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About Wizz-The-Smith

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    Re-forging Valyrian Steel using half forgotten spells
  • Birthday 12/28/1978

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    Asoiaf - British History - Sport

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    How big is an endorsement for a book by GRRM for you?

    I've just acquired the first book in 'The Last Kingdom' book series by Bernard Cornwell off the back of watching the TV series. George is quoted in the synopsis endorsing Cornwell's ability to write great battle scenes, he also mentions this fact in his Not A Blog.
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    Out of Context Quotes

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    Out of Context Quotes

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    Out of Context Quotes

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    Out of Context Quotes

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    Out of Context Quotes

    1] Edd describing his dream... 2] Jon making sure Satin shook well after peeing, even if the technique suggested is somewhat extreme....
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    The Three-Eyed-Crow is Old Nan, not Bloodraven

    "Most of him has gone into the tree," explained the singer Meera called Leaf. "He has lived beyond his mortal span, and yet he lingers. For us, for you, for the realms of men. Only a little strength remains in his flesh. He has a thousand eyes and one, but there is much to watch. One day you will know." [Bran III, ADWD]
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    The Peaceful People of Na'ath

    Yep, I think the butterfly and it's 'many eyes in one' is a hint at the Naathi magic/greenseer-CotF ancestry, as is the golden eyes. To support this idea the butterfly is also associated with physical transformation or shapeshifting which is essentially skinchanging. In Celtic mythology [one of Grrm's inspirations] the magical otherworld or lands of the gods include caves/hollow hills [BR and Bran] the world beneath the oceans [In line with @ravenous reader's 'Under the sea/see' catch -- green sea/green see] and importantly for this line of inquiry islands. Many of the islands on Planetos have these 'underworld/magic/greenseer' clues, think Leng, Lorath, Old Wyk and Iron Islands in general, Battle Isle, Misty Isle [House Fisher/Fisher King] Skagos, Isle of Toads etc....... All of which have subtle allusions to magic/greenseeing, Naath fits nicely into this idea. Nice!
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    Soldier Pines and Sentinels

    Hey LM. Yep I agree, over on the Bran's Growing Powers thread we came to the same conclusion after researching all the different examples of personified trees and their actions. If this idea does come to fruition then I'm not sure how Grrm would go about it, I'm not convinced he'll have them uproot and stroll about ala Tolkien [although a possibility] but rather activate the trees as martial forces while playing a key role in the battles to come. For example, forests closing in around certain forces [typical fantasy technique, Haunted Forest etc] or enabling a pathway for one while not the other. Branches grabbing, tugging or catching weapons/clothing to inhibit a strike or passageway. Exposing some while hiding others via subtle changes in the trees positioning, thickness of foliage, dropping snow at an opportune moment. Tripping people with their roots etc etc........ We see this sort of personification in the text anyway but when placed at a critical juncture within the story it could have far more significance, and become more obvious to the reader that the trees are actually having such influence. Here's some examples in the text of what I'm talking about............ This idea of having martial trees is of course reinforced by the 54 mentions of soldier and sentinel trees, an army of watchers ready to take up arms when necessary. We have text that backs this up, the trees are described as armoured warriors, cloaked soldiers and as taking battle formation.... This subtle version of Tolkien's Ents is my interpretation of what may happen, but there are passages of text that would support/foreshadow a more mobile version of events.... The second quote is a tree floating in a river but serves the same purpose of describing an uprooted and personified tree attacking people. As I said previously, I tend to think it will be the more subtle version if this line of thinking happens at all, but hey, this is a fantasy series so anything is possible. There are more examples but it's late here and wanted to post the basic idea, I'll keep my eye on developments and post again. Hopefully this thread unearths more textual support to either of these ideas, and nice thread by the way.
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    Puns and Wordplay

