YOVMO Posted January 11, 2017 Share Posted January 11, 2017 On January 10, 2017 at 1:27 PM, pigpiginsunspear said: I don't this has been discussed before (although, who knows, it seems everything has been discussed - c'mon WoW). I am doing a re-read of the series, and have been flagging a few things that stuck out. Of course, I've forgotten or lost most of them, but I do have one I thought you all can help with. In A Storm of Swords, Bran Chapter (his last of the book), Bran passes under The Black Gate of the Nightfort to meet Cold Hands. This was shortly after meeting Sam. The following stood out: "Then pass," the door said. Its lips opened, wide and wider and wider still, until nothing at all remained but a great gaping mouth in a ring of wrinkles. Sam stepped aside and waved Jojen through ahead of him. Summer followed, sniffing as he went, and then it was Bran's turn. Hodor ducked, but not low enough. The door's upper lip brushed softly against the top of Bran's head, and a drop of water fell on him and ran slowly down his nose. It was strangely warm, and salty as a tear. My question is, why end Bran's Chapter with that? It seems to be of some importance. Any ideas? I'll throw out an (obvious) one: The Gate was actually crying and that was a warm tear. That begs the questions, why is the Gate crying? Perhaps foreshadowing the doom of the group passing through it. I don't think I like this as it seems a little melodramatic and the use of "salty as a tear" is a little too obvious, but who knows. I marked that as odd too. I always thought of it as somehow getting guest right (eating of salt) but I could never really make the connections. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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