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  1. Light a wight tonight

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    Rollie (Duck) Duckfield may be a shoutout to comedian W. C. Fields, whose name was originally Dukenfield.
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    I like the way you give a clinical description of Hughes with official-sounding terminology and then write Aerys off as batshit crazy. BTW, the analogy was to Aerys's appearance and actions, which are pretty evocative of Hughes's. This is literature, not psychology.
  3. Light a wight tonight

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    Don't recall seeing this similarity: Lann the Clever and Vance's Cugel the Clever, both were practiced con men, though Cugel generally outsmarted himself.
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    Aerys the Mad in his later years is very reminiscent of Howard Hughes in the same period of his life, including not having his hair cut or nails trimmed.
  5. Light a wight tonight

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    Ser Gregor Clegane=Three Dog Knight!
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    Just in time for Hallowe'en!
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    Don't think I've seen this one: Petyr Baelish's steward at his tower in the Fingers is named Umfred, which has to be a nod to Brother Umphred the vile Christian monk/missionary in Vance's Lyonesse trilogy.
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    I don't think I've seen this possibility: in an Alayne chapter in Crows the Lords Declarant are coming to the Eyrie to meet with Littlefinger. Among them is Symond Templeton. Sounds very much like Simon Templar, the Saint of mystery novels. (Damn, I just googled this and found that there's also a Simon Templeton character in Runescape.)
  9. Light a wight tonight

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    Tolkien uses warg as a synonym for wolf. I think it was in The Hobbit that the line "Where the warg howls the orc prowls" appears, showing a cooperation between wolves and orcs.
  10. Light a wight tonight

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    Maybe nothing to it, but there are some parallels between Queen Selyse and Queen Sollace in Vance's Lyonesse trilogy. Beyond the names' similarity they are married to men who aren't interested in them sexually and perform as a matter of duty, and both are taken with a foreign religion, R'hllorism for Selyse and Christianity for Sollace. They both pester their husbands to join those faiths. Beyond that the characters are nothing alike.
  11. Light a wight tonight

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    That definition would definitely fit the old-timey Starks and the offshoot Karstarks. Hardass mofos.
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    Vale of Arryn. There's a Val d'Aran, a tiny bit of Spain (Catalunya) north of the Pyrenees, where the native language is Gascon.
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    Dany's quote: "I am but a young girl" etc is very similar to the line from Donovan's Young Girl Blues "You are but a young girl, (working your way through the phonies)". I'm sure GRRM's familiar with the song. And Dany's working her way through her share of phonies.
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    Summerhall: a shoutout to Pat Summerall the TV sportscaster who worked football (GRRM's passion) games for so many years?
  15. Light a wight tonight

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    I don't think there are. They have neeps. You could have The Knights who say Neep.
  16. Light a wight tonight

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    Snrk... And Asha Greyjoy would be a Bratz?
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    Famous authors like Robert A. Heinlein? It was a typo; gimme a break.
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    Most likely it is. And Tolkein picked up the dwarf names from the Völuspá. Thorin and Oakenshield (Eikinskjaldi) are separate beings, and Gandalf is listed as a dwarf there.
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    Sorry, I get carried away when I see parallels to LoTR that are too much of a reach. And I differentiate between the Raiders as a team and the ultra-rowdy fanbase known as Raider Nation. Rattleshirt wouldn't get a second glance among them.
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    I don't think I saw this one. In the caves of the CotF there was a river that ran "to an unlit sea", as did the sacred river Alph in Coleridge's Xanadu. Can't be a coincidence.
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    Yep, the slavetaking and rapes fit right in.
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    Football references? Mance Rayder? And don't the Wildlings sound a bit like Raider Nation?
  23. Light a wight tonight

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    Another Conan reference: in Asha's chapter in Dragons where the Northeners re-take Deepwood Motte one of the Ironborn is named Cromm, the Cimmerian deity that Conan invokes all the time ("By Crom!") Dagon isn't the only god name the Ironborn use.
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    Another Jack Vance reference that I haven't seen here (maybe I missed it) is that in the Sorrows as Tyrion, Jon Con, Aegon, et al travel down the Rhoyne there is a ruined building called the Palace of Love, which is the name of book three of the Demon Princes series. Commenting on the "cellar door" discussion from a while back, the door to the crypts at Winterfell are very much like the cellar doors attached to many American homes prior to WW II. Seems like a silly way to build it.
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    Cugel is an epic screw-up, though. Clever in his own mind only. Recall his botched try at the Spell of Forlorn Encystment.
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