  2. That's something I had not considered yet. It seems to make sense. Although, just for the sake of argument, it also seems to me that bowmen are often present on ships. We see seafaring people described as bowmen such as the summer islanders, who are described as good bowmen, and Mallister bowmen, who are mentioned in the text. I can vaguely remember that Iron Islanders are also considered to be good bowmen although this could be show only. If that assumption is correct then the Dustins should have some bowmen as well. I was thinking the same thing. However, why wouldn't he just send word to Winterfell then, to raise bowmen?
  3. The map in AGOT doesn't show Barrowtown I believe. Deepwood Motte is not visible on that map either. While the Dustins and Ryswells are only mentioned in Eddard's fever dream in book 1, the Cerwyns are mentioned more often just like the Tallharts and Glovers. The Cerwyns are still closer to Moat Cailin. It does make sense that GRRM had not fully worked out the Dustins as they aren't mentioned as much but I suspect that there is a specific reason that Eddard chose those two houses.
  4. In A Game of Thrones, Eddard IV, Eddard orders the following to Catelyn: When I read this a second time it struck me how odd the command is concerning the bowmen that are send to Moat Cailin. Eddard orders that two hundred bowmen need to go to Moat Cailin and fortify the fortress. This seems like a smart move, but why order this to the Tallharts and the Glovers? There are two interesting observations that can be made here which I will discuss. The Tallharts and Glovers are not the houses closest to Moat Cailin. This is the first thing that struck me as odd. If you look up a map of the North it is immediately clear that house Tallhart and Glover are not the houses that are situated closest to Moat Cailin. So why ask these houses to man the fortress? The closest house to Moat Cailin seems to be house Manderly of White Harbor. An explanation for Eddard not ordering them to send archers to Moat Cailin may be that later in the quote he orders that Lord Manderly has to strengthen and repair all defences at White Harbor and man these defenses. His men are already occupied doing something else thus explaining why Manderly is not ordered to send men to Moat Cailin. However, then there are still others houses that are located closer to Moat Cailin than the Tallharts. These houses are the Dustins of Barrowtown and the Cerwyns of Castle Cerwyn. After that Winterfell and Thorren's Square are probably the castles closest to Moat Cailin. The Glovers are the most curious case as they are far far away from Moat Cailin. The Tallharts and Glovers are both masterly houses. Another thing the Tallharts and Glovers have in common is that they are both masterly houses. This is often seen as the northern equivalent to landed knights. This would mean that these houses are of a slightly lesser stature than other houses in the North like Bolton, Umber, Manderly, Dustin etc. Could this be the explanation as to why they are send? Perhaps Eddard considers them more loyal and that is why he chooses them to man Moat Cailin. Hopefully someone has some interesting insights on why they think these two houses are chosen to send bowmen to Moat Cailin.
  5. North: Dustin, they seem to be one of the more influential houses that we haven't seen as much as similarly powerful houses in the North. Riverlands: Mallisters, one of the more loyal houses in the Riverlands. Just so I can see how they will deal with the chaotic wasteland that the Riverlands are now. Vale: Royce, especially the main branch with Bronze Yohn. Westerlands: Marbrand, especially just Addam Marbrand. Iron Islands: Harlaw, a house more similar to the greenland houses and they have a Valyrian steel sword. Reach: Besides Hightower, which I already mentioned, I would love to see more of house Rowan. Mathis Rowan is already interesting, wish we would see more of them. Dorne: Dayne, so many interesting figures throughout history and during the current storyline as well. Crownlands/Stormlands: Can't think of any house that is really interesting and that needs more flashing out imo.
  6. It doesn't matter really how strong the Starks are. There are a lot of rivalries between minor houses as well. This can be seen when Lady Hornwood becomes and widow and when she is abducted. Most minor houses would still prefer Stark rule rather than an upjumped minor house and would thus join the Starks. So in order to succesfully overthrow the Starks woth force half the North would need to unite against them. And then there is the King of the seven kingdoms who would most likely side with the Starks and aid them. So even if the Starks on their own couldnt muster as many man as say the Boltons they couldnt just overthrow them.
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    Who is the 3EC?

    I dont see Bloodraven being the three eyed crow. It would be too simple and straightforward in my opinion. Also George always clearly made the distinction between ravens and crows. I think that the three eyed crow may be the great other in a certain form, who has also contacted Euron. This is just a thought.
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    Poll: Is Jon Snow the son of a Dayne?

    Ned never thinks of Robert as a threat when he comes to Winterfell. If he was scared that Robert would kill Jon wouldnt we have at least noticed some weird behaviour? Jon being the son Ned and Ashara would make Jon a possible threat to Robb in Catelyns eyes howerver. Also I don't see how it would make Ned a cruel father if N+A=J.
  9. I don't know if you can consider this a minor house but I would love to see more of House Hightower. They have been absent for most of the story curiously enough. Their history shows they have been quite influential in the history of Westeros. They should have been far more present during the story than they have been so far. But there must be a good reason for their absence and I'm sure we will see more of them in TWOW.
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    Poll: Is Jon Snow the son of a Dayne?

    I believe that Jon is the son of Ned Stark and Ashara Dayne. Jon is half Stark, half Dayne and will at some point wield Dawn.
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    most tragic character

    One of the most tragic characters in the story to me is little Rickon Stark. He is so neglected by his family. I hope he has a happy ending although I fear for him.
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    For the record... and posterity!

    1. R+L=D; N+A=J 2. Tyrion is a Lannister 3. No real thoughts. 4. Stannis wrote the Pink Letter. 5. Red Door is in Dorne. 6. No thoughts. 7. Theon won't die in the CV but Arnolf Karstark will. 8. Aegon is a Blackfyre.
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    Top 5. Who will die in The Winds of Winter

    Aeron Greyjoy Victarion Greyjoy - although I hope that he doesn't. Ramsey Bolton Shireen - but not by Stannis Tommen / Myrcella