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  1. Really good summary, and I agree with all your points. I would just like the add the extra layer of confusion of the Red Sword of Heroes referring to both the Red Comet itself and the actual physical sword Dawn when held by the Last Hero/Sword of the Morning. I am a firm believer that the entire myth about Lightbringer, Nissa Nissa, Azor Ahai, and the ending of the Long Night are mythologized accounts of celestial occurrences: namely that the Second Moon caused a generation long eclipse and the Red Comet/Lightbringer/Red Dragon knocked it out of eclipse and brought the Dawn. And that the 3 forgings refer to three appearances of the Red Comet, the final one hitting the Second Moon, So, I don't know what role an actual physical sword would play in such a scenario--it could be entirely mythologized. (sorry if you have heard this before) In Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, the magic greatsword Thorn was made from a piece of the Red Comet that fell to Earth, and I think the same is true of Dawn. And I think the Red Comet is made of weirwood, and Dawn was made out of the Heart(tree) of a Falling Star--which is what makes it special. The name Thorn implies that it is part plant, and Thorn was a sword that was "somehow alive" with its own volition. Thorn was wielded by a Camaris (and camaoir means "dawn" in gaelic), who was the greatest most chivalrous knight of his age, who gave up his sword and disappeared 40 years ago, and is presumed dead. He had a head injury and lost his memory, which returns to him in the 3rd act when he is reunited with his sword Thorn, and he unites the people just in time to lead the armies of men against the Storm King. Obvious parallels to Arthur being separated from Dawn, and losing his identity and living as Mance, and Mance uniting the Wildlings. ("mance rayder" is an anagram of "dayne camerr") Here is something to think about, Arthur Dayne was born in Starfall, whose sigil is a falling star--which is a fiery star. Arthur was born under the sigil of a fiery star, which I think depicts a piece of the Red Comet falling to Earth. So that works, he was born under a bleeding star--although just a depiction of it. This could apply to anyone born under the Dayne banner. And it really makes sense that a Dayne who is the Sword of the Morning should bring the dawn with Dawn. And that it should be King Arthur that does it, since Arthur wields Excalibur. And I think the Palestone Sword Tower is a metaphor for a weirwood which will become the Red Sword of Heroes--it is where Dawn is kept. Pulling the sword from the (pale)stone sword tower. "He had no crown nor scepter, no robes of silk and velvet, but it was plain to Jon that Mance Rayder was a king in more than name. " And it seems more like George that the True King did not get the title by conquest or threat of Dragonfire or heredity but earned it by uniting a people peacefully, which is Mance. And the entire power structure of Westeros is going to crumble during the Long Night, and I think Arthur will hold it together as long as possible, but ultimately fail as everyone dies around him.
  2. Bloodraven is part Blackwood, and Algernon Blackwood's The Willows, is about an island that is populated with psychically vampiric predatory alien willow trees that live outside of our conceptions of time and space and feed on human beings. The climax of the story has a dead body tangled up in Willow roots that has been killed and drained by the Willows or the extra-dimensional winged beings that accompany them. The Willows manifest your fears into physical reality, just like in George's favorite movie Forbidden Planet (which has an alien machine under a hill that has red and white trees on it, that can manifest your nightmares into physical reality) , (and like in the book Sphere by Michael Crichton) Which is a further confirmation of the White Walkers being a psychic projection of Bran's. @Frey family reunion Here is how they are described: They make a buzzing sounds like the crabs in The Whisperer in Darkness, and they are accompanied by some sort of barely perceptible winged creatures that fly up into the air. And like in House of the Worm, one of the ways to fight them is to avoid thinking about them, or to inflict pain on yourself to distract you. Tolkien's Old Man of the Willow seems to play off this story: "He is portrayed in the story as a tree, albeit a sentient and evil one with various powers including hypnosis and the ability to move his roots and trunk" He tries to eat the hobbits. "Bombadil relates that of the corrupted