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Would Fat Walda's dowry make anyone wealthy


Alden Rothack
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19 minutes ago, Lee-Sensei said:

Which top tier bannermen? The Hightowers and Redwynes? No. Probably not the Reynes either. The Frey's are definitely amongst the richest in Westeros though and they have been for a long time. They're not just rich in land. They have a lot of money too. He has a large family, but we're never given any reason to believe that he can't support them and he does ably.

Again, though, if he has all this money, where is the evidence of it? His halls are grim and colorless, none of the ornamentation of opulence once would expect from a man, even a commoner, of great wealth. Aside from a few exceptions their clothes and armor are meager. Even his maester is shabby and covered in bird shit. The food at the wedding feast was "poor fare to set before a king." 

The only thing we have that points to the Frey's great wealth is words. And haven't you heard? Words are wind.

 

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1 hour ago, Craving Peaches said:

I thought it was obvious that they were doing that to spite Robb?

Maybe, but at the same time Cat says the wedding chamber and her own rooms were nicely appointed. Not lavish, but nice.

So whether it was meant to spite Robb or to save money is unclear. All that is known is that it is not a sign of anny great wealth by the Freys.

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On 10/1/2023 at 6:04 AM, Alden Rothack said:

a persons weight in silver isn't actually worth that much among the nobility

A peasant or a lower-tier merchant maybe. But a noble on the order of what Walder says he is, not really. Top lords deal in gold. Silver is pocket change.

Heck, Robert handed out 10,000 gold to some kid who put more arrows into a bullseye than anyone else. But Walder thinks he is flaunting his wealth by giving out maybe one tenth of one percent of that for the hand of his daughter?

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1 hour ago, John Suburbs said:

A peasant or a lower-tier merchant maybe. But a noble on the order of what Walder says he is, not really. Top lords deal in gold. Silver is pocket change.

Heck, Robert handed out 10,000 gold to some kid who put more arrows into a bullseye than anyone else. But Walder thinks he is flaunting his wealth by giving out maybe one tenth of one percent of that for the hand of his daughter?

whereas the reverse would have been far more justified

an archer prize of about a hundred dragons versus a dowry of ten thousand would be totally believable

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