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  1. LadyOfCastamere

    Small Questions v. 10106

    A question from a non-native English speaker that read the books in English: Martin describes Sandor Clegane as a man with a 'heavy brow'. What does that mean? That he has thick eyebrows or a large forehead? Thanks for clarifying!
  2. LadyOfCastamere

    Small Questions v. 10106

    One question that keeps popping up in my head is: Why is Roose Bolton so ''content'' with Ramsay? He even says that if Walda, his thick Frey wife, bears him many children, they will all lie by Ramsay's hand. That didn't seem to bother him though. In his private conversations with Ramsay and others, it is clear though that he is not exactly happy with Ramsay, either and often finds him short-tempered and acting stupid. Why is he accepting him as an heir then and lets him proceed without interfering more?
  3. LadyOfCastamere

    why jaime didnt tell people about the wildfire

    Insightful, thank you!
  4. LadyOfCastamere

    Your biggest what if?

    Mine is: What If Sansa would've been able to love Tyrion and glance over his disability? As he said himself, he has the witts, is courageous, generous, kind, loyal, funny, a suitable lover in the bedroom, heir to the richest region in Westeros (Casterly Rock), etc. AND he sure knows how to play the Game of Thrones. Aside from his physical issues, he would be a suitor from a fairytale. At this point, it rather seems that Sansa, the ''little bird'' dressed in her shallow illusions, is not ''good enough'' for him. I think this may be the reason why the novels are as intriguing as they are..they're so horribly realistic. Humans can be monsters, superficial to the grave, disregarding anything that does not please their immediate desires. Sorry for my rambling, I just had re-read Sansa's and Tyrion's wedding and bedding chapter and it broke my heart all over again. IF she had been able to see past his looks and Joffrey had not been murdered, they could've become a power couple of no comparison in my view.
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    Character community opinion #2

    Book!Mace seems to be an underrated player. As @Jova Snow said, I have the feeling that Olenna purposefully paints Mace as an oaf, though it may also be that she herself is not really aware of her son's scheming abilities. So far we have not directly seen or heard much about him, but there is certain background information that does imply he is a ''healthy'' player of the Game of Thrones.
  6. I'm just jumping in here to say I love the theory and would absolutely welcome it if GRRM made it true. I think it fits his style nicely. I just had two additional thoughts reading it: Could it be that the one who switched appearances with Sandor is one of the other Noves who got his ear bitten off my Stranger? It just seemed so deliberate that George added the info about his 'mop of blonde hair', while the others are not described. The other thing is - I wonder how the 'Unkiss' will play out if your theory is indeed true. George did state that it will have meaning and we do know that glamour only works because people go by implications. Could Sandor say or do something that makes Sansa see through his glamor? I wonder how the ''Unkiss'' could come into play here. I personally would find it very interesting if she was finding herself repelled by Byron's handsome looks, yet perhaps feels drawn to him when he senses Sandor behind the facade
  7. LadyOfCastamere