trees of the Old Forest, 'none were more dangerous than the Great Willow; his heart was rotten, but his strength was green; and he was cunning, and a master of winds, and his song and thought ran through the woods on both sides of the river. His grey thirsty spirit drew power out of the earth and spread like fine root-threads in the ground, and invisible twig-fingers in the air, till it had under its dominion nearly all the trees of the Forest from the Hedge to the Downs.' " While we are thinking about evil predatory trees, one of George's favorite authors is Jack Vance and Jack wrote a story called Son of the Tree, about a colossal predatory tree tended by druids, and that eats thousands of slaves a day: The plot of the story is that the druids try to smuggle a seedling (the Son of the Tree) to a neighboring planet to establish Tree worship there and take over the planet. In ASOIAF, one of the Vale mountain clans is called "Sons of the Tree"
  3. That is actually pretty good. Tunnels underground made by wingless worms and filled with enslaved peoples. which is destroyed when the slaves revolt and kill their masters. Fits pretty well with a description of a weirwood cave, and those that it had enslaved rebelling and destroying it. Valyria was a civilization built on blood sacrifice, and I think all magic comes from blood sacrifice to weirwoods, and Valyria just happened to have extensive mines underneath it filled with enslaved people--and a vast explosive potential. And the First Faceless Man (and recall that the Manworm became a Faceless Man) leads a rebellion that ends up causing the central fires of the Earth to awaken and Valyria actually explodes up into the air--they specifically mention material getting launched a thousand feet into the air, and the remainder of the land sinks under the sea. Valyria was a focal point of magic, and when it was destroyed, magic waned, because the weirwoods physically departed the Earth in the explosion. And this is a direct parallel to the sinking of Numenor in Lord of the Rings, when the Numenorians started to follow Sauron and fell into evil ways and attempted to invade Valinor (the land of the gods), Eru Iluvatar (god) launched Valinor and Avallone into space which caused Numenor to sink under the ocean. The World Book mentions three places that survived the Doom: Mantarys, Oros, and Tyria. Mantarys, Oros, and Tyria, spell "Mot" the Semitic god of death. Mantari is Turkish for "mushroom, fungus" and whoever did the wiktionary entry (was it George?) posted a red and white mushroom picture for it. Tyria in Finnish means "to screw up, to mess up" and Tyrian refers to the purple dye, which Braavos is famous for. And oro in Latin means "to pray, beseech" and in Latin auras means "the upper air, rises high, heavens" oros means "gold or worth your weight in gold" oros is also the name of a suit of cards from Spain depicted as a gold coin. After the Faceless Men destroy Valyria they go on to build Braavos, which is another metaphorical weirwood cave: it is a secret town that is sinking into the sea, built underneath a Stone Giant with red eyes (that takes child sacrifice) and has a temple devoted to the worship of death. Edit to add: Sauron surviving the sinking of Numenor and sneaking away to Middle Earth to set up a new place and ruin that too, sounds like a good parallel to the Faceless Men destroying Valyria and sneaking away to establish Braavos.
  4. That is the plot of In the House of the Worm and Dark, Dark, Were the Tunnels. And also Dying of the Light to an extent. But I actually think almost everyone will die during the New Long Night, and civilization will have to rebuild from scratch by a handful of Wildlings and Mountain Men, with almost no memory of what happened in the previous age. It just occurred to me that in George's Dark, Dark, Were the Tunnels, spacemen literally come down from the moon and land on Earth and explore it, and find hideously deformed humanoids underground, and barely recognize them as human, and they kill the little telepathic skin-changer CoTF-like Greel character and say that humanity on Earth has devolved past the point of no return. I have argued that the God-on-Earth came down from the Second Moon (the Lion of Night) and did not recognize the CoTF and the weirwoods as being sentient, and built his Great Empire of the Dawn, and then eradicated a weirwood grove and then the weirwoods turned on him and his empire and destroyed it. This is also the plot of Guardians where the spacemen come down from space and build a colony of Namor (which named after the comic book anti-hero Namor, who