Post by arrysfleas on Jan 17, 2017 23:52:40 GMT
and this would also explain why he never told the story to his kids. Honourable Ned would not have liked to participate 'under cover' so to speak. It would not been his style. Nor would he have liked to boast about it.
Howland could ride a horse, definitely as he rode with Ned and his companions later in the story. Although, crannogmen can wield a frog spear, i suggest a lance is a bit less wieldy.
This is exactly what Rhaegar did... and George puts it right in front of our faces by having Bran say this after he hears the tale. Rhaegar DID defeat every challenger, and he DID name Lyanna the queen of love and beauty. So let's examine Rhaegar as the knight then.
This also makes a lot of sense. And Bran's wishful summation is very reminiscent of another wish he made concerning Benjen's fate:
The children will help him," he blurted, "the children of the forest!
Does he make a habit of telling us what actually happened?