    How could we find out about Aegon

    @Megorova I like your idea that GRRM may have based Aegon's story on what's depicted in the Revelation, but there's one mistake - The Holy Trinity doesn't consist of Mother, Son and Holy Ghost but of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Unless you are part of a church that teaches these things differently, then please ignore my comment. My thoughts on how the Revelation is mirrored in GRRM's story: Since GRRM was brought up Catholic (but is not a believer anymore) and many Catholics do believe The Mother Mary to be part of the Holy Trinity, this may play out similarly in the story. She may be perceived as a legitimate Targaryen with the prospect of taking her rightful place and bringing peace. She is called Mother of Dragons which may go hand in hand with the ''motherly face'' Mother Mercy of the Seven - who is in reality, however, nothing but another God of Death (and therefore, a FALSE religion). That the hope of her bringing peace and mercy will be completely crushed is basically confirmed by GRRM in regards to how the TV-series played out. She is not Mother Mercy and is NOT part of the Holy Trinity bringing peace and salvation. Rather, it seems, she is the Whore Babylon, riding the horrible Beast, the ''Mother of Sin'', whose first ambition becomes fighting anyone who believes in the Messiah. For AsoIaF this could mean that she will go mad at the idea of Jon being the rightful heir, consequently going on a killing spree of anyone who declares himself a supporter of Jon. Her reign, however, will be short, her glory will fade quickly and she will be poor, dirty and helpless - at which the ''true believers'' will find immense joy. It does seem plausible that Varys turns out to be the False Prophet, announcing Aegon, the 'Antichrist' to be the rightful heir and 'savior' of Westeros. They deem him to be the rightful ruler with his beautiful looks, charismatic appearance and dub him The Prince of Peace - who will subsequently prove himself false by leading the world into war and chaos. Back to the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I could see the son to be Jon who was raised from the dead (let us see IF Jon is resurrected and how long he stays dead. If it's 3 days and 3 nights, we will know). Holy Ghost could very well be, in fact, Ghost. Just as Jesus, who only physically, but never mentally (as in, his soul) died and was known to be filled with the Holy Ghost, it could be an interesting analogy to how Jon's body will be killed, but the 'Holy Ghost' (direwolf Ghost) stays. Again, I'm curious if GRRM will give us clues here, if Jon will be buried or hidden away and then suddenly go missing, only to openly appear later and shock all. What remains is the question of who Jon's (Jesus') Father is. This is also the dividing question in the Gospel - is Joseph (Ned) his father, making him a simple mortal man, or is he indeed, as he claims, the offspring of the respected Father in Heaven (Rhaegar)? If Jon is indeed Rhaegar's son, then he is the legitimate heir and rightful ruler. At the very least the Targaryen loyalists, who may be the Jewish population in this context, will care to know if his claim is real or not and whether they will see him as the Messiah or Prince that was promised (very close to what the Bible promises). There are also other, smaller indications for the equation Jon = Jesus: - Born at Starfall (star leading the 3 Kings - who could be Arther Dayne, Gerold Hightower and Oswell Whent) - Circumstances of conceiving questioning the parent's fidelity: Mary proposedly having ''cheated'' on Joseph / Ned having ''cheated'' on Cat - Expectations of the people: People expecting the Messiah to be special in terms of looks and, ofc, deeds from early on, which is not given. Jesus' appearance was neither outstanding nor different from his environment and there were no special deeds in his youth. The only notable thing was his eagerness to learn and how fast he improved his knowledge and abilities in religious matters. It gave him a strange aura. Jon has the plainest Nothern looks, does not appear special and is constantly feeling isolated/ different from the rest - Jesus will lead his army against the Devil and his worshippers and will win, proving himself to be who he always said to be. Gives us an idea that Jon may be the one riding us all of the Others. - Jon wielding ''Lightbringer'' - Jesus being the Light of the world I'm sure there is more, but this is what I could think of at the top of my head. On a different note - IF Varys indeed switched baby Aegon with some other baby, then why did he leave out Rhaenys? Was she too old, too recognizable? If it was truly about reestablishing the Targaryen rule then it would've been wiser to save her as well as the potential bride. I can see him predicting a lot of the things that happened since it was he who kept whispering tales of conspiracies into Aerys'II ear, hoping for him to go mad and disqualify himself. Varys made it pretty clear to Kevan that Kevan himself did not deserve to die at his hands, but it was necessary since he brought too much stability to the realm - something Varys tried to avoid since he came into the service of Aerys II. IF, and we can assume that it was indeed, his aim was to cause chaos (Creepyfinger nod), then saving Aegon would've meant his issue was only with Aerys II. In that case, he just meant to replace the current King with a ''better one'' without messing up the legitimacy of the chosen heir. Aerys II was not always paranoid and mad though. In the beginning, he seemed to have been acceptable, even decent. So why would Varys even proceed the way he did? He must've wanted the Targaryens gone for a private reason and in that case, saving Aegon, the legitimate heir, would make no sense. That is why I'm pretty he must be lying and from what history tells us, it does seem to be nothing but another Blackfyre attempt.
  8. LadyOfCastamere

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    Just a little onomastics: Sandor is the Hungarian form of the name Alexander which consists of the parts alexein= to help/defend and andros= man. It is subsequently translated as both, The helping man and the Defender of Mankind.
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    ''Details'' you wish to see picked up before Asoiaf ends

    Mentioned that elsewhere, but I hope the fact that Sandor never gave out the flower for the Queen of Love and Beauty when he win the Hand's (Ned's) Tourny. Hope he gets to do that before it ends
  10. LadyOfCastamere

