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Hi Everyone! I've been perusing these forums for a while, and finally decided to join! I have been reading A Song of Ice and Fire on and off for the past couple of years. I'm currently on A Feast for Crows. I've also been watching Game of Thrones since it debuted in 2011. I also really love the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I've been going through bit a rough time lately. My mom passed away 3 weeks ago :( Reading, along with prayer, has really helped with the grieving process. Though it is going to take a very long time.

I'm so sorry; I lost my mom 7 years back when I was 17 so I know sorry does nothing and is in some ways the worst thing to hear.

You never really lose it all and you're not supposed to I don't think; you're supposed to miss those you love. I say love present tense because that's the thing you don't lose

If you ever need to talk feel free to drop a line :)

I read CS Lewis' whole Narnia series as well as the screwtape letters, the latter of which was my favorite of his works by far though you can't really compare Narnia to anything else in a lot of ways. Read Fellowship of the ring a few months ago and looooooved it, I had tried reading it while younger as well as the two towers but never got very far in fellowship until recently, even though Hobbit was devoured greedily at the same young age ;D

Welcome to Westeros, we are glad to have you and hope you continue to feel better :cheers:

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Hi there, my name is Bill O'Wisp, people in real life call me Lukas. I've been passively reading all the great and more-or-less crackpot theories in the post-ADwD section for some time now and wanted to contribute to them if I felt like it.

I am doing media studies in a beautiful town in Germany and I am complety obsessed with Oce and Fire (but that's probably why we're all here). I also most likely spent more time with the books than with my actual subject during my first year of studying. And still I couldn't have figured out half of the stuff that has been presented here so far.

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Hi there, my name is Bill O'Wisp, people in real life call me Lukas. I've been passively reading all the great and more-or-less crackpot theories in the post-ADwD section for some time now and wanted to contribute to them if I felt like it.

I am doing media studies in a beautiful town in Germany and I am complety obsessed with Oce and Fire (but that's probably why we're all here). I also most likely spent more time with the books than with my actual subject during my first year of studying. And still I couldn't have figured out half of the stuff that has been presented here so far.

Welcome to the boards! :cheers:

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This forum has been a godsend for me after realizing GRRM is going to torture my soul forever w the release of WoW... I am a husband, father, Air Force veteran (4 yrs), sports enthusiast, avid reader and believe R+L=J. I fully support the Others as the good guys, at least not purely evil. And above all else DESPISE Daenerys Targaryen a thousand times over!

Happy to be here!

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Hello everyone!



I'm a historian from Germany, I work at university and as a freelance journalist, and I am in my late 30s now. As a teenager, I was a major role-playing game nerd who played Dungeons & Dragons and all kinds of other games in all kinds of settings. Except for Tolkien's books and some of the Dragonlance novels by Hickman and Weis, I have not read a lot of fantasy, though. As I grew older, I became more interested in science fiction than in fantasy, and besides, I already do so much reading of non-fiction books for my academic work that I usually prefer watching a movie to reading a book when it comes to fiction. So I did not read the A Song of Ice and Fire books when they first came out, even though I was still keeping an eye on the fantasy genre and knew that there was a lot of talk about them.



About a year ago, I decided to watch the A Game of Thrones TV series. Again, it was something I had heard about and was curious about, but I had not had the time to check it out yet. I became hooked immediately and quickly watched all four seasons (the last episodes of Season 4 were just airing as I was catching up). After that, I decided to read the books - the first fantasy books I have read since my teenage years. I loved the books as well and went through them at the pace of one per month, sometimes devoting an entire weekend to reading. I finished A Dance with Dragons a couple of weeks ago.



While I was reading, I made a point of not visiting any sites like this because I wanted to stay away from all possible spoilers. Unfortunately, someone's online comment on the TV series had already spoiled the R+L=J theory for me before I started reading, but it turned out not to be a huge spoiler - I think it becomes fairly obvious fairly quickly while you read Eddard's chapters from the first book. Aside from that, though, I have managed to stay away from all spoilers while I was still reading.



