“They are children, Sansa thought. They are silly little girls, even
Elinor. They’ve never seen a battle, they’ve never seen a man die, they
know nothing. Their dreams were full of songs and stories, the way hers
had been before Joffrey cut her fathers head off. Sansa pitied them.
Sansa envied them.”
Well, I feel like I have to at least include the quote that gave my my blog name:
A Clash of Kings
“You are Arya of Winterfell, daughter of the north. You told me you could be strong. You have
the wolf blood in you.”
“The wolf blood.” Arya remembered now. “I’ll be as strong as Robb. I said I would.” She took
a deep breath, then lifted the broomstick in both hands and brought it down across her knee. It
broke with a loud crack, and she threw the pieces aside. I am a direwolf, and done with wooden
That night she lay in her narrow bed upon the scratchy straw, listening to the voices of the
living and the dead whisper and argue as she waited for the moon to rise. They were the only
voices she trusted anymore. She could hear the sound of her own breath, and the wolves as well,
a great pack of them now. They are closer than the one I heard in the godswood, she thought.
They are calling to me. Arya, ACoK
I just love the whole power of the scene- the fact that it begins with a helpless and hopeless Arya begging for some religious sign from her home/family gods after hearing of her brothers’ supposed deaths and how it ends with Arya regaining her courage and acquiring the inner strength to leave Harrenhal where she’s been a prisoner and slave. She would have died for sure had she remained there (most everyone did, but Arya was in even more danger given the Weasel Soup incident.)
Other ASoIaF quotes that I really love off the top of my head:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only
one. Bran, ADWD
The godswife thought her a child, but children grow, and children learn. Dany, AGoT
The thought of hot food made Arya’s belly rumble, but she didn’t trust this Tom. Not
everyone who spoke you friendly was really your friend. Arya, ASoS
“Sometimes Old Nan would tell the
same story she’d told before, but we never minded, if it was a good story. Old stories are like old
friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time.” Bran, ASoS
There are gods, she told herself, and there are
true knights too. All the stories can’t be lies. Sansa, ACoK
“Oh, it’s truth you want? Be careful, my lady. Tyrion says that people often claim to hunger for
truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.” Jaime in Catelyn, ACoK
“Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them,” Tyrion, ACoK
“My lady,” Thoros said, “I do not doubt that kindness and mercy and forgiveness can still be
found somewhere in these Seven Kingdoms, but do not look for them here. This is a cave, not a
temple. When men must live like rats in the dark beneath the earth, they soon run out of pity, as
they do of milk and honey.”
“And justice? Can that be found in caves?”
“Justice.” Thoros smiled wanly. “I remember justice. It had a pleasant taste. Justice was what
we were about when Beric led us, or so we told ourselves. We were king’s men, knights, and
heroes… but some knights are dark and full of terror, my lady. War makes monsters of us all.”
“Are you saying you are monsters?”
“I am saying we are human. You are not the only one with wounds, Lady Brienne. Some of my
brothers were good men when this began. Some were… less good, shall we say? Though there
are those who say it does not matter how a man begins, but only how he ends. I suppose it is the
same for women.” Brienne, AFFC
“The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the
belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s
life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to
do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.
“One day, Bran, you will be Robb’s bannerman, holding a keep of your own for your brother
and your king, and justice will fall to you. When that day comes, you must take no pleasure in
the task, but neither must you look away. A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon
forgets what death is.” Ned in Bran, AGoT
Shoutout to the wonderfully talented kallielef for an Asha Greyjoy commission. It’s always nice to attach a face to some of the art you see online, especially art you admire!
Being back in the country and meeting new artists has been such as nice change of pace from grad school and travel. Definitely feeling inspired to continue working on my own art even though progress is painstakingly slow.
According to the AWOIAF, Gendry was born in 284 AC.
Arya was born in 289 AC.
If you do a bit of subtraction, as of book 5, Gendry is 16 and Arya is 11. Yes, this may be taboo in modern times, but remember that ASOIAF/GoT takes place in medieval times. There have been WAY worse age differences than 5 years, even in the series itself.
