RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey folks! Next up is a pretty big chapter, where Jon fights in the Attack on Castle Black to the tragic conclusion of his and Ygritte’s relationship. However, I haven’t even outlined that chapter so it’s going to be a while coming (especially since I have grading right now).

In the mean-time, though, I’ve got some choice stuff on the tumblrs…

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patreon Questions:

  • “1. Dear Steven, since the focus of your “The Mystery Knight”-essay lies on the Blackfyre Rebellion, do you have any thoughts on Ser Glendon Ball, Ser Kyle the Cat and Ser Uther Underleaf, and what these characters say about knighthood and chivalry? 2. If Rhaegar hadn’t abducted Lyanna Stark (or she hadn’t run off with him), and thus Brandon would never have had any reason to storm off to King’s Landing, what would have probably been the most likely political developments in Westeros? Thank you for your efforts.”
    • 1. So Kyle and Glendon are the most direct opposites, in that Kyle takes a fall in order to get a position and fails and Glendon refuses to take a fall in order to get a position. I think we’re meant to think that Glendon is the truer knight of the pair. Uther is somewhere near to Kyle in that he deliberately manages his tourneys in order to never win and gain reknown, but he maintains more independence and self-respect, although his attitude is more mercenary than chivalrous.
    • 2. Eventually Rhaegar overthrows his father. Whether that happens peacefully or involves a civil war is uncertain.
  • “Hi! Had Westeros had something like a magna carta, do you think it would have changed anything in asoiaf? Or would it be just ignored during the 5 kings war?”
    • Magna Carta was designed to manage royal versus noble relations, not noble versus noble relations, so I don’t think it would be relevant to the War of Five Kings breaking out, because it wouldn’t really have applied to the Starks and Lannisters.
  • “1. Do you think the Valyrians avoided conquests in Westeros because of bad omens from their sorcerers? 2. One of the adaptations being is of the Nine Voyages of Corlys Velaryon. What destination do you think would be the neatest to see on screen? 3. Just speculating, but do you think Sothoryos looks like an inverted Africa, with a big, vast desert south of the jungle parts? Or that Essos’ Gray Waste curves up into the Lands of Always Winter?”
    • 1. Somewhat, but I think the bigger issue was the difficulty of administering so far westward. Easier to run trading outposts.
    • 2. I want to see Asshai.
    • 3. Maybe, no I don’t think they link up.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Davos V, ASOS

“…what is the life of one bastard boy against a kingdom?”

Synopsis: Stannis’ camp learns of the Red Wedding, debates what to do, and Davos reads a letter.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion VI, ASOS

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“Monsters are dangerous beasts, and just now kings seem to be dying like flies.”

Synopsis: Tyrion has dinner with his wife, is the last to be informed about an important message, has a tense conversation with his father, and goes back to his unhappy marriage.

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.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Arya XI, ASOS

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“…Arya ran. Not for her brother now, not even for her mother, but for herself.”

Synopsis: Arya and the Hound survive a massacre.

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’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.

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

“What a Wonderful Knight for a Mystery”

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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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