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Wolves are essential to restore ecological balance. It is scientifically proven.

When the wolves come back, they bring about life and regeneration.

So the wolves, small in number, transformed not just the ecosystem of the Yellowstone National Park- this huge area of land, but also, its physical geography

Interesting connection between real world facts and the story of “A Song of Ice and Fire”.

Dragons plant no trees, but wolves do. So, see the endgame?

Originally posted by melcochita

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anonymous asked:

COUGH COUGH um u need to get back to ur prime and write us some robb/rhaenys faking a relationship for christmas, jk youre always in ur prime but sis we need fics with rhaenys and ginger boi, my queen only u can stop our deprivation its been a long time

“Three…two…one…aaaand, break has officially begun,” Robb declares, happily shoving everything in his backpack. “No more accounting class for a week.”

“I’d rather have accounting,” grumbles Rhaenys. “I have Thanksgiving at my dad’s this year. And my grandfather’s coming, so double the fun.”

The wind picks up as they head outside, making it colder than it already was and setting Rhaenys to scowling. “Sorry,” says Robb sympathetically. “If it makes you feel any better, I’m going to have to suffer through everyone asking me if I’ve found a girl yet. Just because I haven’t had a date since high school doesn’t mean—”

Robb stops with a grunt as Rhaenys hits him in the chest. “That’s perfect!” she exclaims. “If you invite me to Thanksgiving, I can pretend to be your girlfriend. I’ll have an excuse not to endure forced conversation, and you can get your family to lay off. We both win.”

She’s never met Robb’s family before, but from the way he talks about them, she knows she’d certainly have a much more enjoyable time there than with her own. If it were at Mom’s, that’d be one thing—Aunt Mellario with a few drinks in her is her favorite part—but it’s not. She could put up with snowdrifts for a day, given the alternative.

Robb considers, and then a smile slowly spreads. “I like it. Backstory’s easy, too. The truth, just…trussed up a little. And Jon’s met you before, so it’s not like you’d be coming out of nowhere.”

“I’ll bring some of my uncle Oberyn’s special cider,” she says. “Not quite as potent as his eggnog, but that’s for the best, trust me.”

He links his arm with hers and proclaims, “Fake dating. Should be easy.”

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@crocordile replied to your post “@regnant​ reblogged your post “Hello, do you think Robert loved Tommem…”

Yes, yes, yes, yes, there are so many Roberts in my life that I forget the idea of genuine loving someone in an extremely selfish and egocentric way that often causes more harm than good is not universally understood by everyone… Robert is an ass and he messed up the lives of people he dearly loved terribly (and fatally), but he did love them in his way :S

(idk if egocentric in English works as I think it does, like in Portuguese ; I mean to say like, unable or unwilling to consider someone else’s perspective)

In English I think we’d use “self-centered” – which means the same thing, literally even, but the connotation is just a tiny bit different? Egocentric gets more of the connotation of egotist, holding oneself to be better than everybody else, whereas someone who’s self-centered doesn’t necessarily think they’re better, they just never think about how the things they do affect anyone else. But this may vary, I’d imagine psychologists and such would be more likely to use the Latin than regular people do.

Anyway, yeah, I don’t have many Roberts that I’m close to, but I know people who do. His type is not uncommon, someone who cares and has strong emotions and makes decisions based on those emotions (or doesn’t actually make decisions, just reacts), in a non-empathetic way or carelessly unthinking of the consequences. Not doing things deliberately to spite others, but not aware that what they’re doing is spiting others. Like, Robert didn’t say Lyanna’s name in bed to spite Cersei, he did it because he was drunk and stupid and lost in might-have-beens. He didn’t think about bringing Mya to court in order to spite Cersei and her children, it was because Joffrey was a disturbed child who was so unlike Robert and that bothered him in ways he couldn’t explain, and he wanted his happy loving black-haired baby girl, and didn’t think that “oh wait, promoting my bastard at court would reflect badly on my wife and legitimate children” until Cersei made her threat. (If Robert really wanted to spite Cersei he’d’ve gone through with it despite the death threat, which does make for an interesting AU.) He didn’t even sleep with Delena Florent to spite Stannis, it was because he was drunk and horny and oh hey here’s a bed.

