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  1. I finally solved the mystery of the name of the White Worm god of death Yaggalla from In the House of the Worm. In Merle Prout's story House of the Worm that George's story is a spin-off from, the shrine to the White Worm is called a "heaped up grave" And in Dinneen's Gaelic Dictionary uaigh means “grave, cave” and on the next page uaile means "heap" uaigh + uaile = Yaggalla It is just a literal translation of "heaped up grave"--ha, it was there the whole time. Also, I said the yaga-la-hai, the worm children, are a death cult and all of their names relate to worms, or death. Annelyn = annelid worm, Vermyllar = vermis means “worm” in Latin, Groff means “grave” in dutch and Old Norse, and in Swedish grof means "great, big, large, strong" and Groff is a giant. (and Groff is a bronze giant, like MacReady from Campbell's Who Goes There?) I just realized that Annelyn sounds like annihil and annul both meaning "to reduce to nothing, annihilate, put out of existence, extinguish" And I found that in Welsh anneall means "ignorance, lack of knowledge" and Annelyn is mocked by the Meatbringer for his lack of knowledge. (parallels Jon knowing nothing, Annelyn goes deep underground to learn his heritage, and so will Jon with the crypts) Ironically annillyn means "ugly" and Annelyn was described as being the most handsome man in their whole civilization. And annhuellu means "to uncover, to undeceive" and he learns the true history of the White Worm and his people. I realized that the Meatbringer is described like a pig--he has mottled pink-brown skin and an enormous flat nose. So add that to the list of characters like Sam, Tyrion, Varys, Laren Dorr, AriK neKrol, Arkin Ruark, Kleronomas, etc. that are named or described as pigs, or dwarfs or cripples.
  2. If Melisandre is a metaphor for a weirwood tree, and the ruby is weirwood sap, it all makes sense. Ruby (and moonstone, both are weirwood) allows someone to take on the semblance of another person, and the power of skinchanging comes from the Weirwoods, and that was why Mel felt what Rattleshirt felt, because the whole thing had to be relayed through the weirwood network. And Mance escaped death by putting on the semblance of another person--like a greenseer jumping into another body and living a second life. And I think there is significance of him putting on skeleton armor, like he was skeleton being reanimated. It also explains why rubies are described as being hardened weirwood sap, and blood and fire, a burning third eye, and likened to the Red Comet--because they are all the same thing. Arya and Bran have both been inducted into weirwood cults and are learning how to take on the semblance of others, and even to actually become them--to put on the skin of another person. (sidhe faeries abducted children and replaced them with changelings, Arya and Bran were replaced by doppelgangers and now they are both changelings) Catelyn is a red haired woman who becomes Stoneheart (tree) when she dies. In hindi tul means "red" and tula means "balance scales, to judge one's guilt or innocence" and in gaelic tul means "hill" and tuilm means "tree" and tuile means "flood, torrent" and in welsh tyle means "hill" and tylles means "hole" Red and white undead tree on a hill that judge's ones guilt. ETA: I just found that cathl means "melody" in Welsh, and aria means "melody" in Swedish, and siansa means "melody" in Gaelic. And melos means "melody" in Latin. And George wrote a story called Remembering Melody, that I haven't read yet. EETA: More evidence linking ruby with the Red Comet, in gaelic ribe means "hair" and the word comet means "hairy star" and ribeog means "hair, rag, tassle" and ribead / riobaid means "melody" and in Hindi rag means "red" and "melody" and "song" In Carl Sagan's book Comet, there are at least two pictures #1 #2 of a Halley's Comet with the word "rag" written on or above it. And George wrote Armageddon Rag, about a song that will end the world. And comets are ice and fire.
  3. Oh, and in Latin Manes means "the deified souls of the departed, the ghosts or shades of the dead, the gods of the lower world, infernal deities" And Mance can cross the impassible barrier between life and death.
