Category Archives: Race for the Iron Throne

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! With Catelyn IV, I ran out of banked chapter outlines to write up, so my priority at the moment is writing out outlines up through Jon V (which will officially put me over the 50% mark on ASOS, which is huge for me), and then start writing Davos IV.

But in the mean-time, we’ve got lots of stuff on the Tumblrs.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Catelyn IV, ASOS

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“No more, she thought. Mother have mercy, how many more blows can we bear?”

Synopsis: Hoster Tully is dead and the Freys are here to negotiate in good faith.

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 Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! With Arya VI done, I intend to push straight on to the next ASOS chapter – I’ve got a hankering to see if I can’t hit the Red Wedding this summer – but in the mean-time, we’ve got Tumblrs.

ASOIAF:

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I’d like to thank my Patrons: Beth Becker, Anonymous, Steven Xue, Gabriel Nichols, Casso King of Seals, Stephan Priddy, Sister Winter, Alistair, Aweseeds, Quinn Albaugh, James Tuttle, Hedrigal, Jeremy Alexander, Clint Woods, Dan Kohn, Donald Newell, joannalannister, Abel Savard, Quinn Radich, Emmett Booth, Leonard Wise, Kelly, Andrea Krehbiel, Courtney Simpson, Will Pepperman, Angus Niven, Lauren Combs, Amanda Marie Ford, Danil Koryabkin, John Pharo, Darby Veeck, History of Westeros, Joshua Imboden, Imriel, Adam Blackwood, Greg Sanders, Alex Chiang, William Griese, NotAPodcast, Chris Reid, tomsevenstrings, Timothy Upton, Patrick Donohoe, Willie Frolik, Micah Bouchard, Lucas Fyten, Gabriel Mallows, Paul Connolly, Brett, Michael Aaronson, Nina Friel, Christine Higgins, Jason Reilly Arends, Jim Tripp, Eric Benjamin, Sara Michener, Dave, James Keene, Hillary Sullivan, and Martina Consalvi.

If you’d like to become a Patron and support Race for the Iron Throne, see here.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Arya VI, ASOS

“If there were gods, why didn’t Lord Beric win? She knew the Hound was guilty.” (ASOS)

“How can there be a God if there are feet?” (Idiots Karamazov)

Synopsis: Sandor argues with Beric, and Arya questions the limits of divine justice.

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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Race for the Iron Throne Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hello, everyone! Arya VI is very close to being done – 6400 words (including quotes) – but since Sunday was my birthday, I didn’t quite have the time to finish it for Monday. So just to tide you over for a couple days, we’ve got Tumblrs.

(I’ll do Patron Asks next weekly roundup.)

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I’d like to thank my Patrons: Beth Becker, Anonymous, Steven Xue, Gabriel Nichols, Casso King of Seals, Stephan Priddy, Sister Winter, Alistair, Aweseeds, Quinn Albaugh, James Tuttle, Hedrigal, Jeremy Alexander, Clint Woods, Dan Kohn, Donald Newell, joannalannister, Abel Savard, Quinn Radich, Emmett Booth, Leonard Wise, Kelly, Andrea Krehbiel, Courtney Simpson, Will Pepperman, Angus Niven, Lauren Combs, Amanda Marie Ford, Danil Koryabkin, John Pharo, Darby Veeck, History of Westeros, Joshua Imboden, Imriel, Adam Blackwood, Greg Sanders, Alex Chiang, William Griese, NotAPodcast, Chris Reid, tomsevenstrings, Timothy Upton, Patrick Donohoe, Willie Frolik, Micah Bouchard, Lucas Fyten, Gabriel Mallows, Paul Connolly, Brett, Michael Aaronson, Nina Friel, Christine Higgins, Jason Reilly Arends, Jim Tripp, Eric Benjamin, Sara Michener, Dave, James Keene, and Martina Consalvi.

If you’d like to become a Patron and support Race for the Iron Throne, see here.

 

Non-ASOIAF Content: A People’s History of the Marvel Universe Is Back For More

While it probably wasn’t a good idea to spend last week writing two essays as the same time rather than one after the other, I managed to finish this People’s History of the Marvel Universe essay anyway. (Arya VI is not far behind.)

Enjoy!

