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  1. In the book Castles by Alan Lee: Caer Arianrhod ("Castle of the Silver Wheel") was a circular castle in the middle of the sea, and the home of an enchantress Arian, to escape their enemies Arian's brother Gwyddion lifted the Castle up into space and it became a constellation called the Arianrhod--the Silver Wheel, now known as the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis). Gwyddion launched a castle into space, a castle that is a Silver Wheel, and in Welsh gwyddin means "wooden" and gwyddon means "wizard". A wooden wizard launched a silver circular castle. Weirwoods are silver, and they form weirwood circles--a weirwood grove is a Silver Wheel of sorts. One of the magic hills from MST with a standing-stone circle is referred to as a King's Crown. And weirwoods are said to crown hills: "great hill of High Heart. . . the mighty carved weirwoods that crowned it" And I think the King's Crown / The Cradle constellation is Corona Borealis, which is made up of seven stars. "The Father reached his hand into the heavens and pulled down seven stars," Tyrion recited from memory, "and one by one he set them on the brow of Hugor of the Hill to make a glowing crown." (hugel means Hill in german) This is a reverse telling of the same story: a glowing crown of stars come down from heaven and land on a weirwood hill. The weirwood circle on the High Heart is on the brow of a hill: " 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" and weirwoods glow. The Kings Crown is the Cradle, and they are both metaphors for a weirwood circle. " the pale thick roots of his weirwood throne cradling his limbs as a mother does a child " Nagga's Cradle is next to Nagga's Hill on Old Wyk (or is it Wick like a candle?), where Nagga's Ribs look like weirwood, he built a longhall out of her bones (and long means "ship" in gaelic) and built longships out of Ygg. and it is where the Grey King wore the driftwood crown. And this is where the Storm King's Thunderbolt sets the tree ablaze, And where a Sea Dragon drowns islands. Coincidentally, Dunk mentions the King's Crown constellation when Wat's Wood is ablaze: "They were too far away to make out flames, but the red glow engulfed half the western horizon, and above the light the stars were vanishing. The King's Crown was half gone already, obscured behind a veil of the rising smoke." From the same book the page about Oberon describes him as the King of the Fairies, and he is a storm king who lives in a magic castle in an enchanted forest, he has a magic wand with the power to put all in a trance of sleep, and a Ring of Invincibility, and Alan Lee's painting for this entry on Oberon is a huge tower that is alive that has eyes all over it. (This castle actually belongs to the giant Angoulafre, that Oberyn sends Huon to slay) Weirwood groves are leafy magic/enchanted castles that are alive, they are castles with eyes. they put people in trances of sleep, they grow in ring formation and they are a sort of Ring of Invincibility (and invisibility). Oberon is a metaphorical weirwood. "We are fond of spears in Dorne. Besides, it is the only way to counter his reach. Have a look, Lord Imp, but see you do not touch." The spear was turned ash eight feet long, the shaft smooth, thick, and heavy. The last two feet of that was steel: a slender leaf-shaped spearhead narrowing to a wicked spike. The edges looked sharp enough to shave with. When Oberyn spun the haft between the palms of his hand, they glistened black. Oil? Or poison? Tyrion decided that he would sooner not know. "I hope you are good with that," he said doubtfully. In the fight against Gregor Clegaine, Oberon deploys a leafy poisoned spear to the Mountain's underside when the Mountain has eclipsed the sun: The Mountain has eclipsed the sun, there is a bright shaft of light from the ground from the Red Viper (who is a weirwood castle) and Oberyn's leafy wooden spear flashed like lightning going up into the air, it punctured the Mountain and brought him to the ground. Then Oberyn had wings and vaulted over the Mountain. This sounds like a mythical retelling of a weirwood rocket launch. (and the red comet is described as a red dragon, and a dragon is a serpent, so Red Viper = Red Comet)
  2. In George's story Guardians the starfish tentacled Fire-balloon creatures can produce explosive gas that they store in order to launch themselves into the air and destroy ships: They are controlled by hive-minded mud pots clam creatures. The humans are an invasive species to the mud pots' homeworld, and the humans are eating the mud pots, so the mud pots go to war against the humans (even though it is a clam and has almost no awareness of the outside world). There is an arms race with the mud pots breeding successively more destructive biological weapons. The Fire-balloons use the hydrogen to float themselves into the air, but they could just as easily used it to rocket themselves into the air. I have previously argued that the weirwood is a form of starfish alien that colonizes planets by launching itself from planet to planet, and here we have a starfish alien that produces rocket fuel.  (Also check out Niven's Stage Trees, from A Relic of Empire, and World of Ptavvs, whose sap is rocket fuel and is plantation-grown to harvest the fuel, and which launch themselves into space to colonize other regions and other planets.) And in one of Arya's chapters an uprooted tree rushing towards a vessel to stove its hull in like a battering ram: "Then she saw it: an uprooted tree, huge and dark, coming straight at them. A tangle of roots and limbs poked up out of the water as it came, like the reaching arms of a great kraken. The oarsmen were backing water frantically, trying to avoid a collision that could capsize them or stove their hull in. The old man had wrenched the rudder about, and the horse at the prow was swinging downstream, but too slowly. Glistening brown and black, the tree rushed toward them like a battering ram. " And uprooted tree can be used as a battering ram. -------------- "The faces that the First Men and the children of the forest had carved into the weirwoods in eons past had stern or savage visages more oft than not, but the great oak looked especially angry, as if it were about to tear its roots from the earth and come roaring after them. " "The weirwood was the heart of Winterfell, Lord Eddard always said . . . but to save the castle Jon would have to tear that heart up by its ancient roots, and feed it to the red woman's hungry fire god." I think the compulsion to burn weirwoods is being psychically implanted in Mel's head by the weirwoods, because that is what the weirwood wants, that is how they spread to other planets and reproduce. "The tree had been dead a long time, but it seemed to live again in the fire, as fiery dancers woke within each stick of wood to whirl and spin in their glowing gowns of yellow, red, and orange."
  3. In Latin vates (pronounce "watis") means "prophet, seer, oracle, foreteller, mouthpiece of a deity " in old celtic *wātis (But that Latin root is, in turn, distantly related to the Old English wōth, meaning "poetry," the Old High German wuot, meaning "madness," and the Old Irish vaith or fáith, meaning both "seer" and "poet.") Wat's Wood = watis' wood = weirwood "the vates were one of three classes of Celtic priesthood, the other two being the druids and the bards. The Vates had the role of seers and performed sacrifices (in particular administering human sacrifice), under the presidence of a druid. Their role therefore corresponded to that of an Adhvaryu in Vedic religion. Celtic vates is continued by Irish fáith "prophet, seer," and ofydd in Welsh. In The Sworn Sword: "Wat's Wood. The greenery looked inviting from afar, and filled Dunk's head with thoughts of shady glens and chuckling brooks, but when they reached the trees they found them thin and scraggly, with drooping limbs. Some of the great oaks were shedding leaves, and half the pines had turned as brown as Ser Bennis, with rings of dead needles girdling their trunks. Worse and worse, thought Dunk. One spark, and this will all go up like tinder." . . . "The sun was rising in the west. . .It was a long moment before Dunk realized what that meant. "Wat's Wood is afire," . . . "Elsewhere the trunks of burned trees thrust like blackened spears into the sky. Other trees had fallen and lay athwart the west way with limbs charred and broken, dull red fires smoldering inside their hollow hearts." A forest whose name means oracle/seer and is associated with human sacrifice, and with one spark the forest went "up like tinder" and it was a sun rising in the west, and burned trees thrust like blackened spears into the sky. Hollow hearts had red fires inside them. Weirwood comet ignition.
  4. Back to weirwood rockets, check this out: The people of Crackclaw Point seem to be a parallel of the CoTF, they are bog people, who resisted being conquered, who hid out in caverns in the hills, and they "water their trees with blood." Their pine trees are watered with blood and their folk hero is "Ser Clarence Crabb, . . He was eight foot tall, and so strong he could uproot pine trees with one hand and chuck them half a mile. No horse could bear his weight, so he rode an aurochs." In gaelic, clair means "wooden stave" and two words beginning with "clair" mean "releasing / separating / dividing" and claraidn means "floating" and craobh means "tree" and "to shoot out / propagate" So Clarence Crabb is a tree that is divided, released, and floats in order to shoot out and propagate, and he was said to uproot trees and chuck them. Clarence Crabb rode an aurochs--a bull. bole sounds like bull, and the white bole is the white bull--the white tree. And indeed, in Middle English, bull was spelled bole--in Chaucer the constellation Taurus was called the Whyte Bole--so a celestial bull is the white bole. And Clarence Crabb chucked a tree and rode a bole. There is a similar parallel between towers and bulls, tor means tower, and taur means bull, and in the Middle English dictionary tor means bull/bole. tor/taur/bole/bull (And in Lovecraft, the bholes are gigantic white worms that that live in tunnels underground, and the magical enchanted tree that the zuggs live under came from a seed that fell from outer space.) "Crackbones fought a dragon too, but he didn't need no magic sword. He just tied its neck in a knot, so every time it breathed fire it roasted its own arse." The Red Comet is called a dragon, and if it is a weirwood rocket, a dragon roasting its own arse is an accurate description of a rocket launch. (George used arse, and in gaelic airsear means "archer" and "devil") And they mention magical bloody swords in this conversation, which sounds like a comet to me.
