Daeron the Daring Posted February 12, 2022 Share Posted February 12, 2022 17 hours ago, alienarea said: My biggest issue with R+L=J is that Rhaegar kidnapping/eloping with Lyanna was the root cause for the rebellion. Later, Robert constantly laments that Rhaegar raped Lyanna a thousand times. Still, when Ned returns from the war with Lyanna's bones and a baby, neither Robert nor any of the people of Westeros have the idea that the baby might be Lyanna's son? Jon Snow knows nothing. He's not alone. We don't know how big of a public knowledge Jon's existence was at that point. It could very well be that Ned didn't talk about his bastard everywhere he stopped on his journey back. We aren't told that he ever visited, for example Robert, on his way back to Winterfell. Could've explained it with carrying the bones of her sister, whom he wants to put to her rest as soon as possible. Either way, the folks at Winterfell got to know about it the moment he arrived, (I assume a handful of people knew about the child specifically at Starfall as well) but other people of the realm (who bothered to care) may have got to know this later on, for example during Greyjoy's Rebellion. At that point, who really cared? And even looking at medieval customs, Eddard Stark would've had every right to raise a child of his own blood (in case he decided to publicly aknowledge Jon as his nephew), despite what Robert desires. However, I guess that never even came to his mind, given how he possibly swore Lyanna to keep him safe, which he achieved the way we are told. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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