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  1. The High Septon uses "we" pronouns. I never noticed that when referring to the High Septon in 3rd person, one would use non-binary "they."
  2. Wordsmith! Remember Septa Mordane's comments on Arya's hands? "Sansa has beautiful hands and can sew well, but Arya has the hands of a blacksmith." Truly, sewing and smithing are similar skills, just bifurcated into feminine and masculine in a gender binary society: Shaping the world, making art, improving things. Sewing also has the association with diplomacy, in a sense "smithing" with words. Forming alliances and trade, healing others, offering friendship. Also, one may regard the triple gods and triple goddess as parallel deities, just assigned (and limited to) the gender binary. Think of the Crone and the Smith as parallel. The Crone is the storyteller, the myth maker, shaping the society through legend. The Smith is similar, just more literal.
  3. You can see other feminist archetypes under other name themes. These women will share a mix and match of some of these qualifiers. Helen : Laena Velaryon, Helaena Targaryen, Ellyn Tarbeck, Layna the innkeeper's daughter, Alayne Stone (ref: Sansa's right to Harrenhal/Sansa being accused of witchcraft). Dan/Daen : Daenerys, Daena the Defiant, Danny Flint, Danelle Lothston. Some women will also stand out on their own; Rohanne Webber, for instance. She's a strong minded woman who holds a seat of power. Like Lilith, she is accused of witchcraft and sacrificing of children. There's also the LITERAL accumulation of something associated with the feminine in alchemy: water. She dams all the water in the area for herself and her people.
  4. This wordplay stems from "reine," the French word for queen. Feminist themes and symbolism pop up amongst characters involved in the wordplay: Women in power and in particular (this being a patriarchal society) them being dispossessed, especially in favor of a man. Sometimes their "overthrowing" is literal. Women falling from towers, out of the sky. Gold and silver image-play, gold and silver being traditionally associated with the sun and moon/the masculine and the feminine. (Gold and silver in the story also symbolize fire and ice/water as well, which are masculine and feminine dichotomies on the alchemical Star of David.) Lilith imagery, sometimes involving "barrenness" in some way, usually by their children being murdered; sometimes involving accusations of sacrifice of children and/or witchcraft. Examples: Rhaenyra Targaryen : Her struggle against her younger brother and patriarchal norms for the throne. Most of her children perish during the Dance. The stillbirth of her daughter caused some accusations of witchcraft. Rhaena Targaryen : Born first, but she and her daughters were passed over in favor of her younger brother, Jaehaerys. Given Harrenhal in her later years, where she suffered from loneliness and depression. (Notice the "barren" imagery in the latter with regard to Harrenhal/friendlessness/childlessness. Rhaenys Targaryen (Aegon I's wife) : Sometimes sat on the throne during court, as did her sister, in place of Aegon. She and Meraxes died over Hellholt; Meraxes was gold and silver. There's also symbolism to be gathered from WHERE they died - in Dorne, where men and women have equal rights. Rhaenys Targaryen (Rhaegar & Elia's daughter) : I think something can be gathered by the fact that her mother is from Dorne and that she was first born. It's something I have mentally bookmarked and hope to hear more about in Winds. (I think it might involve Rhaenys being named heir, but we'll see...) Reynes of Castamere: Essentially, a conflict between Ellyn Tarbeck and Tywin Lannister for power. Note the Lannister and Reyne sigils, where there is gold and silver image-play. The Lannister sigil is a gold lion on a red field, the Reyne sigil is a red lion on a silver field. That is, the sigils are inversions of one another and the gold and silver interchanged.
  5. What is the origin of the term skin changer? Is it common in fantasy, or is it something GRRM created?
  6. Raymund Frey is listed as the son of Amerei Crakehall in the wiki, but Lothar Frey (son of Alyssa Blackwood) mentions to Catelyn that they shared a mother. I don't have a book handy, so I can't look up the appendix. Which is correct? For your reference:
  7. Per primogeniture that doesn't favor either sex, Sansa has the closest proximity to claim in Minisa Whent's line, Catelyn being her oldest child and Sansa being Catelyn's oldest surviving child.
  8. House Whent had its rights to Harrenhal stripped for supporting Robb via House Lannister who in turn gave those rights to Littlefinger. Sansa's mother's mother was Minisa Whent, which (via matrilineage) makes Sansa a rival for LF's seat. Definitely gonna be a lot of Harrenhal in her future.
  9. Given Stannis had no/little coin per Saan, why did Myrish sellswords fight for Stannis in Clash?
  10. @sweetsunray You're very kind and one of the most creative persons I've had the pleasure of meeting here. I wish you a speedy and healthy recovery!
  11. I've noticed this before. Very intriguing, and suspicious!!
  12. "Gold" and "silver" are commonly used, traditionally and in-story, to represent solar and lunar, masculine and feminine respectively. Jaime and Cersei, when thinking of the other, think of each other as "gold like the sun." Bronsterys (I don't know his forum name, otherwise I'd tag him!) recently came out with an essay covering white and black themes: https://redmiceatplay.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/white-and-black-the-archetypal-duel/ Archmaester Aemma (whose essays are also on that page) wrote an essay (or a few?) regarding red, green, and blue colors, but I'm not sure she's published it; I can't seem to find it on there.
  13. House Seaworth gained "choice lands" in Cape Wrath at a time when another house lost theirs there: House Connington. Davos was given old Connington land, and his family is likely in the thick of Aegon's invasion.
  14. I disagree. "Ice and Fire" and Crab King and Old Man of the river two opposing binaries that must work together to create harmony. (Deliberate word play on the author's party, "peace" and "complementary notes" both means harmony.)
  15. Looked Trident up on Etymonline, and the etymology adds up: trident (n.) "three-pointed spear," mid-15c., from Latin noun use of adjective tridentem (nominative tridens) "three-pronged, three-toothed," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + dens "tooth" (from PIE root *dent- "tooth").
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