  4. When Mance is glamoured and living as Rattleshirt, they think they have killed the King*, but it was a body-double, and the King was wearing someone else's armor, and Mel puts special emphasis on the wearing of the armor, because that is all most people will see and that it helps the illusion. And Mance has several Rhaegar parallels, being a man of song, and wearing a black and scarlet cloak, etc. And there is Cleon the Butcher King of Astapor, his corpse being suited in armor and strapped to a horse and sent into battle. In gaelic, claon means "deceit" *In the book Celtic Myths and Legends it says "According to an unknown writer cited by Plutarch, . . . ‘ the Land of the Dead’ is the western extremity of Great Britain, separated from the eastern by an im­passable wall. On the northern coast of Gaul, says the legend, is a populace of mariners whose business is to carry the dead across from the continent to their last abode in the island of Britain." So Britain is a land full of the undead, George just moved the Wall to the north. And the phrase "go to the wall" means to die, and that makes the King-Beyond-the-Wall is the king of the dead. And in Jaimes' weirwood dream Rhaegar is the Night King leading the Others under the Shadow of a gigantic Lion-shaped rock that blots out the sun.
  5. @LynnS We know ruby is used to glamour, but it is interesting if any character that wears ruby is not who they claim to be. I will have to read through all the mentions of ruby and think about it. But here is something, in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, King Prester John won the throne by killing the red dragon Shurakai that lived underneath the Hayholt castle. This parallels Robert winning the throne by killing Rhaegar. But later we find out that Prester John did not kill the dragon, that the dragon was already dead when he found it. (and Prester John was raising a son that wasn't his but was fathered by one of his kingsguard, just like Robert, and dies at the beginning of the story just like Robert) And Rhaegar's black armor was famous for being covered in rubies. And in The Hour of the Dragon, they send out Conan's body double in his black armor and the body double is killed but everyone thinks Conan died. And in the Iliad, Patroclus wears Achilles' armor and gets killed by Hector, but they think Achilles was killed.
  6. While we are talking about shadow babies, the whole plot of Stannis killing Renly in the tent with the shadow assassin was ripped off from The Hour of the Dragon: The two armies of Nemedia and Aquilonia have gathered and will commence fighting at dawn. But before sunrise the shadow ghost of Xaltotun comes into Conan's tent and paralyzes Conan, so that Conan cannot lead his forces into battle. A man is found that is Conan's look-a-like and he is put in Conan's black armor to lead the army--which he blunders, and they all die, and the battle is lost. When Conan meets Xaltotun he realizes the shadow ghost was him. A projected shadow ghost that resembles the man who cast it, attacking the king in his tent on the eve of battle, and thereby winning the battle. This parallels the Renly vs Stannis eve of battle scene with Stannis' shadow ghost killing Renly in the tent and changing the course of events, and later with Renly's armor being worn by someone else. The shadow ghost is called a "child of shadow"
  7. Yes, and I think she is just a metaphor for a weirwood tree--red hair, red eyes, white skin, ruby third eye. And Stannis is a metaphor for the Night King who "marries" her and together they birth cold shadow baby assassins--White Walkers. In Hindi sindur / sinduri means "red, vermillion" and sinduri also means the tree Mallotus (source of a dye, and of a drug)" and two pages before sindur, salis means "third, a third person" because Selyse is the third wheel in their triangle.
