Brienne, where are you? Bring my girls back to me, Brienne. Bring them back safe. // She had promised Lady Catelyn that she would bring back her daughters, and no promise was as solemn as one sworn to the dead.
“Lyanna might have carried a sword, if my lord father had allowed it. You remind me of her sometimes. You even look like her.” “Lyanna was beautiful,” Arya said, startled. Everybody said so. It was not a thing that was ever said of Arya.
Elizabeth Woodville || The queen consort of a warrior king who took the throne after a rebellion, she was considered the most beautiful woman in the realm. Her critics also viewed her as cold, manipulative, and calculating. Her family benefited greatly from her status as queen, garnering positions and influence. After the death of her husband, she attempted to take control of her son and the crown from the new Lord Protector. Her children were proclaimed illegitimate by her husband’s brother, who took the throne.
Catherine de Medici || From a family known for money, she became queen consort to a king she had a difficult relationship with and was the mother of three kings, two of whom died before her. She wielded varying degrees of power over the government, ruling as queen regent for a time. The reigns of her sons saw civil war and religious turmoil.
Margaret of Anjou || Known to be beautiful, volitile, “passionate and proud and strong-willed”, she became a prominent figure in the English civil war, the War of the Roses, as one of the Lancastrian leaders. She married the reigning king and gave birth to his heir. Many speculated that her son was the product of adultery, though this was never proven. She survived both her son and husband.
Jane Shore || The mistress of a king, she was known to be a great beauty with many suitors. The part she played in attempting to stop Richard III’s rise to power led to her being forced to perform a public walk of penance as punishment. George R. R. Martin cited the event as the basis for Cersei’s walk of penance.
Jaime and Brienne are the new Beauty and the Beast
Once more, for the kids in the back:
Transcription: “Last year, Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie enjoyed an opportunity envied by all in the realm: She and author George R. R. Martin, who penned the fantasy novels on which her HBO series is based, had a heart-to-heart.
“The topic: the relationship between lady knight Brienne of Tarth and her one-handed, morally conflicted, sharp-cheekboned traveling partner, Ser Jaime Lannister.
“Martin ‘said what he wanted to do was to take the traditional format of Beauty and the Beast and change the roles — and also the genders,’ she says. ‘That really excited me.’“
So…if you’re wondering where we silly J/B shippers are getting this idea that J/B are like Beauty and the Beast…it’s because GRRM said so.
“…And when Brandon was murdered and Father told me I must wed his brother, I did so gladly, though I never saw Ned’s face until our wedding day. I gave my maidenhood to this solemn stranger and sent him off to his war and his king and the woman who bore him his bastard, because I always did my duty.”
Inspiration for Game of Thrones - Former Yugoslavia!
George RR Martin wrote the first book from 1991-1996, when the Croatian and Bosnian wars were a big deal for American foreign policy and got a lot of popular news coverage. It started out with six republics (seven if you count Kosovo) of Yugoslavia, each with differing cultures, started fighting for autonomy.
What was Yugoslavia?
Yugoslavia was a country in Southeast Europe during most of the 20th century. It came into existence after World War I in 1918. under the name of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes by the merger of the provisional State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (itself formed from territories of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire) with the formerly independent Kingdom of Serbia.
The Serbian royal House of Karađorđević became the Yugoslav royal dynasty. That dynasty, or better said prince Aleksandar united the country (it was his idea). So, Yugoslavia gained international recognition on 13 July 1922 at the Conference of Ambassadors in Paris. The country was named after the South Slavic peoples (Serbs, Croats etc.) and constituted their first union, following centuries in which the territories had been part of the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary.
Renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia on 3 October 1929, it was invaded by the Axis powers on 6 April 1941. In 1943, a Democratic Federal Yugoslavia was proclaimed by the Partisan resistance. In 1944, the king recognised it as the legitimate government, but in November 1945 the monarchy was abolished. Instead of Aleksandar’s son Petar II, Tito, the Partisan’s leader, came to power. Yugoslavia was renamed the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, when a communist government was established.
After Tito’s death in Slovenia, an economic and political crisis in the 1980s and the rise of nationalism, Yugoslavia broke up along its republics’ borders, at first into five countries, leading to the Yugoslav Wars.
