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  1. Jon's story parallels the Bael the Bard story right? Bael and the Stark maid stay in the crypts under Winterfell for 9 months, and the Stark maid later throws herself out of a tower. "No. They had been in Winterfell all the time, hiding with the dead beneath the castle. The maid loved Bael so dearly she bore him a son, the song says . . . though if truth be told, all the maids love Bael in them songs he wrote. Be that as it may, what's certain is that Bael left the child in payment for the rose he'd plucked unasked, and that the boy grew to be the next Lord Stark." . . . "When Lord Stark returned from the battle and his mother saw Bael's head upon his spear, she threw herself from a tower in her grief. Her son did not long outlive her. One o' his lords peeled the skin off him and wore him for a cloak." Entire pregnancy spent in a crypt, with "the dead" right under Winterfell --the donjon at White Harbor where "the dead" are kept, close proximity to Winterfell. Bastard baby born there becomes next Stark Lord. The father's head ends up on a spear--Ned The mother throws herself from a tower--Ashara the son doesn't long outlive them and gets killed by his own men--Jon
  2. I said before, if Riverrun knew Ned's marriage to Cat was bogus, the north would be torn apart in civil war. But he was going to tell Jon as soon as Jon was old enough. I think Ned actually did the kindest, most compassionate thing possible in this scenario. He sacrificed his happiness, Ashara's happiness, and Jon's happiness for the sake of the realm, and getting Riverrun into the Northern alliance in the Rebellion. He did the right thing. He took care of Jon, and Ashara joined the church, and everybody was okay. Contrast this with what Robb did, and Robb's actions tore the North apart. Still when Ned thinks of Jon the primary emotion is shame, "The thought of Jon filled Ned with a sense of shame, and a sorrow too deep for words." "Riding through the rainy night, Ned saw Jon Snow's face in front of him, so like a younger version of his own. If the gods frowned so on bastards, he thought dully, why did they fill men with such lusts? "Lord Baelish, what do you know of Robert's bastards?" "Well, he has more than you, for a start." Ned is thinking about Robert's bastards, he pictures Jon's face (a younger version of Ned's) and then Littlefinger says Jon is Ned's bastard. Littlefinger is known as something of an authority on whose bastards belong to whom. I just went back and checked, Ned supports Stannis in the chapter immediately before Jon has taken his vows at the Nights Watch. So Jon wasn't disqualified yet--I think this is important.
  3. Simple answer is that it would give away too much. If R + L = J is true, why did Ned not immediately get word to Jon when Robert died? Or mention to anyone who Jon really was when Jon was no longer in danger? Or support Jon as being the trueborn heir to the Targaryen dynasty and the Iron Throne?--instead he put his support behind Stannis. He must have thought Jon had no claim to the throne, And why when Robert was questioning Ned about Jon's mother, Ned's reaction was one of anger rather than fear?
  4. Found another one acharradh means "sprite" (ghost) in gaelic and right above and below acharradh are words meaning "harbor, ships, moored, and anchor" Ashara was at White Harbor. So, gwylla, acharradh, asharir, lemur, le morte, and aileanta all mean "ghost" / "the dead" aschu means "eel" in gaelic, naid means "lamprey" (eel) and "husband" "sinner" and naide means "infant" (and right above it is "ship") Wyman is "Lord Lamprey" uaim (wym) means "union" "joining together" and "den" Ned and Ashara take a ship to White Harbor and get joined together by Wyman at the Wolf's Den at White Harbor. naid means husband, and naide means infant, and Ned comes away with an infant. the word right above aschu means a "dry cow" and Jon needed a wet nurse, and Ned Dayne needed a wet nurse because his mother couldn't produce milk, and they were milk brothers, Lemore has stretch marks from birth, but her breasts are nice for a 40-something-year old woman. She was dry, she couldn't produce milk. She was a dry cow. llamwyr / llam means "leaper" in Welsh, and neid /naid is given in both definitions, the word meaning "lamprey" is sandwiched between them.
