RFTIT Weekly Tumblr Roundup

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Hey folks! It’s that time of the week again – I recorded a podcast for Episode 4, but am having a bit of an issue getting uploaded to Lawyers, Guns, and Money’s FTP servers. When that’s done, I’ll post it right away.

In the meantime, let’s see what’s in the Tumblrs:

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6 thoughts on “RFTIT Weekly Tumblr Roundup

  1. Winnief says:

    Thanks for all the juicy tidbits Steve. Your comments on House Gardener now make me sad they were extinguished 😦

    Agree that Arianne is going to wed Aegeon ruining herself and all of Varys’s plans in the process.

    I’m sure there’ve been decent Boltons in the past, but STILL you’d think during the time of one of the not so decent ones, the Starks would have taken harsher action especially considering that the Stark Kings of old make Arya look like a softy. I still hold that the reason the Bolton’s have survived as long as they have was yet another instance of Martin putting his thumb on the scale, just as the notion that Robb would have trusted anyone as creepy as Roose with such an important command position was. I think it’s fair to say though, that the Bolton’s luck is about to run out.

    • Thanks! Glad you liked it!

    • On the Boltons long term survival: One of the things that struck me most amongst the weaving themes of my first ADWD read was the persistent message in both current and historical examples is that the North is filled with fncking rough people.

      Sometimes decent, sometimes horrifically brutal, but always rough. And this includes the Starks themselves. From their brutal unification of the North, their defence against the Andals, their attempted conquest of the Sisters and their upholding of the practice of sacrificing captives to weirwoods (& tossing the entrails into the branches for the ravens!!!1!!), the question shouldn’t be why the Starks allow the Boltons to persist but instead how amazing it is that a chill guy like Ned could successfully ride herd on this vast land of 10,000 maniacs.

    • David Hunt says:

      As to trusting Roose with command, Roose Bolton was one of Ned’s Commanders in Robert’s Rebellion. I remember reading that after the Battle of the Trident, Roose recommended that the slit Ser Barristan’s throat, but Robert was impressed with his bravery and sent maesters to tend his wounds. I’So he demonstrated his loyalty by backing his Lord against the King. I’m sure it helped that four of Great Houses were on their side so it looked like he was backing a winner.

      Plus Roose has always worked hard to project an acceptable facade to the Starks. That’s one piece of the reason behinds his “A peaceful land, a quiet people” mantra. Yes, Roose is one scary motherfucker, but he’s always gone out of his way to convince the Starks that he’s THEIR scary motherfucker.

  2. Grant says:

    Worth noting that in some parts of Europe the Renaissance didn’t really start until decades or centuries after it began in Italy.

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