Hey folks! Now that Dunk & Egg 2 is done, I’m sort of at a crossroads of what to do next, as I don’t have anything outlined. So right now I’m thinking that I’m going to do another People’s History of the Marvel Universe essay, and then bear down on ASOS to get to the Red Wedding.
But in the meantime, we’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblrs.
- Where did Starks get their warging genes from?
- How could Cersei have mollified the sparrows?
- Why didn’t Brynden Tully join the Kingsguard?
- Could a peasant get enough land to become a noble?
- Why aren’t the Three Sisters more integrated into the Vale?
- Do the Lords of Highgarden own property in Oldtown?
- Why does King’s Landing have such limited port facilities?
- Another discussion of army numbers.
- Overlapping POVs in TWOW?
- Why would a king want to acknowledge a bastard child?
- Ancient and medieval wound care.
- Mercenary pay rates, indentures, and organized looting.
- Paleography and indentures.
- Was Sam out of character during the Night’s Watch election?
- Medieval cursing.
- A discussion on silk production in Dorne.
- Medieval criminal justice systems and their literary suitability.
- A discussion on premodern comparative GDP.
- A quick intro to the Venture Brothers.
- A clarification to the quick intro about the Venture Brothers.
- Why isn’t Quicksilver as big a character as the Flash?
- My research methods.
- Giant Days characters as X-Men characters.
- What do you think were the reactions, when Ser Duncan the Tall became commander of the King’s Guard?
- I think Ser Duncan’s elevation was key to cementing the idea that Aegon V was “more than half a peasant.” Here is the more prestigious chivalric office in the kingdom, and he’s handed it to a disreputable hedge knight from Flea Bottom.
- The reader learns in AGOT that the Dothraki think it’s acceptable to kill during a wedding. Is that not a problematic attitude since social norms like “Guest Right” exist, so that strangers can come safely together? I mean, won’t the dead have avenging friends and family?
- The Dothraki don’t really seem to have the same social custom, in part because they live in a highly communal society in which everyone knows everyone else in the khalasar, since everyone is always out in the open and visible to one another, and other khalasars are always threats (until they are defeated and subsumed into your khalasar). The one exception is the taboo on shedding blood in Vaes Dothrak, because of Vaes Dothrak’s religious role in Dothraki identity and eschatology.