Celebratory RFTIT Tumblr Roundup

Work has begun on ASOS, but that essay won’t be ready on time for Monday, so I thought I’d push the usual Tumblr Roundup to Monday so you had some fresh content to start the week:


6 thoughts on “Celebratory RFTIT Tumblr Roundup

  1. winnief says:

    Thanks for the round-up Steve.

    Good points about how merchants are still regarded as 2nd rate in Westeros. The rise of the merchant class is in fact one of the earmarks of modernity in a society. So post White Walker reforms may encourage more trade activity to help rebuild Westeros according to the example of Braavos.

    Another parallel for the Order of the Stag would be how the Sun King got all his nobles fighting and bidding for ultimately meaningless titles.

    Definitely like the comparison between Henry VIII and Joffrey. Have heard speculation that the former may have been one of the few British royals to meet the clinical definition of a psychopath and I’m eagerly anticipating book 3 in the Wolf Hall trilogy mostly to see if Cromwell ever comes to terms with the fact he’s serving a monster. Loved the BBC series of course.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Grant says:

    No matter how you try it, I strongly suspect a lot of Wildling (not sure what we should call them with the population moving below the Wall) – Northerner interactions will be determined based on who wins fights and who needs to ally with who. Even if they have to stand side by side against the Others sooner or later, they’re still going to be fairly different groups with different politics after the fighting’s done. And I’m willing to bet the Thenn would be willing to go over to the northern lords against their previous allies.

  3. Sean C. says:

    Regarding the Blackwoods, the more interesting question is what the relation between Melantha and Betha was. They seem likely to have been sisters (or aunt/niece, at most), which constitutes a relatively recent blood connection between House Stark and House Targaryen. That would make Dany the Stark kids’ third cousin, once removed.

  4. Ser Biffy Clegane says:


    Unless you’ve done this one before, is love to see you address:

    Are there pre-modern historical examples of asymmetrical resistances similar to the Sons of the Harpy, and if so. what happened? I associate the Sons of the Harpy most with the French experience in Algeria, but are there pre-modern cases where a militarily dominant conqueror was unable to rule as a result of violent resistance? Thanks!

    • Grant says:

      A lot of violent resistance to empires was asymmetric, and terror tactics do date back a long way. First century Judea had the Sicarii, men who would attack Romans and Roman supporters with knives and then hide in crowds.

    • zonaria says:

      Hereward the Wake in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings springs to mind.

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