Like, Robert and Aerys are both ESFPs, probably, but the difference was that Aerys did deliberately act out of spite, viciously. (As well as being severely mentally ill, with a personality disorder evident in his youth that eventually bloomed into full paranoia and psychosis.) Which isn’t to say that the things Robert did were defensible, in any way, but they are understandable, at least. And certainly by the end of Robert’s relationship with Cersei they had broken down so far that he was deliberately doing things to spite her, but more often than not he still just wasn’t thinking about other people when he did things. Robert acts self-centeredly and thoughtlessly and carelessly and drunkenly and abusively, but usually not intending to be vicious or spiteful… which makes it sadder, honestly.

@danainthedogpark replied:

Shocking!! Nuance!!

Nuance? In my ASOIAF? It’s more likely than you think.

Jon Snow,Drogo,Longclaw and birds

Avian imagery of the poem Pale Fire matches Dany’s first love and possibly third and final love Jon snow. The poem begins with, collision of a bird ( waxwing) with the reflected sky on the glass . “Waxwing" refers to the bright red tips of the secondary feathers on the bird’s wings. Drogo is also like the waxwing, a wandering bird.

Khal Drogo led them on his great red stallion, with Daenerys beside him on her silver. ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys VI)

Dany describes herself and her dragon eggs with imagery of glass. Drogo is the waxwing that gets killed inadvertently by Dany. 

She lifted it delicately, expecting that it would be made of some fine porcelain or delicate enamel, or even blown glass, but it was much heavier than that, as if it were all of solid stone. ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys II)
Drogo swung off his horse and lifted her down from hers. She felt as fragile as glass in his hands, her limbs as weak as water. She stood there helpless and trembling in her wedding silks while he secured the horses, and when he turned to look at her, she began to cry.( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys II)

Forgive me, sun of my life, she thought. Forgive me for all I have done and all I must do. I paid the price, my star, but it was too high, too high … ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys X)

The ending of the poem Pale Fire is linked ( Some kind of link-and-bobolink. )  with the beginning of the poem , through the imagery of butterfly, the “Vanessa with a crimson band” on its wing, that resembles the bright red streak on the wing of the waxwing, in the poem’s first line ( Brian Boyd ,1999). Waxwing is mentioned in the first lines of the poem “Pale Fire” as follows:

I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure in the windowpane;
I was the smudge of ashen fluff–and I
Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky.

The poem’s ending mentions the bird Bobolink, lonely sole member of the genus Dolichonyx ( Longclaw) , a word derived from Greek dolichos, long, and onyx, nail or claw.  Longclaw is the Valyrian sword of Jon.

The hilt had been fashioned new for him, adorned with a wolf’s-head pommel in pale stone, but the blade itself was Valyrian steel, old and light and deadly sharp. ( A Clash of Kings - Jon II)

One of the dragon heads in Dany’s crown is onyx. Drogo’s eyes are described as onyx.

Tourmaline Brotherhood pressed on her a crown wrought in the shape of a three-headed dragon; the coils were yellow gold, the wings silver, the heads carved from jade, ivory, and onyx. ( A Clash of Kings - Daenerys III)

Dany looked at Khal Drogo. His face was hard and cruel, his eyes as cold and dark as onyx. ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys I)

She could see fires dancing in the onyx of his eyes . ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys V)

The bobolink( longclaw), a member of the blackbird family, is a songbird. Jon is called thief when he demands wildling’s possession to meet the expense. This is similar to when moon is called a thief who steals the sun’s light in another part of the poem which alludes to Dany taking over Drogo’s authority.

The rest o’ your black crows can peck after their own corn.“ ( A Clash of Kings - Jon III)

Now they’re yours, you thieving black bastard.” ( A Dance with Dragons - Jon XI)

“You are a black-hearted bastard, Lord Crow.” Tormund Horn-Blower lifted his own warhorn to his lips. ( A Dance with Dragons - Jon XII)

Bran wishing his brothers & sisters were birds, so they could be together

He wished Robb were with them now. I’d tell him I could fly, but he wouldn’t believe, so I’d have to show him. I bet that he could learn to fly too, him and Arya and Sansa, even baby Rickon and Jon Snow. We could all be ravens and live in Maester Luwin’s rookery. ( A Dance with Dragons - Bran III)

In Dany’s dragon dreams her ancestors are urging her forward to reclaim her Targeryen heritage with pale fire swords in hand.

