Mithras Posted October 17, 2013 Share Posted October 17, 2013 There was an old thread about this but I want to raise some new questions. First let us recall the full quote where Maester Aemon tells Jon about how he was tempted to break his vows. “Three times the gods saw fit to test my vows. Once when I was a boy, once in the fullness of my manhood, and once when I had grown old. By then my strength was fled, my eyes grown dim, yet that last choice was as cruel as the first. My ravens would bring the news from the south, words darker than their wings, the ruin of my House, the death of my kin, disgrace and desolation. What could I have done, old, blind, frail? I was helpless as a suckling babe, yet still it grieved me to sit forgotten as they cut down my brother's poor grandson, and his son, and even the little children." Let us begin from the last one. It was obviously the Sack of KL he was talking about. Not that he could do anything but he felt tempted to break his vow of the NW although he was a blind old man at the time of RR. The second one is less obvious. It was after his father Maekar's death when the Great Council decided to give him the crown. He was 35 (fullness of his manhood) by this time. He kept his vow as a maester and advised them to take Egg to the throne. The last one is driving me crazy. What vow he could swear as a boy and how did he keep it although he was tempted to break it severely? Any thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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