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Since mammoths lived in The North, it is to be wondered why the old Kings of the North, or GRRM, did not see the potentials of riding mammoths, for travel, or in ceremonial parades, as with elephants in India in the real world.

 

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I suspect that any mammoth found in the North during long winters would have been eaten by hungry people. So there would not have been any of them available for parades or other use.  

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On 1/23/2020 at 7:55 AM, Anthony Appleyard said:

Since mammoths lived in The North, it is to be wondered why the old Kings of the North, or GRRM, did not see the potentials of riding mammoths, for travel, or in ceremonial parades, as with elephants in India in the real world.

 

I imagine feeding them, particularly during the long winters, would make this impractical.

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20 hours ago, hiemal said:

I imagine feeding them, particularly during the long winters, would make this impractical.

They can feed themselves on tree twigs and tundra vegetation and such like. Mammoth tusks are like they are for brushing snow aside to reach vegetation.

 

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9 hours ago, Anthony Appleyard said:

They can feed themselves on tree twigs and tundra vegetation and such like. Mammoth tusks are like they are for brushing snow aside to reach vegetation.

 

If they were wild, sure. If you wanted to keep them on hand you have to lay in massive amounts of fodder.

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4 hours ago, hiemal said:

If they were wild, sure. If you wanted to keep them on hand you have to lay in massive amounts of fodder.

In India, domesticated elephants were often let wander into the jungle overnight to feed and each morning were tracked and found and brought back to work.

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In the timeframe of the books, mammoths had long ago retreated far north of the wall.  People had come to believe that mammoths, direwolves and other creatures were legends from the past. 

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On 1/26/2020 at 2:12 AM, Anthony Appleyard said:

In India, domesticated elephants were often let wander into the jungle overnight to feed and each morning were tracked and found and brought back to work.

Lots more food in the jungle. Mammoths would be wandering very far afield.

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On 1/23/2020 at 1:55 PM, Anthony Appleyard said:

Since mammoths lived in The North, it is to be wondered why the old Kings of the North, or GRRM, did not see the potentials of riding mammoths, for travel, or in ceremonial parades, as with elephants in India in the real world.

 

Are they domesticable? They may be not. We don't see wildings riding mammoths. Only giants and they might have a different (and maybe magical) connection with them. 

If they are not domesticable, it may sense they were hunted to the extinction in the North.

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