Melifeather Posted July 14, 2021 Share Posted July 14, 2021 6 minutes ago, LynnS said: What did Martin say about the underlying magical cause for the season? Is there an SSM? Quote SSM July 27, 2008 [What is the cycle of a year? Why do they count years when seasons are strange?] Twelve moon tuns to a year, as on earth. Even on our earth, years have nothing to do with the seasons, or with the cycles of the moon. A year is a measure of a solar cycle, of how long it takes the earth to make one complete revolution around the sun. The same is true for the world of Westeros. Seasons do not come into it. [Are the seasons irregular only in Westeros or also in the eastern continent?] The eastern continent (Essos) is further south than Westeros, and feels the North of the great sweep of the eastern sweep of the eastern lands is a huge ocean, the Shivering Sea. Only Westeros extends to the far north. Quote SSM July 12, 1999 [Summary of initial mail: The people in the books count their ages in years. These seem to have the same lengths as our years. But ours come from the seasons we have: The seasons in the seven kingdoms are much longer. How do they come to this way of counting time?] Years are not based on seasons, even in the real world. They are based on how long it takes the earth to revolve around the sun... i.e., on astronomy, the position of the sun and moon and stars. Ancient monuments like Stonehenge and Newgrange served astronomical purposes as well as religious, and helped measure the passage of years, the summer and winter solstices, etc. Quote SSM December 28, 1998 LONG SEASONS Yes, "The Hedge Knight" takes place within the Seven Kingdoms. The continent Dany is crossing is indeed larger than Westeros. The idea of "long" seasons is a staple in SF and fantasy and has been for many years. I used it myself twenty years ago in a short story called "Bitterblooms." Quote SSM June 2002 Will they be able to support their armies with larger groups of archers (say, thousands of archers) in an effort to withstand or prevent attacks from flying dragons? If they can find thousands of archers... depends on the season, of course... Why would the season matter with regards to archers shooting down dragons?) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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