  8. So I already noted that in the Oxford Hindi-English dictionary ahi ("snake, serpent") is on the same on the page as ahriman, and ahriman means "lord of darkness and chaos" (and recall that Vulthoom is the devil/tree and his servitors are called Ahai and they are green martian frog men). Ahriman is partly where Saruman's name comes from, but also in Robert E. Howards The Hour of the Dragon, the Heart of Ahriman is a magic red jewel that is a ball of fire. The Heart of Ahriman was kept in the Temple of Asura (so Asura + Ahriman) The Heart of Ahriman is called "the veritable heart of god" and "a star that fell from the skies long ago" and "a cosmic power" and "the Heart of Ahriman came from some far universe of flaming light" So the Heart of Ahriman was a red comet that fell to Earth. 3,000 years ago it was found and worshiped by the ancient sorcerer Xaltotun who ruled the evil black empire of Acheron, the jewel greatly heightened the wizard's power, it brings the dead back to life, but it was stolen from him and used against him and he retreated to Stygia--and all of this closely parallels the Bloodstone Emperor worshiping the Bloodstone, and using it to create an undead army, and ruling over Asshai and then retreating to Stygai when he was defeated. In gaelic caor means "round ball of fire, fireball, meteor" and caorthann means "blaze" and caorthainn means "rowan tree, quicken tree, mountain ash, and valerian" and car-thonn means "a fire-wave, violent billow" Which supports my theory that the Red Comet is a weirwood. The Red Comet is a round ball of fire / fireball that led Dany the Valyrian to Qarth (caorth), and before she gets there she finds a big fire opal jewel in the desert on a dead dragonrider. A fire opal is a red jewel. Bloodstone is a phrase that means "sacrificial altar" and well as being a black and red gem. Weirwoods are sacrificial altars. So the Heart of Ahriman is used to bring Xaltotun back to life after 3,000 years and he begins to terrorize the land again, and he literally rolls back time to bring Acheron into the present. (one of the nobles helping him is Valerius, whose throne was usurped, and he is trying to reclaim it) This all lends support to my theory that the Bloodstone was a piece of weirwood or weirwood sap that fell out of the sky and took over the mind of the Bloodstone Emperor, (or it could just be a mythologized account of the origins of weirwoods, that they fell out of the sky and humans began worshiping them.) So the Heart of Ahriman is used to bring Xaltotun back to life, and then used to kill him also. Which parallels the weirwood being used to cause the Long Night, as well as to end it. Weirwood sap is ruby, and in gaelic, ruby is spelled ruib, and ruibheach means "lucifer match" and ruibhne means "lance, javelin, ray of light" and ruibh-cloch means "sulphurous, brimstone" and ruibhne means "armed with a lance or spear, piercing (of the eye), lancer" So the piercing Eye (God's Eye) is associated with Lucifer match, brimstone, and is armed with lances, spears, and a ray of light
  9. @LynnS If you've never read it you should listen to Clark Ashton Smith's The Beast of Averoigne (audio fulltext) it features a red comet that is alive and that is called "blood and fire" and "Satan's rutilant hair" (lucifer/lightbringer red comet) and that a demon comes down from the comet nightly to prey on humans. The demon is called the spawn of the seventh hell. And of course, the business about a red comet being Lucifer/Satan falling to Earth after being cast out of heaven is from the bible: Isaiah 14 :12 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" Luke 10:18 "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven" Revelation 12:3 Satan was described as a great red dragon whose "tail swept a third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth" Revelation 12:8-9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." and from Milton's Paradise Lost: Incensed with indignation Satan stood Unterrified, and like a Comet burned, That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In the Arctic Sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war. Satan is a red comet. The red comet is a living, supernatural being. (George used the idea about a celestial object bringing pestilence in The Plague Star, where the Ark spaceship is seen as a star that brings cyclical plagues as it passes by--while the Ark was derelict, it was still full of living creatures) And George's Volcryns from Nightflyers are very much like the red comet, they are huge interstellar creatures that fly through space using telekinesis and broadcast telepathic energy wherever they go. The devil tree landing on Mars as a falling star was the plot of Clark Ashton Smith's Vulthoom, and Vulthoom's plan was to launch himself to Earth to take it over. And in Ian Wallace's the Lucifer Comet, the devil gets launched off of Mars as a comet and lands on Earth. (and astronomers used to believe that comets came from the other planets in the solar system) And in