Bright Blue Eyes Posted May 28, 2012 Share Posted May 28, 2012 I agree what everything you wrote. It would make sense.But you really are ignoring the facts that we are getting from the books. We know that several northern houses have more or less lost everything. There are no more fighting men. They all died. Something that does of course not makes any sense at all, but we have to judge the facts we get from the books. Not real life.For me at least it’s more a case of certain parts of the story being less developed then others. Things like economy and population numbers seems to be less thought out.You are neglecting some facts:- The North is barely able to make do thanks to medieval technology and climate. Every hand not actively working the field is hard to feed. Hell, their old ones commit suicide during winter to save food. How many healthy men not actively working can they feed?- Robb gathered his troops quickly, meaning the Lords gathered the men from the immediate neighbourhood of their castles and marched off while leaving those guys in villages 500 miles through rugged country behind. And therefore the immediate neighbourhood of the castles is off far worse than the average over the entire North.- House Umber and House Karstark were overcommiting. They and the Boltons make up half of Robbs army, but they are just three out of about fifteen Lordships. The Boltons get a pass because they could go up against the Starks in the past and are probably way beyond average, but the Umbers and Karstarks aren't. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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