“How can you still count yourself a knight,
when you have forsaken every vow you ever swore?” Jaime reached for the flagon to refill his cup. “So many vows…they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.” He took a healthy swallow of wine and closed his eyes for an instant, leaning his head back against the patch of nitre on the wall. “I was the youngest man ever to wear the white cloak.” “And the youngest to betray all it stood for, Kingslayer.” “Kingslayer,” he pronounced carefully. “And such a king he was!”
ASOIAF MEME: Wenda the White Fawn and the Kingswood Brotherhood
The Kingswood Brotherhood was an infamous outlaw
organization during the reign of King Aerys II. Operating out of the Kingswood,
the Brotherhood gained recognition by kidnapping several nobles and evading
early attempts to capture them. Ultimately, they became such a nuisance that
King Aerys sent a detachment of soldiers led by notable members of the
Kingsguard to destroy them. Lord Sumner Crakehall and his two squires, Jaime
Lannister and Merrett Frey, were also part of the retinue, led by Ser Arthur
The Brotherhood was sheltered by the smallfolk of the
Kingswood, preventing the royal forces from finding and ending the outlaws.
However, Ser Arthur Dayne gained the confidence of the smallfolk, who had
believed that the only ones protecting their rights was the Brotherhood. Arthur
petitioned the king for better rights for the smallfolk and he made sure the
royal forces paid for any items they took from the peasantry. Arthur’s actions
swung the allegiance of the smallfolk to the royal forces who could now hunt
the Brotherhood, as the outlaws could no longer walk around with impunity in
In a notable clash, the young Jaime Lannister, Ser Arthur
Dayne, and Ser Barristan Selmy faced off against several notable outlaws,
including the Smiling Knight and their leader, Simon Toyne. Barristan killed
Simon, while Arthur killed the Smiling Knight. Jaime regards the battle, in
which he crossed swords with the Smiling Knight, as one of his fondest
Other members of the Brotherhood included Wenda the White
Fawn, Oswyn Longneck the Thrice Hanged, Big Belly Ben, Fletcher Dick and Ulmer.
All members are presumed dead except Ulmer, who joined the Night’s Watch to
Is Cersei a good person? Of course not, but that has never stopped anyone from liking a male character so I don’t see why should we spend so much fucking time justifying why we like a complex and well-rounded female character.
I’m interested in the way the word “clever” is used in association with Tyrion. Clever is a word denoting smart or quick wit, but it’s not quite the same thing as intelligence. It’s a word associated with trickster figures, and of course there’s the association with Lann the Clever, who himself is a trickster figure in asoiaf lore. But the way it’s used to describe Tyrion is often a diminutive, appearing in conjunction with references to his dwarfism (clever dwarf, clever imp) denoting a connection with “cleverness” and the trickster / jester figure that dwarfism is so often associated with. Or it’s used as a backhanded insult, to downplay Tyrion’s actual intelligence and pass it off as the kind of cleverness expected of an “imp”.
“Your chain was a clever stroke, and crucial to our victory. Is that what you wanted to hear?”
Littlefinger smiled. "My little friend is too kind. All I do is count coppers, as King Robert used to say. Any clever
tradesman could do as well … and a Lannister, blessed with the
golden touch of Casterly Rock, will no doubt far surpass me."
"To be sure. Dragons and stags, that’s very clever. And dwarf’s pennies as well. I have heard of these dwarf’s pennies. No doubt collecting those is such a dreadful chore.”
“It was my belief that the mothers had cooked up this plot
between them. Squire Squishlips and his ilk and the various pimply young
maidens who’d been paraded before me were the almonds before the feast,
meant only to whet our appetites. The main course was to be served at
“Cersei and Jamie.”
“Such a clever dwarf..”
“Let us hope this dream was not prophetic. You are a clever imp, just as Varys said, and Daenerys will have need of clever men about her.
His uncle Gerion liked to set him on the table during feasts and make
him recite them. I liked that well enough, didn’t I? Standing there
amongst the trenchers with every eye upon me, proving what a clever little imp I was.