Ghosts lined the hallway, dressed in the faded raiment of kings. In their hands were swords of pale fire. They had hair of silver and hair of gold and hair of platinum white, and their eyes were opal and amethyst, tourmaline and jade. “Faster,” they cried, “faster, faster.” She raced, her feet melting the stone wherever they touched. “Faster!” the ghosts cried as one, and she screamed and threw herself forward. A great knife of pain ripped down her back, and she felt her skin tear open and smelled the stench of burning blood and saw the shadow of wings. And Daenerys Targaryen flew.  “… wake the dragon …”( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys IX)

When she is stepping into Drogo’s pyre she again sees pale fire.

The flames were so beautiful, the loveliest things she had ever seen, each one a sorcerer robed in yellow and orange and scarlet, swirling long smoky cloaks. She saw crimson firelions and great yellow serpents and unicorns made of pale blue flame; she saw fish and foxes and monsters, wolves and bright birds and flowering trees, each more beautiful than the last. ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys X)

Viserion is assoiciated with pale fire and Dany sacrificed him to save Jon.

“Viserion,” he called. The white one is Viserion…… Pale fires burned behind the shining black daggers of his teeth. His eyes were lakes of molten gold, and smoke rose from his nostrils. ( A Dance with Dragons - The Dragontamer)
…..it was the white dragon the sellswords were gawking at….The dragon caught one burning body just as it began to fall, crunching it between his jaws as pale fires ran across his teeth. White wings cracked against the morning air, and the beast began to climb again. ( The Winds of Winter - Tyrion I)

Pale Fire (1962) is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The novel is presented as a 999-line poem titled “Pale Fire”, written by the fictional John Shade . Jon snow is the 998th LC, after he is killed no replacement was elected.

They tell me that you are the nine-hundred-ninety-eighth man to command the Night’s Watch, Lord Snow. What do you think the nine-hundred-ninety-ninth might say about these castles? (A Dance with Dragons - Jon I)

The title of John Shade’s poem is from Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens:

“The moon’s an arrant thief, / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun” (Act IV, scene 3).

The moon is a thief:
he steals his silvery light from the sun. ― Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

This allusion is similar to how Dany sacrificed her sun and stars Drogo that led to the birth of her dragons & her gaining Drogo’s Khalasar.

“ Once there were two moons in the sky, but one wandered too close to the sun and cracked from the heat. A thousand thousand dragons poured forth, and drank the fire of the sun. That is why dragons breathe flame. One day the other moon will kiss the sun too, and then it will crack and the dragons will return.“ ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys III)

They had been Drogo’s people, but they were hers now. The Unburnt, they called her, and Mother of Dragons. Her word was their law. ( A Clash of Kings - Daenerys I)

GRRM was influenced by Robert Frost’s poems while building up certain elements in ASOIAF. 

People say I was influenced by Robert Frost’s poem, and of course I was, I mean… Fire is love, fire is passion, fire is sexual ardor and all of these things….. GRRM

Frost’s poem, "Of a Winter Evening”  depicts the near collision of a bird mistaking a glass window for sky, similar to the opening of the poem Pale Fire.

The winter owl banked just in time to pass
and save herself from breaking window glass.
And her wide wings strained suddenly at spread
Caught color from the last evening red
in a display of underdown and quill
to glassed-in children at the window sill.

anonymous asked:

A lot of people consider Cat a bad mother for not returning home to Bran and Rickon. Do you think she made the right decision to stay at Robb’s camp? Additionally, how do you think the story would have changed if she returned to Winterfell after Robb was proclaimed KotN?

It’s one of those decisions where I think there’s no good option. As far as Catelyn knew, Winterfell was safe and her younger sons were in the care of people she trusted and who she knew cared for them, while if she went back to Winterfell herself she’d never see her father again and she’d deprive Robb of the benefits of her knowledge at a time when that knowledge could be very useful to him. War-winningly useful.

She had written to Bran and Rickon, that last night at Riverrun. I do not forget you, my sweet ones, you must believe that. It is only that your brother needs me more.

- Catelyn II, ACoK

I see where she’s coming from with that. That’s a hard calculation, because Catelyn knows that all her children need her, and she knows that her decision is good for them only indirectly.

It’s only in hindsight where it becomes clear that if she had stayed at Winterfell, she might well have been able to head off Theon’s fluke capture of the castle (can’t see Catelyn charging off willy-nilly and leaving Winterfell essentially undefended) and changed the entire course of the books. While good for the Starks short-term, possibly averting the worst of the Bolton and Frey betrayals, this could have catastrophic effects on endgame, since Bran doesn’t go anywhere when his mother’s still at Winterfell with him.