was an Atlantian merman who fought against surface-dwellers who wronged his kingdom under the sea), and do not recognize the mud-pots as sentient, and harvest them to eat. The mud-pots wake from their green-dreams under the sea and go to war with the human colonists, and nearly eradicate them before Tuf realizes they are sentient and brokers a peace. Also, in And Seven Times Never Kill Man, the spacemen called Steel Angels come down from space and build a colony and say that the Jaenshi are animals and have no souls, and try to eradicate them for their land. The Steel Angels are wiped out by the magical hive-minded prayer pyramids of the Jaenshi. With The Men of Greywater Station the human scientist spacemen landed on an alien planet completely dominated by the hive-minded Greywater Fungus. They must have destroyed some area of fungus and lifeforms to set up their station and take biological samples. So the Greywater Fungus might have taken this as the humans attacking first, and then the fungus went all out to destroy their station. However, the fungus did not recognize human beings as sentient, it thought the station was the sentient creature. And it succeeded in destroying the station and taking over the humans. There is a theme of not recognizing sentient life because it is too different, and/or repulsive that is common in several of George's works. It is a theme in Dark, Dark, Were the Tunnels, with Greel and the Spacemen. With In the House of the Worm between the yaga-la-hai and the Grouns. With Sandkings, Kress did not think the Sandkings were sentient, and they killed him and ate him. And to a lesser extent, in Nightfliers and A Song for Lya, the alien telepathic beings were just too alien to comprehend, and had either no consciousness, or a kind that was too far removed from human experience to comprehend. (And of course that volcryn is a telepathic space creature that launches itself around the galaxy on huge space wings, which I think is what the weirwood does also)
  5. I forgot to post above about crows, one of the reasons I think George is obsessed with crows is that gairm means "to crow" and it sounds like his initials GRRM, and several words beginning with gairm mean "crow" (and Dwelly's Gaelic Dictionary is published by Gairm, which is one of the reasons he uses so many Gaelic names, also because Tolkien did) gairm-ghille means "crier"--gairm means "crow" and Sam is a crybaby who is a crow who gets with Gilly. And Sam is a version of George.
  6. Awesome, the repetition of the phrase "thousand and one" always bothered me like it was supposed to be significant, and that is a perfect explanation. I was not familiar with the original tale of Aladdin so I had to look it up. As you say, the cave is a trap, evil sorcerer pretends to be his uncle in order to get Aladdin to accomplish something he cannot, Aladdin gets the magic ring and the lamp and kills the sorcerer. Weirwood circles are magic rings, and weirwoods are symbolised by beacon towers (The Hightower, red and white tower with a wizard inside it, which lights the way, and the Whispers beacon tower sinking into the sea, with severed heads that whisper) and they are torches in the woods that are a blaze of flame. Bran gets control of the weirwood ring and kills the sorcerer who tried to entrap him.
  7. Swords and dragons. The Red Comet is the Red Sword of Heroes, and it is also a Red Dragon. Ran has said on here before that Dawn is Lightbringer, don't know if he said it ironically--but thematically, a magic meteor [falling star / dragon] sword named Dawn should bring the Dawn. And a sword made from a meteorite would be a sword made out of a stone. And it was wielded by Arthur, who I think is Mance, and who was King Beyond the Wall, and united the people--just like King Arthur. And Mance is associated with glamors and costumes and false identities. In Latin, mane means "dawn" and manes means "ghost" and "the deified souls of the departed" The Last Heroes Sword was Dragonsteel. Dany's dragons are a flaming sword hanging above the world: "When your dragons were small they were a wonder. Grown, they are death and devastation, a flaming sword above the world." But also, if Lightbringer is the Red Comet, there were 3 forgings--there will be 3 appearances of the Red Comet--just like in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn--with the final one at the climax of the story. That gives three chances for the Last Hero to be (re)born under it. And just to muddy the waters, there are some passages that indicate that the Long Night is ended by a coalition of people, not a single individual.
