a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings

farerb  asked:

Do you think it was necessary for GRRM to kill Catelyn and resurrect her, or could he have done the same storyline with Stoneheart, but with Catelyn never dying at all (probably held captive and somehow escapes)?

Necessary? I suppose it depends on how you define “necessary”. If you cut down the story to the core plot and not much else, then technically very little GRRM has done to any character is “necessary”. If, however, literary devices such as theme and character and foreshadowing are important to you as a writer, as well as comparisons to and commentary on other works of literature, then yes, Catelyn’s death and her resurrection into Stoneheart were very necessary.

Some examples of the above narrative elements re Lady Stoneheart:

“Tell me again what you saved.”
“Your life.”
Mirri Maz Duur laughed cruelly. “Look to your khal and see what life is worth, when all the rest is gone.”

–AGOT, Daenerys X

“Fire consumes.” Lord Beric stood behind them, and there was something in his voice that silenced Thoros at once. “It consumes, and when it is done there is nothing left. Nothing.”


The steel was polished to such a high sheen that she could see her reflection in the breastplate, gazing back at her as if from the bottom of a deep green pond. The face of a drowned woman, Catelyn thought. Can you drown in grief? She turned away sharply, angry with her own frailty. She had no time for the luxury of self-pity.

–ACOK, Catelyn II

I am become a sour woman, Catelyn thought. I take no joy in mead nor meat, and song and laughter have become suspicious strangers to me. I am a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings. There is an empty place within me where my heart was once.

–ACOK, Catelyn VII

She clutched tight at his hand. “Nothing will happen to you. Nothing. I could not stand it. They took Ned, and your sweet brothers. Sansa is married, Arya is lost, my father’s dead… if anything befell you, I would go mad, Robb. You are all I have left. You are all the north has left.”

–ASOS, Catelyn IV

Death does change a person. No, I do not think Catelyn is as she was, no more than Lord Beric… And by the way, there will no Catelyn POVs in future volumes, which may tell you something. –GRRM

“Lady Stoneheart does have a role in the books,” Martin said. “Whether it’s sufficient or interesting enough… I think it is, or I wouldn’t have put her in. One of the things I wanted to show with her is that the death she suffered changes you.”

Continues Martin: “I’ve talked about Gandalf [in The Lord of the Rings], and how the impact of his death was enormous. When I was a 12-year-old kid reading The Fellowship of the Ring and ‘Fly, you fools!’ and he goes into the chasm…  it was ‘Holy shit! [J.R.R. Tolkien] killed the wizard! That’s the guy who knew everything. How are they going to destroy the ring without him?’ And now the ‘kids’ have to grow up because their ‘daddy’ is dead. If Gandalf could die, anybody could die. And then just a few chapters later Boromir goes down. Those two deaths created in me the ‘anyone could die’ thing. At that point I was expecting [Tolkien] to pick off the whole Fellowship one by one. And then we also think in The Two Towers that Frodo is dead, since Shelob stung him and wrapped him up. I really bought it because he set me up with those other deaths. But then, of course, he brings Gandalf back. He’s a little strange at first, but then he’s basically the same old Gandalf. I liked the impact we got from him being gone.”

Martin’s explanation initially sounds like an argument against including Lady Stoneheart, but Martin then noted: “Lady Stoneheart is not Catelyn. I’ve tried to set it up beforehand with Beric Dondarrion and his repeated [resurrections]. There’s a brief appearance by Beric in Book One and he rides into the city and he’s this flamboyant Southern knight. That’s not that man we meet later on.”


See also this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and also especially this.

So, yes, GRRM could have done something with a living Catelyn instead of Stoneheart. However, he had absolutely no intention to, and designed her story to build to the climax of her death… and then the denouement, showing what happens when all that really matters is gone and only a mocking travesty of life is left. Hope that helps you understand.


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The Crimson Brew is a quiet place to sit down and drink coffee, whilst also enjoying the pages of a good book. Fact or fiction, you’ll find the walls of The Crimson Brew lined with a small library sized collection of books from all genre’s, all you’ve got to do is pick your novel and find somewhere comfortable to sit. Big squishy, mis-matched armchairs, beanbags and giant pillows, are found scattered over one half of the shop. Big booths line the other side, that are perfect for getting together in groups to do school work whilst being social, and staying both hydrated and energized. Not only a cafe and a bookstore, The Crimson Brew is also one of the best places in town to buy baked goods, and delectable fresh baguettes. Free wifi, coffee, cakes and books, what more could you want from this homey little cafe.

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107 asoiaf/got inspired starter sentences ;

requested by anon.

  1. “Winter is Coming.”
  2. “A ______ always pays their debts.”
  3. “Family, Duty, Honor.”
  4. “Is he a ham?”
  5. “Is she a ham?”
  6. “The night is dark and full of terrors.”
  7. “I would let his whole tribe fuck you - all forty thousand men - and their horses too if that’s what it took.”
  8. “I know where to put it!”
  9. “Do you know where to put it?”
  10. “Every flight begins with a fall.”
  11. “The wolf dreams are better. I smell things, and sometimes I can taste the blood.”
  12. “Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time.”
  13. “He is a sweet boy, quick to laugh, easy to love.”
  14. “She is a sweet girl, quick to laugh, easy to love.”
  15. “The man died well, I’ll give him that.”
  16. “I am always proud of _____.”
  17. “I prayed for it.”
  18. “He was my special boy.”
  19. “She was my special girl.”
  20. “Darkness will make you strong.”
  21. “I want to weep. I want to be comforted. I’m so tired of being strong. I want to be foolish and frightened for once. Just for a small while, that’s all….a day…..an hour.”
  22. “I am a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings.”
  23. “There is an empty place within me where my heart was once.”
  24. “I want them all dead. ______ first, then ______ and ______ and ______, every one, every one.”
  25. “You have courage. Not battle courage perhaps but…I don’t know…a kind of woman’s courage.”

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I am a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings. There is an empty place within me where my heart was once.
—  George R.R. Martin

creature of grief and dust (listen) - a mix for catelyn tully

“I am a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings. There is an empty place within me where my heart was once.”

i. sansa’s hymn // letomi. ii. never let me go // florence and the machine. iii. bitch // meredith brooks. iv. no hope in the air // laura marling. v. human // daughter. vi. the only exception // paramore. vii. we’ll meet again // vera lynn. xiii. i just want your jeans // god help help girl. ix. the greatest love of all // whitney houston. x. o death // jen titus. xi. what the water gave me // florence and the machine. xii. bones // msmr. xiii. hurricane // the hush sound. xiv. the crane wife 3 // the decemberists.

I am a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings. There is an empty place within me where my heart was once.
—  George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings