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  1. You make a good case, but much of it is speculative, not backed up by the text. Hopefully future books will fill in the missing information. We don't know that. "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." I'm sure Lord Commander Mormont knew. He knew the dark secrets of Craster and his sons, but he never spoke about it until it was necessary, after Jon Snow found out for himself. Probably many of the older or more senior men of the Watch knew about Aemon; but those men don't eat, drink, or gossip much with their younger, less senior brothers. And in a place like the Night's Watch, there might well be a tradition that you don't ask a brother any questions about his family name, or anything about his past. The answer is likely to be something he would prefer not to discuss.
  2. This seems unlikely to me. If she really is a Stark living in Winterfell, even a disgraced Stark, the other Starks would surely remember who she was.
  3. Taking Shade is not like getting drunk. I wouldn't expect it to be popular in Westeros, or anywhere else, really. It's only for those who "dabble in the black arts." There have been a few such people throughout the history of Westeros, notably some Targaryens such as Bloodraven and Shiera Seastar. Some of them have probably experimented with Shade. I bet Archmaester Marwyn has tried the stuff. Of course the other maesters are generally anti-magic in their teachings and policies; they've been discouraging people from studying the higher mysteries for centuries.
  4. Cookbooks, plural? The only one I know of is "A Feast of Ice and Fire." I recommend the sisters stew; it's awesome, and quite easy to make. You can do it all in one pan, if you pour the cream in slowly, a little at a time, instead of warming it first in a separate pot. Is there another IAF-based cookbook?
  5. I wouldn't consider this a parallel. Sir Arthur Dayne paused in the middle of a fight to the death, so that his enemy could get a new sword. What happened between Brienne and Jaime is much different, no matter how you slice it. (Pardon the expression.)
  6. I'm not a wine drinker, but I enjoyed that, thanks! The post mentioned in passing that there's of type of cloves that comes from the Gilly flower. I didn't know Gilly flowers are a real thing.
  7. Probably none of them ... depending on your definition of "historical claims." I'm no expert, but I expect that when a man is exiled (or exiles himself), he forfeits his lands. His liege lord or king would acquire it, or give it to someone else. John Connington took back Griffin's Roost by force; he didn't just walk in through the gate and say to his cousin, "I'm back, thanks for minding the castle; now step aside."
  8. Knowing something about cryptography, I can tell you that E is the most common letter in the English language; and A is the third most common. So it's not surprising that there are lots of names that contain both of these letters. (In case anyone's wondering, the complete sequence is usually given as ETAONRISHDLFCMUGYPWBVKXJQZ, although some sourcess list them in a slightly different order.) The "ae" combination and "-ys" ending are rare in English, so those might be hints about a character's parents. But I wouldn't read too much into other usages of those letters.
  9. I agree with the first part of this. As you say, three eggs with a single owner is extremely rare. The three eggs that were given to Dany probably are the same three that Elissa brought to Braavos. The rest of this seems very speculative. Penny's hesitation in describing the three gifts is a hint that they are important to the story. But "three eggs and also three dwarves" isn't very strong evidence. And let's remember that Braavos was founded by escaped slaves from Valyria. I doubt that they would be eager to bring more dragons into the world and put them in the hands of Targeryens.
  10. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts; but in this one, I'm not quite sure what's going on with your Example 1. Do you actually think this is true, or are you just using it as an example of deductive logic? Dragon eggs are extremely rare and valuable. I find it hard to believe that the Sealord would give three of them to some mummers, no matter how much they made him laugh. If the mummers did receive the eggs, they would have instantly become wealthy. They would buy a manse in one of the Free Cities and retire, not continue to travel and perform in places where their only payment was food and lodging. If the eggs were given to the mummers, how did they make their way to Illyrio?
  11. I think that quote sums it up quite well. Knights were trained to be skilled fighters, and were (hopefully) also taught to use their skills to serve others, not to dominate them. But of course, some were better than others at learning these lessons. Various characters illustrate the whole spectrum. We have good ones like Barristan Selmy and Davos Seaworth, and bad ones like Gregor Clegane. We have some in the middle, such as Jaime Lannister, who laments being made to swear so many oaths that it's impossible to obey them all. On a related note, I know there are forum members with expertise in real medieval life here on Earth. Can someone recommend any books, movies, or other resources on real-life knights? I, for one, would like to know more about their actual lives and deeds.
  12. This idea has been discussed before: that there is a "tide" of magical energy that goes in and out, with the complete cycle taking centuries. The dragons are an effect, not a cause, just like the glass candles that are burning again, the increased production of wildfire, the return of the Others, etc. I've always thought that this was the case. It didn't make sense to me that three little animals could be the source of all the magical phenomena all over the known world.
  13. Sorry, this made my jaw drop, so I want to confirm: GRRM has actually stated that the Little Birds have had their tongues cut out? Do we know where and when he said this?
  14. Another supporting fact: Freys are known to have told outrageous lies about the Red Wedding. From ADWD 19: So who knows what else they lied about.
  15. IIRC Ned had expressed some inteest in resettling the Gift ... but not with wildlings. The reason the Gift was deserted is that wildling raids were increasing. I suppose this was related to the gradual reduction in the strength of the Nights Watch over many centuries. So in order to resettle the Gift, it would be necessary rebuild the Watch as well.
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