    Hi @Seams Coins -- scion I recently found this potential word play when looking into an idea by @ravenous reader that the Prince that was promised may actually be a price that was promised. The theory being that Brandon the Builder may have been involved in a 'promise/pact/agreement' to give up a child/heir/scion, only for the prize to be stolen away. Alternatively, some have theorised that the NK/NQ may be the potential candidates. Either way, the basic premise is that a Prince [scion] was to be exchanged in payment [coins] but was stolen away, thus the Others want to now claim their prize. There are various examples of this in the text, the obvious one being Theon sent to ward with the Stark's as payment for Balon's rebellion. The first of three 'Princes' exchanged in payment............... Secondly, a Stark Prince...... [or the heir of the King beyond the Wall, whichever takes ones fancy] The third example is my favourite as it highlights the potential for the scion/coins wordplay...... Three prices Princes used as coin or exchanged as payment. Regarding RR's idea that Brandon the Builder may have made some kind of pact/agreement involving the payment of a child/heir and then reneging on the deal, here are a couple of instances of Noble scions being 'stolen' away or robbed. Firstly, Jaime....... And secondly, Sweetrobin........ Aerys 'robbed' Jaime, and Robin [robbing ] was stolen away. So we have three examples of 'Princes' promised/exchanged in payment [coins/scion] and two of Noble heirs/scions [Princes in all but name] being 'stolen away'. I really like the idea that the Others have come back to claim their prize, and the quoted text may support the notion that a 'promised Prince' may also potentially be a 'promised Price'. Other examples that RR has found include the exchange from one side of the Wall to the other involving Bran and Monster, and Robb who was supposed to marry Walder Frey's daughter as a 'bridge toll'! A special component of being 'promised to someone' often entails marriage..... @ravenous reader has also recently found another example that fits particularly well......... A [bastard] Prince exchanged in payment only to be stolen away by a Stark. If this parallels the Prince [price] that was promised and the Others are indeed seeking their late payment then it's interesting that this example has the Wall coming down. Cheers Seams, nice to see this classic thread back on the front page of the forum.
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    ASOIAF Limericks

    Those Brothers who doubt they exist, Were shocked by events at The Fist. The lucky ones fled, Those icy undead. Wights swarming are hard to resist.
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    ASOIAF Limericks

    Love it!!
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    Wow, I never noticed that v.16

    Indeed, that tree is pretty close to where I live, I should go there sometime. Hi Lady Dacey. The two Houses Vance are a tribute from George to one of his favourite writers, Jack Vance. The names of family members and castles are a nod to his works. Here is a break down for you........ HOUSE VANCE OF WAYFARER’S REST Their sigil is Quartered, a black dragon on a white field and two golden eyes in a golden ring on a black field. The dragons in the sigil refer to one of JV’s works ‘The Dragon Masters’ and the ‘golden eyes’ to his ‘The Eyes of the Overworld’ series. The name of the castle, ‘Wayfarer’s Rest’ is another literary nod to Vance’s work, this time the ‘Liane the Wayfarer’ short story. There is no obvious link to be found around Lord Karyl Vance himself, but he has three daughters that we have yet to meet in the series, they are only mentioned. Liane, Rhialta and Emphyria. Liane Vance is a reference to the afore mentioned ‘Liane the Wayfarer’ Rhialta Vance is a nod to the short story by JV, ‘Rhialto the Marvellous’ And Emphyria Vance is an inspiration from Vance’s novel ‘Emphyrio’ Some cool nods, but why not have a secondary house if you have some more! HOUSE VANCE OF ATRANTA Their sigil is Quartered, a green dragon on a white field and a white tower on a black field. Again the ‘dragons’ in the sigil refer to JV’s ‘The Dragon Masters’ and this time the ‘towers’ represent Vance’s novel ‘The Last Castle’. The name of the castle, ‘Atranta’ is a nod to a land in one of JV’s novels ‘Bad Ronald’ of which they later made a film BTW. The blind Lord ‘Norbert’ Vance is again a reference to the novel ‘Bad Ronald’. Norbert is a main character from this book. What about his sons? ................. Ser Ronald ‘the bad’ Vance is funny once you realise this is another play on the novel ‘Bad Ronald’. Ha! Nice one George. Ser Hugo Vance's association with Jack Vance is slightly different. This a nod to JV’s [I think] three Hugo awards, rather than a book/novel itself. And of course George is no stranger to a Hugo award! --------------------------------------- House Piper I'm not so sure about. Although @ravenous reader did point out to me that it may alluding to the 'Pied Piper' in the respect that Lord Clement Piper is leading the Lannister's a merry dance with his scheming, leading them exactly where he wants them. In a similar way to how Tom 'o' Sevens seems to be playing Jaime like a fiddle etc... I like that idea. Cheers Lady Dacey, I hope that's of interest, I'd love to hear anyone else's thoughts.
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    Wow, I never noticed that v.16

    Nice. And surely the greenseer candidate brothers Herndon of the Horn and Harlon the Hunter from Horn Hill are based on the above mentioned Herne the Hunter. Regards Robert's hunt, the mythology of the White Hart has some interesting reading. Here's a couple of things I noted after a quick search...... [Under the Influence: Mythical Beast section]