“..they (Yugoslavs) attempted to do the American model taking these five countries to construct Yugoslavia. So long as Josip Broz Tito was alive it seemed to be working, I mean, that people would say: “I am Yugoslav”. But nobody says that anymore; there are all are Serbs, or Croats, or Bosnians, and the ethnic identity is clearly more important than jumping out of the melting pot. They don’t wanna melt into Yugoslavs like we melted to Americans, so I don’t know… It’s interesting.” - George RR Martin
first wrote about this and, really there are many similarities between people of Former Yugoslavia and people of Westeros:
Lannister - Slovenians blond, rich, people, who think that they are better than others.
The Reach-Slavonia and the Coast (North Croatia), a rich and fertile soil, never in charge, but always the crucial factor.
Greyjoys - Dalmatians (Croats from Dalmatia), only people who they respect are themselves, they believe that others are weak. They are the people of the sea, pirates.
The Vale - Montenegro, a separate mountainous land, unconquerable. Strange family relations, sons on the first place. They have hawk as a coat of arms.
Dorne - FYR Macedonia Land in the south. They have the sun as coat of arms. They have always been segregated from the rest. Dark handsome men, somewhat different than the others from ex YU.
Baratheons - people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a large, happy people ready to drink and eat, brave and burly. Neum is Storm’s End, since it has access to the sea. Robert is like Tito, who died when collapse of unity begins.
The North - Serbia the country of wolves and ancient heroes. Proud people, freedom fighters. Some see them as wild, cruel. White Harbor is Belgrade, Kosovo is The Wall. behind The Wall wildlings (Albanians? lol) live.
Targaryen - Karadjordjevic, the royal family in exile, young Danny as throne princess.
Riverlands - Vojvodina (Northern Serbia), a neutral land, similar to Slavonia. Somehow always affected by wars.
01. this is no mistake, no accident, when you think the final nail is in, think again, don’t be surprised, I will still rise / 02. all you have is your fire, and the place you need to reach - don’t you ever tame your demons, but always keep ‘em on a leash / 03. when the sins of my father weigh down in my soul, and the pain of my mother will not let me go, well, I know there can come fire from the sky to refine the purest of kings / 04. here I come, a firebird, don’t offer up your sorrow / 05. I’m the one they all praise, heaven and earth before a day, they created me to guide, to call, not a queen but an empress to rule them all / 06. I’m gonna fight 'em off, a seven nation army couldn’t hold me back / 07. just give me what I know is mine / 08. no matter what, you’ll never take that from me, my reign is as far as your eyes can see / 09. they’ll know my name after the storms are passing through
What do you think it is about ASoIaF that inspires people to the extent that we see in the fandom? I mean, there are tons of incredible people like you analyzing writing for it; you have websites and podcasts and essays written and complex theories and whole books published devoted wholly to the series. I have never seen this level of devotion before. It's incredible, but there are so many amazing books out there; why these books?
Hi! Well, to be fair, I think there are a number of other SF/F franchises that are as popular, if not more popular, than ASOIAF, and that inspire this same kind of devotion. But why ASOIAF? idk why anyone else feels the way they feel, but I can tell you why I love ASOIAF. GRRM wrote in one of the autobiographical sections of Dreamsongs:
By the time we got to Weathertop, Tolkien had me. ‘Gil-Galad was an elven king,’ Sam Gamgee recited, ‘of him the harpers sadly sing.’ A chill went through me, such as Conan and Kull had never evoked.
I knew exactly what GRRM was talking about, because I’ve felt it too:
“No,” Ned said with sadness in his voice. “Now it ends.”
House Stark of Winterfell is one of the Great Houses of Westeros and the principal noble house of the north. In days of old they ruled as Kings of Winter, but since Aegon’s Conquest they have been Wardens of the North and ruled as Lords of Winterfell. They are known for their willpower and determination.
who was born and raised in the shadow city that huddles beneath the crumbling
walls of Sunspear, once famously observed that Dorne has more in common with
the distant North than either does with the realms that lie between them. –The World of Ice and Fire
The North and Dorne + parallels (requested by anonymous)
"Robert would have Brandon on his doorstep in record time to beat the shit out of him, a la Sonny and Carlo style." What I wouldn't give to see that, especially in a scenario where Rickard is dead, which means it would be the Warden of the North coming down to beat the shit out of the ~lowly~ Lord of Storm's End (it'd still be foolish, but oh so satisfying). If you're ever feeling stumped about what to write, here's your story! Though it might be better in a modern AU lol
Brandon rang the doorbell to his sister’s house. He was in the neighborhood and thought he’d drop by, see how she’s doing, especially since it had been a few days since he’d seen her around the family home. It seemed that ever since she got married, he’d been seeing less and less of her. It despaired him more than he was willing to admit.