Race for the Iron Throne Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks, time to check in once again. So the Patreon is officially in its second month – it’s still a bit short of its first stretch goal of an extra essay per month, so if you have a few bucks to spare and would like to see more Race for the Iron Throne content, every little bit helps.

More importantly, work has started on Arya VI, once of my favorite chapters in all of ASOS. This essay is going to be a long one, but I think a good one.

In the mean-time, we’ve got Tumblrs:

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

 

I’d like to thank my Patrons: Beth Becker, Anonymous, Steven Xue, Gabriel Nichols, Casso King of Seals, Stephan Priddy, Sister Winter, Alistair, Aweseeds, Quinn Albaugh, James Tuttle, Hedrigal, Jeremy Alexander, Dan Kohn, Donald Newell, joannalannister, Abel Savard, Quinn Radich, Emmett Booth, Leonard Wise, Kelly, Courtney Simpson, Will Pepperman, Angus Niven, Lauren Combs, Amanda Marie Ford, Danil Koryabkin, John Pharo, Darby Veeck, History of Westeros, Joshua Imboden, Imriel, Adam Blackwood, Greg Sanders, Alex Chiang, William Griese, NotAPodcast,, Chris Reid, tomsevenstrings, Timothy Upton, Willie Frolik, Micah Bouchard, Lucas Fyten, Gabriel Mallows, Paul Connolly, Brett, Michael Aaronson, Nina Friel, Christine Higgins, Jason Reilly Arends, Jim Tripp, Eric Benjamin, Sara Michener, Dave, and James Keene.

If you’d like to become a Patron and support Race for the Iron Throne, see here.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Sam II, ASOS

“And then the world went mad.”

Synopsis: Gilly gives birth (Mazeltov?), Sam tries to do the right thing, Craster gets hit with a negative review bomb on Yelp, and Jeor discovers the limits of discipline.

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 Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! So the Patreon is two weeks old, and already it’s almost to the first goal of an extra essay per month! Just as importantly, the show is now done, which means that all of the time and effort that went into watching, taking notes on, and writing up each episode can now go into writing about A Storm of Swords…which I’ll be announcing something exciting about soon.

In the mean-time, we’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblrs.

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Patron Asks:

  • Anon asks: “How much do you think Joffrey was inspired by Richard II?”
    • Not that much? It’s not that they don’t have some things in common: they both come to the throne rather early, they face a popular uprising, they both rule in a somewhat tyrannical fashion. However, Joffrey isn’t deposed, the Lords Appelant were moved over to the Vale, and Joffrey’s death is more similar to that of Prince Eustace during the Anarchy. Personality-wise and in terms of the rest of his backstory, he’s more akin to Edward of Lancaster.
  • Hedrigal asks: “If a medieval or ancient person makes a purchase involving millions of gold coins, how does that actually work? Like if Crassus (chosen as the richest man in Rome) wanted to make a major acquisition worth a million gold, how did the told actually change hands. ”
    • This is a great question! In addition to letters of credit and similar financial instruments, one of the ways that ancient and medieval people conducted large-scale transactions was to leave coins behind and just deal with precious metals. For the ancient Mediterranean, you had talents; throughout much of Asia, you had the lakh. These were bars or plaques or discs of (as pure as they could get) precious metals, which would be put into chests and very carefully transported in well-guarded caravans.


I’d like to thank my Patrons: Beth Becker, Anonymous, Steven Xue, Gabriel Nichols, Casso King of Seals, Stephan Priddy, Sister Winter, Alistair, Aweseeds, James Tuttle, Hedrigal, Jeremy Alexander, Dan Kohn, Donald Newell, joannalannister, Abel Savard, Quinn Radich, Leonard Wise, Kelly, Courtney Simpson, Will Pepperman, Angus Niven, Lauren Combs, Amanda Marie Ford, Danil Koryabkin, John Pharo, Darby Veeck, History of Westeros, Joshua Imboden, Imriel, Adam Blackwood, Greg Sanders, NotAPodcast,, Chris Reid, Lucas Fyten, Gabriel Mallows, Paul Connolly, Brett, Michael Aaronson, Nina Friel, Christine Higgins, Jim Tripp, Eric Benjamin, Sara Michener, Dave, and James Keene.

If you’d like to become a Patron and support Race for the Iron Throne, see here.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion IV, ASOS

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“For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm…”

Synopsis: Tyrion takes a meeting with a singer, and a meeting with his dad. Neither go well.

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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