Asimov's Nemesis, there is a red planet coming to Earth, and it has a planet-spanning hive-minded neural network of bacteria that is conscious and has telepathy. It is only a slight modification of that plot the have Mars be the red planet because it is covered in a hive-minded network of weirwoods, and the red leaf canopy is what makes it red. In Old Norse "the bloody star" refers to Mars, and in gaelic Mars is spelled Mairt (as in Martin), and in Hindi Mars is lohit, which means "blood and red" and is below lohar which means "blacksmith, forge, furnace" and loharin means "blacksmith's wife" and loha means "iron, weapon, blade" and lohiya means "made of iron" and lohi means "dawn" Mars is the Smith, and all the elements about a swordsmith forging swords with his wife, and blood and bringing the dawn are there right next to Mars. So the business about being born under a bleeding star might refer to Mars. And I think the red comets are coming from Mars in a succession as they are being shot out of the solar system as star seeds to populate other planets. In Hindi nisa nisa means "eternal night" and asur means "demon" and ahi means "snake, lord of the serpents" and references Visnu's snake bed --and on the same page as ahi, there is the word ahriman which means "the devil" and aheran which means "anvil" and aha means "an exclamation of pleasure; also pain" and aho means "day" So Azor Ahi is the devil, the lord of the serpents, in a nest of snakes/weirwood roots. He marries the darkness and causes the Long Night, only to then end the Long Night by thrusting a flaming red comet into her (the darkness was caused by Nisa Nisa eclipsing the sun, and the comet knocks her out of eclipse). And this is where "the cry of anguish and ecstasy" comes from, and another smithy anvil reference. (And on the same page ahri / adhara means "small pond" which is an Ice Dragon reference, when Adhara's ice dragon melts, it leaves a puddle, and Arry is one of Arya's aliases. Ahri, adhara, eddard loved his small pond in front of the weirwood) In Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, the Red Comet is called the Conqueror Star, and it makes three appearances within a few years, and it is also "somehow alive" and the magic greatsword black Thorn was made from a piece of it that fell to Earth, and the sword was itself sentient. That series also has alien telepathic otherworldly tree that lives under the WhiteTower. The WhiteTower itself is described as Otherworldly and alien. In Vance's Dragon Masters the red comet is a planet with an eccentric orbit that comes close to Aerlith every 1000 years or so, and dragon's live on it, and when it comes close enough to Earth, the dragon's raid Aerlith for slaves.
  10. I forgot to say that all or almost all settlements north of the Wall have weirwoods at the center of town, so it is very likely that Hardhome had a weirwood or weirwood grove at its center.
  11. In Irish folklore there is a notion that the little fairies (sidhe ~ "shee") who live in hollow hills (siodh) cause strong blasts of wind, called sidhe gaoithe (pronounced "shee-goth") and in fact sidhe means "a blast, a puff, a leap or bound" and "fairy, magic" and the aos sidhe ("fairy folk") or sluagh sidhe ("the fairy host"), was believed to actually ride on the blast of wind and carry off mortals. So the sidhe fairies (the children of the forest) are synonymous with blasts, and the blasts carry people off. Hardhome is on Storrold's point. In Icelandic stor alda means "great wave, billow" and in Old Norse styrjold means "stir age, war, tumult" and is right below "war wind" and "Styrkr" And in gaelic ard means "hill" and arduighim sounds like "hardhome" and it means "to raise, lift, hoist, ascend" (and ard home = "hill home") in gaelic stor means "store, ammunition" and "steep, high cliff" and "a cry used to incite a bull" (bole = bull, white tree = white bole = white bull) Hardhome was a sidhe gaoithe, in which a fairy hill was blasted into space, carrying off a load of CotF. The CotF left the planet inside their hard home, the stone tree. The incident was like the rising of the Sun in the North. And the shrieks from the tunnels were those who were left behind who hadn't finished uploading to the weirwood network. How would primitive people describe a rocket launch seen at night? Would they describe it as being like the sun rising? Or a tree being struck by lightning? Watch a video of a rocket launch at night, it looks just like the sun rising. Lord of the Rings At the climax of LoTR, two hobbits (sidhe who live in hollow hills) go into the hollow hill of the enemy and blow it up, causing a volcano to erupt, his tower to explode, and a huge blast of wind to hit Gondor, and the spirit of Sauron flies up into the sky. Sam and Frodo caused a sidhe gaoithe. (and in Fellowship, the Red Dragon was a red rocket that made three passes over the Shire) In LoTR, the Fall of Numenor is a direct parallel to the Doom of Valyria, when Numenor was sunk under the waves at the same time that the