RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey folks! Now that we’re done with Dunk & Egg (hopefully just for the moment), it’s time to get back to ASOS. However, it’s going to be a little bit before the next Arya chapter is ready, so in the mean-time, we’ve got some stuff on the Tumblrs.

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“What a Wonderful Knight for a Mystery”

Mystery knight - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Credit to Marc Simonetti

For the ASOIAF essayist, Mystery Knight places us in the slightly odd position of having to analyze a short story that is simultaneously the third and concluding part of a trilogy (and thus of particular significance), and merely one part of a series. As GRRM has said repeatedly, he intends to write “eight, nine, ten, twelve novellas” covering all of Dunk and Egg’s time together from their first encounter in Hedge Knight to their deaths at Summerhall. This latter perspective would seem to make Mystery Knight a relatively minor episode in a longer, more complicated character arc.

However, I would argue that Mystery Knight is still worth spending some time on, because it is GRRM’s longest and most involved discussion of Bloodraven’s time as Hand of the King, and thus an important part of our understanding of how royal government functions and malfunctions.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Catelyn VII, ASOS

How Game of Thrones cast members found out they'd be killed off in Red Wedding

“Was there ever a wedding less joyful?”

Synopsis: Catelyn’s story ends. Catelyn’s legend begins.

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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RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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I hate to do three of these in a row, but the Mystery Knight essay is – while up to 2,000 words – not finished, and Catelyn VII won’t go live for the general public until the 25th, and the content gods demand more content. Thankfully, I’ve got some really good stuff on the Tumblrs for this week. Let’s check it out!

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • “Since Ramsay and Roose will be presumably dead by the end of the series, who is most likely to get the Bolton lands, and who will get the Hornwood lands. I know, that it is a stretch, since there is no certainty, who will stil be alive by then, but in your opinion, who are the most likely candidates.”
  • I think the lands in question will be split between the Manderlys and the Umbers as the most prominent Stark loyalist neighbors. Barbrey Dustin’s kin might make a play for some of the lands as Domeric’s mother was a Ryswell. As for the Hornwood lands, I think eventually Bran will impose the settlement he originally intended with Larence Snow as the heir.

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RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey, folks! So if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll have heard that Catelyn VII is done and is available for Patrons today. However, in the spirit of the season, I’m holding off on general release until December 25th. Between now and then, I plan to have some fun. Some Dunk & Egg shenanigans, definitely some Tumblr Roundups and Patreon asks, and maybe even some time to write some of my novel.

In the mean-time, we’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblrs:

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Non-ASOIAF:

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Arya X, ASOS

Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Spoilers: What Happens To Arya Stark?

“The music grew still louder as they approached the castle, but under that was a deeper, darker sound: the river, the swollen Green Fork, growling like a lion in its den.”

Synopsis: A farmer and his son deliver some catering supplies.

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: Catelyn VI, ASOS

Game of Thrones: Blood Wedding | Expect the Unexpected

“I know the Freys, Mother. I know how much I wronged them, and how much I need them. I shall be as sweet as a septon.”

Synopsis: Robb and Catelyn are given snacks at the Twins ahead of the wedding rehearsal.

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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RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey, folks! Now that we’ve got Jon VI out of the way, we are locked in for our coverage of the Red Wedding itself, in all its terrible glory. But in the mean-time, let’s check out what’s on the Tumblrs:

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • Ilyn Payne is portrayed as being an illiterate knight, and he’s not alone — in general, a number of knights are shown as being illiterate. But to learn to use a sword, you had to have some resources in your own family or be considered worth training by a lord. How likely was it for someone to have that kind of training yet be completely unable to read?
    • It depends very much on time and place: Henry Beauclerc (r. 1100- 1135) got his nick-name because he was literate in Latin, which made him rather unusual for his time, suggesting that literacy (or at least literacy in Latin, the only kind that was considered to really count) literacy was somewhat unusual. By contrast, by the time that you get to the 14th and then certainly by the time that you get to the 15th century, it would be rather unusual for a knight to not be literate.
  • Dear Steven, 1. What is your theory on the origin of the Others aka the White Walkers? Sorry, if you already gave one. 2. Just for Fun, but Barristan Selmy mentions in ADOD that he was present at Eddard Stark’s execution. What would have happened, if Selmy had grapped Arya that day, and not Yoren?
    • 1. They’re Unseelie Fae.
    • 2. He probably tries to deliver her to Winterfell.
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