guardian oath


MYTHOLOGY MEME  | {3/10} ten titans.

HELIOS [ˈhiːli.ɒs] was the titan of the sun. He was also the guardian of oaths and the god of gift of sight. He is described as the son of Hyperion and Theia, and as a brother of Selene and Eos. Helios dwelt in a golden palace located in the River Okeanos at the eastern ends of the earth. From there he emerged each dawn driving a chariot drawn by four, fiery winged steeds and crowned with the aureole of the sun. When he reached the the land of the Hesperides (Evenings) in the West he descended into a golden cup which carried him around the northern streams of Okeanos back to his rising place in the East. Once his son Phaethon attempted to drive the chariot of the sun, but losing control, set the earth on fire. Zeus then struck him down with a thunderbolt.

anonymous asked:

Okay, so this comes out of the blue but I have a theory about Anielle: What if the last Wyrdkey is hidden there? On the ToG wiki it says that the third key was hidden by Brannon "He takes the final Wyrdkey to Mala's temple, an island at the heart of a burning molten river, where he hides it beneath a flagstone". Now, I do not have a copy of EoS at hand and cannot confirm this, but what if there's a volcano near Anielle, active or inactive since many, many years passed, and the key's hidden there

Look. This could 100% be true. We don’t know the location of that third key. Some people think it sounds like Erawan has it, some think it doesn’t. I don’t think he has it. I think, (theory by @sparkleywonderful if I remember correctly) that Maeve knows where it is and that’s where she’s taking Aelin. OR (theory by @rufousnmacska I believe!) that the Crochans have it.

It’s also occurred to me that the reason Terrassen flourished was because of the key in the necklace. And the Southern Continent is a big empire and who is to say that someone there doesn’t have it and is knowingly or unknowingly using it to rule? I’m not super sold on this idea, but it’s still 100% valid.

I think Chaol’s bloodline will play a big role in this next book and in him finding himself and making those last steps to change as a character. He’s sort of in this luminal space right now. Quite literally if we consider his current injury. We could argue him having to seek help for his injury and being stuck in a chair is a nice metaphor for who he is as a character right now. He’s just kind of stuck and at the mercy of others (and his own mental limitations if you want to go there too). Annielle will totally come back as will the god of Oaths. Cuz a guy from a race of guardian warriors who kept the mountain clans from hurting their people are certainly the Oath-making kind of people.

And that’s where I would place my money on what they’re protecting/hiding. I think first and foremost it’s loyalty at its most basic. They are guardians who swore an oath to protect their king (Adarlan’s king) and they will do that until death. It’s in their blood, it’s innate. BUUUT why did they have to protect themselves and their king from the mountain clans? Did they have something the clans wanted?

CRACK THEORY ALERT: Chaol has always struck me as very…Arthurian. He holds himself to this code of honor and the code of honor is pretty fucked up. It’s like Lancelot when he saves Gwen in The Death of King Arthur—damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Right? The system is flawed. Then in like HoF or QoS we get this scene where Chaol throws away the eagle pommeled sword of his father’s people. The last symbol of his loyalty to the Dorian’s Dad (who we might consider to be a false king—excluding my theory that I think Dorian’s dad may have actually been good but playing the “long game” because he knew he could not defeat Erawan and that only the heirs could). So in a WILD. WIIIIILLLLD. Twist of events that sometimes play out in my head, I just feel like there could be a chance that there will be an epic scene (or something) where Chaol gets a new sword, or the old eagle pommeled sword, and who’s to say it’s not (god this is such a HC) going to come out of that damned silver lake?! Not that I’m saying Chaol is a King Arthur figure. Cuz I’m not. But I’m saying he needs a moment of realignment. He gets to come back. And he gets to take up the mantle of his people and save his king and his kingdom. THATS HIS THING.

