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On Sansan and Norse Mythology and Possible Origin of Names

This is just one little snippet from a gigantic meta essay I’m working on.  By no means is it the only bit of Norse mythology influence surrounding Sansan or the story as a whole for that matter.  There’s definitely more than one asoiaf character to have parallels with a particular deity or myth and we shouldn’t necessarily draw endgame conclusions based on the myth alone.  The eventual essay will ultimately encompass way more than just Norse myth and will be ultimately focused on TWOW predictions.  

Let me start by drawing some similarities between Sansa and the goddess, Freya.  Freya actually means “Lady” in old Norse and she is a goddess of love, beauty and fertility.  One aspect of Freya that is often noted is her sexuality, which is one theme in Sansa’s arc.  Freya is accused of being a bit of a “party girl” by Loki, who has obvious Littlefinger parallels as a trickster figure.  Think of Sansa’s identity of Alayne Stone and the supposed lustful nature bastards are assumed to have by Westerosi prejudice.  Remember Littlefinger told everyone at court he had her mother’s maidenhead and made Catelyn meet him in a brothel.  Freya has also been saught after as a wife by powerful jötnar, a type of giant (also a Littlefinger as his original titan sigil parallel).  She is also in possession of a falcon feather cloak that turns the wearer into a falcon, which has obvious Arryn sigil parallels as well as Sansa’s many bird associations. 

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