wolfmaid7 Posted May 18, 2014 Share Posted May 18, 2014 The Talking Tree"After European missionaries introduced Christianity to the Native Americans, the Yaqui of the American Southwest created a myth about a talking tree that spread the news of the new faith. One day the people came upon a tree whose vibrations made a sound that no one could understand. A wise woman who lived deep in the forest sent her daughter to interpret the sounds. The talking tree told of the Christian God and the priests who would soon arrive to teach the people new beliefs and new ways. Not everyone welcomed the coming changes. Some people left to dwell under the ground, taking the old ways with them. Those who remained became the Yaqu".(Thank you Alia of the Knife for this story). Those who sing This is an observation of a reoccurring theme about "songs" in ASOFAI and the creatures that posses them. I will discuss why i feel it is important to the overall story and certain character development. First a bit of a mythical parallel, about magic and the songs of nature .It was Greek mathematician Pythagoras, who taught that planets rotating the Sun sang a song by vibrating. He went on to state that from these vibrations a certain harmony was achieved and that they each had a corresponding effect on Earth .The symphony he called, 'the Music of the Spheres reverberated in everything and could be heard by those who had the gift to hear it. Pythagoras was not the first to put forth this notion though, ancient cultures spoke of creatures sharing ‘a note’ that connects them in the larger scheme of the symphony. So what I am proposing is that there is a similar principle in ASOFAI, whereby there is a ‘shared song/note’ between certain creatures and humans that allow them to bond and communicate with each other. The mystics of the ancient world went on to say that, it is because of the correspondence of sound with the forces of nature that music and song are able to produce magical effects. There seems to be the same going on in our story where the "shared notes" between creatures and individuals give rise to a magical manifestation in the form of mutual symbiosis.With characters notably the Stark pack and Dany, we are privy to see strange happenings and language being used by them to refer to their familiars that aren't present with others. “In another place his little sister lifted her head to sing to the moon,and a hundred small cousins broke off their hunt to sing with her(ADWD,Jon 1). Here is an example of how communication is viewed from the point of Jon/Ghost.Their language isn't seen as merely words but sound/"song".With the achknowledgement that below the normal channels of communication there is another language being uttered we will see not only the magic in it,but the potential in it.Halfway across the bridge, Jon pulled up suddenly. "What is it, Jon?" their lord father asked. "Can't you hear it?" ..................Jon was listening to something else. "There," Jon said. He swung his horse around and galloped back across the bridge. They watched him dismount where the direwolf lay dead in the snow, watched him kneel. A moment later he was riding back to them, smiling. "He must have crawled away from the others," Jon said. This I believe is one of the most convincing examples of a ‘shared note”.The white wolf that never makes a sound not even when he walks but is somehow able to make a sound that …only Jon could hear.It is also the first quote where we see a clear indication that this trancends distance. “And he loved to listen to the Direwolves sing to the stars. Of late he often dreamed of wolves .They are talking to me brother to brother, he told himself when the Direwolves howled.He could almost understand them.Not quite….almost……as if they were singing in a language he had once known and somehow forgotten(Bran,ACOK,pg.71)…………..If I were a true wolf I’d understand the song. This is one of those quotes that highlights the beauty that is the "Shared note" and i'm seriously wondering how advance this will get because Bran hints at possible communication on a level of internal mind to mind conversation and actually translating their language. Catelyn trembled, just for a second. “Bran’s.” Robb opened the window and let the night air into the stuffy tower room. The howling grew louder. It was a cold and lonely sound, full of melancholy and despair.“Don’t,” she told him. “Bran needs to stay warm.” “He needs to hear them sing,” Robb said. Somewhere out in Winterfell, a second wolf began to howl in chorus with the first. Then a third, closer. “Shaggydog and Grey Wind,” Robb said as their voices rose and fell together. “You can tell them apart if you listen close (AGOT,Catelyn,chpt 3). This is one of my favorite visuals as it is a strong example that there is a musically magic language that certain people can understand.The POV's in a lot of these cases shows that to the "untouched ear" the song comes across as “noise” but to certain people like the Stark kids and Dany it sounds like music.To Cat howling is what she got out of the wolves,but listen to Robb’s description of the sound the wolves make, he is hearing them as "songs". His bond with Greywind is allowing him to percieve the language of the world that lies just below superficial perception of human view. I believe the Games prologue is another such incident of this. The Other said something in a language that Will did not know; his voice was like the cracking of ice on a winter lake, and the words were mocking(Prologue,AGOT). I'm only speculating that what was percieved as crackling ice ,might sound different to someone like Jon. If indeed the Direwolves and their proxies share a “song/tone” as I theorize, it could explain what happened to Ghost with Melisandre. “Ghost” Melisandre made the word a song (ADWD,Jon). Jon heard a “song” in the word and that equates magic.The glamour Mel utilized may