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  1. Just checking in to say that I don't have covid. I don't have anything to say at this point. Here's some music.
  2. Hello, this actually makes me think of Bran or a Dream of Spring. "The Hermit's Crucifix" or Bran crucified on his tree, alone an 'old man'. It describes the return of spring, the rain melting the snow, water on the window of glass or ice, melting, the return of the birds (singers, nesters). The southwestern wind bursting into the cave scattering the poem (song) around the floor.
  3. I still wonder if there is anything about the valonqar that can be gleaned from Cersei's dreams: I suspect that Cersei's dreams are being invaded by someone who can use a glass candle. Her dreams of the valonqar become ever more frequent and paranoid after Qyburn's arrival. I don't think it is him but someone associated with him. Someone who is covered with coarse hair. It could be that our interpretation of the word valonqar is off. Rather than meaning younger brother; it could also be a physical description meaning short in stature. Of course this works both ways for Tyrion except that he isn't covered in coarse hair. We still don't know much about Marwyn but he strikes me as a 'dangerous friend." Tyrion mentions that there was once a dwarf maester who served at the Fingers. I think this is Marwyn. We can suppose that he went to Littlefingers aid when he was cut from groin to breastbone by Brandon Stark. Mirri Maaz Duur tells us she met him in Asshai and he showed her how to open bodies. Could it be that valonqar is how he was addressed while travelling in Asshai? When Sam meets Marwyn, he never says he is a dwarf; but what he describes are characteristics of dwarfism, especially the hands, also a feature of Cersei's dreams. So far, we have no reason to think that Marwyn is the volanqar but we do know what he thinks of prophecy: There is no more treacherous a woman than Cersei. So the nature of her prophecy of the valonqar may be worth about as much as a gob of phlegm spat onto the floor as far as Cersei's fixation on Tyrion goes. Marwyn's bloody red mouth and the bloody mouth of Cersei's valonqar is another interesting juxtaposition. At any rate, I'll be very interested to see what happens should Tyrion and Marwyn cross paths.
  4. Oh I don't have any expectations. I'm more or less trying to get it clear in my own head. That's all.
  5. Hello Cowboy Dan! It's been a while since we last talked. The thing that is most puzzling to me about the trees and the towers is the drunken Ash/drunken Tower and the reference to the fountain of the drunken god. I'm trying to understand it's meaning and relevance. The three trees|: the drunken ash, the old chestnut and the oak tree are personifications of characters: Tyrion, Brynden or Bran and Jon. Likewise the three towers at Moat Cailin: the drunken tower, the children's tower and the tower with the broken crown and ghost moss. The last two towers can be connected to the cotf/greenseers and the Night Fort/Black Gate. But what is the significance of the Drunken Ash/Drunken Tower. Well Tyrion certainly fits the description of the drunken ash on the hill with it's damaged nose and drunken ways. He is a kind of Bacchus/Dionysian figure throughout the story. Always debauched, always drunk but also incredibly wise when put to it. This doesn't remind me so much of Bacchus as it does Silenus who was the tutor of Bacchus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silenus This description of Silenus seems very much in line with Tyrion's characters. Although he drinks wine to excess so that he doesn't dream his terrible dreams. It's only when he sobers up that the dreams return. At first, I thought the Bacchus character was perhaps connected to Garth Greenhand but the Silenus character is much older. So I'm guessing the Drunken God is connected to Garth as a tutor and Tyrion carries that bloodline. An aged woodland diety could be a greenseer or a green man.
  6. Yes something older. Another manifestation of aspects of his fever dream. I'm keeping in mind that GRRM has said that he is deliberate in writing with multiple interpretations or layered meaning. Bran is also tied to something old and yet someone has to push him out a window.
  7. In this case, he is removing Cersei from power and letting her go to trial. Something that Tywin would not have allowed, no matter how stained the family name. Something that Kevan won't allow. But something that is useful to Varys. Woe to Kevan. Since this is the epilogue and presumably GRRM is telling something about past events, I think Kevan's statement about the path not taken and Aerys refusing Cersei indicates Tywin's involvement in subsequent events leading to Queen Cersei. Including the deaths of Rhaegar, Elia and her Children. Who gave the order for Clegane to kill Elia and her children, if not Tywin? Ned reserves a lot hatred for the Lannisters especially where children are concerned: I doubt that the old wounds that bleeds at the slightest word have anything to do with Jon Arryn and more to do with the circumstances around Lyanna and Jon. To that, Ned would rather entrust a child to a pit viper (Martells?) rather than a butcher of children. Something that is expressed in Ned's dream: Tyrion compares Tywin's army to an iron rose: So I wonder if the hidden thorns in Ned's dream is a reference to Tywin Lannister. If only Rhaegar had married Cersei, so many lives could have been saved.
  8. I recall this as well. It might have been in one of the SSM compilations posts I made recently. I think GRRM said something to the effect that Petyr was still a boy and badly injured. This makes a lot of sense especially given the manner of the presentation - on the end of the lance and dropped in her lap. The reaction to the 'crowning' that wasn't a crowning, says that the message was understood by those who were privy to the real purpose of the Tourney.
  9. I'm still taking the love story narrative with a grain of salt:
  10. This seems very apropos to me: It seems more likely to me that Tywin Lannister was involved with the events that led to the war, Rhaegar and Elia's death, their children and Lyanna's death. All to put Cersei on the throne. All those deaths could have been avoided if the other road was taken. If Aerys had agreed to marry Rhaegar and Cersei in the first place.
  11. Whenever the issue of Littlefingers grievous injury comes up; I think of Tyrion hearing about a dwarf maester once serving at the Fingers. I always wonder if this was Marwyn due to the nature of the injury and his proficiency with opening corpses to study the internal organs. I've mention before that Samwell's description of Marwyn has many characteristics of dwarfism. I wonder what Tyrion will think should they cross paths. Here is Sam's description: squat adj.: short and thickset; disproportionately broad or wide. This describes achondroplasiaa form of dwarfism. I wonder why Martin has chosen not to mention it.
  12. There was no skinchanging going on with Ghost and Borroq when they passed the Wall. But fiery missiles is fine with me.
  13. So she says. I'm not sure she did so or is just claiming to do so. Nobody saw her 'cast a bolt'. Orell's eagle was situated above the Wall. I wonder if Coldhands would also burst into flame if he attempted to cross the Wall.
  14. Also Coldhands couldn't cross, Orell's Eagle was burned while skinchanged and the Wall blocks warging if your familiar is on the opposite side of the Wall.
  15. Yes, I'm not sure that the small horn is the Horn of Joramun. But it's significant because it was found with the dragonglass cache. I suspect this has more to do with binding someone to your will. This may have something to do with the story of the Night King binding his brother's with strange magic. I'm also not sure that brothers refers to the men of the Watch or the WW' or something else entirely. The horn that wakes the sleepers? Sleeper is also a word describing the dead. And does anyone else think the large horn that Melisandre purports to have burned has the characteristics of a dragon binding horn? The similarities stand out. Is it possible that Joramun owned both horns (the small and the large) and the stories about them or what they do are mixed up? If Mance thinks he didn't find the horn; then perhaps he was looking for the small horn. Here's another horn: What kind of horn is this? Auroch's horn: https://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2017/8/2/f/f/f/ffffe960-71b8-4a8a-89a9-956cc84df7af.jpg http://www.thehistoryblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/hornlastaurochs1620.jpg
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