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  1. Lots more food in the jungle. Mammoths would be wandering very far afield.
  2. If they were wild, sure. If you wanted to keep them on hand you have to lay in massive amounts of fodder.
  3. I imagine feeding them, particularly during the long winters, would make this impractical.
  4. Quaithe could answer a lot of pressing questions.
  5. In my head-canon, the eclipse is the "Usurper's Moon", and it has been and come again several times (I suspect) in Planetos' history signalling periodic catastrophes as one of the magical Summer or Winter Poles that serve instead of magnetic ones is destroyed. In present circumstances the destruction of Valyria has left the world unbalanced until a either new Summer Pole can be established (Isle of Faces?) or The Winter Pole could somehow be destroyed and the world returned to something like natural. As for the moon hive-mind, I have considered the idea that the GEotD actually practiced skinchanging with entire celestial bodies, so that when an Emperor or Empress "passed" they moved their essence. In this bit of tinfoil, the Dawnite rulers are dimly remembered by the Andals as the Seven, so that for example the Yellow Emperor could be the Crone and associate with the Moon and and so on and so on. So R'hlorr (the Bloodstone Emperor after his partial apotheosis) could be "warging" the red comet?
  6. To me it feels like a contrast between the trappings of feudalism that are presented in shiny, shallow detail in fantasy novel after fantasy novel and the "real world" implications of these systems on characters' lives and how those in varying stations and even (probably even primarily) different systems might interact.
  7. /hold my drink Crazy theories are kind of my thing. Here are a few favorites: My craziest "hidden identity" theory is that Podrick Payne is Tysha's baby by Tywin, and for bonus crazy I'll tack on my theory that Pod is a girl brave-Danny-Flinting it. My craziest rando theory is probably that the colossal, drowned statue with the upraised hand that the Shy Maid passes twice is the Shrouded Lord himself- when the Stone Men fall into the Rhoyne they stay on the bottom growing like pearls. My craziest religious theory is that the Many-Faced God is simply the Moon of the Moonsingers and the Facelss Men take their name from its dark phase. Not quite a theory but still crazy; I decided to try and guess at the names of some historic figures and decided that the Amethyst Empress was named Valerys; her younger twin brother (more bonus crazy!) was called Rhaellor before Bloodstone Emperor and before he was called R'hllor (does it nerver stop, the crazy!?); their child, before becoming Azor Ahai and the first dragonrider (or at least the first GEotD dragonrider) was named Garyen; and his dragon was called Rubilaxes. Finally, my attempt to bumble my way towards a unified theory of magic: /cheers
  8. You can never tell with GRRM when he is going to favor gritty "realism" over narrative satisfaction so I could see it going either way; a redeemed or on-the-way-to-redemption Hound fighting for a noble cause that transcends personal feelings, or a Hound who decides that he can't ignore a lifetime's hate and falls into old patterns. I don't think the motivations are really key, however, and the satisfaction of seeing Sandor get to eat his cake and have it, too by being "forced" by circumstances into doing what he's wanted to do for most of his life anyways could be an appealing twist.
  9. Well, in my hypothetical scenario above he gets into the Nightfort. Digging graves on Quiet Isle? I don't think that's where his story will end and he doesn't need to be motivated by the same hatred that originally moved him in order to fight his brother.
  10. I used to think so, but I'm basically on board now. You never know when GRRM is going to buck narrative "inevitability", though. As for the Mountain,
  11. That was actually my first idea (well, in terms of prophecy anwyays- in all honesty my first reading is almost always completely literal), but this one popped into my head awhile back I constructed a "plausible" scenario in which it might play out mostly as an exercise in tinfoil cat's cradle because it has indeed been awhile. Good to see you as well If it refers to Starks it would probably have been either a figurative representation of a past event or perhaps refer prophetically to a clash between Bran and Benjen? As for what a blind man might "literally" see I don't have any specific tinfoil, but the idea is creepily appealing which may be enough in and of itself.
  12. One more, For Ashara Dayne: "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel
  13. For Viserys: "Cry Little Sister" by Gerald McMann
  14. Obviously there are a lot of ways to read this, but I think it is not unreasonable to look for deeper meaning in anything a blind man is said to have seen. Keeping that in mind, I speculate that the vision could be prophetic and refer to the brothers Clegane, both of whom have gone through their own version of death and transformation (assuming the Gravedigger is a Hound and not a Red Herring). Tinfoil artist that I am, I'm going to go ahead call it now- After the new Battle for the Dawn in the Land of Always Winter, the victors (including the erstwhile inhumer) will return to find that they have been betrayed and that the Lannisters have taken the Nightfort and Sandor, now likely a brother of the NW, and company will use the Black Gate to sneak back in and the Cleganebowl can finally commence. Anyways, I'm curious to see if anyone else is thinking along similar lines and, of course, what other interpretations of Symeon's vision folks have come up with.
  15. Musing on the Cold War analogy for ASoIaF, which is just too delicious to spit out, i would likt to add one modification: I think that the entire history of Planetos can be seen as a series of Cold Wars and their escalations and aftermaths; gradually turning a "normal" world into the hot/cold mess that we know.
  16. Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone series is always good, and on the plus side I am pretty sure it as fundamental to ASoIaF's thematic geneology as Lovecraft. Iain M. Banks' Culture novels are great, but not tied together by a single narrative thread, not sure if that counts? Roger Zelazny's Amber saga covers 10 novels. Steven Brust's Draegaran novels have I think surpassed 20 at this point, and I have to say the he handles it like friggin champ. Rounding out my short list, my all time favorite series, Gene Wolfe's Urth of the New Sun clocks in with four. There's a few I can think of off the top of my head, but it is possible.
  17. Dualities within dualites within dualities. Fire and Blood, Ice and Fire, East and West...
  18. Daaaaaaaamn that's good. I really need to keep up with these threads more but I always feel a little overwhlemed by the volume. I need to chew on that for a hot minute, particularly in light of his fixation, imho, on dualities and the ultimate unreliability and artificiality of them, but a brief question: have you delved much in here the theme of alloys/hybrids/blending of opposites/dualities?
  19. A bit predictable, perhaps, but just too perfect for me not to toss them in: The Wildlings vs the Night's Watch/Led Zeppelin vs Jimi Hendrix
  20. For the Many-Faced God, singing to Dany: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Simon and Garfunkel on Amazon Music "Bridge Over Troubled Water" When you're weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all I'm on your side Oh when times get rough And friends just can't be found Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down When you're down and out When you're on the street When evening falls so hard I will comfort you I'll take your part Oh when darkness comes And pain is all around Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Sail on, silver girl Sail on by Your time has come to shine All your dreams are on their way See how they shine Oh if you need a friend I'm sailing right behind Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind
  21. House Foyle: ruled by Morton Foyle, Knight-protector of Crazytown from MadHouse. They swear fealty to the Tyrells. Words: "It's all connected!" Sigil: 3 magpies natural in flight bearing shiny streamers in their beaks on a gray field. Morton's brother Beston is the archmaester of tinfoil at the Citadel. House Morton follows the Seven as they are primarily of Andal descent. They are not wealthy enough to own any Vayrian Steel.
  22. Faceless of Death edition Jaqen H'ghar: People Are Strange, The Doors (to the House of Black and White) The Kindly Man: Don't Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult (More cowbell!) Arya Stark (a girl): A Stranger, Ordo Equitum Solis (order of the Knights of the Sun) Bonus song for "Show" Arya sung by "Show" Gendry: Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
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