  5. Thanks, I have like 15 pages of notes that I need to write up on the parallels between the two series. A red-haired boy who loves to climb castle walls is orphaned and being tutored by a maester (who is a member of a secret society that the red-haired boy's ancestor created) the maester is killed in a fiery disaster and the boy has to flee the castle through the crypts. The red-haired boy then goes on a journey north with a very small man who is wise, a tomboyish girl named Miri, and a grey wolf with golden eyes. . . The boys name is Simon / Seomon, and he is marked by the Storm King Ineluki, and has a psychic bond with him. Symeon-star-eyes is Bran. Ineluki is a trickster god (Loki) and Simon and everyone else are being tricked into doing exactly what the Storm King wants them to do.
  6. This can't be a coincidence: naid means "lamprey" and naide means "husband / sinner / baby," aschu means "eel" and ascuch "means to escape" ullahbheist (the u is pronounced "wu") means "lamprey", and ulla means "church" llamwr means "leaper" and just above it is "llamprai" and "neid" and "naid" llemprog mean "lamprey" and just above it "neid" and and "llem" and "leaper" Wyman Manderly is Lord Lamprey, and gwymon is on the same page as gwylla in the Welsh dictionary--and Wymon has a Wylla, and Wyman has a debt to the Starks that can never be repaid. Jon Stark of the Greystarks built the Wolf's Den. And I think Ned and Ashara got married at the Wolf's Den. In Latin, lampas means "wedding torch" and there is a secret passage to the Godswood in the Wolf's Den. When Davos is held captive at the Wolf's Den he is called "dead man"--and it is a comfy jail cell: "As cells went, it was large and queerly comfortable. He suspected it might once have been some lordling's bedchamber." Someone who is supposed to be dead is staying at the Wolf's Den. and the jailer's weapons are "Lady Lu" and "Whore" = Lady Lemore. Davos' death is faked and the "dead man" leaves Westeros on a secret mission to take care of an orphaned child.
  7. Mance Rayder is an anagram of "dayne camerr" Arthur Dayne is essentially Camaris from Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, he is the greatest, most chivalrous knight of the age, who has a magic sword made from a meteorite, camaoir in gaelic means "dawn". Camaris' sword is called Thorn. The word dorn, means thorn, sometimes the sword is called black Thorn. The word "blackthorn" is mentioned 3 times in ASOIAF and they are all in scenes at the Wall. In MST, the sword black Thorn is found in the arctic north in a cave under the Uduntree / White Tree. Camaris is from Nabban, and Neaban means "crow" in gaelic, and the sigil of Camaris' house is the Kingfisher and the word coirneach means Kingfisher and crow--and Mormont's raven is always yelling "corn" at Jon. (Neaman is an alternate spelling of neaban) cairneach means "Kingfisher" and "abounding in cairns."--Arthur Dayne is supposed to be under a cairn at the Tower of Joy. Cam means "deceit" ETA: that word "cam" also means "to bend" "Our knees do not bend easily," said Ser Arthur Dayne. "He liked women, Mance did, and he was not a man whose knees bent easily, that's true." 40 years ago Camaris abandoned his role as Kingsguard, gave up his sword voluntarily, and went into hiding, then had an "accident" (tried to kill himself)--but he is believed to have died in the accident. He got amnesia and has been living as Hodor for 40 years, a simple-minded giant. The event that made him drop out of society was that he had an affair with the Queen he was supposed to be protecting (the Queen was referred to as a Rose). And one of late-King Prester John's sons, Josua, is actually Camaris' son. So a man who was renowned for his impeccable honor, was actually an adulterer and had a bastard son, who is mopey and his name starts with "Jo" and has a hand injury. (Bran is the Fisherking and Jon is the Kingfisher?) This has very close parallel to the story of Lancelot and Guinevere, who had an affair with the Queen he was supposed to be protecting and cucked King Arthur, (warning this is a bit of a tangent) In one story of the Arthur Mythos, Lancelot captures a tower called the Dolorous Gard, and renames it the Joyous Gard, later he abandons it and it becomes the Dolorous Gard again (also called Sorrowful Gard). (The previous owner of the tower was Brandin of the Isles, and there are extensive caves under the tower.) Lancelot brings Guinevere to the Joyous Gard. There is a graveyard of dead knights there, but the graves are false and the