vivienne de fer being close friends with the inquisitor, coming up to their chambers with a bottle of wine after their first time judging someone “I thought you could use something nice tonight, darling.”
vivienne having increasingly complicated banter with solas, where they test each other’s arcane knowledge companionably
vivienne rolling her eyes at sera’s brashness and grating personality, but at the same time putting in a quick good word to the bar maid she’s been shyly eyeing for the past week
vivienne using ice magic to repair a small hole in the food storage she found when she first walked through skyhold, rather than tell the already-strained builders about it
vivienne writing to orlais to gather more information about the red jenny’s
vivienne being rather impressed with how effective they are, and gently urging the inquisitor to continue to use them as a valuable resource
vivienne and a mage!hawke discussing experiences with tower life; hawke talking about bethany, and vivienne relaying her own story, offering to see if she can get bethany transferred to a more civilized circle if she wants
vivienne being humanized and the fandom actually talking about her
Through exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and more specifically his novella, The Princess and the Queen: The Blacks and the Greens, this essay will suggest that Martin challenges fantasy fiction’s tendency to relegate female characters as being simplistic. I will begin by providing contextual information regarding how gender is typically portrayed in medieval fantasy fiction in order to position Martin’s work within the traditional genre in the section “Popular Culture, Traditional Fantasy and Misogyny”. The next section,”George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire & Female Representation” will suggest that Martin complicates these stereotypes through creating characters that introduce and then destabilize traditional tropes inherent in the fantasy genre. The remainder of this essay will look specifically at The Princess and the Queen: The Blacks and the Greens, suggesting that Martin’s depiction of Princess Rhaenyra and her desire to access power mirrors the real life experience that Empress Matilda faced in the 12th century.Through looking at Princess Rhaenyra and her historical counterpart Matilda, I will argue that both these female characters are seen as having similar ambitions, weaknesses and characteristics as the men in their societies, however, because they are women these traits are represented as being undesirable. Ultimately, this demonstrates how George R.R.Martin represents power in society as being constructed on gender inequality.
And of course I spent my first weekend back from England on the central coast of California, where a dead poet (whose cottage is still adorned with a genuine narwhal tusk, a cupboard containing a human skull, several melodeons, and a sizeable collection of unicorn-themed items) had once lovingly constructed a medieval Irish tower for his wife Una, complete with tiny window nooks, secret staircases, hawk-shaped fountains, a feminist shrine, and a piece of the Great Wall of China.
I have only become inhuman:
That is to say,
Undressed myself of laughable prides and infirmities,
But not as a man
Undresses to creep into bed,
but like an athlete
Stripping for the race.
The delicate ravel of nerves that made me a measurer
Of certain fictions
Called good and evil; that made me contract with pain
And expand with pleasure;
Fussily adjusted like a little electroscope:
That’s gone, it is true;(I never miss it; if the universe does,
How easily replaced!)
But all the rest is heightened, widened, set free.
I admired the beauty
While I was human, now I am part of the beauty.
I wander in the air,
Being mostly gas and water, and flow in the ocean;
Touch you and Asia
At the same moment; have a hand in the sunrises
And the glow of this grass.
I left the light precipitate of ashes to earth
For a love-token.
Located along the southern peninsula of Essos, Valyria was once a modest kingdom comprised of mostly shepherds. Unbeknownst to the Valyrians and the surrounding kingdoms, the secret to their future power lay hidden deep within the fourteen flames; a group of fourteen volcanoes.1 The Valyrian people would go on to discover the dragons. With their discovery, the Valyrian peoples would go on to create “the greatest empire their world has ever seen”2 and conquer most of the known world in George R. R. Martins, A World of Ice and Fire. The empire that the Valyrian people would create, shares many similarities with the ancient Roman Empire of Europe, as George R. R Martin stated in his interview with Josh Roberts on SmarterTravel. From its landscape to the political and economic construct of the cities, George R. R Martin modeled his strongest empire in Essos after one of the strongest empires in history…
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