  5. Serious cope going on here. There is also the thing about swords being penises, and in Cat II, she said Ned gave Ashara the sword. And that Ashara "awaited him" "And they told how afterward Ned had carried Ser Arthur's sword back to the beautiful young sister who awaited him in a castle called Starfall on the shores of the Summer Sea. The Lady Ashara Dayne, tall and fair, with haunting violet eyes." Why would Ashara be waiting for Ned?
  6. Ned's wife is recalling that "Ned called Jon 'son' for all the north to see" and you are claiming that Cat is wrong and Ned did not actually call Jon "son"? I think the text is clear on this.
  7. It is either part of the cover story, or she did go to Starfall after the end of the war. Neither is problematic for this theory. Davos at the Wolf's Den: "As cells went, it was large and queerly comfortable. He suspected it might once have been some lordling's bedchamber. It was thrice the size of his captain's cabin on Black Bessa, and even larger than the cabin Salladhor Saan enjoyed on his Valyrian. Though its only window had been bricked in years before, one wall still boasted a hearth big enough to hold a kettle, and there was an actual privy built into a corner nook. The floor was made of warped planks full of splinters, and his sleeping pallet smelled of mildew, but those discomforts were mild compared to what Davos had expected. The food had come as a surprise as well. In place of gruel and stale bread and rotten meat, the usual dungeon fare, his keepers brought him fresh-caught fish, bread still warm from the oven, spiced mutton, turnips, carrots, even crabs. Garth was none too pleased by that. "The dead should not eat better than the living," he complained, more than once. Davos had furs to keep him warm by night, wood to feed his fire, clean clothing, a greasy tallow candle. When he asked for paper, quill, and ink, Therry brought them the next day. When he asked for a book, so he might keep at his reading, Therry turned up with The Seven-Pointed Star. For all its comforts, though, his cell remained a cell. Its walls were solid stone, so thick that he could hear nothing of the outside world" It's spacious, has a bed, a hearth, a toilet, wood floors, decent food, reading material (Davos, the Dead Man is given the Seven Pointed Star to read--Lemore is a septa),
  8. "He did more than that. The Starks were not like other men. Ned brought his bastard home with him, and called him "son" for all the north to see. When the wars were over at last, and Catelyn rode to Winterfell, Jon and his wet nurse had already taken up residence."
  9. In the very first chapter of A Game of Thrones: "You have five trueborn children," Jon said. "Three sons, two daughters. The direwolf is the sigil of your House. Your children were meant to have these pups, my lord." Jon explicitly states that the pups represent Ned Stark's trueborn children. and Jon finds a 6th pup. Through that chapter it was "Jon is a bastard, Jon is a bastard" but then ends with him finding a 6th pup that is a metaphor for Jon being Ned's trueborn child? Ned must have been married for Jon to be a trueborn child. And in Cat II, is when she mentions Ashara being Jon's mother, and Ned calling Jon "son" So the earliest hints about Jon are that he is not really a bastard, and that Ashara is his mother. Repeated in Eddard IV: "What was it that Jon had said when they found the pups in the snow? Your children were meant to have these pups, my lord. . . If the gods had sent these wolves, . . " The gods sent the wolves, and the gods alerted Jon to Ghost being lost in the snow. White wolf, lost in the snow, but a trueborn pup of Ned Stark. Well, the Wolf's Den used to be a nice place, a spacious lordling's chamber, with several amenities, but even so, donjon means "dungeon" or "castle keep" so it would be fitting for Jon to have been born in a dungeon at the Wolf's Den (built by Jon Stark). gaol means "lover, beloved object or person, kindred" in gaelic The gaol is where his beloved was kept, and where Jon was born in the donjon. (gion means "excessive love or desire, appetite" in gaelic) "Riding through the rainy night, Ned saw Jon Snow's face in front of him, so like a younger version of his own. If the gods frowned so on bastards, he thought dully, why did they fill men with such lusts? And he smuggled Ashara into the Wolf's Den to hide her--Ashara was incognito--, so she would be safe during the war, that is the point of Davos the smuggler retracing her journey in his chapters in Dance. the boat he takes in the Merry Midwife (baby delivery). If people had seen her, the cover would have been blown, but Borrell's people saw him. Ned crossed to White Harbor with some woman, Jon Snow's conception and birth are specified in this area. (This would put Robb and Jon at the same age within a couple weeks.) In gaelic, iascaire means "fisherman" --which is close to Ashara
