Seams Posted February 14, 2016 Share Posted February 14, 2016 (edited) As I was re-reading some early Bran POVs, I started to wonder about Little Walder and Big Walder, so frequently referred to as Catelyn's wards. Suddenly the similarity between "wards" and "swords" struck me. Ned's sword, Ice, is reformed into a big sword (Oathkeeper) and a little sword (Widow's Wail). Similarly Catelyn "has" two wards: a Big Walder and a Little Walder. There is informed speculation in this forum that Big Walder killed Little Walder, blaming the death on the mysterious serial killer on the loose in Ramsay Bolton's Winterfell. If it is correct to conclude that one ambitious Walder is trying to kill Freys in order to clear a path to become the Lord of the Crossing (children's games are never just games in ASOIAF), one might draw a parallel between the wards and swords: Catelyn would like to wipe out as many Freys as possible, and it appears that this ward/sword is an automated weapon that may help to achieve her goal. Help me to make a list and analyze some of GRRM's other plays on words and/or rhymes. Bear / bare - I think the intertwined Mormont and Stark stories may play on the idea that a person who is stark naked might also be described as bare naked. stark / House Stark - There are several references to stark, treeless mountaintops and stark stones after Winterfell burns. Tywin / twin - The Lannister patriarch invests a lot of his hopes for the glory of his house in his messed-up twins. Hart / heart - The hart trees seem to be a network with sap that looks like blood. stew / steward - We see sister stew and singer stew and later get a complex lesson about the varied translations of the Selaesori Qhoran, including stinky steward and/or Hand of the King. How are stews and stewards linked, if at all? Bowl / bole - In the thread about Jojen Paste, there is speculation that the juxtaposition of Jojen with a bole (tree trunk or stump) strengthens the theory that Jojen eventually will end up in a bowl. Corn / Acorn - Bran feeds corn to the crows; Tyrion feeds acorns to Pretty Pig. And then there are the many names of characters that allude to wordplay - rain / House Reyne, for instance, winking at the death by drowning inflicted on the upstart house. I've always thought that the sword Needle alludes to Ned + Lyanna. Aegon and his nickname egg would be an obvious reference to a dragon egg. I'll add others as they come to me. Edited February 14, 2016 by Seams EggBlue 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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