So I think Annielle is not going to bend to Erawan for similar reasons. I think if they’re as duty bound and loyal to their king (even if he’s a tyrant—or even if he’s pretending to be a tyrant because it’s the only way to buy his people enough time for his magical son to grow up and find the other heirs) as much as we saw Chaol being duty bound and loyal to the king and then ultimately to Dorian…. they ain’t going down without a fight and they’re not bending to Erawan will easily. And that could be for simple “we don’t break our oaths” kinda reasons. Or it could be that mixed with something like you’re talking about. They’re protecting something worth dying for.

Idk if I think it’s a key (it totally could be!) but it’s something that maybe ties back to Gavin, or Brannon, or Anthril…. idk. But you’re totally right that it’s not an accident that Chaol is from a race of guardian warriors and he is struggling with feeling like an oath breaker and his people are one of the last hold outs.

He might even be an heir. And that could be their secret. That they know Brannon and Rhiannon made plans. And this would be a nice moment of Harry, Ron, and Hermione coming together to defeat evil. Of course Manon as an heir throws that trifecta off. (But so does Elide if she turns out to be an heir, too.) I just wouldn’t be surprised if Chaol finds out from some prophecy or heart-to-heart with his dad that they all always knew he was the “chosen son” who would lead Adarlan’s next great King (cough the return of Gavin and Elena cough) to victory over evil. THIS EPIC SHIT HAS CHAOL WRITTEN ALL OVER IT./MAAS LOVES THIS EPIC SHIT.

Chaol is just gonna play big in this war. I would be shocked if he didn’t. sorry this is so long!


Some of my favorite atmospheric black metal releases.

Summoning - Oath Bound

Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia

Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle

Elderwind - Волшебство природы (The Magic of Nature)

Moongates Guardian - Darkness Above Middle Earth

Ulver - Bergtatt

Winter Heart - Demo


The adorable @cactiflowergirl tagged me to post 6 albums I’ve been listening to lately, and I’m sorry that it took me about an eternity to actually do this. Also thank you!!

Darkthrone - Panzerfaust
Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
Type O Negative - October Rust
Silesian Black Attack - Krew Ziemi Czarnej
Mercyful Fate - Don’t Break the Oath
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth

I’m sorry for having 2 Blind Guardian albums but I just love them and they’re really important to me, k?
I tag @iggypope @prideandperdition @tyburn-dancer @lonechimera @alqulyndrys and @postorganichallucinations

anonymous asked:

How do sworn shields work? Would Catelyn, for example, have normally had a sworn shield if she was in the South? Are sworn shields only for royalty? Would Margaery Tyrell have one, would Arianne Martell, I don't know, would Genna Lannister have one? Is there a line for how exalted you have to be to get one?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

A sworn shield is a warrior (probably largely knightly, though there may be some northern sworn shields who have not been knighted) assigned as a special bodyguard to an individual of noble birth (a little more on this below). That warrior pledges an oath vowing lasting protection to the individual, who then (either himself/herself or, in the case of children, probably the parents/guardian) returns an oath swearing the just terms of service, as Brienne did to Catelyn:

The tall girl knelt awkwardly, unsheathed Renly’s longsword, and laid it at her feet. “Then I am yours, my lady. Your liege man, or … whatever you would have me be. I will shield your back and keep your counsel and give my life for yours, if need be. I swear it by the old gods and the new.”

“And I vow that you shall always have a place by my hearth and meat and mead at my table, and pledge to ask no service of you that might bring you into dishonor. I swear it by the old gods and the new. Arise.”

A sworn shield can be named to a person of any age, gender, or (theoretically) noble rank, but we’ve only seen sworn shields among the royalty and what we might call the “high nobility” (that is, paramount lords). A sworn shield, after all, is a sort of one-man Kingsguard, by the side of his (or her) charge, ready at any moment to defend and, if need be, die for him or her. The larger a household of knights a family has, the more likely it may be that one could be given that task, going wherever the charge goes and remaining with the charge if the household went to war. 

People that have had sworn shields include King Gwayne V Gardener:

Amongst those so honored was an Andal knight named Ser Alester Tyrell, whose prowess at arms was such that he was made the king’s champion and sworn shield under Gwayne V. Ser Alester’s descendants in time became the hereditary stewards of Highgarden under the Gardeners.