All the times Sandor kills someone in ASOIAF and why
Sandor Clegane has a rather bad reputation in Westeros as a fierce killing machine; most people consider him interchangeable with his brother, Gregor, in terms of violence, cruelty, and blind loyalty to their masters. And even the fanboys choose to focus not on Sandor’s compelling character arc but on his “badassery” and shanking skillz.
As always, though, I don’t know where this comes from, because if you actually pay attention to the text (ahem), you will see that Sandor RARELY resorts to violence unless absolutely necessary.
So here are all the times in ASOIAF that we see Sandor kill or fight someone and the reason behind it:
Mycah – butcher’s boy who allegedly struck Prince Joffrey; rode down on Cersei’s orders (AGoT)
Gregor – fought at the Hand’s Tourney to protect Loras; never swung a killing blow against his brother and was always on the defensive and stops immediately when commanded by King Robert (AGoT)
Cayn + various Northmen – killed when Ned attempts to take Cersei and her children (aka his masters) into custody after Robert’s death (AGoT)
Smallfolk – killed while protecting Sansa during the Bread Riots (ACoK)
Battle of Blackwater – killed numerous Stannis supporters before abandoning his post (ACoK)
Beric Dondarrion – challenged to a trial by combat to answer for the killing of Mycah (ASoS)
Frey men – killed while trying to get himself and Arya the hell away from the Twins during the Red Wedding (ASoS)
The Mountain’s Men – defends himself when Polliver & co. start shit with him when he and Arya stop at the inn for a cup of wine (ASoS)
And… that’s pretty much it. As you can see, the only times we see Sandor slay a man was either on orders, out of self-defense, or in an effort to protect someone else.
As a contrast, let’s look at some times when Sandor could have easily resorted to violence/killing but did not:
Jeyne Poole – she recounts to Sansa how “terrifying” it was when Sandor smashed down her door with a war hammer, and I am sure it was, but when you stop to think about it, it could have been way worse… he could have easily gone all Gregor on her and done her like Elia Martell, but he did not. In fact, Cersei seems rather annoyed when she later finds out that Jeyne’s life was spared. (AGoT)
Joffrey’s Name Day Tourney – It’s repeatedly suggested that he compete in the lists and he repeatedly declines (ACoK)
Battle of Blackwater – Up for debate, but let’s be real, in the midst of his lowest, darkest moment, he could have done any number of horrible things to Sansa, but he did not (ACoK)
Brotherhood Without Banners – Sandor returns to their camp to try and reclaim his gold that they confiscated from him; they don’t, but he leaves anyway without incident (ASoS)
The Ferry – neither he nor Arya have any money to cross the Trident but Sandor is able to talk his way on board regardless. Once across, he simply hands the ferryman the BwB’s IOU and goes on his merry way, with nary a drop of blood having been spilled. (ASoS)
The Village – he and Arya spend about a fortnight in a village in the Vale where they help the villagers fortify their land from raiders and mountain clans; when they are asked to leave, Sandor grumbles a bit but complies without making a fuss.
Now, this isn’t to say that that bad reputation wasn’t warranted at one time; by his own admission, Sandor killed his first man at 12. However, we don’t know the true circumstances of that incident – he entered the Lannisters service at 12, so for all we know, this could have been another kill done on orders, or perhaps even some sort of hazing ritual to “prove” his worth to the Lannisters. Perhaps he was more cold-blooded once, but none of that is evident within the pages of ASOIAF. “Killing is the sweetest thing there is” my arse!!
I don’t remember who post a picture of Peter Steele as her/his Sandor headcanon but since I saw him I been wanting to make a “realistic” Sandor using one of Peter’s photographs. I tried to make him not as severely burned as in Sansa’s description of him, not because I doubt that he is severely burned, but because is difficult for me to imagine that a burn can look that way after 20 years.
There a couple of thing that I wanna do in a future, like trying to give him a couple of visible balding spots in the burned side of his face, a more hooked nose and more shadows around his eyes, also it will be great if I can find a color picture of Peter with good resolution, that way the skin will look less photoshop-ish that the current one.