J. Stargaryen Posted April 16, 2015 Share Posted April 16, 2015 Yet when the jousting began, the day belonged to Rhaegar Targaryen. The crown prince wore the armor he would die in: gleaming black plate with the three-headed dragon of his House wrought in rubies on the breast. A plume of scarlet silk streamed behind him when he rode, and it seemed no lance could touch him. - AGoT, Eddard XV But there were others with faces he had never known in life, faces he had seen only in stone. The slim, sad girl who wore a crown of pale blue roses and a white gown spattered with gore could only be Lyanna. - ACoK, Theon V There's a possible contrast here. Rhaegar in red and black, Lyanna in blue and white. White and black are real life opposites, while red and blue are thematic opposites in ASoIaF, so the grouping of these four colors caught my eye, because they've been grouped elsewhere. Specifically, in Bran and Dany's chapters, except that it's red and white vs. black and blue; e.g., weirwoods vs. the trees the warlocks make shade of the evening from, which has black bark and blue leaves. There's more to it, but you get the idea. But then I recalled, if we go back to Ned's first chapter we see some different color imagery around Lyanna, and now that I think about it, I doubt it's an accident. He could hear her still at times. Promise me, she had cried, in a room that smelled of blood and roses. Promise me, Ned. The fever had taken her strength and her voice had been faint as a whisper, but when he gave her his word, the fear had gone out of his sister’s eyes. Ned remembered the way she had smiled then, how tightly her fingers had clutched his as she gave up her hold on life, the rose petals spilling from her palm, dead and black. The key line here is: "in a room that smelled of blood and roses." Given what we know, that should suggest the colors red and blue. But when Lyanna dies she lets go of the rose petals, and they're no longer blue, they're black. So, "in a room that smelled of blood and roses" actually indicates red and black; Targaryen colors. I think the main point is another R+L=J hint. Beyond that, there's a little room for speculation. Does it mean that Lyanna died as a Targaryen, having married Rhaegar? It could. It might also mean that she died because she gave birth to a Targaryen. Or maybe a combination of both. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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