Nucky Thompson Posted September 28, 2014 Share Posted September 28, 2014 It has been stated multiple times by GRRM that he is a huge fan of Tolkien who has set the standards in fantasy. With that in mind, if we consider the characters of Daenerys and Denethor from LoTR, beyond the reminiscently sounding names, there seem to be further parallels between them - which lend credence to the proposition that Daenerys is partially based on Denethor. First of all, both of them resort to creating a pyre and burning their problems when a dire situation arises.Secondly, both of them are rather incompetent rulers (less so in Denethor's case, but still) and have to be replaced against their will (still to happen with Daenerys, but her incompetence is axiomatic and defines her entire character).It is also worth mentioning that both are rather arrogant, which while seemingly accepted by others, eventually lead to unpleasant developments (Denethor being deposed, Daenerys being served poisoned locusts).Furthermore, they seem to have a problem with a certain individual coming from the North who has a better claim to power than them - Jon Targaryen (if he is in fact one) in Daenerys' case, and Aragorn in Denethor's case. Perhaps we can extrapolate how some of the events to come in Daenerys' story arc will turn out if we compare them with what Denethor has done. It is my belief that this further strenghtens the idea that the end of the series will feature a clash between ice (Jon and the Others) vs. fire (Daenerys and dragons, red priests, etc.). Under the assumption, that both characters are somehow related, it is interesting how they can produce so different impressions for me personally (Denethor is probably my favourite character of LoTR, and I despise Daenerys). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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