Julia H. Posted September 11, 2016 Share Posted September 11, 2016 Bran II Overview The harvest feast in Winterfell: Bannermen arrive and explain their various problems to Bran and his advisors, now representing the King-in-the-North. Bran also has a conversation with Osha in the godswood. Observations · We can see the signs of how bad guests the Freys are. As guests, they are only a little better than as hosts. · Hodor is compared to a horse. · Poor Lady Hornwood. · Maester Luwin predicts that Bran will be one day “a good lord for Winterfell”. Is this just a nice thing to say to a child, a “prophecy” or Maester Luwin letting it slip that he doesn’t think Robb will live long? Analysis A “wolfskin cloak” Little Walder mocks Hodor despite Bran’s displeasure and when Big Walder warns him “He’ll set his wolf on you, cousin”, Little Walder says he always wanted a wolfskin cloak. I guess this could be foreshadowing of old Walder Frey’s behaviour later, during another feast. Beneath the heart tree No sooner had Hodor entered the godswood than Summer emerged from under an oak, almost as if he had known they were coming. Bran glimpsed a lean black shape watching from the undergrowth as well. “Shaggy,” he called. “Here, Shaggydog. To me.” But Rickon’s wolf vanished as swiftly as he’d appeared. The wolves are once again associated with the godswood and the heart tree. They appear as soon as Bran enters the wood. Summers seems to have been waiting for him, but Shaggydog vanishes when Bran calls him to himself – he clearly does not belong to Bran, and he was probably expecting Rickon. Bran, Summer and Hodor together watch the pool beneath the heart tree ripple with no wind at all, and suddenly Osha explodes out of the cold pool with a great splash. She seems to be as much at home in the godswood as Summer. Still Osha and Summer are both wary of each other: Summer leaps back and snarls when Osha suddenly surfaces, and Osha apparently still remembers what the direwolves did the day she was captured. Bran mentions that Little Walder is scared of Summer so he wouldn’t dare to hurt him. This is a scene full of magic: the heart tree, the mysterious cold black pool, a direwolf, Bran with his special powers, Hodor with his strength and one-word vocabulary, Osha the captive from beyond the Wall, who bathes in the cold pool rather than the hot ones. They seem to be the perfect set to do something truly magical. Dreams Bran denies having wolf dreams but in fact he does and he is afraid of them. This night he has a “weirwood” dream: It was looking at him with its deep red eyes, calling to him with its twisted wooden mouth, and from its pale branches the three-eyed crow came flapping, pecking at his face and crying his name in a voice as sharp as swords. With the weirwood calling to Bran and the three-eyed crow crying his name, this dream seems to be about identity and destiny as much as a wolf dream. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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