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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Davos II, ASOS

“Ser Davos, and undrowned. How can that be?”

“Onions float, ser.”

Synopsis: “Sing to me, oh muse, of the man resourceful, who, storm-buffeted far and wide…”

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 Weekly Roundup!

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Hello folks! Davos II is up to 4,000 words and should be ready for Monday, and the Politics of the Westerlands is getting underway, but in the meantime, let’s see what the Tumblrs have in store for us?

Politics of the Seven Kingdoms: The Iron Islands (Part II)

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When we last left off with the political development of the Iron Islands, the Old Way had come crashing down thanks to the arrival of the Andals to Westeros and the ambitions of men with axes. What would fill the void was yet to be discovered…

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RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

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Hello everyone! I hope my American readers had a good Turkey Day and I congratulate my global readers for becoming comparatively more healthy than they were before. Politics of the Iron Islands Part II is done and will be up on Monday, but in the meantime, there’s some excellent Tumblrs for you all:

Politics of the Seven Kingdoms: The Iron Islands (Part I)

Credit to J.E Fullerton/Ser Other-in-Law

Credit to J.E Fullerton/Ser Other-in-Law

Introduction:

If there’s one thing that I hope I have done in this series, it’s to push back against the idea of essentialism – whether it’s the idea that Northmen are inherently honorable, Valemen inherently isolationist, or the Riverlanders inherently divided. Cultures, societies, polities are all too complicated for such simplistic narratives. This is doubly true for the Iron Islands, because of the way that characters in ASOIAF and certain members of the fandom assume that the “Old Way” is intrinsic, the one and eternal culture of the Ironborn.

As I will attempt to show in this essay, this is not the case. Contrary to Aeron Damphair’s belief in an Old Way that is as unchanging and eternal as the tides, I will show that the Old Way is in fact fundamentally unstable, and as it fails to cope with the pressures placed on it by events, it constantly changes while insisting that it’s not. In comparison, the New Way has been surprisingly stable due to its superior ability to deal with the material realities of the Iron Islands in a complex world of many powers. The irony is that the Old Way constantly attacks the New Way for supposedly weakening the Iron Islands, and thereby brings about the weakness that it decries, leaving the New Way to clean up the mess.

(For more on this, let me suggest reading this essay on thralldom and Theon’s ACOK chapters)

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X-Posted from Tumblr: Why Can’t the Lannisters Buy Westeros?

punkrocknerdfighterasked:

lauren, i was just thinking about how much gold casterly rock actually has, and how they use that gold, and now im asking you this: how much power do they actually have? like if a lord or king of casterly rock decided to like. buy all of westeros and become the emperor of the continent, could he do that? they already own debts from the iron throne. could they like? buy kings’s landing? or the entire industry of westeros and become merchant kings? this sounds silly but like. it’s so much gold

joannalannisteranswered:

@racefortheironthrone estimated that Westeros has an annual GDI of 525 million gold, while I think the Lannisters have an annual income of approximately 6 million gold. The Lannisters’ annual income is a little more than 1% of Westerosi GDI per year. (For comparison, Rockefeller’s entire net worth – not his annual income, but his entire fortune – was 1.5%-2% of GDP.)

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Excellent question! My answer will come in two parts, relating to different ways to think about money.

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RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

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Hello folks, it’s that time of the week again! I’m 5200 words into the Politics of the Iron Islands essay and I have a couple pages roughed out of Davos II, but in the meantime, what do we have on the Tumblrs?

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Bran I, ASOS

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“They never listened to what he wanted, even though Bran was a Stark and a prince besides, and the Reeds of the Neck were Stark bannermen.”

Synopsis: Bran decides whether to live in the woods or go to the Wall.

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 Weekly Roundup

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Hello folks! Well, it’s been a lousy week in a lousy year, but I’ve always preferred to react to these kinds of setbacks by redoubling my efforts. (Didn’t hurt that the news was so stressful that I wrote 2800 words of Bran I to avoid having to think about it…) So Bran I will definitely be ready for Monday morning, and in the meantime we have some really good (if occasionally morbid) stuff on the Tumblrs:

Also, in a somewhat off-topic development, I’ve started GMing a tabletop RPG campaign, running the classic Call of Cthulhu adventure, “Masks of Nyarlathotep,” and I’ll be blogging about each session. So if you’re interested, check it out here:

Politics of the Seven Kingdoms, Part IV (The Riverlands)

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Hey folks, if you’d like to read Politics of the Seven Kingdoms, Part IV in one glorious post instead of two separate ones, it’s now up at Tower of the Hand.

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