knights are actually still alive imprisoned at the Dolorous Prison. Dolorous Edd is at the Wall. The Wall is a kind of prison where convicts are sent. The Wall is the Dolorous Prison. This leads me to believe that someone or several Knights from the Tower of Joy who are believed to be dead are at the Wall, and that their graves were false graves. Lancelot frees these not-dead knights. As I already said, Arthur Dayne is a carbon copy of Camaris. Camaris was believed to be dead through most of the story, but reappears in the third act to lead the resistance with his son Josua. The name Mance Rayder is an anagram of "dayne camerr"-- and recall that camaoir in gaelic means dawn. Throughout MST, hints about plot developments are placed in songs, and recall that Mance is singing the Dornishman's Wife when we first meet him--a song about getting killed for committing adultery in Dorne. When Camaris still had amnesia, at one point he is forced to swordfight and he gets a glimmer of his old self back, and then fully regains his memories when he gets back his magical meteor greatsword Thorn and his magical horn (that horn doesn't sound when other people tried to blow it, it only makes sound when Camaris blows it--and Mance is obsessed with magic horns), and recall how Mance reacted to getting the two-handed greatsword and beat Jon's ass with it. I think that if Mance gets Dawn in his hands he will reveal his identity. Bonus: All these mentions of Royston Crow, and in the Prologue of Game of Thrones, the Others fight a Crow named Royce--but they were actually looking for Jon--who is the Real Royston Crow--King Crow. uaim--as in Waymar, means cave or crypt in gaelic. (and the definition mentions Navan which sounds like Nabban) And the Royston Crow is grey and black, Jon's eyes are grey and black.
  8. Webster's collegiate dictionary sloe-eyed: (1867) 1 : having soft dark bluish or purplish-black eyes Oxford Shorter English Dictionary: sloe-eyed: having eyes the color of the sloe; dark-eyed (and they give the color of a sloe as blue-black) Encarta World English Dictionary: sloe-eyed: with dark, almond-shaped eyes [refers to the blue-black color of the fruit] From a compilation of the Stories of John Cheever: (1974) "Tall women, short women, sad women, women whose burnished hair flowed to their waists, sloe-eyed, squint-eyed, violet-eyed beauties of all kinds and ages" From the UK wikipedia and another UK site that says the same thing: "purple sloes, from which comes the expression sloe-eyed" Some random forum post from ten years ago: "Sloe-eyed means eyes that are dark, with a purple hue (like a black plum),"
  9. In Carl Sagan's Comet, he talks about the possibility of humans traveling across space in tree comets. (and the first chapter of the book is written from the perspective of a person riding a comet on its way to Earth) There is a book called Comets, Popular Culture, and the Birth of Modern Cosmology. on page 94 discussing medieval astrology she says: (In several different languages the word for Mars is Mart/Mairt/Martius, which is close to Martin. Also check out the book Lucifer's Comet, where a Promethean god from Mars launches himself from planet to planet in an ice comet.) And on pg 54 there is a drawing from 1618 of comet traveling through Virgo and Libra--(here's a version with the comet highlighted for clarity)--and it looks like it is coming out of her chest. If this happened when Mars was in conjunction with the Moonmaid (Virgo), this would be the flaming red sword Lightbringer comet coming out of the Moonmaid/ Just Maid's chest. She goes into great detail about Halley's beliefs about comets, chapter 8 is called "Halley's Comet Theory, Noah's Flood, and the End of the World" Halley believed that the bible was a jumbled account of real events from human history, that something like Noah's flood happened, but must have happened before Adam and Eve, But he argued this was all part of a cycle of rebirth and rejuvenation of the Earth (pg166) Another piece of evidence that the Song of Ice and Fire refers to the Red Comet, is a book called Fire and Ice: A History of Comets in Art. The book was a companion to an installation at the Smithsonian by the same name in the 80's for the lead up to Halley's Comet. It is written by an art historian, so the research on the history of astronomy is not very good, but there are some good pictures. The books frontispiece is John Martin's painting The Eve of the Deluge, which depicts a comet that is about to hit the ocean at the beginning of the Flood.