Aegon I Targaryen:

Even before the Conquest, [Orys Baratheon] served as Aegon’s champion and sworn shield, and his defeat of King Argilac only added further luster to his name.

Princess Rhaenyra (who had three over her lifetime):

Black-haired, green-eyed, and comely, he proved a delight to the ladies of the court—and to Princess Rhaenyra most of all. She took a childish fancy to him, naming him “my white knight” and begging her father to make him her sworn shield, which he did.

Ser Erryk Cargyll remained at Dragonstone as Rhaenyra’s sworn shield, taking the place of Ser Harwin Strong, who returned to Harrenhal.


“It’s not the same,” Sansa said. “The Hound is Joffrey’s sworn shield. Your butcher’s boy attacked the prince.”

It might be noted that Sandor was originally Cersei’s sworn shield:

Sansa hesitated. “If you like,” she said uncertainly. “I suppose I could tie Lady up.” She did not quite understand, though. “I didn’t know you had a dog …”

Joffrey laughed. “He’s my mother’s dog, in truth. She has set him to guard me, and so he does.”


“An honored guest,” Tyrion insisted, “and I suspect Martell will treat Myrcella more kindly than Joffrey has treated Sansa Stark. I had in mind to send Ser Arys Oakheart with her. With a knight of the Kingsguard as her sworn shield, no one is like to forget who or what she is.”


“I must confess, I am running short of patience with dear Osney. It is past time he broke in that little filly. I named him Tommen’s sworn shield so he could spend part of every day in Margaery’s company. He should have plucked the rose by now. Is the little queen blind to his charms?”

Trystane Martell:

Myrcella had her maids and Septa Eglantine as well, and Prince Trystane was attended by his sworn shield, Ser Gascoyne of the Greenblood. No one will trouble her, he told himself, and in a fortnight we shall be safely away.

And Arianne Martell:

A small party travels more swiftly than a large one, but the heir to Dorne does not ride alone. From Godsgrace came Ser Daemon Sand, the bastard; once Prince Oberyn’s squire, now Arianne’s sworn shield.

It seems to also be the case that an individual can have multiple sworn shields. Take this passage from “The Princess and the Queen”:

Lords Piper and Deddings, seated together atop a low rise, burned with their squires, servants, and sworn shields when the Bronze Fury chanced to take note of them. An instant later, Seasmoke fell upon him.

Or this one from A Dance with Dragons:

Queen Selyse’s protectors stood along the walls, shining knights all in a row: Ser Malegorn, Ser Benethon, Ser Narbert, Ser Patrek, Ser Dorden, Ser Brus. With so many bloodthirsty wildlings infesting Castle Black, Selyse kept her sworn shields about her night and day.

Quentyn also refers to Gerris Drinkwater and Archibald Yronwood as “his sworn shields” to Daenerys. 

As for when someone gets a sworn shield … well, perhaps this is an obvious point, but it seems from the above examples that most sworn shields are named when their charges need special protection. Catelyn ruefully tells Brienne that she, Brienne, must keep her safe since her ordinary protectors - the men of her House and her lord husband - cannot. Myrcella’s sworn shield was named when she was going to formerly hostile Dorne, Arianne’s when she was going to the war-torn Stormlands. Of course, Trystane has a sworn shield safe at home in Sunspear, though we don’t know when Ser Gascoyne was named. Depending on the person (and the indulgence of the parent/guardian figure), a sworn shield can be named for purely personal reasons: we see this with Rhaenyra, who wanted Criston Cole, and Tommen’s sworn shield Osney Kettleblack, whom Cersei wanted to use to compromise Margaery (and perhaps Joffrey, if he demanded Sandor as his guard).