  8. The plot of being lured into a cave happens with Dany also, when Pyat Pree lures her into the House of the Undying, and with illusion and deception they try to entrap her to drain her life force. Pyat means "magpie" which is a kind of crow. Pyat also is directly based on the evil wizard Pyrates from Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, who resurrects the Storm King in the White Tower during the Long Night when the Red Comet is in the sky, with 3 magical swords, and the Storm King was imprisoned inside the weirwood network, and there is a time warp when it happens. Pyat has the White Worm symbolism, and the hands that try to pull her down are a thousand blood-stained hands like weirwood leaves. And of course there is the huge rotten heart(tree) at the center of it all. A crow lures her to a cave to suck her dry. She burns the House of the Undying (weirwood cave) and destroys it inhabitants. Just like Arya and Bran will both kill their masters in their weirwood caves. (Bran defeating One-Eye foreshadows him defeating Bloodraven, and Fenrir the wolf eats Odin at Ragnarok) However, it has occurred to me that Dany later gets stuck in Meereen (~sounds like Marine--meaning "sea")--so she gets stuck in the greensea again, and they try to kill her again, and (Kraz means crow in arabic, her army is like the undead army, Grey Worm is pretty close to White Worm) and she flies away on her dragon to escape death. Only to land in another green sea, the Dothraki sea. In George's stories This Tower of Ashes, and The Stone City, and perhaps The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr, the protaganist gets stuck inside a dream world forever. Is there any possibility that Dany has been stuck in the House of the Undying the whole time and never left? It is odd that she goes in to the House of the Undying by herself, walks through a maze, is trapped, and then Drogon magically appears to save her. Was that all a dream?
  9. In Gaelic, nead means "nest" and "circular hollow" and the celtic war god Neid had two wives who were both crows--Nematona "she of the sacred grove" was a Royston Crow (the others killed a crow named Royce) and she is one of the Three Sisters who make up the Morrigan (Ashara was at the Three Sisters). And Babd (or Badb Catha ["battle crow"]) was Neid's other wife, who was also a crow who appeared on the battlefield to sow confusion, and foreshadow carnage to come, which is what Stoneheart will do. So, this all implies that The Crow is someone from Ned's family, oh, and Brandon the Builder founded the Nights Watch and he probably gave them the nickname "crows". neid means "battle" neo-dhean means to "annul, undo" like Ned's marriage to Ashara. neoid means "shy, bashful, or miserable person" and Ned is the shy wolf. In Meera's telling of the Knight of the Laughing Tree, Ashara was a "maid" and Ned was "shy" and now Ashara is on the Shy Maid. And Ascharira in hindi means "bodiless" and "to renounce all earthly connections" as well as "cupid / the god of love" Nematona is "she of the sacred grove" and Asherah means "grove" and Asherah of Semitic religion was worshiped in sacred groves, and and with Asherah poles. And she is closely associated with Ba'al. I think Arya's role is to become a Shadow Sword assassin and kill wizards in the physical world, rather than doing anything from inside the weirwood network. eta: nid in Old Norse means "libel, calumny, defamation" and nid means "nest" in french.
  10. Since we are talking about hive-minded creatures luring people in to kill them and absorb their life essence, I was just browsing through my Old Norse dictionary, and between Grof and Graen is the word graeska (~greeshka) which means "malice" (and recall that gree means in english "to be of one mind" And the Greeshka from A Song for Lya was a red parasitic fungus that lived in a cave and preyed on the Shkeen (skeinn means "to cut with a scythe" in swedish--as in "to harvest" and scyn means "to tempt" in Anglo-Saxon). The Greeska lured Lya in with telepathic suggestions of a blissful union with the hive-mind, but it only wanted to drain her unique psy-powers and she dies when she joins the hive-mind and her identity is obliterated rather than continuing on inside the hive-mind. Recall also that lige ("liya") means "grave" in Gaelic--Lya goes to the grave when she goes to the cave. I just looked up the swedish word for scythe and it is "lie" The Greeshka was a malicious predatory hive mind that lured people in to consume them. Bran is lured to the cave because the weirwood wants to absorb his unique greenseer powers, because he is the most powerful greenseer perhaps ever born. And I think Bloodraven's identity has already been annihilated, and he is being used as a prop. When Arya joins the House of Black and White, the main focus is on the negation of the self, and the obliteration of the personal identity. The identity of Arya dies when she joins the cult, she becomes no-one. The "people" in the House of Black and White have no identity of their own, they were the skins (Shkeens?) of other people and they worship death. And for that matter the Greywater fungus hive-mind completely obliterated the identity of the people and animals it took over. And the the mud-pots from Guardians, although a benevolent hive-mind, completely took over their victims and deprived them of autonomy. So everything George has written about hive-minds implies loss of self and identity and autonomy. Just bring it back to white worms, in A Song for Lya, they mention giant eater-worms on a planet called Nightmare: And Nightmare eater-worms are central to the plot of In the House of the Worm: " 'huge white eaterworms, who multiply and grow more terrible every day.' It hadn't made any particular sense then. Now, now it did. The Meatbringer had been talking of the Changemasters, of things they brought into the world to afflict the grouns. The thing that lay behind him was indeed an affliction. For the first time in his life, Annelyn felt sorrow for the grouns." as well as Dark, Dark, were the Tunnels: "He had fought his way through the Bad Levels, where the worm-things still hunted the People relentlessly" So I think it is pretty clear the George does not have a good opinion of the huge white eater worms, they are terrible and they are associated with Nightmare and affliction, and they prey on human beings. And Annelyn goes from worshiping the White Worm to wanting to hunt them all down and eradicate them. And of course, weirwood roots are white worms. So, Bran was lured into a trap and the cave is not a safe place.