Now that I have caught up, and while I am eagerly waiting for The Winds of Winter like everyone else, I decided to register on the forums here and say hello!


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This forum has been a godsend for me after realizing GRRM is going to torture my soul forever w the release of WoW... I am a husband, father, Air Force veteran (4 yrs), sports enthusiast, avid reader and believe R+L=J. I fully support the Others as the good guys, at least not purely evil. And above all else DESPISE Daenerys Targaryen a thousand times over!

Happy to be here!

Welcome! :cheers:

Hello everyone!

I'm a historian from Germany, I work at university and as a freelance journalist, and I am in my late 30s now. As a teenager, I was a major role-playing game nerd who played Dungeons & Dragons and all kinds of other games in all kinds of settings. Except for Tolkien's books and some of the Dragonlance novels by Hickman and Weis, I have not read a lot of fantasy, though. As I grew older, I became more interested in science fiction than in fantasy, and besides, I already do so much reading of non-fiction books for my academic work that I usually prefer watching a movie to reading a book when it comes to fiction. So I did not read the A Song of Ice and Fire books when they first came out, even though I was still keeping an eye on the fantasy genre and knew that there was a lot of talk about them.

About a year ago, I decided to watch the A Game of Thrones TV series. Again, it was something I had heard about and was curious about, but I had not had the time to check it out yet. I became hooked immediately and quickly watched all four seasons (the last episodes of Season 4 were just airing as I was catching up). After that, I decided to read the books - the first fantasy books I have read since my teenage years. I loved the books as well and went through them at the pace of one per month, sometimes devoting an entire weekend to reading. I finished A Dance with Dragons a couple of weeks ago.

While I was reading, I made a point of not visiting any sites like this because I wanted to stay away from all possible spoilers. Unfortunately, someone's online comment on the TV series had already spoiled the R+L=J theory for me before I started reading, but it turned out not to be a huge spoiler - I think it becomes fairly obvious fairly quickly while you read Eddard's chapters from the first book. Aside from that, though, I have managed to stay away from all spoilers while I was still reading.

Now that I have caught up, and while I am eagerly waiting for The Winds of Winter like everyone else, I decided to register on the forums here and say hello!

Willkommen! :cheers:

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After a bit of a lull, it is nice to see so many new faces coming to westeros/

Hi Everyone! I've been perusing these forums for a while, and finally decided to join! I have been reading A Song of Ice and Fire on and off for the past couple of years. I'm currently on A Feast for Crows. I've also been watching Game of Thrones since it debuted in 2011. I also really love the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I've been going through bit a rough time lately. My mom passed away 3 weeks ago :( Reading, along with prayer, has really helped with the grieving process. Though it is going to take a very long time.

Welcome to Westeros! :cheers:

I lost my mother 35 years ago and I still think about her every day. I try to take the things I learned from her and pass them on to my daughter.

I'm so sorry; I lost my mom 7 years back when I was 17 so I know sorry does nothing and is in some ways the worst thing to hear.

You never really lose it all and you're not supposed to I don't think; you're supposed to miss those you love. I say love present tense because that's the thing you don't lose

If you ever need to talk feel free to drop a line :)

I read CS Lewis' whole Narnia series as well as the screwtape letters, the latter of which was my favorite of his works by far though you can't really compare Narnia to anything else in a lot of ways. Read Fellowship of the ring a few months ago and looooooved it, I had tried reading it while younger as well as the two towers but never got very far in fellowship until recently, even though Hobbit was devoured greedily at the same young age ;D

Welcome to Westeros, we are glad to have you and hope you continue to feel better :cheers:

Nicely said, Leonardo.

I loved the Screwtape letters too. :)

Hi there, my name is Bill O'Wisp, people in real life call me Lukas. I've been passively reading all the great and more-or-less crackpot theories in the post-ADwD section for some time now and wanted to contribute to them if I felt like it.