  10. I just finished reading the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, which George has cited as one of his major inspirations for ASOIAF. The main castle is called the Hayholt and it was built around the White Tower (also called Green Angel Tower for the bronze statue atop it) which is described as a White Tree and "a tree-that-was-a tower, white among the stars" and a "great white tree whose leaves were flames" and "white tower lapped by flames." "a great, white tree that stretched into the air like a ladder to the Throne of God." "the lord of an ancient forest." "the pale, looming finger of Green Angel Tower, silvered by moonlight. Wrapped in silence and secrecy, it seemed a specter sent from another world, a bearer of strange tidings." Below the White Tower is a vast system of tunnels built by the Sithi where the Witchwood Tree lives and it is an otherworldly magical tree that does not need sunlight (and the Sithi make swords out of it). When Simon is in the tunnels under the Hayholt he finds a naturally occurring well of Perdruinese Fire, an explosively flammable liquid, that is often found in caves. which is used to make something called a "fire-missile." Simon lights the pool on fire on his way into the castle. In the climax of the story, the Storm King has brought an unearthly winter, the sun goes dark at noon (accompanied by a ghostly phantom bell), the Red Comet has come back for the third time in year and it is blazing red in the sky. I really hoped the well of Perdruinese Fire under the castle had exploded and launched the White Tower into space--and I think George was just as disappointed as I was when it didn't--it was just a weird vision. Earlier in the story Simon goes on an expedition to arctic to the Uduntree (reference to Odin's Tree the worldtree Yggdrasil), a thousand-foot tall ice waterfall tree, also referred to as a White Tree, and one of the characters says "Here old black One-Eye climbed to the stars." Udun was an ancient sky god / Odin climbed to the stars on a White Tree. "the great ice-pillar seemed to extend through the very roof of the sky." Interstellar white tree. In MST, the Red Comet comes back every 500 years and it is the "herald of the death of empires" and it makes three appearances in a year (lending support to my theory that the Red Comet is not a natural phenomenon). One thousand years ago the Red Comet dropped a chunk to Earth when the in-story version of Jesus (Usires) is being crucified on a tree, the meteor destroyed the temple where he was being crucified, and the meteor was made into a magical star-sword. "The first Great Sword came, in its form original, from out of the Sky one thousand years agone." The star-sword is called Thorn (dorn is german for thorn, and dorn is gaelic for fist)--the current owner of Thorn is Camaris (camaoir means "dawn" in gaelic). Thorn is totally black (sometimes called "black Thorn") and described as being unearthly, alive, and having a will of its own--properties that it presumably shares with the Red Comet. Thorn also drinks the light. So a comet falls out of the sky and lands on god's sacred tree and a comet becomes a sword, and Thorn was forged by mixing the meteor with thorny branches that scourged the lord Usires. Tree/comet/sword If you play that in reverse order, a god (Odin or Osiris) is hung on a sacred tree, and a comet/sword that is named after a tree is launched out of a sacred-tree temple and into space. Usires was said to have ascended to heaven at the moment the meteor hit. Here's some fun word play: bole = tree trunk, boletus = fungus, and bolide = explosive meteor (and bolis is greek for "missile") Look up artillery fungus--it can launch spores into the air at very high velocity. And I think the weirwood is a huge planet-spanning fungus, and it spreads to other planets in this manner--and it generates Wildfire in the caverns below the weirwood circle to accomplish this--I think the subterranean sea under Bloodraven's cave is filled with Wildfire. (wildfire is stored in jars shaped like fruits, it is the fruit of the trees--and wildfire production went up suddenly when the Red Comet appeared) My theory is that Three Forgings of Lightbringer are three comets, with final sword being much brighter and coinciding with the end of the Long Night--in MST, the third appearance of the comet is much brighter and coincides with the end of empires, and the end of the Storm Kings reign. The White Tower was built by the Sithi (essentially CoTF) who are consistently described as being alien. The Sithi traveled here in "Ships on a dark ocean, from somewhere far away" they "had sailed out of the rising sun, across unimaginable distances" when "most of the world had been covered in ocean." There is a bunch of other alien space tree stuff. The