  10. In Celtic mythology, Neid had two wives. I think Ned married Ashara at White Harbor when he was going to raise the banners at Winterfell. Jon was conceived that night at the Wolf's Den (built by Jon Stark)--a wolf's den is where you would expect wolf pups. adhar /adhair / aidhre means "snow" in gaelic --(origin of Adara from the Ice Dragon, who was a winter child) and I think this is where Eddard comes from also. ("athar" is referenced in the definition of adhar, and I think Jon's real name is Arthur, and I think Jon will be the new Sword of the Morning) (Adara, Sharra, Ashara--George's female protaganists) In George's story the Lonely Songs of Laren Dor, a mopey guy who wears grey and has a wolf's head cloak falls in love with a black haired woman named Sharra, but their romance is doomed and he pushes her out of a tower. (Sharra means "freedom" in gaelic, and he sets her free) She had grey eyes. Jon and Ned both have grey eyes. AGoT, Eddard II "You were never the boy you were," Robert grumbled. "More's the pity. And yet there was that one time … what was her name, that common girl of yours? Becca? No, she was one of mine, gods love her, black hair and these sweet big eyes, you could drown in them. Yours was … Aleena? No. You told me once. Was it Merryl? You know the one I mean, your bastard's mother?" "Wylla. Yes." The king grinned. "She must have been a rare wench if she could make Lord Eddard Stark forget his honor, even for an hour. You never told me what she looked like …" Ned's mouth tightened in anger. "Nor will I. Leave it be, Robert, for the love you say you bear me. I dishonored myself and I dishonored Catelyn, in the sight of gods and men." "Gods have mercy, you scarcely knew Catelyn." "I had taken her to wife. She was carrying my child." Everyone thinks this last line Ned is referring to Catelyn, what if Ned is continuing his previous sentence rather than responding to Robert, and he referring to Ashara? He had taken Ashara to wife, and Ashara was carrying his child? The way Ned dishonored himself and Cat was to get married when he was already married. Neid had two wives. The phrase "in the sight of gods and men" is used about things done under oath, such as a trial, or a wedding. He had to marry Cat to get Riverrun in the alliance (this parallels Robb with the Freys, Robb has two women, has to make a choice between a strategic political marriage or marrying for love--Robb makes the wrong choice), and then Ned had to get Ashara to fake her death and cover up the fact that they had been married. This is what Ned is ashamed of. The names that get suggested for Jon's mother in this conversation are Merryl, Aleena, and Wylla. "merryl" is an anagram of "lemyrr"--lemore/lemur/ le morte, le morte means "the dead" in french, lemur means "ghost" in latin "aleena" aileanta means "bodiless" in gaelic, (ailleagan means "pretty maid", and ailleanta means "beautiful" and "shy" --shy maid) asharira means "bodiless" in hindi, gwylla means "ghost" in Welsh (gwyl means "shy" and gwylnos means "night watch") Ashara had "haunting eyes" and ghost haunt and llamwyr means "leaper" in Welsh and Ashara allegedly leapt from a tower. (in gaelic nead means "nest" and Bran and Jon are both crows, neoid means "shy," naoid means "infant") In Meera's Knight of the Laughing Tree story, Ashara was a "maid" and Ned was "shy" Asha Greyjoy is a "shy maid" greyjoy comes from the Norse word gryja meaning "dawn" --Asha Dawn = Shy Maid (In the Wheel of Time they use a word Mashiara, which means "a love lost that can never be regained") When Davos is at the Wolf's Den ("once some lordling's bedchamber"), his gaoler call him "dead man" --the person who stays there is supposed to be dead. He asks for reading material and they give him the Seven Pointed Star. Lemore is a septa. I think that while she was staying at the Wolf's Den, she was given the Seven Pointed Star to read, and she found religion, and the Sept in White Harbor is the Sept of the Snows. "Manderly pulled her close. 