GloubieBoulga Posted April 12, 2017 Share Posted April 12, 2017 16 hours ago, ravenous reader said: And, anyway, what is the origin of that curious expression 'blue murder,' again combining the blue and the blood? Most accounts seem to reference a pun on the French 'mort bleau' (literally 'blue death') with 'mort Dieu' (the death of God) I didn't have thought to that, hey ! "morbleu" is effectively an euphemism to evitate to say "mort dieu" (= "death of god", as you have noticed). It is just a phonetic deformation of the world."Mordieu" could appeal a curse on who pronounces it, it could be a litteral killing word, and that must be linked with the biblical interdiction to pronounce the name of god : only god has power to kill and to create with the word. What is interesting is that we find the two colors (red blood and blue (water ?)) in Tully's blaze, even if I linked the Tully's red to fire and warmth (and resurrecting from water, Catelyn is "kissed by fire"; without speaking about her taste for warmth in her bedchamber in Winterfell, in AGOT) But to rest with the theme of the "killing word", it seems that the word is a name; some examples (non exhaustive) : - Alliser Thorne kills the new watchers by giving them new insulting name, like "lord Snow", "ser Pig", "Auroch". As Tyrion explain to Jon : Quote "Don't call me Lord Snow." The dwarf lifted an eyebrow. "Would you rather be called the Imp? Let them see that their words can cut you, and you'll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it, make it your own. Then they can't hurt you with it anymore."(Jon III, AGOT) - Ned Stark calling "Lady" before he sacrifices her, and looking in her eyes - Reverse : Bran giving a name to his direwolf after the direwolf gave him life - Yoren "killing" Arya by cuting her hairs (the hairs are blown by the wind and arrive where Ned Stark was beheaded) and giving her a new name "Arry" (plus, with her transformation to a boy, Arya lives a kind of "castration", I mean that she loose her feminine identity and she isn't comfortable with that) - Littlefinger killing Sansa Stark and giving her a new name Alayne Stone. - Tyrion killing his father when Tywin pronounces the word "whore", a manner to call women even if they aren't whore like Tysha (who just committed the horrible crime to change her social condition !) - The literaly Rains of Castamere. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.