sacred island of Avallone was shot into space (with the White Tower Tirion). Now the elves have to take a space ship to reach the Undying Lands. So the fairy folk have to ride on the wind/blast off the surface of Earth to reach the Undying Lands, and the main character accompanies them. The malorn trees are described as boats, masts of magical Otherworldly ships, etc. Ornus is the mountain ash, Yggdrasil was a mountain ash that literally connected nine world in a cosmic network. In LoTR, Earendel (the flammifer / lightbringer) was literally launched into space on a magic white ship carrying the last Silmaril to become the Dawn Star. From space, he came back to Earth to kill the unkillable black dragon Ancalacon, to bring the Dawn. Tyrion makes a Sidhe Gaoithe Tyrion is a dwarf (standing in for the fairies/sidhe) and he finds highly explosive material in caches underground, and Stannis is a stand-in for the Stranger/Night King/second moon/black stone dragon that causes the Long Night (stanna means "vat" or "metal vessel" and it is on the same page as stangair which means "to loiter" and stang means "space" and Lovecraft's wandering oily black stone planet is Yuggoth and uigean means "lonely wanderer" and uaigh means "grave, cave, terror" The Stranger is a loitering black vessel in space, just like Yuggoth. Tyrion uses the wildfire to cause a gigantic blast /exploding ship to repel the Night King, and the aftermath of the explosion was compared to the mouth of hell, Hardhome's aftermath is compared to the mouth of hell. The wildfire caches under castles/churches is foreshadowing of more explosions to come. And bean sidhe (banshee) was "a woman of faery, depicted as keening as she combed her hair (usually red) and foreboding death and calamity)" Comet literally means long-haired star, and the Red Comet has long red hair and it forebodes death and calamity. Earendel was a fairy that turned into a Dawn star. sidhean / seidean means a "fairy wind" and "blast" and "mine (explosive)" and "a puff" and siog means "streak, stripe, shock" and there is a phrase urchoid cnuic, "severe harm, a 'hill blast,' harm encountered on a hill, esp. from faeries" [cnuic = nuke?] In the Wheel of Time, the Aes Sedai live in the White Tower on Tar Valon (Avalon), on an eye shaped island, that was created when the Dragon called down a huge beam of energy and blew himself up. And importantly, one of the main powers of the Aes Sedai is weather control. [also, Westeros is a cyclops, and cyclops shoot eye beams/blasts, such as irish villain Balor of the Evil Eye--the evil eye shot blasts, and there is word play on beam: it can be wood or energy] ETA: There is a huge cache of wildfire under the Sept of Baelor, foreshadowing Balor's evil eye blast. In Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, greekfire/wildfire is naturally found in caves, and there is a huge cache of it under the White Tower, and at the climax the White Tower is described as launching into space. The Sithi were described as aliens that sailed to Earth in hollow trees in the ancient past, and there is reference to their ships burning--the Sithi came in burning tree-ship comets. In Clark Ashton Smith's Vulthoom, an evil telepathic plant that is described as a heart/tree, landed on Mars as a falling star, lives in hell underground, beneath the main Martian city Ignar Luth. He intends to blast his way out of the caverns in a rocket ship blowing up the city above, in order to invade Earth. His servants are called Ahai, and he commands three headed dragons. (in hindi, uthaan means to "raise, lift, ascend" and ulthaan means "leaping, capsize, somersault" and in gaelic ultaighe means "uncouth, cruel, magical" In Larry Niven's World of Ptavvs, and A Relic of the Empire, he has alien trees that generate sap that is highly explosive, that are able to launch themselves into space to colonize other planets. Lovecraft And sidhe gaoithe is where Lovecraft got his idea of shuggoths from, which is a recurring theme in many of his stories (At the Mountains of Madness, Colour out of Space, The Tree on the Hill, the Haunter of the Dark, the Whisper in Darkness, Call of Cthulhu, Shadow Over Innsmouth, the Shunned House, Doom that Came to Sarnath) all to some extend use the idea of a malign creature that comes to Earth out of the sky, that is gelatinous/shapeshifting/ or evaporates upon death, that wants to harm mankind. [see also, the Blob] In gaelic, poc means "goat" and "blast" and "fairy blow" and in the Tree on the Hill, the Black Goat is a shape-shifting alien tree that eats humans, and was found on hill that was blasted as if by a torch. It was Shub Niggurath, that wants to create a Long Night on Earth to terrorize humans. They send it back into space with a gem that controls the Black Goat/Yuggoth/Shuggoth (like the bloodstone) to save humanity. Hardhome was described as the sun rising in the North. The forest fire at Wat's Wood was described as the sun rising. In gaelic uath means "white thorn" and "solitary, lonely" and "a form or