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    There must Always be a Stark at Winterfell

    Sorry, musta got user names confused when I was skimming through! Anyway, here is the relevant passage from ACOK Bran VII: Osha carried her long oaken spear in one hand and the torch in the other. A naked sword hung down her back, one of the last to bear Mikken’s mark. He had forged it for Lord Eddard’s tomb, to keep his ghost at rest. But with Mikken slain and the ironmen guarding the armory, good steel had been hard to resist, even if it meant grave-robbing. Meera had claimed Lord Rickard’s blade, though she complained that it was too heavy. Brandon took his namesake’s, the sword made for the uncle he had never known. He knew he would not be much use in a fight, but even so the blade felt good in his hand. So it was Osha, Bran, and Meera that take swords from the tombs. I think Hodor eventually uses one when Bran wargs him.
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    There must Always be a Stark at Winterfell

    Well you seemed to have a whole thing about the rust left on the stone tombs where the sword used to be, so I was apologizing. I think the swords were just part of the funerary rite, like grave goods from ancient civilizations, to use in the afterlife. The whole thing with Theon and Lady Dustin pointing out the missing sword was a wink and throwback to the Bran and Rickon group hiding in the crypts.
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    There must Always be a Stark at Winterfell

    The sword is missing because when Bran, Rickon, Osha, Jojen, and Meera hid in the crypts, some of them took the swords as weapons when they fled from the ironborn and Boltons. Sorry to ruin any theories with that! I always thought a Stark must always be in Winterfell because of all the dead Winter Kings in the crypts. Maybe only a Stark can blow the Horn of Winter and it wakes the dead Kings to battle for the current Stark of Winterfell. ‘And Joramun blew the Horn of Winter, and woke giants from the earth.’ It was so long ago that it could have really been the King of Winter who blew the horn to bring down the Night’s King. Or Joramun could have been related to Brandon the Breaker. Or it could just wake an ice dragon from the Wall. *shrug*
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    most tragic character

    Wow this is a hard question. George writes his characters so well that you can argue almost any of them is the most tragic. I think in the long run, by the end of the series, it will be Jon Snow. He will always sacrifice his physical self and his general well being to do what is best for everyone else, and I think he will end up paying an even bigger price than Ygritte and even his life before the books are done. As of where the series is right now, it’s hard to decide between Theon and Tyrion. Tyrion wears a mask of wit and sarcasm but he seems to be a good person underneath, and no matter what he does people think he’s a monster for his deformity, so he plays the part. Theon is a bit of an idiot and makes truly dumb mistakes, but he pays for those mistakes most grievously, and I think he has finally learned to become a better person throughout his trials. Jaime is hrm.. I don’t think he’s tragic but that he is on a journey of self discovery and will end up doing the right thing in a critical situation when he is called upon. Catelyn is seriously hard to like. She thinks she’s lost all of her children, she has lost her husband and her eldest son, and she’s really on a journey going the opposite way from Jaime. She’s turning from a somewhat good person into a villain. Cersei is tragic in that she thinks she’s doing things to protect her children even though what she is doing actually destroys them. Dany has a seriously shitty life and a terrible brother but she ends up with dragons. I almost forgot about Rhaegar! He thinks his life is meant for a greater purpose but he dies in the process. Along with his wife and two young children. His father is nuts and he is forced to fight for the survival of his whole family and is blamed for his father’s crimes. I think of him like a failed Jon Snow.
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    Do Targaryen names mean anything in Valyrian?

