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Was reading this essay about events in The Vale (spoilers for TWOW) ...


... when I realised that GRRM has teased in the names of three musicians who according to Wikipedia influenced one of his fave bands (of course, The Grateful Dead).

The group of 3 hedge knights at the Vale are Shadrich, Morgarth and Byron.

shadRICH (pronounced with a hard CH?).... morGARTH ... byRON

Three members of The Hawks (geddit? they're near the Eyrie) were:

  • RICK Danko
  • GARTH Hudson
  • RONnie Hawkins

2 of these later formed The Band.

From Wikipedia:


The Band was a Canadian-American rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1967. It consisted of four Canadians and one American: Rick Danko (bass, guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (organ, keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals), Robbie Robertson(guitar, songwriting, vocals), and Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin, guitar). The Band combined elements of Americana, folk, rock, jazz, country, and R&B, influencing subsequent musicians such as Elton John, the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton and Wilco.

Between 1958 and 1963, the group was known as the Hawks, a backing band for rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins.

And now I really need to put these books down and put my feet on some grass .... :) 

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4 hours ago, Sandy Clegg said:

The Wall by Pink Floyd has been mentioned as a reference by people before, for The Wall obviously. But then I was wondering about the Boltons and their sigil a flayed man on pink background. Pink Floyd / Pink Flayed?

Hope we get a dark side of the moon :devil: courtesy resurgent Starks. Maybe something in the Vale mountains...

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