assjfjgjsgjljljglgjfjsduar Posted November 8, 2011 Author Share Posted November 8, 2011 I've been thinking about this, and I've remembered maester Aemon questioning Stannis' sword being Lightbringer because there is no heat. This made me think about his knowledge of this prophecy coming from, among other things, the Citadel. And I think this might just be one of the most important things we will learn from Samwell's POVs in the next books.Yes, I remember that, too, that that's how Aemon knew Stannis' sword was a fraud. I also think it's important/noteworthy that fire is the primary way of destroying wights. If you think about it, it's fairly simple to deduce how and why someone like Melisandre would be on the lookout for a real sword. As I mentioned above, the Night's Watch vow contains a metaphor, comparing it to a sword, and also includes imagery about bringing light to darkness and fire (i.e. warmth) against the cold. If you think about a red sword symbolically, as a weapon that's seen combat, and apply the metaphor, the Night's Watch could fit as the "red sword," and the symbolism and arcaneness of the vows (do non-Night's Watch people even know them?) could explain why no one had "solved" it before. The idea of Lightbringer as a sword is really just a literal manifestation of how the Night's Watch describes itself — symbolically red from combat, a sword, the light that brings the dawn and a force of warmth against the cold. If you told someone to make a weapon that "summed up" the Night's Watch, it'd be Lightbringer in the literal way that many readers think of it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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