    Unlike Valyrian, English is not a made up fantasy language, so English names of course would have no meaning in Westeros that we know of. Valyrian is a language that was created with specific intentions, so you can attribute whatever meaning to their names that the author wants. We have specific examples of Valyrian words that match certain Targaryen first names which I provided in my first post.
  6. As far as Fire and Blood part 1 goes, Silverwing flies off to Red Lake (why not Dragonstone?) and lives there after the Dance of Dragons. My question is: no Targaryen tried to retrieve the dragon? There is only 1 bonded dragon left in the whole dynasty (twin sister Rhaena Targaryen and her dragon Morning) but there seems to be no real urgency to claim the oldest dragon that had a rider left alive in the whole world. I understand Aegon the Unlucky had an indifference to dragons, but no other Targaryen felt this was a priority? Maybe my question will be answered in part 2. From the extremely weird Shepherd (he looked and smelled like a corpse and correctly predicted that Borros Baratheon and King Aegon II would die within the year) who preached and riled up the mob to kill the dragons, and the subsequent killing of the last Targ dragons in the Dragonpit, it seems like there was a real conspiracy to remove them and their dragons from Westeros. Take away their dragons and they are just men who can be easily toppled or influenced as rulers. Why did the dragons stop hatching on Dragonstone after the Dance? Was there a concerted effort to separate the Targs from their dragons?
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    Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister

    They will probably meet up when Dany makes the crossing to Westeros. Whenever that might be. After Victarion, and the two dragons that remained there, burn down Meereen so she can finally escape that hellhole. If Jon takes back Winterfell with the help of Stannis then Tyrion would want to make contact to try and get Stark support for Dany. Or just to get the lay of the land.
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    The aftermath of Others invasion

    I think it would be kind of the opposite, with the people of the north faring better than the south, because they are used to harsh winters and are more capable in those conditions. They are more prepared for winter and their main House has the sole purpose of warning that ‘Winter is Coming.’ The southron (with the exception of Dorne) kingdoms, however, aren’t going to do very well. They are coming out of an over decade long summer and are living in war torn kingdoms. Their main source of food is the Reach and once winter comes they will be very screwed. None of them really know how to survive a harsh winter like the people of the north. With Cersei in charge down there it’s going to be every man for himself.
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    Do Targaryen names mean anything in Valyrian?

    I don’t think that’s true. A lot of First Men names come from animals, trees, objects, or places. Most names do have some kind of meaning if you go far back enough. I have some kind of weird feeling that ‘Targaryen’ has to do with Wargs or stars.
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    The aftermath of Others invasion

    If you look at what happened in England after the Black Plague, many of the peasants and lower classes gained rights and wages from the opportunity and lack of work force. The lords couldn’t force them to remain on the land with no pay or bad pay because the workers could just go somewhere else and find a better deal. So I think the survivors will be better off than with the last system and have an opportunity to set up something more democratic like the constitutional monarchy of the UK. It’s not like there is going to be much loss to technology or knowledge, and Essos seems isolated from the threat, at this point anyway. They definitely have a better chance to improve their situation and move up, if they were originally a peasant, even if they won’t be starting some kind of democracy. As an aside, I think the last time the Others invaded and were successful with the Long Night, there was climate change, the sea level went down and ice went up, and that’s why there was a land bridge from Westeros to Essos. The Shivering Sea and the northern region of the planet would’ve had way more ice so Westeros would have more land exposed. As men pushed the Others back and gained territory, the ice melted and submerged the Arm of Dorne. As they lost more and more territory the same could’ve happened with the Neck. I don’t think ‘the Children used magic powers to call up the sea’ is an accurate description of events in any case. Although it would be related to the Children using magic and creating the Others, which then created that side effect of sea level change. *shrug*
  11. Does anyone know if there are any concrete definitions to the first names of Targaryens, or the family name itself? The closest things to meanings I could find was ’aegion’ meaning ‘iron,’ for Aegon, perhaps, and I’m guessing Aerys means ‘fire’ because ‘dracarys’ means ‘dragon fire.’ There are many variations to the names Aegon and Aerys though by adding a letter or syllable to the front of the name, probably adding some kind of adjective or changing the meaning of the word in some way. So lots of the Targs have names with fire and iron in them, which isn’t surprising. I’m not sure if this was ever explored or documented before. Any speculation on what the family name could mean if there is nothing documented?