“I know,” Jon said. “Soon.” He looked around at all the noise and confusion. “Leaving is harder than I thought.”

“For me too,” Robb said. He had snow in his hair, melting from the heat of his body. “Did you see him?”

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“She has more courage than she knows.”

“So do you, Sam. Have a swift, safe voyage, and take care of her and Aemon and the child.” Jon smiled a strange, sad smile. “And pull your hood up. The snowflakes are melting in your hair.”

Originally posted by nikkiiklebold

my little sister thinks that both Sansa and Dany are bitches…where does that put her??? she thinks Jon is overrated…what am I living with?? she fucking loooooves Arya and Robb tho with a passion so that’s not all bad…

(I don’t support her opinion but it’s her own so I respect it.)

Originally posted by monalisa1797

sonaspectrum  asked:

What's asoiaf?

Ohhhhhmyyyygoooodnesss. Only my most favourite thing in the world next to Rowan Whitethorn and Throne of Glass. A Song of Ice and Fire which is the actual book series name. Most people refer to it as Game of Thrones (which is what the TV show is called, named after the first book in the ASOIAF series). I highly recommend them if you are looking for high fantasy reading. Or the show if you like TV. But definitely rated for mature audiences so heads up haha.

GoT Afterlife

imagine Oberyn chasing Rhaegar in the afterlife. “Elia Martell, say her name, you cheated on her, you divorced her, YOU DELEGITIMIZED HER CHILDREN! “

To those who say Jonerys will never happen in the books, just a quick reminder Dany has been dreaming of him, even if she has not seen his face yet…

Lying abed in her narrow bunk, she found herself wondering how it would be to have a man squeezed in beside her in place of her handmaid, and the thought was more exciting than it should have been. Sometimes she would close her eyes and dream of him, but it was never Jorah Mormont she dreamed of; her lover was always younger and more comely, though his face remained a shifting shadow.

Daenerys, ACOK

He was who he was; Jon Snow, bastard and oathbreaker, motherless, friendless, and damned. For the rest of his life –however long that might be– he would be condemned to be an outsider, the silent man standing in the shadows who dares not speak his true name

Jon, AGOT

The flames crackled softly, and in their crackling she heard the whispered name Jon Snow. His long face floated before her, limned in tongues of red and orange, appearing and disappearing again, a shadow half-seen behind a fluttering curtain.

Melisandre, ADWD

Jon’s face and presence is often referred to as being in the shadows, he’s always been the outsider, watching the Stark children play and even if he did play himself sometimes, he tried his best to avoid irritate Lady Stark, so he kept it to himself, as the bastard he was pained to be. 

Melisandre’s visions of him, from R’hllor himself is described as Jon’s shadow hidden…It’s not SO subtle how he’s always referred to be hidden there. 


A quick reminded that when he died, she listened to Ghost’s cries…from across THE NARROW SEA…

“Jon fell to his knees. He found the dagger’s hilt and wrenched it free. In the cold night air the wound was smoking. “Ghost,” he whispered. Pain washed over him. Stick them with the pointy end. When the third dagger took him between the shoulder blades, he gave a grunt and fell face-first into the snow. He never felt the fourth knife. Only the cold … “

Jon, ADWD

“Off in the distance, a wolf howledThe sound made her feel sad and lonely, but no less hungry. As the moon rose above the grasslands, Dany slipped at last into a restless sleep.“

Daenerys, ADWD

These chapters happen at the same time, how can Daenerys Targaryen, in Meeren, listen to Jon’s murder at the Wall, North of Westeros, if not for the bond they have…without ever meeting. Call it soulmates, fate, whatever you want. Martin does not use words he does not think necessary nor he adds information that the story does not need. If you ever read one his books, you’ll know he’s sharp and everything means something, even the puzzles and riddles thrown our way. Daenerys heard his soul, Ghost’s cries (perhaps his own, warg ones), and she felt sad over it, not even knowing why.


A reminder that when Dany was at the House of the Undying, she only saw important, relevant things. Not only to herself, but to the realm: the rape of Westeros, The Red Wedding, the madness of Aerys Targaryen demanding to burn Kings Landing, Rhaegar and Elia talking of Aegon and his promised song, the fake dragon (Faegon, am I right?), Hardhome, what her son’s future would have been like, White Walkers, Rhaegar’s murmuring a woman’s name right before he died (we all assume is Lyanna’s, I guess we’ll find out eventually), and there are others, but to me it means a lot that one of these visions is:

a blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice, filling the air with sweetness.