  11. In the Oxford English Dictionary (1888 ed) the word Greking / Greyking means "dawn" and gryja means "dawn" and krieken means "dawn" --the whole plot of the Greyjoys being descendants of the Grey King, and their sigil being a kraken came from this entry. Dagan means "dawn" in Old Norse, and Daeg means "day" in Anglo-Saxon, And the Greyjoy house words are a reference to the line from Cthulhu, "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die" And many of the Ironborn are fishy (like Dagon Codd), like the Innsmouth fish people. It makes sense that the Kraken's servitors are fish people. Also, has anybody thought about the similarities between Gollum and Reek? Is Theon going to be pivotal in the climax of the story like Gollum was? From the New Annotated Lovecraft footnote about the Kraken/Cthulhu: "In 'The Dunwich Chimera and Others: Correlating the Cthulhu Mythos,' Will Murray argues that there is only one creature that resembles Cthulhu, the Kraken, the gigantic sea creature first described in Erik Ludvigsen Pontoppidan's The Natural History of Norway (1755): 'It is called the Kraken, Kraxen, or some name it Krabben, that word being applied by way of eminences to this creature, which is round, flat, and full of arms, or branches.' According to legend, there were only two such creatures, nearly immortal and said to rise with the apocalypse. Round, full of branches, immortal, rises (from under the sea) with the apocalypse. Called "Krabben" and in gaelic craobh means "tree". and krieken means "dawn" --and an upside down squid looks like a tree. "lesser gods such as the Crab King and the Old Man of the River—to put aside their bickering and join together to sing a secret song that brought back the day. " The Crab King was one of the gods that brought the Dawn. And Clarence Crabb was a mythical giant who rode a bull (bole) and uprooted trees and threw them. Does anybody have a copy of Lovecraft Studies Issue #8? There is no fulltext online, and that is the issue that mentions the background about the Kraken legend.
  12. I had to quit after the 3rd book, good world builder but terrible writer. But it is clear George ripped ideas from it, and that was my only interest in the story. Like Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings, I think ASOIAF takes place on our Earth, and an explanation for why magic was real at some point, but is no longer--in the case of ASOIAF, I think the weirwood/white worm are the source of all magic, and when they leave Earth at Ragnarok/The New Long Night, then the gods will die/depart, and then the modern age will begin. The story House of the Worm, sheds some light on this--that the worshipers of the white worm--the worshipers of death-- brought on the darkness--brought on the Long Night, and made evil supernatural things start happening. And the way to prevent it from happening again, is to cease to believe in its power--to abandon worship of the white worm--abandon weirwood worship. Jon is the counterpart to Rand al Thor, "al Thor" ~ "arthur" he is King Arthur, callandor = excaliber = Dawn, and there is something about pulling the sword out of the stone. The Red Comet is the the Red Sword of Heroes, and is will be drawn from a Stone Tree to bring the dawn. As I think the Red Comet will be used to knock the Black Planet out of eclipse to end the Long Night. The Sword of the Morning is a celestial sword after all (its a constellation). ETA: I forgot to explicitly state that in Lord of the Rings, the gods and their lands literally and physically depart from the Earth, and that is why magic and wizards and elves are gone in the modern age--they literally flew off into space. Edit to recap an earlier post: In House of the Worm and Lair of the White Worm, there is an explosion of gunpowder/dynamite below the white worm that blows it up. In Vulthoom, a rocket launch was planned to shoot the satanic white bole to Earth. In Color out of Space, the telepathic vampiric alien space creature that is attached to tree roots absorbs energy from lightning strikes and launches itself into space. (In Larry Niven's sci-fi there are trees that secrete rocket fuel, to launch themselves to other planets, called Stage Trees, and this is precisely what I think Wildfire is) And in ASOIAF, there is conspicuous and copious amounts of explosive wildfire placed underneath a red castle and a white church--that is a metaphor for a weirwood grove. And castles are a metaphor for weirwoods, and they both are described as stone fists punching up into the sky. And George has already written stories (Guardians) where a kraken launches itself into the air, and where a tree fungus hops from planet to planet (The Men of Greywater Station), the weirwood merely combines these two ideas.