I am doing media studies in a beautiful town in Germany and I am complety obsessed with Oce and Fire (but that's probably why we're all here). I also most likely spent more time with the books than with my actual subject during my first year of studying. And still I couldn't have figured out half of the stuff that has been presented here so far.

Welcome to Westeros! :cheers:

It is a series worth obsessing over, in my opinion.

This forum has been a godsend for me after realizing GRRM is going to torture my soul forever w the release of WoW... I am a husband, father, Air Force veteran (4 yrs), sports enthusiast, avid reader and believe R+L=J. I fully support the Others as the good guys, at least not purely evil. And above all else DESPISE Daenerys Targaryen a thousand times over!

Happy to be here!

Welcome to Westeros! :cheers:

There's another Air Force poster running around here. Can't call him a veteran yet because he's still serving.

Hello everyone!

I'm a historian from Germany, I work at university and as a freelance journalist, and I am in my late 30s now. As a teenager, I was a major role-playing game nerd who played Dungeons & Dragons and all kinds of other games in all kinds of settings. Except for Tolkien's books and some of the Dragonlance novels by Hickman and Weis, I have not read a lot of fantasy, though. As I grew older, I became more interested in science fiction than in fantasy, and besides, I already do so much reading of non-fiction books for my academic work that I usually prefer watching a movie to reading a book when it comes to fiction. So I did not read the A Song of Ice and Fire books when they first came out, even though I was still keeping an eye on the fantasy genre and knew that there was a lot of talk about them.

About a year ago, I decided to watch the A Game of Thrones TV series. Again, it was something I had heard about and was curious about, but I had not had the time to check it out yet. I became hooked immediately and quickly watched all four seasons (the last episodes of Season 4 were just airing as I was catching up). After that, I decided to read the books - the first fantasy books I have read since my teenage years. I loved the books as well and went through them at the pace of one per month, sometimes devoting an entire weekend to reading. I finished A Dance with Dragons a couple of weeks ago.

While I was reading, I made a point of not visiting any sites like this because I wanted to stay away from all possible spoilers. Unfortunately, someone's online comment on the TV series had already spoiled the R+L=J theory for me before I started reading, but it turned out not to be a huge spoiler - I think it becomes fairly obvious fairly quickly while you read Eddard's chapters from the first book. Aside from that, though, I have managed to stay away from all spoilers while I was still reading.

Now that I have caught up, and while I am eagerly waiting for The Winds of Winter like everyone else, I decided to register on the forums here and say hello!

Welcome to Westeros! :cheers:

Many of us got hooked on the TV show first - I saw two episodes then started the books. The show has not seemed very good to me ever since. I can barely watch it now, but I keep rereading the series.

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Welcome, @Nolan Clegane, ...

believe R+L=J. I fully support the Others as the good guys, at least not purely evil. And above all else DESPISE Daenerys Targaryen a thousand times over!

... happy to have you here. And welcome to R+L=J ;-) Understanding the others love their children, too, is quite a good call. But then, especially as a father, there's no reason to hate a fourteen-year-old for trying to find her way in a warring world, or is there?

Have fun with the forum!

Wilkommen @Desmond Hightower!

I see we walked a similar path into fantasy:

... Unfortunately, someone's online comment on the TV series had already spoiled the R+L=J theory for me before I started reading, but it turned out not to be a huge spoiler - I think it becomes fairly obvious fairly quickly while you read Eddard's chapters from the first book.

Actually, no, most unspoiled readers (including myself) do not pick it up on their first read. While reading the ACoK prologue and later Davos I, my unconscious started knocking on my sober mind's doors and telling me to go back and look what it actually was that oh so troubled Ned's poor soul. And to be honest, after nearly 2 years researching what would have happened during Robert's rebellion, at the Trident and in king Aerys II's court and at the Tower of Joy, even more and more darkness spills out. We will probably read GRRM spell it out in the upcoming book.

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Welcome to the boards, all newcomers! :cheers:






I fully support the Others as the good guys, at least not purely evil.