“I once had a monkey who could perform all sorts of clever tricks. Your dwarf reminds me of him. Is he a gift?”
“They would have laughed at me,” said Tyrion. I made them laugh at Joff instead. And wasn’t that a clever ploy?
The last one is Tyrion being self-deprecating and, like a lot of the instances of this word associated with Tyrion, invokes the performative role, at a stage in the series where Tyrion is self-hating and also forced to take on the role of dwarf jester in order to survive, a role that he previously rejected by pointing out the ableism in the suggestion that such a role is only fitting for a dwarf.
“Clever” is not the same thing as being smart, clever is a performance. Tyrion is smart but rarely does he get to be acknowledged as such, as his intelligence is seen through the lens of his dwarfism.
Because it’s so TRAGIC. I mean, once you get past the fact that they’re twins, you see how complex their relationship is. And it’s fascinating in a I-can’t-look-away-from-this-trainwreck sort of way.
So much of Cersei’s love for Jaime comes from a very angry, very insecure place. As a woman in Westeros, her life and what she can do with it is so incredibly limited. She sees Jamie as a…vessel almost? He is her best self, the external reflection of who she wishes she could be, and also a constant reminder of her limitations as a woman. That enrages her, but also makes her cling to that relationship. And because of this, I don’t think she sees a very clear distinction between the two of them. Whenever she talks about Jaime, it’s almost always in relation to her own identity. Meanwhile, Jaime is your typical knight character turned on it’s head. He loves Cersei and wants to save her (from Robert, from herself), and he does seem to see her as her own person. Of course, as the books go on, their relationship crumbles: Jaime loses his hand, which Cersei feels as her own loss. Jaime realizes how toxic their relationship is and does not save her from the Walk of Atonement. Jaime will (I think) be the one to kill Cersei (which I hope will be an act of mercy, but who knows). Etc. etc.
All of this to say that Cersei and Jaime are gloriously fucked up and tragic, and I tend to like things that are fucked up and tragic.
honestly tho i love GRRM’s theme of the body as battleground, and the different ways it manifests in the text, like Cersei’s aborted pregnancies as a battle against Robert and the patriarchal society he represents, and her loathing of her own body, and then Tywin shaving his head in defiance of the ravages of time, and Jaime’s “live for Cersei, live for Tyrion. Live for vengeance. […] When I reach King’s Landing I’ll have a new hand forged, a golden hand, and one day I’ll use it to rip out Vargo Hoat’s throat” and even if I wanted to bring Joanna into this, borrowing Catelyn’s line, “A battle without banners or warhorns, but no less fierce. Carrying a child, bringing it into the world”
And Tyrion, Tyrion, TYRION with his black and white hair, and his black and green eyes, and the way GRRM plays with Tyrion’s size, “for just a moment tyrion lannister stood tall as a king” and Tyrion’s battles against Tywin and literally how Tywin tries to use Tyrion’s body against him sexually, and Tyrion’s victorious defiance of his abuser, like, you could write a whole essay on Tyrion and the body as battleground in ASOIAF,
I just love Tyrion, I love Lannisters, I love ASOIAF
One of my favorite themes this season is women in a position of power.
Dany, Yara, Sansa, Lyanna most notably.
But it isn’t even that we have these queens ready to rule the world, no, that isn’t even my favorite part of the thematic structure here.
It’s that they are all supported by men who could, if they really wanted, join the lot of lost kings trying to fight for the iron throne. BUT NO, none of them want it.
Tyrion doesn’t want the iron throne, but he wants Dany to have it.
Theon doesn’t want to have the salt throne, he wants Yara to.
Jon will not try to claim to be warden of the north, he is going to support Sansa on that claim instead.
LIKE THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Instead of just general “girl power,” there is a real writing base and pattern here with powerful women, supported by powerful powerful men who COULD try for a position of power but don’t want it because they support these women in these positions over themselves.
