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A World of Ice and Fire Analysis: Chapter 2 (The Reign of the Dragons)

Now that we’ve devoured some ancient history, let’s get into the Targaryen rise to power!

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Talking About WOIAF on Lawyers, Guns, and Money

Over on my other blog, a more meta piece about the World of Ice and Fire, and the confluence of genre fiction and academics…

A World of Ice and Fire Analysis: Chapter I (From the Dawn to the Doom)

It’s finally here! I only preordered the damn thing back in February of 2013, and now I have it in my hands.

Before I begin, a word about structure – I am not going to be writing a full essay per chapter, or at least not now. That would put a GRRM-sized dent in my progress in ACOK, and in the case of material we already know about, it wouldn’t be a very interesting essay to write “well, already knew this.” So instead, I’m going to write in bullet points, similar to how I did the Quick Analyses, in part because I’m going to be building on them for the sections of this book that we’ve been fortunate to see ahead of time.

So here goes…

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. DUH.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Sansa II, ACOK

“I have a role to learn, and you must do the same….you will need to be brave, and strong…and patient, patient above all..”

Synopsis: Sansa receives a secret message, and then meets two knights in the night.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Quick Analysis of WOAIF Barnes & Noble Sample

For those of you eagerly salivating for the upcoming World of Ice and Fire book, Barnes and Nobles’ page for the book has some interesting sample images. Check them out! Commentary below the cut:

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion IV, ACOK

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“I want you to make Father bring his army to King’s Landing.”

“When have I ever been able to make Father do anything?”

Synopsis: Tyrion takes three meetings. One, two, three meetings! Ah ah ah ah ah.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Guest Post on Tower of the Hand: Laboratory of Politics, Part IV!

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This one took a while to finish, and you’ll see why when you check it out: Pentos, Myr, Tyrosh, Lys, Norvos, and Qohor, all in one go, their historical counterparts, how they operate as a political unit, and much much more!

 

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Bran II

“It may come down to practicalities…which lord he most needs to court. The riverlands are part of his realm, he may wish to cement the alliance by wedding Lady Hornwood to one of the lords of the Trident.”

Synopsis: Bran Stark meets with Lord Wyman Manderly, Mors and Hother Umber, Lady Sybelle Glover‘s maester, and Leobald Tallhart about what to do about the widowed Lady Hornwood and her lands.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Tyrion III

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“His sister’s ire had led her to overlook the true significance of Stannis Baratheon’s letter. Without proof, his accusations were nothing; what mattered was that he had named himself king.”

Synopsis: Tyrion, Cersei, Littlefinger, and Pycelle discuss Stannis‘ letter. Afterwards, Tyrion has a tense labor-management meeting with the guild of smiths, and then goes to a brothel to meet a eunuch.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Arya IV

“Arya rolled headfirst into the tunnel and dropped five feet. She got dirt in her mouth but she didn’t care, the taste was fine, the taste was mud and water and worms and life…Arya held her breath and kissed the mud on the floor of the tunnel and cried. For whom, she could not say.”

Synopsis: Arya and the Night’s Watch arrive at the holdfast by the Gods Eye. A patrol of reavers under the command of Ser Amory Lorch besiege the holdfast, and Arya barely manages to escape, but not before she makes the choice to save the life of Jaqen H’ghar.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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