'Wylla, every time you open your mouth you make me want to send you to the silent sisters.' " Hints at Jon's mother joining the Faith. When you join the Faith, you lose your last name. Did I mention the Wolf's Den was built by Jon Stark? A spacious comfortable prison, where a little lord stayed. Davos is referred to as "the dead" = "la mort" The gaoler is GArth and his tools are Lady Lu and Whore = Lu + Whore = lemore. (Lu + Whore + g'Arth ~ Le Morte D'Arthur) They are an Axe and and Iron, axe + iron = Ashara (akshara in hindi means "immortal") Lady Lu and Whore are associated with penises and motherhood. Lady Lu is an axe / ex. One man with two ladies--a love triangle. Lady Lu will take your hands (in marriage) Davos' gaolers are Garth and Therry. gwarth means "disgrace, shame" in welsh, In hindi, thuri means "dishonor, shame, disgrace" So Garth and Therry both mean "shame, disgrace" Ned's shame and disgrace is associated with the Wolf's Den. gwart means "guard" and "care, protection" in welsh "Therry was the young one, the son of one of the washerwomen, a boy of ten-and-four. The old one was Garth, huge and bald and taciturn" 14 year old boy, son of wAsherwoman--which is a polite term for whore (lemore?) An anagram of "therry" is "yrther" I think Arthur might be Jon's real name-- Garth + Therry = Arthuri (a Dayne named Ned, a Stark named Arthur) thoir in gaelic means "give, grant, deliver, bestow on, take, persuade, compel, take away" and thar means "over, across, beyond" Ashara's baby was delivered at the Wolf's Den, and taken away, and Ashara later goes across the sea. Ashara was protected/guarded at the Wolf's Den, and what Ned did to her was his disgrace. "Therry wanted to go off to war when he was old enough, to fight in battles and become a knight. He liked to complain about his mother too. She was bedding two of the guardsmen, he confided. The men were on different watches and neither knew about the other, but one day one man or t'other would puzzle it out, and then there would be blood." Knights and watches --nights watch. Therry's mother / washermoman, was involved in a love triangle. And when they found out the truth, there would be blood. (when Robb's love triangle was discovered there was blood, if Ned's had been there would have been blood) Garth was also in a love triangle with Lady Lu and Whore. Davos stays at the Wolf's Den, he is a "dead man" his death is faked, and he is sent on a secret mission under a false identity. The Wolf's Den has a secret passage to the god's wood, where Ned would have gotten married. Wyman and Wylla keep talking about a debt to the Starks that can never be repaid, I think this was to give a reason why Wyman would have done what he did for Ned, and kept his secret all these years. Borrell's story puts Ned there. (borrell means "ignorant" and false lights are discussed in that chapter, so I don't think all the details of his story are correct, except that Ned passed through, there was a woman with him, and she is or becomes pregnant with Ned's child) Barriston says Ashara "looked to Stark." Ned Dayne: "My aunt Allyria says Lady Ashara and your father fell in love at Harrenhal—" Harwin: "Aye, he told me. Lady Ashara Dayne. It's an old tale, that one. I heard it once at Winterfell, when I was no older than you are now." He took hold of her bridle firmly and turned her horse around. "I doubt there's any truth to it. But if there is, what of it? When Ned met this Dornish lady, his brother Brandon was still alive, and it was him betrothed to Lady Catelyn, so there's no stain on your father's honor. There's nought like a tourney to make the blood run hot, so maybe some words were whispered in a tent of a night, who can say? Words or kisses, maybe more, but where's the harm in that? Spring had come, or so they thought, and neither one of them was pledged." "If Jon had been born of Ashara Dayne of Starfall, as some whispered, the lady was long dead; if not, Catelyn had no clue who or where his mother might be." People read this line to mean: "if Ashara Dayne was not Jon's mother, Catelyn had no clue who or where his real mother is" but it could be read as: "if Ashara is not long dead, Catelyn had no clue who or where she might be" Hints at Jon's mother not being dead, and living under a different