RTFIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! So unfortunately, the exciting book announcement isn’t quite ready, but the progress reports I’m getting indicate that it’s very close. In the mean-time, since those of us on the East Coast of the U.S are somewhat snowbound, here’s some tumblrs:

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7 thoughts on “RTFIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

  1. Brett says:

    Good point about feudalism not being “inevitable”. Pre-modern societies, even the big ones, ran the gamut – Athenian Democracy (even if it was limited in franchise), Roman Republicanism, your typical monarchies, oligarchies, the odd kind of military autocracy of the later Roman Empire, and so forth.

    Do you think the squishers are the “Deep Ones”? Reminds me of your theory about the Iron Men ancestry – it’s funny to imagine that the ancestors of the Iron Men were gross fish-monster people, and same for the Sistermen.

    • Steven Xue says:

      Well the Roman Empire did start adopting (whilst unintentionally) quasi feudalistic characteristics thanks to the Crisis of the Third Century. And despite Aurelian’s best efforts to bring the empire back to its former self, the widespread civil unrest and breakdown of infrastructure had a profound and lasting effect on the economy and government of Rome. As a result a lot of people were forced to become dependent on the richest man in the area, who mostly lived in a fortress-estate and could protect themselves and others as the central authority couldn’t. In fact things got so bad that people had to forfeit their freedoms (as well as their descendants) and submit themselves to the powerful landowners, becoming coloni (early serfs) who were then forced to work in fields and give up a portion of their crops to their landlord, meanwhile the ‘mom and pop’ farmers who dominated the Principate period had all but vanished.

      • Brett says:

        Some of it did get started under Diocletian, such as the restriction on freedoms for coloni and greater fortifications of the border and cities. But I wouldn’t overrate that trend before the successive failures that brought down the western Roman Empire in the 5th century. It was still a highly mobile, commercialized, monetized state that relied upon a professional army for its security rather than the hereditary warrior aristocracy that the successor kingdoms (particularly France) depended on.

    • Yep, squishers are absolutely Deep Ones seen through the lens of folk memory.

  2. DavidW says:

    I never noticed this until the most recent Tumblr post “guest right and hostages part 2”. Poor Delp. He was wounded by Jaime in his ACOK escape attempt, and he was on the brink of death according to the maester. I guess he recovered and was on some light duty guarding kids when he was killed by Karstark’s men in ASOS (Cat III). Maybe that’s why Edmure was able to remember his name so easily, his death was a minor tragedy. I wonder if that’s some message from GRRM that you can’t escape your fate.

    • David Hunt says:

      I don’t think it’s unusual for Edmure to know the names of the men serving him at Riverrun. They’re the people he’s around all the time. Plus, Edmure spent a good deal of time carousing with his men after the Battle of the Fords. Finally, Edmure’s got his faults, but not caring about his people has never been one them. He might not know the name of EVERY person who serves at Riverrun long-term, but then again he might. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

    • Yeah, Delp has some really bad luck.

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