• What she says:I'm fine
  • What she means:How the hell do they measure years in asoiaf? If years are determined by revolutions around a solar system akin to seasonal changes, and obviously asoiaf seasons are irregular, how do they determine how much time is a 'year'? How are people's birthdays determined? There obviously must be some sort of measurement of time, since people have name days and ages equal to a set amount of time as a year, but what is a year?

highlyclassifiedshit asked:

Ok so (for context in case you publish this) I haven't read the series yet -- but after that 'barely relevant' LF/Lyanna exposition ... do you think maybe it's in there as a really badly structured allusion to the show possibly going the way of Jon is Rhaegar/Lyanna's son? I don't know how much that is alluded to in the books but I know it's a fan theory that's out there. And seeing as the show is diverting heavily from canon anyway... Thoughts?

I’ve thought about how to answer this for a little. And this might seem like an odd tangent to go off on, but just hear me out.

I am of the opinion that Jon is absolutely Rhaegar and Lyanna’s son, and that their relationship was consensual (ymmv on how manipulative it was, but I believe it’s supposed to be a tragic romance). And I’m assuming the show will “confirm” it if not this season, next. They’re really not being shy about the nods.

How explicit is it in the books? It kind of reminds me of Dumbledore/Grindelwald where on first read you may not see it, but on reread it’s totally there, to the point where you can’t believe you missed it. And like understanding the romantic nature of the Dumbledore/Grindelwald relationship, knowing R+L=J majorly enhances the narrative. 

See that’s the thing about “R+L=J.” It’s not like some big “whodunnit?” puzzle for the readers to solve. It is an element of the narrative: one that is thematically central to Ned’s story, as well as potentially significant for Jon’s role moving forward. The latter is something I can only guess at, but the former…it’s about Ned’s internal vs. external honor. This secret was killing him, but he knew it was the right thing to do despite the fact that it besmirched his honor and caused strife with Catelyn. And then Ned poetically does the exact same thing to save Sansa, which ultimately is what kills him (it’s also worth noting there are major parallels between Lyanna and both Stark girls).

Ned’s AGOT narrative is like, ALL about this, too. His arc was never a simplistic “honor gets you killed,” which are the words that D&D put into the mouth of Stannis last episode. And that’s what’s kind of pissing me off about what’s happening with R+L=J on the show. It’s once again D&D’s simplistic understanding of things.

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intellectualbarbie asked:

27/28 Jon X Sansa and Happy Birthday!!!

“I’m with child,” Sansa admits, because she’s too weary to conjure up a lie to feed Jon, as she wipes her mouth with the back of her hand.

He looks up from the yellow bile filled vessel he managed to grab just in time to prevent sick from splattering her skirts. It isn’t the first time this has happened, but it is the first time she has failed to escape company and betray herself so flagrantly. Shock parts his lips and widens his grey eyes, as he lowers the vessel and sets it off to the side.

“Is it one of my men?”

“Does it matter?” she asks, slumping back in the camp chair in an inelegant display more at home on Alayne’s untutored frame than her own.

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House Greyjoy had always been one of the greatest houses of the Iron Islands. We trace our descent from the age of heroes and the legendary Grey King, who took a mermaid to wife and made war upon the Storm God for a thousand years. Blessed by the Drowned God, the Grey King fought and slew Nagga, the great sea dragon, and took her fire for his own.