RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hello everyone! Just wanted to share a bit of personal news: my prosthetic finally arrived, so I am now capable of ambulation for the first time since mid-July. In terms of blogging, I will have a bit less free time for the next 4-5 weeks or so as I’ll be doing physical therapy in order to learn how to walk again. However, work continues on the Politics of Dorne Part I (doing a bit of research by brushing up on my Edward Said) and the Life of the High Spider Part II, so you won’t be contentless.

In the meantime, let’s see what we have on the Tumblrs:




16 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

  1. Tywin of the Hill says:

    I finally got around to reading your piece on the High Sparrow. Amazing work of worldbuilding.
    We hope for a quick recovery. Get well.

  2. whysogrimm says:

    Good luck with physical therapy! I also greatly enjoyed your piece on the High Spider yesterday. I wish you a quick recovery.

  3. Brett says:

    Does that apply to all those gigantic Free Cities as well? Maybe the Maesters and/or Essosi have a better understanding of good public sanitation practices for urban areas than IRL Medieval history.

    That whole series on the Horn is making me stoked for the Sam chapters in TWoW. I’ve got a feeling they’re going to be great – dripping with tension, a kind of weird Lovecraft vibe, maybe Sam developing an obsession with fixing the Horn, and so forth. I wish we could get one of them as a sample.

    • The population problem? Good question. My guess would have to be superior Valyrian infrastructure which helps sanitation.

      Yeah, Samwell is one of the storylines where I have less of a clear understanding of where it’s going.

  4. fjallstrom says:

    Take it gradually with the prosthetic and I am sure it will work great (but it will probably take time).

    On Ned, I think GRRM has done a great portrait of a loving father who tries hard but doesn’t really understand women. He doesn’t get what Arya overheard, he doesn’t understand how to communicate with Sansa or put someone to keep tabs at her when it is clear she doesn’t want to go home to Winterfell. And finally he doesn’t get why Cersei isn’t running away with her kids.

    The first one is understandable, but makes him miss a big clue about Varys. The second is less understandable and gets Sansa caught and Arya on the run. The third gets him killed.

    The patriarchy brain and the fixed image of women gets Ned killed, much more than honour ever did. In a different time line we have a show where everyone is telling Jon to stop being as sexist as his dad, or it will get him killed (again). Yes, that show also misses the point, but in another way.

    • Grant says:

      I don’t think his misunderstanding about Arya was due to her gender and was just the confused nature of it (we only understand a lot of it from hindsight) and his distractions.

      As for Cersei, Ned thought he had the men to push her out of power. He eventells Baelish that to stop the Lannisters in King’s Landing, which really means stopping Cersei, he’d need those men. His downfall was caused by Baelish betraying him.

      If you mean when Ned confronted her, I don’t think not doing so would have changed anything, she’d already given the instructions to get Robert drunk and killed, she couldn’t have sent those instructions after Ned’s confrontation. Was it a risk anyway? I think yes, he didn’t know what she might be doing in King’s Landing and he thought she’d pulled of Jon Arryn’s murder. We know she wasn’t doing much to set up the post-Robert scene and didn’t have anything to do with Jon Arryn’s death, but Ned doesn’t. So estimating her threat correctly after Robert’s death and underestimating her potential threat before?

      On Sansa, it’s an interesting one. I think he would have told Jon or Robb at least some of it, but because they were older? He definitely wouldn’t have told Bran or Rickon. Because they’d been taught something about leadership? Because they were boys and so taught something about leadership? We know he expected Catelyn to be outright ruling, not going along with what the men told her, but we also know that he never gave any instruction to Sansa to get her to follow Catelyn’s path. So a mix of age and gender, maybe?

      • scarlett45 says:

        I think on Sansa it was an age/gender thing. Ned expected her to learn the things she needed to know to be a well brought up highborn lady from Catelynn. I think if Catelynn had been in Kingslanding with Ned at that time she would’ve told Sansa more of the situation at hand.

        Ned isn’t aware of where Sansa is mentally and emotionally at this time- hence the gift of the doll, in his mind she’s his little girl which is a perspective 21st century fathers have, even if they can see their wives as capable leaders.

      • fjallstrom says:

        Yes, it is a mix of gender and age with Sansa.

        On Cersei, Ned thinks “Damn her, he thought, why is the woman not fled? I have given her chance after chance”.

        This is on the morning of the throne room fight. So, after Cersei has told him that you win or you die, after he has sent a letter to Stannis because he expects Tywin and Jaime to put up a fight, he still expects Cersei to run even as he has laid plans with Littlefinger and the Goldcloaks to deal with her if she doesn’t.

        If he had taken her seriously as a threat, maybe he would have taken up Renly’s offer. Or made other plans, but instead he intentionally gives her chance after chance to run.

        Of course, his aversion to scaring children is also rooted in the whole Robert’s rebellion and Lyanna situation.

        • Grant says:

          I don’t think that should be viewed as underestimating her on basis of her gender, I think his “damn her, why won’t she run” is frustration that she’s making a fight of it in King’s Landing and forcing him to a course that might not leave him any choice but to allow her and her children to be executed. So far as he can tell, he’s gotten the force to defeat the Lannisters in King’s Landing. He didn’t need to take Renly’s offer and do something he’d view as a failing on his part by allowing violence in the Red Keep while Robert still lived.

  5. Haplo-6 says:

    Best of luck and I hope good things come your way. Your level of nerdom and writing skill are greatly appreciated by so very many of us.

  6. Ooh…Edward Said! Of all the theorists I had to study in university, he was by far the most eye-opening. Also, as a total stranger on the internet, may I say I’m glad to hear your recovery is progressing well? (It seems to presume a weird intimacy to do that with a stranger, but all the same).

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