you saw her beauty but not the iron underneath

anonymous asked:

Why do you think Robert wanted to marry Lyanna? Was she the most beautiful women he had ever see, did he enjoy her fire or did he wanna marry her so him and Ned would be brothers?

Oh, banish the thought that Robert wanted Lyanna because of her fire. Robert didn’t know Lyanna to appreciate anything about her beyond the superficial. He demonstrates, time and again, how utterly ignorant he is of who Lyanna was as a person, something that Ned calls him out on when he tries to claim that Lyanna wouldn’t have objected to him fighting in the melee or shamed him like Cersei does. Which might be the funniest thing I’ve ever heard from Robert Baratheon, because:

“You never knew Lyanna as I did, Robert,” Ned told him. “You saw her beauty, but not the iron underneath. She would have told you that you have no business in the melee.”

Lyanna totally would have shamed Robert like that and worse, because Robert’s ideal woman is one that looks pretty and keeps her mouth shut while he does whatever the hell he wants, and that’s not Lyanna Stark. Lyanna’s fire would have driven Robert nuts because it does not fit his idea of what a woman should be like, much less his own wife. The man takes Cersei’s (justified and correct) objection to him fighting in the melee as a personal insult and is utterly flabbergasted that Ned not only agrees with her, but is sure that Lyanna would have done the same. Because the Lyanna in Robert’s head would never. He didn’t see her fire any more than he saw her; he only saw what he projected on her, and that made her his ideal woman and his One True Love.

No, anon, it was largely about Ned who is the brother Robert wants, not his disappointing blood brothers. The Starks are also an excellent family for Robert to marry into - very prestigious with a history that is as long as man has been in the North, former kings with the largest domain in all of the Seven Kingdoms, and more importantly (to Robert, at least), a close-knit family that genuinely likes and respects one another. Ned left Winterfell when he was eight but he still managed to have a close relationship with his siblings, while Robert spent years with only sullen disappointing Stannis for company and baby Renly isn’t much of an improvement. Robert grew attached to the idea of being part of the Starks that he still seeks to make it happen years later by betrothing Joffrey to Sansa. We also see evidence of this in his consuming anger when Ned speaks against sending someone to kill Daenerys.

“Unspeakable?” the king roared. “What Aerys did to your brother Brandon was unspeakable. The way your lord father died, that was unspeakable. And Rhaegar… how many times do you think he raped your sister? How many hundreds of times?” His voice had grown so loud that his horse whinnied nervously beneath him. The king jerked the reins hard, quieting the animal, and pointed an angry finger at Ned. “I will kill every Targaryen I can get my hands on, until they are as dead as their dragons, and then I will piss on their graves.”

He does not only speak of Lyanna but of Brandom and Rickard as well. He is screaming the atrocities that were done to the Starks at Ned as if they did not happen to Ned’s own family. The only people who have any “right” to be this spiteful and unforgiving towards the Targaryens are Ned and Benjen (and not even them because neither Daenerys or Viserys are to blame for their kin’s actions, but you get my point), but Robert speaks as if the Starks were his family as well.

Mind you, all this still has a good deal of romanticization on Robert’s part. Lyanna is not the person he made up in his head any more than Ned’s character is different from sullen disappointing Stannis’ any more than the Starks were this perfect ideal family. But Robert projects, and romanticizes, and justifies, and then punishes the “substitutes” in his life (Cersei, Stannis, his family including his kids) for not living up to the made up standard in his head. That’s his nature.

“You never knew Lyanna as I did, Robert. You saw her beauty, but not the iron underneath.”

Finaaally I drew Lyanna, that took a while! In my headcanons, I always think of Lyanna as kinda sad, kinda angry, and very cynic; stiffed by what was expected of her, much like Arya. And when her fates starts to loom over her, inevitable, that stiffed restlessness becomes dread and despair, realizing she has no option.

Only to run.

sentence prompts ➝ game of thrones
  • ❛ A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. ❜
  • ❛ Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. ❜
  • ❛ Fear cuts deeper than swords. ❜
  • ❛ Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word. ❜
  • ❛ If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die. ❜
  • ❛ Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it. ❜
  • ❛ The things we love destroy us every time. Remember that. ❜
  • ❛ Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities. ❜
  • ❛ Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you. ❜
  • ❛ If I look back I am lost. ❜
  • ❛ Nothing burns like the cold. ❜
  • ❛ Laughter is poison to fear. ❜
  • ❛ Every flight begins with a fall. ❜
  • ❛ Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night. ❜
  • ❛ The things I do for love. ❜
  • ❛ A bruise is a lesson… and each lesson makes us better. ❜
  • ❛ That is our great glory, and our great tragedy. ❜
  • ❛ The man who fears losing has already lost. ❜
  • ❛ You wear your honor like a suit of armor… You think it keeps you safe, but all it does is weigh you down and make it hard for you to move. ❜
  • ❛ A lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinion of sheep. ❜
  • ❛ A true man does what he will, not what he must. ❜
  • ❛ Even in dreams, you could not fall forever. ❜
  • ❛ You are an honest and honorable man…Ofttimes I forget that. ❜
  • ❛ You saw her beauty, but not the iron underneath. ❜

anonymous asked:

Hello! Do You think Ned knew Lyanna was The Knight of the Laughing Tree at Harrenhal? is it possible he found out then or later after The Tower of Joy? what about Howland Reed?did he knew from the start, I think Benjen was the one that gave his sister the horse and armor to fight in the tourney!

Oh yes. Ned definitely knew.

“There was one knight,” said Meera, “in the year of the false spring. The Knight of the Laughing Tree, they called him. He might have been a crannogman, that one.”

“Or not.” Jojen’s face was dappled with green shadows. “Prince Bran has heard that tale a hundred times, I’m sure.”

“You never heard this tale from your father?”

“It was Old Nan who told the stories. Meera, go on, you can’t stop there.”

- Bran II, ASoS

The obvious draw for Ned to tell this story to his children is the fact his sister plays the starring role. He might not have been an accomplice as Howland and/or Benjen were, but he knew. If not from the start, then he either figured it out during or shortly after the fact. We also have this:

“You never knew Lyanna as I did, Robert,” Ned told him. “You saw her beauty, but not the iron underneath.”

- Eddard VII, AGoT

This quote’s important to understanding that unlike Robert who mourns the dead ideal of Lyanna, Ned mourns the real Lyanna, who had a temper and loved horses and dressed up as a knight at Harrenhal and jousted grown men so she could shame squires who had been behaving unjustly. If Ned didn’t know that last fact, he’s the one who didn’t see the iron underneath.