Sithi village in the Old Heart forest is called the "Boat on the Ocean of the Trees" (calling @ravenous reader ) And Simon goes into a hollow tree in the Sithi village where the oldest Sithi lives and "From time to time the walls creaked, as though he and Jiriki stood in the hold of a ship, or inside the trunk of a tree far larger than any Simon had ever seen." The Sithi are aliens, their village is a vast and incredible ship, the hollow tree is a ship, and they built the White Tower, (which should have been a ship) There are two magical hills in the series that have standing stone circles on their crowns, and one is called the Stone of Farewell or the Leavetaking Stone It is also called "a bony thrust of stone" and "a great fist" The bones of a stone giant thrusting up and thrusting free of its body--and it is called the Stone of Farewell and the Leavetaking Stone--as in it thrust up so hard it took leave of the freaking Earth, it was a Stone that said Farewell. "as though the entire hill of stone had just now been born, thrusting up from the primordial muck." Miriamele has a prophetic dream about a huge stone fist erupting out of the ground: A Stone Fist erupts out of the ground. The Weirwood island at the Crofter's Village is likened to a "stone fist", and the Fist of the First Men is reminiscent of an old weirwood circle. I think the Fist of the First Men was a weapon. Weirwood circles are launchpads, There are Weirwood circles on Seadragon point, Seadragon is the name of a missile system that can be launched from the sea, and an island-drowning meteor was the Grey King's seadragon Naga (LmL) Back in book 1, Simon keeps having prophetic dreams about the White Tree: It is a literal cosmic tree. And Simon goes interstellar while dreaming of it. More bonus cosmic white tree quotes: "white trunk stretching up into the darkness, the impenetrable white tower, a great, looming pale stripe against the blackness" "At the center of the four-cornered ring of flames now loomed a tall white tree, beautiful and unearthly. It was the thing that had haunted him so long. The white tree. The blazing tower." "Green Angel Tower loomed overhead, thrusting out from the muddle of the Hayholt’s roofs like the trunk of a white tree, the lord of an ancient forest." "At first it seemed a tower or a mountain—surely nothing so tall, so slender, so bleakly, flatly white could be anything alive. But as she approached it, she saw that what had seemed a vast cloud surrounding the central shaft, a diffuse milky paleness, was instead an incredible net of branches. It was a tree that stood before her, a great, white tree that stretched so high that she could not see the top of it; it seemed tall enough to pierce the sky." ETA: If you had to deal with an immortal unkillable dark lord, strapping him to a rocket and shooting him into space would be a neat way to solve the problem.
  11. In Gaelic, several words beginning with "slio" or "slo#1" "slo#2" mean genealogy / to trace your genealogy / to get a surname / offspring / and to remove a stain
  12. In the Middle English dictionary, sloe fruits are being called black sloes, and described as black plums. blak slo Interesting to note that in Middle English "sloe" means "something of little value" and Gion in gaelic means "an insignificant person" or "a small potato" And the variety that grows in the US is called Black Sloe, and I actually have one of these that I thought was a blueberry bush until I ate one of the fruits. black sloe
  13. Probably a purple so dark it seemed black. "black as a Dornish plum" "The boy's face turned black as a plum." "Young Griff had blue eyes, but where the father's eyes were pale, the son's were dark. By lamplight they turned black, and in the light of dusk they seemed purple." Egg's eyes "In the dimness of the lamplit cellar they looked black, but in better light their true color could be seen: deep and dark and purple." "He had blue eyes, Dunk saw, very dark, almost purple." "Black amethysts from Asshai. The rarest kind, a deep true purple by daylight." "I dreamt of a maid at a feast with purple serpents in her hair" (black amethysts) "Ned had big blue eyes, so dark that they looked almost purple." Darkstar "His eyes seemed black as he sat outlined against the dying sun, sharpening his steel, but she had looked at them from a closer vantage and she knew that they were purple. Dark purple. Dark and angry." Arbor wine described as "the color a purple so dark that it looked almost black " "The cloudless sky turned a deep purple, the color of an old bruise, then faded to black." George seems to like describing deep purple items as being dark, black, or almost black. "Jon's eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black,"
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