    Side characters you wanna see less and more

    Mind you about who is considered a minor/major character, but these are my picks: Less: Aeron, though I doubt he'll be alive long into TWOW Barristan Selmy - I'm not saying his chapters were bad, but theres still little revealed from his side regarding the past and frankly with only 2 books left, I'm content if GRRM was to cut down on him Theon- Yes, have your redemption Theon, but don't take so utterly much time for it. Idk why, but Theon just never got to me. Not wishing him bad, but same as Barry Bold, I don't mind his input limited Areo Hotah - Ugh. I did not enjoy. More: The Hound - I would love a pov if he is indeed the gravedigger. He's just a really intriguing character. Or alt a POV that interacts with him a lot. Aurane Waters - He's never been a POV, but id totally love to hear what he's planning to do with all the ships he stole from Cersei Willas Tyrell I would LOVE a pov or generally more about him. A character that's into reading, mature, maimed, good with animals, an heir to the biggest army in Westeros AND not mad at Oberyn/Dorne for the issue with his leg? Plus check out his siblings and his grandmother...he had great potential!
  11. LadyOfCastamere

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    Sandor never proclaimed the Queen Of Love and Beauty when he won the Hand's Tourny. Perhaps we'll see this happen later on (Don't mind me, just another SanSan Fan)
  12. LadyOfCastamere

    Small Questions v. 10106

    This just came upon me while I was thinking through my plot for a fanfic.. What respectful words can be used to approach a person from the smallfolk? Lord and Sir/Ser aren't applicable, so what's left? Mister seems too modern...ugh, any ideas?
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    (F?) Aegon's personality and future

    Hey there! I've been spending time thinking of possible alliances in the future between the major players of the Game of Thrones that are left at the end of ADWD. It then struck me that I did not really have a clear idea of what the presumed child of Rhaegar really is like and therefore, I could not really anticipate his future development. So far what we have are glimpses of him through Tyrion's and JonCon's perspective. Varys describes him as perfectly raised, educated in all important matters whilst having lived with the smallfolk. Hence, he's trying to underline Aegon's worthiness aside from his ''natural claim'' through his father. JonCon mostly agrees with this, though he seems to think that Aegon isn't the smartest there is when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones - and I have to agree, he doesn't come across as very cunning (some would also say he lacks the intelligence for it). When I read Tyrion's POV in which he played Cyvasse with Aegon and beat him, Aegon's inability to contain his anger seemed to give away his short temper. He threw the board down and commanded Tyrion to pick up the pawns. Although said to be 18 and reckoned by Tyrion to be around 16, he seems to lack patience and maturity. This is again emphasized when Aegon takes on Tyrion's suggestion and goes to Westeros without Dany, later even deciding to attack Storm's End with himself as the lead. Though his (presumed) success speaks for his abilities, it was a courageous yet unintelligent move due to the high risks. In total, he appears to be a rather simple young man, impatient, hungry for glory, fully believing and depending on his presumed birthright. I'm not seeing a very deep soul here and no real traces of Rhaegar's personality. My prediction is that he will act unwisely and push too much, consequently losing in one of the major battles. What are your thoughts so far?
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    Yet another Demography Thread

    Frankly I am bad with numbers, but still it surprises me that around 40m seems to be the consensus. If that is true, then why do the armies of each region seem so small? If I remember correctly the individual armies seem to usually count between 10.000 and 60.000 (Highgarden being an exception with 100k). Summing it up, it would give us a total number of round about 220.000 soldiers - which seems little to me if there are seriously 40 million people around. Obviously, there's women and children and elderly people, but there should still be enough to raise much larger armies, especially in medieval times where the next war was always safe to come. In short: 40 million total population -12 million (female population aged 16 - 50) -16 million (children below 16) -2 million (elderly or sick men incapable of fighting) __________________________________________ 10 Million men aged 16 to 60, capable of fighting. I'm aware not everyone is trained a soldier and there will be less men than women due to previous war tolls, but neverthless, 220k seems so super little. I would have personally argued that the population number is a lot lower, perhaps around 16-18 million, with a high density in the big cities, ports and regions like Highgarden/Westerlands and rather little density in the North and Dorne.
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    ''Details'' you wish to see picked up before Asoiaf ends

    Absolutely love this, yes!!