Weirwoods are considered sacred to the followers of the old gods. The children of the forest are said to have carved faces in the weirwoods during the Dawn Age, before the coming of the First Men across the narrow sea. It is said that through the faces the old gods watch over the followers and bear witness to important events. The greenseers of the children of the forest can see through the eyes of weirwoods. Since trees have no sense of time, the greenseer can see into the past or present when looking through the eyes of a tree.

Bite the hand I fed you! Here’s the next Game of Thrones sketch I’m doing. It’s Jon Snow’s direwolf, “Ghost”, emerging from the shadows of the wierwood grove where Jon took his oath to join the Night’s Watch. Ghost has the hand of a wight in his maw and when I read the scene this image sprung to mind and has been scrabbling to be let out, ever since. The limited color pallete was fun to work with and all that was needed for this particular image. Red and white for 98% of the composition and just a splash of blue to accentuate the other-worldliness of the wight’s arm. I imagine there was a bit more room in the grove for oath-taking activities and such but luckily I picked up my artistic license the other day so I get to fudge these things a bit. Next up in the series, Tyrion or Viserys, but first, back to painting to prepare for the big Plein Air Convention & Expo, next week!

DONE! The She wolf, mother of the prince that was promised and the Knight of the laughing tree. I would sell my face to watch a GOT spin off featuring The  Tourney at Harrenhal and Robert’s Rebellion. More awesome ladies to come ;)

anonymous asked:

Do you think the weirwoods could have been used as a form of communication network?

I can’t imagine that the Children of the Forest would not use such a potent tool. Given their small stature, they need every advantage they can get, and this sort of forest-wide comms network is perfect for helping them ambush the First Men. I think doing things in front of the heart tree so that the Old Gods might bear witness has religious significance, but is also inherited memory from a more magical time when the trees, and the greenseers inside them, talked back, to other greenseers if not more people entirely. After all, we see Bran reaching out to the point where the people in his visions can almost hear him, and despite his great natural power, he’s still a novice. Imagine what someone with Bran’s talent combined with Bloodraven’s training…that is someone who could use to its fullest potential.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King


GOT + Weirwood  The center of the grove an ancient weirwood brooded over a small pool where the waters were black and cold. “The heart tree,” Ned called it. The weirwood’s bark was white as bone, its leaves dark red, like a thousand bloodstained hands. A face had been carved in the trunk of the great tree, its features long and melancholy, the deep-cut eyes red with dried sap and strangely watchful. They were old, those eyes; older than Winterfell itself. They had seen Brandon the Builder set the first stone, if the tales were true; they had watched the castle’s granite walls rise around them. It was said that the children of the forest had carved the faces in the trees during the dawn centuries before the coming of the First Men across the narrow sea.


There was something wild about a godswood; even here, in the heart of the castle at the heart of the city, you could feel the old gods watching with a thousand unseen eyes.

– thoughts of Sansa Stark

Worshipers of the Old Gods do not have elaborate ceremonies, holy texts, hierarchies of priests, or large structures of worship like followers of the Faith of the Seven. Instead they practice quiet contemplation in godswoods, small areas of forest which have been enclosed within a castle’s walls. Worship in a godswood is centered on heart trees, which are great weirwood trees with a face carved into the bark. Weirwoods are considered sacred in the religion, and heart trees are the closest thing to a “shrine” that it possesses. Oaths and promises sworn in front of a heart tree are considered binding.

A piece of art in honor of Game of Thrones CRUSHING it at the Emmy’s, shattering The West Wing’s record for most Emmy’s in a single year! Also, yesterday was the first day of fall so we all know what that means….WINTER IS COMING

Awesome ASOIAF Characters You Don’t Know Because You Only Watch Game of Thrones: #34 The Ghost of High Heart

Firstly, the Ghost of High Heart is not an actual ghost. She’s an old lady. I love old ladies (see previous post about my Old Nan obsession). Secondly, it’s not TOO odd that she was cut from Game of Thrones. Until Maggy the Frog appeared in the first episode of this season, many of the characters who spouted prophecies–like Patchface and Quaithe–had been removed or reduced.