You are not alone, Nolan Clegane. :devil:


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What type of dancing do you do? Lindy hop, is it?

I keep answering that question with everything short of classical ballet and oriental/bellydance (and would definitely do that too, given the opportunity).

Why? I am hard pressed keeping track of all the dances I do. On a very regular basis (two nights a week) I dance the 10 international competitive standard and latin dances: Slow waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, quickstep, slowfox(foxtrot), samba, chachachà, rumba, pasodoble, jive. But I don't actually compete: I dance for my partner's and my own enjoyment. Ocasionally I dance Sevillanas and some flamenco, lindy hop and other jazz/swing dances, salsa and Cuban rueda de casino, bachata if there's no other music in the house, Argentine tango de salón, and a few European folk dances. I used to do even more, and also used to teach the 10 dances and lindy hop and present on stage or in formation dances, but then the kids required me to stay home most nights. Some say I am a true dance enthusiast.

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I keep answering that question with everything short of classical ballet and oriental/bellydance (and would definitely do that too, given the opportunity).

Why? I am hard pressed keeping track of all the dances I do. On a very regular basis (two nights a week) I dance the 10 international competitive standard and latin dances: Slow waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, quickstep, slowfox(foxtrot), samba, chachachà, rumba, pasodoble, jive. But I don't actually compete: I dance for my partner's and my own enjoyment. Ocasionally I dance Sevillanas and some flamenco, lindy hop and other jazz/swing dances, salsa and Cuban rueda de casino, bachata if there's no other music in the house, Argentine tango de salón, and a few European folk dances. I used to do even more, and also used to teach the 10 dances and lindy hop and present on stage or in formation dances, but then the kids required me to stay home most nights. Some say I am a true dance enthusiast.

Wow, I was expecting you to say one particular type of dancing, I'm amazed and slightly envious at all that dancing you do! Apologies if I asked a much asked question, I hadn't seen your answer(s) to the question anywhere else on here. There are so many kinds of dancing I'd like to learn.

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Willkommen! :cheers:

Thank you! :cheers:

Welcome to Westeros! :cheers:

Many of us got hooked on the TV show first - I saw two episodes then started the books. The show has not seemed very good to me ever since. I can barely watch it now, but I keep rereading the series.

I still like the show. Of course, reading the books is the only way to get the "full" Westeros experience. But I think the show is pretty good in its own right.

Actually, no, most unspoiled readers (including myself) do not pick it up on their first read. While reading the ACoK prologue and later Davos I, my unconscious started knocking on my sober mind's doors and telling me to go back and look what it actually was that oh so troubled Ned's poor soul. And to be honest, after nearly 2 years researching what would have happened during Robert's rebellion, at the Trident and in king Aerys II's court and at the Tower of Joy, even more and more darkness spills out. We will probably read GRRM spell it out in the upcoming book.

Yes, I think you have a point there: if you already know the spoiler (as I unfortunately did), some of the clues seem more "obvious" than they might have been otherwise. All I can say is that, in hindsight, the Eddard chapters from AGoT drop some pretty heavy hints!

Edited by Desmond Hightower

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Hi I've already read all the books but I am planning to reread them, plus I wanted to join in before he releases the next book.... haha I think I should have enough time.


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Hi I've already read all the books but I am planning to reread them, plus I wanted to join in before he releases the next book.... haha I think I should have enough time.

Welcome taotao! :)

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Hi I've already read all the books but I am planning to reread them, plus I wanted to join in before he releases the next book.... haha I think I should have enough time.

Welcome to the boards! :cheers:

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Hey hey-

Name's John, from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania (hence the moniker). Been a huge fan of GOT since S01E01, and began reading ASOIAF post season 3. Definitely never read anything so fast before. Wrapped up all the books plus the Dunk/Egg and Greens/Blacks short stories a couple months later. I'm on a bunch of other forums, also as Philpenn, concerning art and music. Say whats up if you happen to see me on one of them. Cheers.

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