  13. The Black Gate weirwood door is based on Emil Doepler's painting of Odin at Mimir's Well Tree roots in a well, with a giant pale face. The world tree Yggdrasil has three main roots that goes to three wells, Urd~Gods Eye (where the norns live), Hvelgermir~Winterfell,("boiling, bubbling spring" Winterfell's geothermal hot springs) and Mimirsbrunnr~Bloodraven's cave, which is reached by going through the Black Gate. (also, fun to note that the Black Gate is the entrance to Mordor) There is also a reference to Nastrond ("corpse shore"), being the crypts under Winterfell. Because there the dragon Niddhoggr is imprisoned and gnaws at the roots, and where wolfish murderers (Brandon), adulterers (Lyanna), and oathbreakers (Ned) are buried. That is Hel's abode, and Catelyn/Stoneheart is Hel. Interesting to note that Cat's red hair turns bone white, she is a symbolic weirwood and when she dies her heart turns to Stoneheart. (heart-tree, get it?) Fun fact: while I am thinking about Cat, tulle means "flood" in gaelic, and in hindi tula means "a pair of scales; to weigh as a test of guilt or innocence" or tulai means "to weigh" and tul means "bright red color"
  14. Yes, I think the God's Eye is Avalon, and the apples of immortality is the weirwood paste. The first book of the Wheel of Time is called The Eye of the World, 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 White Tower 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). There are caves under the White Tower 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. Underneath the White Tower on Tar Valon is an entrance to the Arianrhod (the silver wheel) dreamworld. I already mentioned that tThe irish tale of Caer Arianrhod is of a castle that gets launched into space by a wizard and becomes the constellation Arianrhod. Here is something rad, in the Silmarillion, Avallone is an island next to where the Valar lived, the island gets ejected from the surface of the Earth and into space.
  15. I think Mourning Star has you beat on that point. Bloodraven appears as a man with a wooden face to Melissandre in her fire vision. Bran has a weirwood that observes him in his dreams: "At the heart of the godswood, the great white weirwood brooded over its reflection in the black pool, its leaves rustling in a chill wind. When it felt Bran watching, it lifted its eyes from the still waters and stared back at him knowingly." If that was really Bloodraven, why would he appear as a crow and a tree in the same dream? and when he meets Bloodraven: "I have watched you for a long time, watched you with a thousand eyes and one. I saw your birth, and that of your lord father before you. I saw your first step, heard your first word, was part of your first dream. I was watching when you fell." Notice that George made the dream sentence ambiguous just to troll us. He really makes it sound like he is merely an observer. If he had been the 3ec, he might have said something like "I was that crow that pecked open your third eye, and woke you up from the coma." And the fact that his cave is filled with ravens instead of crows is a hint that he is not The Crow. Bran likes it better when the torches are put out, because then he can pretend it is the 3ec talking to him, not a grisly talking corpse. I do note that Bran appears to Jon as a tree in his dream, but to Mel as a boy with a wolf's face, was Bran wedded to the Tree yet when she saw that vision?
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