shape, a spectre or phantom, dread, terror, hate" And these are the same descriptors which are given to the Black Goat lonely tree on the hill. And in Latin vatis means "seer, prophet" Star Fall In gaelic there is a phrase sgeith nan reulta "glutinous substance vulgarly supposed to fall from the stars" (shuggoth from the stars "breath/blast/wind from the stars"?) The alien meteor from The Color out of Space lands on Earth, it contains a glutinous vampiric almost-invisible monster that sucks the life out of living creatures, is symbiotic with trees/roots, lives in a well, absorbs energy from lightning strikes, and then launches itself back into space. The area surrounding the impact site becomes the blasted heath, and the launch of the shuggoth is accompanied by a huge blast or gust of interstellar wind. Black Goat of the Woods = alien meteor = sidhe gaoithe = shuggoth So I looked up the idea of glutinous substance falling from the stars, and it is a real world phenomenon, called star jelly, or Star Fall. The Daynes followed a falling star, where it landed there is Star Fall, and a White Sword Tower rises up where it landed, and the white magic meteor sword Dawn is kept in the White Sword Tower. It is describing a weirwood/starfall landing on Earth and growing a White Tower. And the White Tower is Dawn = Weirwood = lightbringer, just like Earendel from LoTR becoming the Dawn Star. For that matter, in the Call of Cthulhu, the cthulhu sculptures that were worshiped as idols by the First Men were said to have come from outer space. The Iron Born found a cthulhu sculpture and used it as a throne. I have argued that the weirwood is the kraken, and to sit on the Seastone Chair wearing the driftwood crown (antler crown) is a metaphor for a greenseer siting a weirwood throne and the crown is the weirwood circle of trees above his head. Uran is an alternate spelling of Bran/Vran, and he wears the weirwood crown on a weirwood throne, and he is the Crow's Eye. So a magic kraken throne/weirwood falls out of the sky, and humans start worshiping it. And in the Iron Islands were obliterated in an ancient disaster associated with Nagga and the Grey King. Greyking means "dawn" and gryja means "dawn" and krieken means "dawn" and dagon means "dawn" and in hindi nagadaun means "wormwood" and wormwood in gaelic is Mormont and the red comet is called Mormont's Torch. The myth about Nagga drowning islands is describing a sidhe gaoithe. Nagga's rib are a weirwood circle.
  12. I have posted this same argument before--first you die, then you serve (in the undead army). All of Braavos is a metaphor for a weirwood hill--Underneath a stone giant there is a secret city that is sinking under the sea, that is presided over by the Sea Lord (green sea lord = greenseer), and has a Chthonic death cult whose temple exactly parallels Bloodraven's cave and Bloodraven and the Kindly Man both have the White Worm symbolism of weirwood death cults, and they have a secret group of unstoppable assassins (bravo literally means "assassin", and Faceless Men = the White Walkers). White Walkers are shadow swords, and Arya is being trained to be a sword in the shadows (see A Night at the Tarn House, where Liriane is a face-changing shadow sword assassin who kills wizards). To hire a Faceless Man is very costly, and White Walkers are produced via child sacrifice. The Titan of Braavos accepts child sacrifice in order to protect the city. At the House of Black and White they accept blood sacrifice and reanimate the dead--they wear the skin of the dead. Weirwoods in Westeros are white, but they are black in Essos. The House of Black and White has a lot of Freemasonry imagery and the two pillars of Freemasonry are a white pillar named Jachin, and a black pillar named Boaz, Jaqen H'ghar (red and white hair) came from Lorath where they worship Boash. (and a rath is circular fort on a hill) The Braavosi are famous for their purple dye made from purple sea snails. The real name of this purple dye is Tyrian Purple and it is made from snails called Bolinus Brandaris. (bole = "tree", boletus = "mushroom", bolide = "bright meteor, missile") In Gaelic one of the words for sea snail is preachan, which also means "crow" and "ugly girl" and preach means "root" and "crow" and "unfettered, his own master" And Braavos was founded by escaped slaves. In Celtic myth the god of death is a crow. So sea snails = crow = weirwood roots. And in George's story Guardians, the hive minded telepathic greendreaming mudpots were sea snails (who genetically-engineered/weaponized krakens that could shoot themselves into the air) Brandaris is the name of a red and white Lighthouse named after Saint Brendan the Voyager who sailed to the Isle of the Blessed (essentially a retelling of the Voyage of Bran the Blessed). And Bran the Builder built the red and white Hightower Lighthouse, which is a metaphor for a weirwood, underneath of which is a repository of all knowledge ~ weirwood network (and the glass candle = Palantir in the White Tower on Avallone).