identity. "he looked more like Ned than any of the trueborn sons she bore him." Robert's bastards looked just like him, whereas his "trueborn" children did not. Jon looks like Ned, whereas most of his "trueborn" children do not, they look like Tullys (except Arya). Here is some fun wordplay, Qhorin Halfhand --qhorin = corn = seed, and a bastard sword is a hand and a half. The seed is strong in bastards. "How dare you play the noble lord with me! What do you take me for? You've a bastard of your own, I've seen him. Who was the mother, I wonder? Some Dornish peasant you raped while her holdfast burned? A whore? Or was it the grieving sister, the Lady Ashara? She threw herself into the sea, I'm told. Why was that? For the brother you slew, or the child you stole? Tell me, my honorable Lord Eddard, how are you any different from Robert, or me, or Jaime?" Cersei is just throwing out guesses, but whore = washerwoman = Ashara, she is Dornish and she is a Sister (of the Faith), and she suggests Ned took her baby and that she killed herself because of it, All the pieces are there, but not in the right order. I haven't actually read the series, but in the Witcher, the White Wolf is associated with a beautiful pale woman with black hair and purple eyes.
  11. Flipping through the gaelic dictionary and found some Targaryen name origin stuff. tairgireadh means "prophecy", or "prophesied" (and "nails") [Daenys the Dreamer][PtwP][Gold of Casterly Rock prophesied to ruin Targs] tairngeartach means "Promised One, Messiah" (and surrounding words mean "to nail" and Dany crucified people) (also a longclaw is a kind of nail) tairngedach means "____-bringer" and "lucifier" (solas-tairngedach) and solas means "light, bright" So solas-tairngedach literally means "light-bringer" A Targaryen is Light-Bringer. And for you Tyrion Targaryen truthers out there, nestled in between the words tairgear and tairgire is: tairgheag meaning "Imp" The Imp is a Targ. The stuff about nails and crucifixion and the messiah, in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Simon's magic sword was Bright-Nail, and Simon got crucified--died and was reborn and went on to kill the Dark Lord. Also, in that story their version of Jesus (Usires Aedon, Osiris + Adonai means "my lord" in Hebrew--and Osiris was the egyptian god of death and rebirth) got nailed to /hung on a sacred tree (and the crucifix is sometimes referred to as a tree) and a Red Comet crashed into the tree while he was being crucified. A piece of that red comet got made into a sword--Thorn. The sword was shaped like a tree and it was magic and "somehow alive" with a will of its own. The third magic sword was Sorrow, which was forged by Ineluki in the smithy in a cavern under the White Tower (White Tree that is a "specter sent from another world"). So, a CoTF/sithi smithy forges a magic sword in a cave under a cosmic White Tree; a magic sword gets made by the Dwarrows (CotF-like cave dwellers) from a red comet / falling star; and Bright-Nail was made by the Dwarrows out a "not of this world" boat keel (space ship hull?) A white tree = red comet = not of this world ship, and it produces magic swords in caverns underground. The Sithi village in the woods is likened to a vast ship sailing the green sea of the forest, and inside a hollow tree is described as being inside a massive ship, and the Niskies were said to have brought the Sithi from across unimaginable distances in the ancient past and they burned the ships --they were lead by Ruyan the Navigator (in gaelic ruigim means "drive, expel, pull, tear, hurl")--burning tree ships is hurled from a planet and brings aliens from across vast distances. And I figured out the connection between Sithi and sailing, in gaelic the word sithi means "fairy, elf" and sioth/sith means "unearthly" and siota means "sail" In the climax of book 3, Simon ignites a pool of wildfire in a cave under the White Tower, and goes to confront the Dark Lord in the White Tower, and the White Tower briefly appears to launch itself off of the Earth. A mooring is used to attach a boat to a pier, so the White Tree is a boat. In ASoIaF, the Red Comet is a "dragon" and a "flaming sword." The magic sword Dawn is made from a falling star. Dragons come from dragon's eggs. Only Valyrians / Great Empire of the Dawn / Dayne descendants can hatch dragon's eggs. A Targ nailed to a tree hatches a dragon egg --a weirwood comet--a flaming sword. That is why the Undying wanted Dany. They claimed that they sent the comet to guide her, and I don't think they were totally lying--I think greenseers really do send comets. The Undying mention greenseers sending comets, then immediately mentions magic weapons. The comet is the greenseer's magic weapon. The title page of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms has dragon eggs under a tree, and a dragon and Egg in the tree.