Alia of the knife Posted September 17, 2013 Share Posted September 17, 2013 In terms of "magic," as many have pointed out, it's not a catch-all for personal safety or power, though magic is another path to power. I think this sets up a parallel to the historical tensions between mysticism, (i.e. religion), and the Maesters, (science), and the "Age of Reason" that the Maesters may want to usher in, given their own antipathy to magic.Given that the Author has stated that he is a "low magic" fantasy writer, and his own misgivings about the historical path of organized religion, I could envision that the such characters as Mel, The Faith Militant, and others, as well as the themes of prophesy and trying to manipulate it, reflect the dangers of religious fanaticism and zealotry, though science, or "reason" absent a moral code are just as dangerous which the Author also seems to address with the character of "Frankengregor."I think giving Mel the history of struggle and anguish sets up the path that she is on. She seeks the power of prophesy and sorcery to empower her so that she is never vulnerable again, but because of those reasons, she seems to allow emotion to cloud her vision,(s) and misreads what she sees.Another Old One:Many believe, particularly on the Heretics thread, that there may be more to old Nan herself that meets the eye, and that she could be far older than people think, especially if she is the girl seen in Brans vision in the arms of who is speculated to be Dunk. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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