  13. Check this out, Jon was the 998th Lord Commander. Jon's lucky number is nine, the weirwood grove of nine is special to him, and naoi means "nine" in gaelic, and he was friends Donal Noye. When he comes back he will be the 999th Lord Commander, but Sam suggests the real number in is the 600s. 999 upside down is 666, and Jon will be the Night King. He is not going to fight against the Others, he is going to lead them. Jon Snow is an evil name, and is synonymous with Jack Frost, the spirit of winter. Jon comes out the tomb covered in flour, he comes back as a white/wight. Jon "sleeping alone in a cold bed, his skin growing pale and hard as the memory of all warmth fled from him" Aragorn led an undead army, and so did Odin. In Welsh myth the god of death had white hell hounds with red ears called Cŵn Annwn, and their appearance foreshadowed death, and they accompanied souls to the Otherworld. If Jon's direwolf is a white hellhound, then Jon is the god of death. And Jon does have dreams where he kills everyone while wearing ice armor like the Others.
  14. Yes, George was traumatized when Lisa Tuttle broke up with him, and he just kept retelling the break up over and over--it is a major theme in This Tower of Ashes, Meathouse Man, Dying of the Light, The Stone City, Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr, A Song for Lya, etc. Since we are talking about names, check this out, in Dwelly's gaelic dictionary acharadhein (~Ashara Dayne) means "dwarf, diminutive person, sprite" (sprite ~ "ghost" and lemur means "ghost") And in Dinneen's gaelic dictionary cadar means "hermaphrodite, an effeminate person" So, Laren = dwarf, Sharra = dwarf, and Kaydar = hermaphrodite, gay. (and George's self-insert is Tyrion the hermaphrodite dwarf) Saagael ~ sgail / scail means "shadow, astral body, ghost" in gaelic, and was the villain from George's story Only Kids are Afraid of the Dark, and he tried to bring the Long Night. (so a cosmic demon that appears in the sky as a black hooded man, and is associated with bringing the Long Night) Naa-Slas ~ na slas means "the slaughtering" in gaelic Bakkalon ~ buacalla means "boy" and bacalla means "staff, shephard's hook, an ill-shaped nose" and bacach means "cripple, lame" and bacuighim means "I cripple, injure" and bacala means "hindrance", (Bakkalon was the pale child who took up the demon reaver sword of leadership [sword=staff] and shepherded the Steel Angels.) Shierra Seastar In O'Reilly's gaelic dictionary eascu means "eel" and right below that is easeastarr which means "he prayed" I have thought that Shierra Seastar was a metaphor for a weirwood, and Bloodraven ended up wedding the weirwood tree. Eels are a metaphor for weirwood roots (see A Night at the Tarn House), and you pray to them. Also, sea star means starfish, which turn to stone when they die, like weirwoods do.
  15. I have the audiobook version on my ipod and have listened to it over 30 times. Do you remember that in The Stone City they use a form of faster-than-light travel called the Dan'lai jump gun that makes you go insane? You put on a crown to travel. Well, I think Holt went insane in that story, and the whole story took place inside his head and he was still in a coma from the jump gun scrambling his brain. I think the same is true of Sharra--she wears a crown and jumps from world to world and nothing makes sense. I think this story is actually set in the Thousand Worlds universe, and that Sharra has also had her brain fried by the jump gun crown. Also, it is very close to the plot of George's The Runner, that Sharra is being forever chased by some mysterious cosmic entities called the Seven. In gaelic laran means "dwarf, urchin, weakling" and daor means "enslaved, condemned person" --Laren Dorr is George condemned to a life of loneliness. saoire (~sharra) means "freedom" and Sharra is a girl who cannot be tied down. Laren Dorr is a mopey guy who wears a wolf-skin cloak (Ned) and he has a doomed romance with a girl named Sharra (Ashara) and it ends with him essentially pushing her out of a tower (into the gateway to another world) The story features a flying castle, and a malevolent cosmic black hooded man that haunts the night sky (the Stranger)
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