--at the climax of the third story, a dragon egg hatches and Fireball brings down the Black Dragon, then dawn breaks. Castles are sometimes a metaphor for weirwoods, and Summerhall was a castle that exploded from wildfire in a failed attempt to hatch a dragon egg. There was a myth about dragon eggs or a dragon being under Winterfell, and when Winterfell burned, the tower collapsed, a dragon woke and flew up into the sky. Weirwoods are giant stone hands, and Cersei is a cat woman (CotF stand-in) who used Wildfire to set fire to the Tower of the Hand, The wildfire ignites, and "the Tower went up with a whoosh" with hints of a dwarf Targ being inside it when it goes up--(wildfire is stored in fruit-shaped jars--fruit of the tree). Wildfire is likened to dragonflame, fires beneath the Earth, and the sun (Dawn maybe?) Burning a weirwood activates the fires beneath the earth, and it is like the sun. The Red Keep is a red castle (with a White Sword Tower and a Tower of the Hand), the Sept of Baelor is a white stone church with seven white towers in a circle, they both have wildfire in caverns and tunnels underneath them. Weirwoods are red and white stone towers with tunnels underneath them, filled with wildfire. If Dany sets fire to the wildfire, explodes the Red Keep and levels King's Landing, it is a metaphor for a weirwood launch. In this way she could obliterate King's Landing and not necessarily be a villain. In Dany's "wake the dragon" flying dream she bursts into flame and launches into the sky. Later she mentions riding a dragon and joining the comet. "If I flew high enough, I could even see the Seven Kingdoms, and reach up and touch the comet." Maester Thomax's book about the Targaryens is called Dragonkin, Being a History of House Targaryen from Exile to Apotheosis, with a Consideration of the Life and Death of Dragons apotheosis means "to ascend to heaven" when Juliius Caesar was killed a few months later a very bright comet appeared in the sky, and they said that he ascended to the heavens as a comet--Caesar's Comet. And of course, the Dothraki believe that a Khal ascends to heaven as a star when they die. A Targ/Dayne/GeoDawnian is nailed to a stone tree, dies and is reborn as Light-Bringer, and ascends to heaven as a comet / flaming sword / Dawn
  12. So I have noticed that when George makes a character that resembles himself he names them after pigs or dwarfs or cripples. From And Seven Times Never Kill Man Arik neKrol: in gaelic arrach means "pig" and nekrol backwards is lorken and loircean, which means "man with deformed legs, dwarfish boy" From Dying of the Light, Arkan Ruarke: airchin / earchin / oirchin / uirchin all mean "stunted little pig" or "piglet" (ork = pig) and ruarach means "liar, romancer" (has the word arach in it pig) he was a fat little man who tried to trick Gwen into loving him, and he wore a little beanie like George wears. saman / samhan means "little pig" and Sam Tarly is "The Lord of Ham thinks he's too good to eat with the likes of us," suggested Jeren. "I saw him eat a pork pie," Toad said, smirking. "Do you think it was a brother?" He began to make oinking noises. turt means "dwarf" and George is obsessed with turtles. The Meatbringer from In the House of the Worm was a broad, squat man with a flat nose. tuirghinn (tyrion?) means "broad, squat person" and he gets his nose cut off The main character from Under Siege is a deformed mutant little guy with no nose, who is a time traveler and body snatches a normie in the past, changing the timeline and erasing himself from existence. cláirínigh means "a cripple, a dwarf" in the Glass Flower, Kleronomas was a crippled man who became a cyborg, and just wanted to die, and so played the Game of Minds and body swapped a regular human so he could live a regular life and then die. braon means "misfortune, wretchedness" and Bran is a cripple, and I think he is going to body snatch Hodor to escape his crippled body.