As for someone like Margaery or Genna … maybe they would have at home. Margaery isn’t noted to have a sworn shield at court (doubtless because Loras is there - what better shield than her celebrated knightly brother and Kingsguard?). The Lannisters are certainly wealthy enough a household for Genna to have a dedicated sworn shield, though again, there’s no mention of it.

The Queen Regent (NFriel)


A Close Reading of Nightfall in Middle-earth by Blind Guardian

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“I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic to the level of romantic fairy-story… The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Blind Guardian was not the first heavy metal artist to write songs about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, but Nightfall in Middle-earth remains one of the longest sustained attempts in the genre. Olbrich and Kürsch went a bit further than Page and Plant mentioning Gollum in Ramble On, or Rush naming a single track “Rivendell.” Not only did they use The Silmarillion, a text too nerdy for rockstars as it is, they also demonstrate basic familiarity with the History of Middle-earth series–and where else do they demonstrate this but in the original (“fanfiction”) prose material included in the album leaflet? (This is why, if you have downloaded Nightfall in Middle-earth, I really recommend you be old-fashioned and go out to buy the actual CD! It’s worth it!)

Whether you consider NIME an “homage” or a “fanwork” (or, if you’re like me, you consider such distinctions to be worthless), the band does more than retell or even dramatize–they interpret. This study seeks to understand The Silmarillion as André Olbrich and Hansi Kürsch did in 1998, track by track. [below the cut]

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greek titans

aries: menoetius, titan of violent anger, rash action, and human morality

taurus: aura, titaness of the breeze and the fresh cool air of the morning

gemini: clymene, titan of renown, fame, and infamy

cancer: rhea, titaness fertility, motherhood, and mountain wilds

leo: helios, titan of the sun and guardian of oaths 

virgo:  mnemosyne, titaness of memory and remembrance 

libra: themis, titaness of divine law and order

scorpio: styx, titaness of the underworld river styx and the personification of hatred

sagittarius:  eos, titaness of the dawn 

capricorn:  metis, titaness of good counsel, advice, and planning

aquarius: prometheus, titan of forethought and crafty counsel; creator of mankind

pisces: oceanus, titan of the all-encircling river oceans around the earth


Hoseok // Helios

Titan god of the sun, a guardian of oaths, and the god of sight. Often referred to as the personification of the sun. He drove a chariot across the sky, creating the day cycle. Helios was depicted as a handsome, usually beardless, man clothed in purple robes and crowned with the shining aureole of the sun. His sun-chariot was drawn by four, sometimes winged, steeds.

“[Helios the Sun] rides his chariot, he shines upon men and deathless gods, and piercingly he gazes with his eyes from his golden helmet. Bright rays beam dazzlingly from him, and his bright locks streaming from the temples of his head gracefully enclose his far-seen face: a rich, fine-spun garment glows upon his body and flutters in the wind : and stallions carry him. Then, when he has stayed his golden-yoked chariot and horses, he rests there upon the highest point of heaven, until he marvellously drives them down again through heaven to Okeanos (Oceanus).”

We will watch over the children of Earth, guide them safely from the ways of harm. Keep happy their hearts, brave their souls, and rosy their cheeks. We will guide with our lives, their hopes and dreams. For they are what have, all that we are, and all that we will ever be.
—  The Guardian’s Oath, William Joyce
A Quick #MarvelEvent Reading List!

“Captain America: Civil War” (May 6, 2016)
Read Civil War

“Doctor Strange” (Nov. 4, 2016)
Read Doctor Strange: Year One, Doctor Strange: The Oath

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” (May 5, 2017)
Read Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning

“Thor: Ragnarok” (July 27, 2017)
Read Thor #337 and continue until you pass out

“Black Panther” (Nov. 3, 2017)
Read Black Panther: Who Is Black Panther, New Avengers vol. 1

“Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” (May 4, 2018)
Read Infinity Gauntlet

“Captain Marvel” (July 6, 2018)
Read Captain Marvel vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight

“Inhumans” (Nov. 2, 2018)
Read Inhumans

“Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” (May 3, 2019)
Read Infinity War

Did I miss anything huge?