hallam Posted May 7, 2016 Share Posted May 7, 2016 14 hours ago, Woman of War said: A bit off topic but: actually I never understood why Rhaegar had to "run off" with Lyanna if he felt the need of another child as third head. He could have chosen any young and hopefully fertile woman without choosing the fiancée of another Lord. Did he need Lyanna? Did he make use of her being in love with him? So maybe the main reason was not that he wanted another child but that he and Lyanna simply wanted each other and another child would have been ok on top. In that case: why was a 23 year old prince so unreasonable to run off? As unreasonable as the 14 year old girl n love. Rhaegar might have known what would happen. Sorry but being an intellectual prince and risking war over a pretty face is just not credible, just as the story of Paris and Helena is not credible, there was a power game behind it. Yes yes, I am questioning one of the story's basic assumptions, I know. But a prince acting like a fourteen year old in love was just too dumb, anything would have been less damaging politically than "running off". Meaning there must be more to it, I did not buy the whole story when I read it for the first time and I do not buy it now, something is off. Jon is most likely the child of Rhaegar and Lyanna. But the damage could not have been bigger if Rhaegar as prince had openly forced Robert to step back and had taken Lyanna as wife, she for sure would have agreed and Daddy Stark was the crown's subject. Yep, my thoughts exactly. There must be something more to it. Virtually the only thing we are told about Rheagar and Lyanna is that they are paragons of virtue. They are not a pair of millennials hooking up on Tinder. They are living in a world where sexual infidelity by the elite can lead to tens of thousands of people dead. Jamie and Cersei's incest causes the war of the five kings. A plot that makes the two heroes of the backstory no better than them is rubbish. There are lots of boosters for the theory on this site. But that doesn't mean they are right. Let me tell you about a colleague of mine. A while back he developed a program that solved a problem in computer science in a new way. Or rather instead of solving couple of problems that had been holding people back, he pointed out that they weren't really important after all and not solving them allowed the system to work much better and make it scale. Well he was laughed at and the paper he wrote was rejected by the main conference in the field because he was completely wrong, everyone 'knew that'. His name was Tim Berners-Lee and you are using the system he invented, the World Wide Web. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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