Post by voice on Sept 22, 2017 18:48:20 GMT
Actually, I don't think anyone mentioned any of this stuff at all. Great observations!
I have no idea how many times I've read this chapter now. It's an absurd number, I know that...
But I have never noticed this before.
In isolation, sure. Both are solemn. But I never noticed that this chapter uses the same words for the two, and then also suggests they seem older than they are.
I will have to return to this in Jon I with the "bastards grow up faster" comment...
We also have a House Yronwood, who guard the Boneway... as well as the old adage (from Dunk and Egg), "Oak and Iron guard me well, or else I'm damned and doomed to hell," which is, essentially, a statement that Iron+Wood=Protection.
For me, I see the song of ice and fire, and the thirst of the Others. I don't think they are vampires, but they do seem capable of spilling a lot of blood. And what will the trees do? Stand and watch.
Ironwood Stump = fallen brothers of this guy:
Not only that, the boys are already imitating the pups they will very soon adopt.
Imo, the warg-bond between each Stark & Pup has already begun.
I think she was dead when they were born. The tales Jory has heard must exist for a reason, and now, they all seem to be bearing truth.
I don't think she was protecting her pups from a stag, though. Stags are prey, direwolves are hunters. She was likely hunting the stag, and became impaled in the process.
Indeed. The others require the bastard's absolution, rather than the other way around... and this is sooo GRRM.
I think I might know where you're headed. Looking forward to it!
For this chapter, I think it is very clear that Jon alone has clarity and understands what has happened.
- Jon first identified the wolf was indeed a direwolf
- Jon first understood the number and gender of the siblings
- Jon alone associated this with the sigil and heirs of the house
- Jon alone could hear Ghost, who makes no sound
Jon alone sees what is happening, while the others in the party trot blindly through the snow.
It is also worth noting that Ghost alone is not looking for milk, and that the other Stark children have nursed from a mother that will soon become a monster. One alone has eyes that are open, and is venturing out into winter. The others are clinging to death.