Daenerys, ACOK

Oh, she also sees the red door of the house she loved and she remembers growing up, and she believed it was in Braavos. She only had important sights for the realm and herself, yet she sees a blue flower growing at the wall (if you don’t think this means Jon Snow growing at the Wall, we can’t be friends and you can’t even read this, bye! JK haha…but come on, Lyanna is said to have loved winter roses, which are blue…the same ones that composed the crown Rhaegar Targaryen crowned her with, as The Queen of Love and Beauty at the Tourney of Harrenhal. Jon lives, works, serves at the Wall, it doesn’t get any more obvious than this, y’all…only if Martin wrote she saw a ‘hot northmen with gorgeous hair at Castle Black, really…”). 

(whoever did this second gif, thank you so very much, this is beautiful <3)

So not only does this shows how important Jon is to the realm (remember how her visions are all important, not only to her but also to Westeros? *inserts my theory of them both being AA* But he’s also important to her, the flower is not just THERE, it also fills the air with sweetness, it pleases her. Do I need to say more? 


This one is very meaningful if not very telling, to me. They both feel alone, like something is missing. One can even say “they feel alone cause they are alone”, but they were not. It almost feels like there is someone out there, a better match. 

Beneath her coverlets she tossed and turned, dreaming that Hizdahr was kissing her … but his lips were blue and bruised, and when he thrust himself inside her, his manhood was cold as ice. She sat up with her hair disheveled and the bedclothes atangle. Her captain slept beside her, yet she was alone.

Daenerys, ADWD

Jon wondered where Ghost was now. Had he gone to Castle Black, or was he was running with some wolfpack in the woods? He had no sense of the direwolf, not even in his dreams. It made him feel as if part of himself had been cut off. Even with Ygritte sleeping beside him, he felt alone.

Jon, ASOS

their story is a never ending parallel.

Not to disrespect Ygritte, cause I think she was necessary to Jon’s growth. She was a great character and I do believe Jon loved her, at some point. But just like Daenerys, this love was not a choice, it was almost like a survival choice, they made the best out of a bad situation. 

He had to be with Ygritte, or Mance would have killed him, he would not believe Jon had really deserted the Night’s Watch. Ygritte wasn’t Jon’s act of rebellion, like I once read at a meta, no, she was, at first, his sacrifice/way to fill his mission. But somewhere along the way, he fell in love with her, she was strong, funny, and she awoke the sexuality in him. Again, he had to be with her, to prove himself, but it also wasn’t like he didn’t like it. 

Daenerys loved Khal Drogo? Yeah, but it was as forced as was Jon and Ygritte. One can say it was even worse for she did not go willing, she was pushed into it, sold like a slave, to get her brother an army (we do have to thank karma cause his army never came, boo-ya, sucker!). She was given to a stranger, a savage (comparing to her culture; it’s funny even to see the parallel here, both had to be with people that are considered savages, wildlings where they come from) in return of an army, and she made the best of her situation, she learnt his language, his manners, bore his child (even if the baby never came to live), she fell in love with him cause for the first time in a very long time (or forever?), she was treated with care and love (the way Drogo knew how to love) by the man in her life. 


A sweet reminder of how Daenerys thinks of her family and how she would have married Rhaegar’s son, had he lived. Rhaegar’s son, who’s Jon’s daddy again? 

Plus, we’ve seen on the show that Jon was named Aegon Targaryen too, we do not know if he will have the same name on the books but I honestly do not think they would change something so important. 

So, just another beautiful “easter egg” to ya:

Five Aegons had ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. 

There would have been a sixth, but the Usurper’s dogs had murdered her brother’s son when he was still a babe at the breast. If he had lived, I might have married him. “

Daenerys, ADWD

Who says you still won’t, sweetie? Hold on, Melisandre will bring him back or he was warging Ghost, let’s just wait a bit longer, okay? 


Their journey is a never ending parallel, and their path is clearly to each other.

I don’t think the history is called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ without a cause, Jon may be blood of the dragon, but he’s also a Stark, and Daenerys is a Targaryen through and through…

*the lord of light aka george r.r. martin speaks through melisandre*

I’m back to reading the books and even if I’m still at AGOT, I just felt like making this, had a really bad day and making this made it a little better. 

What are your thoughts? <3