  13. Because he is a metaphor for a sickly young greenseer sitting a weirwood throne, the Sweetsleep is metaphorical weirwood paste. (roban is a gaelic "pet name for a young boy") Aire means “fishing weir” in gaelic (origin of both arryn and eyrie?) The Eyrie has white towers in a circle, on a (very) high hill, sickly boy sits a weirwood throne, boy hears singers, walls are white marble, weirwood moon door. Liss means “garth, fairy fort, and circular palisade” in gaelic Lios-araich means “nursery for plants” (sounds close to Lysa Arryn) “Lysa's apartments opened over a small garden, a circle of dirt and grass planted with blue flowers and ringed on all sides by tall white towers.” (white tower ring around a garth and Liss means garth) The Arryn sigil is a falcon eclipsing the moon, and falcus in gaelic means "shadow" and falcaire means "reaper" (the Shadow is the grim reaper) There is a book called the Moon Pool, that has a Moon Door, which the moon light opens up and "it leads to a lower region of wonder and horror" and going into a weirwood cave or into the weirwood net is entering a region of wonder and horror. ETA: just flipping through my hindi/english dictionary, pitr means "father" and he is (probably) Robin's dad. And patur means "prostitute, or one who frequents prostitutes" and pitari means "payment"
  14. I started reading the Wheel of Time (just finished book 3, might not read more, its too slow) and I thought this was interesting; The Aes Sedai (pronounced "eyes sed eye") are the counterpart of the sithi/sidhe and the CotF. It is an all-female organization of witches and their leader is the Amyrlin (~Merlin). and their base of power is the WhiteTower on the island of Tar Valon (~Avalon) and the island is shaped like an eye. (and the island appears to have tentacles spreading from it in the form of roads and the river) The river that flows around Tar Valon is called the Eirinin and eirin means "eye tooth" in gaelic, and Tar Valon is on the Eastern bank of the river and Dragonmount--called the Dragon's Fang--is on the Western bank, and they were both created in the same event (when the Dragon erupted out of the ground). The two sides of the yin-yang are the White Flame of Tar Valon (female side) and the black Dragon's Fang (male side) divided by a sinuous line (the river). The eye is next to the tooth. The Eirinin river flows around Tar Valon and down to Tear--and tears come out of eyes. The male side of magic became tainted by the Dark Lord, and so male magic users were hunted down and killed: the yin-yang was split apart. a-siddhi means "incompleteness" ans a-suddh means "impure, faulty, corrupt" ans a-suddhi "fault error" The two sides of the yin-yang need to come back together to seal the Dark Lord back into his prison at Shayol Ghul. And Rand re-unites the two halves. The first book is called the Eye of the World. The dark lord Shaitan says that he wants to "blind the eye of the world" and kill the Great Serpent / ouroboros / the wheel of time. Moirane Sedai tells everyone that the "eye of the world" was a secret well containing all the essence of male magic condensed into liquid form in the far north, but I think the Eye of the World is really Tar Valon--or that there are two eyes of the world--one containing the saidin and the other the saidar. The magical well she calls "the eye of the world" is guarded by a magical Green Man who is an animate tree. This magic well is warded so people can't find it. Rand drinks the well and acquires god-like powers. Shaitan pretty much tells Rand that the Eye of the World is Tar Valon: "Did they tell you the Eye of the World would serve you? What glory or power is there for a puppet? The strings that move you have been centuries weaving. Your father was chosen by the WhiteTower, like a stallion roped and led to his business. Your mother was no more than a brood mare to their plans. And those plans lead to your death.” The Aes Sedai are repeatedly called "puppet masters." On the island of Tar Valon there is a special grove of trees that has an entrance to the Ways (a sort of extra dimension outside space and time that allows you to travel, it is a maze and it is "somehow alive") The key to access the Waygate is a leaf of a special tree--the Avendesora. Underneath the White Tower is a network of caves, and an entrance into the Dream World of Tel'aran'rhiod (arianrhod means "silver wheel"--the way into the Dream World is through the Silver Wheel [weirwood]) The weirwoods grow in a wheel, and they are outside time, is the Wheel of Time a weirwood grove? avval is Hindi for "first, chief, best, excellent, beginning, to come first" avvalan = "first, first of all" avvalin = "first, former, ancient" avalon and tar-valon and the word ava-tar means "to descend from heaven, as a diety" and valay = "ring-shaped object" and vali means "master, lord" Underneath the White Tower on Avalon is an entrance to the Arianrhod (the silver wheel) dreamworld. The irish tale of Caer Arianrhod is of a castle that gets launched into space by a wizard and becomes the constellation Arianrhod. So, an all-female group of magic users who live in a white tower on an eye-shaped island called Avalon--that is the Eye of the World. The world itself is alive, and the Eye is its central point, maybe it's the first, most ancient part, where a ring-shaped deity descended from heaven and has spread out from there with tentacles underground (the strings of Tar Valon). I don't think George abandoned his novel Avalon, I think its ASOIAF. (Avalon in the Thousand Worlds is where the Academy of Human Knowledge is located, a repository of all human knowledge--the weirwood is a repository of knowledge) The dark lord says he wants to put out the Eye of the World. I think this supports the theory that the Night King wants to get to the God's Eye and destroy the center of the weirwood hive-mind that is located there.
  15. [Wheel of Time spoilers] Ba'alzamon is the Shadow (that Darkens the World), and Rand is the Dragon Reborn, and in the climax of book 2, the Horn of Valere has been blown and the army of the dead has come back and the Shadow and the Dragon are seen fighting in the sky--with a dragon banner behind them (banner means comet) "the tale is being told everywhere of how the Dragon battled the Dark One in the skies above Falme" Then at the climax of book 3, Rand pulls the flaming sword from the stone, Callandor (excalibur) it is described as a floating magical sword that is crystal, and burns like the sun, and Rand is prophesied as "He who comes with the Dawn" The cover of book 3 shows Rand reaching for the sword, and there is a reflective decal on the cover that--when seen from the right angle--looks like a black sphere. Flaming sword and a black sphere. "And Ba'alzamon backed away from him, eyes burning, shadow cloaking him. Black lines like steel wires seemed to run off Ba'alzamon into the darkness mounding around him, vanishing into unimaginable heights and distances within that blackness. . . Some of the darkness shrouding him drifted into his hands, formed into a ball so black it seemed to soak up even the light of Callandor. . . Callandor spun in his hands. Its light roiled the darkness. . . Rand plunged the blade into Ba'alzamon's chest. . . Rand pulled Callandor's blade free as Ba'alzamon's body sagged and began to fall, the shadow around him vanishing." The flaming dawn sword vanquished the Shadow, and a black light-drinking ball is mentioned. Also, Rand Al'Thor (sounds like Arthur) is an orphan, born of a woman from a desert people where the women are warriors (like Dorne), he has grey-eyes (the phrase "grey-eyed" refers poetically to the dawn). He is given a very special sword before he has really earned it (and this first sword gets destroyed and he gets an even better Dawn sword). His hand gets burned, and he sometimes flexes and unflexes it, and he Rand becomes associated with the Heron and the Heron is associated with Dawn. An Egret (ygritte) is a type of crane, and I think the Sword of the Morning constellation that Jon points out is the Crane (grus--a celestial Dawn sword). And Stark is one letter away from Stork. And krahen in german means "crow" and Jon is King Crow. I have only finished the third WOT book, but the 4th is called "The Shadow Rising"
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