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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. 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
  5. @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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Hello there! I am heavily investing into a fanfiction focussing on Sansa POV that will start with the end of Dance. The romantic couple will feature Sansa x Sandor and for that purpose, I'm looking for suggestings which actors could properly depict these awesome characters based on the books. Nothing against Sophie Turner and Rory McCann, but they both don't really fit my imagination. So whom would you suggest? I'd greatly appreciate it if you could provide the name and perhaps link(s) to pictures that best reveal a certain look of the actor 8for example from an already existing movie or photo shoot). Thank you!
  11. This is an awesome thread, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these great essays though it seems I'm a few years late. @Le Cygne I especially loved your elaboration of Sansa and Sandor and how GRRM embedded parallels to other romance literature. I missed at least 90% of the hidden treasures that you laid bare here, thank you so much! This passage of yours ..made me realize how much GRRM actually hid in history tales and songs as well. The song 'Off to Gulltown' fits SanSan perfectly as well: Off to Gulltown to see the fair maid,heigh-ho, heigh-ho.I'll steal a sweet kiss with the point of my blade,heigh-ho, heigh-ho.I'll make her my love and we'll rest in the shade,heigh-ho, heigh-ho. Sansa is a highborn Lady Stark of Winterfell, but Alayne is a simple maid of Gulltown. Dunk also mentions the song as he digs the grave, just as (presumably) Sandor may do while he's digging graves (gosh that sad atmosphere!). Noticeably though, the order of actions is messed up. First there is an UnKiss (that may become a real kiss later), now we have the Maid of Gulltown outside of Gulltown and a sad man digging graves (perhaps there's a line of the song missing/not revealed yet?). I may be completely reading into something that isn't there, but mayhaps we will get the song played out in proper order, including the sweet ending, in TWoW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Another song that seemed to portray a certain relationship is the song My Featherbed in regards of Arya and Gendry. Again I may as well be wrong, but it is sung at Acorn Hall when Gendry first sees Arya dressed as a Lady and he comes to the realization that when war is done and they go back to their families, the old feudal structures will be enforced again, making it impossible for him and her to be an (at least official) couple. My featherbed is deep and soft,and there I'll lay you down,I'll dress you all in yellow silk,and on your head a crown.For you shall be my lady love,and I shall be your lord.I'll always keep you warm and safe,and guard you with my sword.And how she smiled and how she laughed,the maiden of the tree.She spun away and said to him,no featherbed for me.I'll wear a gown of golden leaves,and bind my hair with grass,But you can be my forest love,and me your forest lass. I saw this as a (future) declaration of love (from Gendry) towards Arya when he becomes aware of his Baratheon heritage. Note that The Baratheon flag shows a black stag on field of gold/yellow, so this may be a reference when the song peaks of 'yellow silk'. The way the POV speaks of taking care of his love, guarding her, being her Lord, treating her oh so nobly(!), it fully reminded me of Gendry's attitude. Especially that word expression Lady love totally rings the bells in my head. And the answer from his love is so very Arya-like: She's a free spirit, wild, not caring at all about Lords and Ladys, yet she loves him and wants to be with him outside the common system of marriage. And she makes sure she's considered a lass, not a Lady ~~~~~~~~~~~~ And one more thing which is sort of a spoiler from the excerpts of TWoW that GRRM released: In the second Arianne chapter it is said that the Golden Company has taken further Stormland castles and lands, including Tarth. Considering the fact that it was last said that Jaime and Brienne were on their way together and that Cersei points out that Jaime has been gone for weeks(!), this may be a hint that Jaime and Brienne are on their way to Tarth to perhaps rescue Brienne's father (after the whole Lady Stoneheart thing is done).
  12. What I noticed is that it was said that the GC took on minor castles and lands as well as Tarth, which reminded me of Brienne and Jaime being gone for weeks. This may be where they headed to, perhaps, free Brienne's father.
  13. If Rhaegar had been successful in dethroning Aerys due to his mental illness and become King himself, he would've later on most likely taken Dany as his second wife. Lyanna wouldve been married to Robert and no war would've taken place. Would Rhaegar's and Dany's child have a better claim to the throne than the offspring of Rhaegar and Elia due to being 'purer of Targaryen blood'? Also, I know this question is unimportant, but I wondered whom Cersei would've been betrothed to in this case? IIRC there were no other highborn bachelors of the right age available beside perhaps Oberyn Martell? Was Stannis married there already? Though that thought makes me laugh, I can only imagine how long it would take for Cersei to try and have Stannis murdered..
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