I've seen you reblogging Jon/Dany stuff and I'm curious how likely you think that level of love/romance would be in the coming canon. Even putting aside whatever state Jon is going to be in post-resurrection, I'm not sure their past relationships suggest that each would be the other's type for instant attraction, and I don't know if they'd have time to develop much of a relationship what with the oncoming winter apocalypse. Or is it just a ship people like the idea of but don't expect?
Oh no, I don’t think the all-American, crewcut, boy-next-door Jon Snow we’ve seen in AGOT - ADWD is Dany’s type for instant attraction at all!
In the words of the King, “The person you put up there ain’t the person that comes back. It might look like that person, but it ain’t that person” (Pet Semetary). “Resurrection… ah, there’s a word (that you should put right the fuck out of your mind and you know it).”
GRRM has said that “Death is hard.” It changes a person. Look at the Lightning Lord. Look at Lady Stoneheart. They remember, but they’re not the same people anymore. I think Jon Snow, after spending some time in Ghost, is going to come back wilder. More reckless, more dangerous, more … rockstar. So I think Dany will find Jon very attractive.
(Will TWOW please come out soon, because my ASOIAF / pop culture analogies are getting wilder and wilder.)
So anyways, you can’t just “put aside” Dragonriding Rockstar Jesus Jon Snow and his Resurrection, or his Freefolk Groupies on the tv show, or his tv manbun when considering the potential for Jon/Dany. The resurrection – and the change it will bring – is a big reason why I think Jon/Dany has potential.
So how likely do I think there will be love/romance between Jon/Dany in canon? I’m certain of it. I think Jon and Dany will grow very close as they fight together to save the world, and I think that’s a beautiful thing. I’ll wager money on Jon/Dany falling in love in the books before the end of ADOS; any takers?First come, first served.
Sansa’s Psychological ‘Superpower’: Convincing herself shit isn’t quite as bad as it is
Throughout the main narrative and text of ASOIAF, we see Sansa Stark utilize defense mechanisms to survive being beat in front of the court (often enough that almost every member of the kingsguard had done it a few times), being touched by creepy old dudes often, and basically just suffering as a Prisoner of War. We’re not here to chat about Sansa’s misgivings and mistakes (a young girl, age 11 in the start of AGOT), because there’s nothing to chat about with that - what I am here to chat about is Sansa’s “superpower”, and how it is basically the reason she’s alive.
(It’s not actually a superpower, she’s psychologically trying to ‘safeguard’ herself by pretending that s h i t i s n ‘ t b a d, so just keep reading )
Aemon became a maester at age 19, so it’s possible that, as a teenager, he fell in love with some girl in Oldtown, but we don’t know. When he asks “What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms,” it’s even possible that Aemon fathered a bastard as a teenager, but it’s all just speculation.
Aemon was very close to his brother Aegon V. We do know that Aegon V married for love and that he already had sons of his own before he was crowned at age 33, and before maester Aemon went to the Wall. When Aemon says “What is honor compared to a woman’s love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms” he could just be referring to observations of his brother’s loving family.
We also know that Aegon V and his sons married for love, but it was a bad political move, according to Barristan in ADWD:
All three of the sons of the fifth Aegon had wed for love, in defiance of their father’s wishes. And because that unlikely monarch had himself followed his heart when he chose his queen, he allowed his sons to have their way, making bitter enemies where he might have had fast friends. Treason and turmoil followed, as night follows day, ending at Summerhall in sorcery, fire, and grief.
Which is important for Aemon’s quote about divided loyalties:
“Jon, did you ever wonder why the men of the Night’s Watch take no wives and father no children?” Maester Aemon asked. […] “So they will not love, […] for love is the bane of honor, the death of duty. […] What is honor compared to a woman’s love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms … or the memory of a brother’s smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.“
Maester Aemon knows that love is both a positive and a destructive force, but we still don’t have anything concrete about whether Maester Aemon himself was ever in love romantically, despite what they said on Game of Thrones. The show is not the books, and we can’t really use the show as evidence for or against anything in the books.