have copied everything about Jon even how he “vibrates” or sounds to Ghost in the magical sense of the word. We also see when Bran is in the Crow how it sounds from that side of reality: "The song of the river grew louder,the torches burned a little brighter and the air was filled with stranges smells(ADWD,Bran). Also, from Jon:" Jon was about to reach for Longclaw when Leathers spoke,from the far side of the grove.His words sounded gutteral and gruff,but Jon heard the music in it and recognized the Old Tounge(ADWD,Jon,pg.413). So lets look at the song with Dany Yet when she slept that night, she dreamt a dragon dream again. Viserys was not in it this time. molten magma, and when it opened its mouth, the flame came roaring out in a hot jet. She could hear it singing to her.There was only her and the dragon. Its scales were black as night, wet and slick with blood. Her blood, Dany sensed. Its eyes were pools of molten magma she raised her arms to the fire, embraced it, let it swallow her whole, let it cleanse her and temper her and scour her clean. She could feel her flesh sear and blacken and slough away, could feel her blood boil and turn to steam, and yet there was no pain. She felt strong and new and fierce. Morroqo: ‘I am Dragonbinder,’ it says. Have you ever heard it sound?” Victarion: “The sound it made … it burned,somehow. As if my bones were on fire, searing my flesh from within. Those writings glowed red-hot,then white-hot and painful to look upon. It seemed as if the sound would never end. It was like some long scream. A thousand screams, all melted into one.” Morroqo: “And the man who blew the horn, what of him?”“He died. There were blisters on his lips, after. His bird was bleeding too.‘No mortal man shall sound me and live.’ ” Bitterly Victarion brooded on the treachery of brothers. Euron’s gifts are always poisoned. Vic: “The Crow’s Eye swore this horn would bind dragons to my will. But how will that serve me if the price isdeath?” Mor: “Your brother did not sound the horn himself. Nor must you.” Moqorro pointed to the band of steel. “Here. ‘Blood for fire, fire for blood.’ Who blows the hellhorn matters not. The dragons will come to the horn’s master. You must claim the horn. With blood.”( ADWD,Victarion). I noted in my Dany,Dragonlord and the Dragobbond thread the similarity of the ritual performed in Dany’s dream and the Dragonhorn. The horn seems to copy what the Dragon does to call to its rider. Except what Dany hears as a song (music) it comes across as a terrible sound that burns to others. Back to the North “The First Men named us children,” the little woman said. “The giants, called us who dak nag gran, the squirrel people, because we were small and quick and fond of trees, but we are no squirrels, no children. Our name in the True Tongue means those who sing the song of earth. Before your Old Tongue was ever spoken, we had sung our songs ten thousand years. Men would not be sad. Men would be wroth. Men would hate and swear a bloody vengeance. The singers sings sad songs, where men would fight and kill. It was a woman’s voice, high and sweet, with a strange music in it like none he had ever heard and a sadness that he thought might break his heart The Singers: A closer look at who the Singers really are might shed a little more light on this topic. "The Children of the Forest Old Nan would have called the Singers,but those who sing the songs of earth was their own name for themselves,in the true tounge no human man could speak.The Ravens could speak it,though.Their small black eyes ,were full of secrets and they would caw at him when they heard the songs(ADWD,Bran,pg.397 electronic version)." First the term "Singers" is a termed coined by Old Nan and Bran to refer to the Children,but "those who sing the song of earth" the name they call themselves may not apply only to them-the little green men in the cave- The language of the earth is a symphony of varied songs and those songs are magical in nature.Connected intamately are the Old races that consists of the COTF,Giants,Crows,Direwolves,Weirwood trees and possibly the White Walkers.Anything that has a magical song. "North of the Wall, things are different. That’s where the children went, and the giants, and the other old races(Osha)." Below is an example of how things sound on both sides "Winterfell" Bran whispered........."But" Bran said, "he heard me"."He heard a whisper on the wind,a rustling of the leaves(ADWD,Bran). This is a throwback to the prologue to AGOT where the found the Direwolves,Jon had heard something only he could hear.Bran heard: “Bran could hear the wind in the trees, the clatter of their hooves on the iron wood planks, the whimpering of his hungry pup,but Jon was lisening to something else. Someone was talking and Ghost was playing the note that he shared with Jon. As we can see from the above examples, those who sing the song of earth clearly encompass more than just the COTF. The Importance of the Songs: Their are characters in this story that uses magical song as a means to communicate and bond to those who naturally share it with them.What we see here is a language linking the Old Races/Dragons to those sensitive enough in the realm of man to percieve the language.This is important because in a world heavily invested with nature the perchance of creating "sympathetic" humans is increased via infiltration and influence through the shared song.We look at the relationships of how much Dany,or Jon or Bran have on their familiars,but have we ever stopped to consider that the familiars are no mere creatures and may have some level of influence on how the proxies view and interact with the world around them. I know there are plenty more examples and i invite you the share them if you see moments where they come into play. Thanks guys. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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