We don’t know the Ghost of High Heart’s true name. Barristan Selmy refers to her as a “woods witch” who was friends with Jenny of Oldstones. Jenny of Oldstones was married to Prince Duncan Targaryen (son of Egg from the Dunk and Egg stories, and named for Dunk).

The Ghost of High Heart declared that the “Prince Who Was Promised” would be born from the line of Aerys and Rhaella Targaryen. So their father, Jaehaerys who as then only a prince not king, arranged his two children to be married. They, of course, are Dany’s parents.

The same year that Aerys and Rhaella’s first son, Rhaegar, was born there was a great tragedy at a place called Summerhall, which was a Targaryen castle. We don’t know exactly what happened. But Aegon V, Ser Duncan the Tall, Prince Duncan, and Jenny of Oldstones were all killed. This led to Jaehaerys becoming king instead of his brother.

It was assumed that Jenny’s “woods witch” died at Summerhall as well. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Arya encounters her at a place called High Heart in the Riverlands, when  traveling with the Brotherhood without Banners. High Heart is a hill that was sacred to the children of the forest. There are 31 weirwood stumps there and Thoros says they whisper to her. The Ghost herself is rumored to be a child of the forest, which might explain her incredible longevity. Though some just think she’s a dwarf.

The Brotherhood without Banners seek her out intentionally and seem to value her counsel. For rpayament, she asks their musician Tom O’Sevens to play a song–always the same one–about Jenny of Oldstones.

The dwarf woman studied [Arya] with dim red eyes. “I see you,” she whispered. “I see you, wolf child. Blood child. I thought it was the lord who smelled of death …” She began to sob, her little body shaking. “You are cruel to come to my hill, cruel. I gorged on grief at Summerhall, I need none of yours. Begone from here, dark heart.”

Image of the Ghost of High Heart and the Brotherhood without Banners by Patrick McEvoy for Fantasy Flight Games.

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A thin film of ice covered the surface of the pool beneath the weirwood. Theon sank to his knees beside it. “Please,” he murmured through his broken teeth, “I never meant …” The words caught in his throat. “Save me,” he finally managed. “Give me …What? Strength? Courage? Mercy? Snow fell around him, pale and silent, keeping its own counsel. The only sound was a faint soft sobbing. Jeyne, he thought. It is her, sobbing in her bridal bed. Who else could it be? Gods do not weep. Or do they?
The sound was too painful to endure. Theon grabbed hold of a branch and pulled himself back to his feet, knocked the snow off his legs, and limped back toward the lights. There are ghosts in Winterfell, he thought, and I am one of them.

Hey fam, couple more interesting things to note from the infodump that brought us the news about Euron and Dragonbinder the other day, though neither really qualify as “news.” I don’t have the WOIAF app so I didn’t know this (many of y’all probably did!) but apparently it confirms that, yes, Robb legitimized Jon and named him his heir in his will. I addressed the theory that he changed his mind to Arya a li’l while back, and I know Preston Jacobs has the idea that it was actually Catelyn *rolls eyes so hard they spin off into the atmosphere* but yeah, this is canon. I’m still not quite sold on Jon as the next King in the North because Stannis is still right there, Ramsay doesn’t have Rickon in his power like in the show, and not only do the clans know Bran is alive, but they won’t be alone after he speaks to Stannis and Theon from the weirwood at the crofters’ village. But we shall see!

The other bit (and again, this is probably old news for those of y’all more studious than I am) is this quote from GRRM’s Notablog from 2007…

Ah, if only the Tyrion in the books could fly, what mischief he will… ah… could… ah, never mind.

…which leaves me more convinced than ever that Tyrion is indeed the third dragonrider for endgame alongside Dany and Jon.