The Ravenry: Week of 11/9/2015


Welcome back,

As you may or may not know, Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire has its own Tumblr page (as well as its own Twitter and Facebook pages).  Even more excitingly,  we here at the blog have partnered with ASOIAF University to answer questions about A Song of Ice and Fire.  We – that is, NFriel and I – take the text-based questions submitted to us, write up thoughtful text-based answers, and publish these answers on the Tumblr.

So every Monday we present to you The Ravenry.  We collect the questions we’ve answered during the previous week over on the Tumblr in post form, with a brief description of each, and publish it here, and link that post on Twitter and Facebook as well. Not as many questions this week, mostly because the Lord Hand was stuck in the Commonwealth Wasteland. However, don’t let that stop you from reading some meta on the ancient kings of Westeros, from their crown jewels to their attitudes on the Night’s Watch, some talk about tournaments, and more!

Without further ado, here’s The Ravenry for the week of October 5:

As always, we love to hear your text-based questions, so if you have a burning question about ASOIAF, click this link to send us a raven. The more specific the question, the better text-based answer we can write, although we do our best to answer them all.

Until next week,

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King



Filed under ASOIAF Analysis, ASOIAF History, ASOIAF Meta, ASOIAF Military Analysis, Ravenry

5 responses to “The Ravenry: Week of 11/9/2015

  1. Sir Theodred of Pennytree

    In the first question about the genetics i agree that hatching dragons is not conected to woman but i think its obvious that is something genetic, only targaryens and their bastards could ride dragons( i believe nettles was a bastard), so is tied to the targaryen bloodline, i think that in the times of jahaerys dradons would simply hatch to someone with the right bloodline, only when the dragons died and magic receded, would be necessary blood sacrifices and other rituals, i think that the atempts of the targaryen kings to hatch dragons failed because magic wans t in «season» and only when it started to comeback did daenerys blood sacrifice worked( if this is true daenerys had some pretty lucky timing, or it was destiny).

    • somethinglikealawyer

      The genetics theory fails to account for wild dragon hatching, and relies on far too many leaps of logic that don’t make sense even in the oversimplified world of Westerosi genetics.

      • Sir Theodred of Pennytree

        Sure, it insn t perfect, and i hope that george explaines it better in the future, but what other explanation works, the genetic one mostly makes sense apart for the problems you pointed out, i dont see other theory that makes more sense.

  2. ecr56

    About Harlan Tyrell, I completely agree that Aegon’s doctrine make him Lord of Highgarden. But I don’t understand what makes him Lord of the Reach. In Lord Edmyn Tully’s case, he was the first river lord to go to Aegon’s side and he led the others. Lord Tully earned his title of Lord of the Riverlands because of his loyalty and leadership. But the Tyrells didn’t earn the Reach. The Hightowers opened their gates as well, welcomed Aegon and had the High Septon name him King Aegon. In my opinion, Aegon didn’t trust the Hightowers, so he chose the Tyrells.

    About the genetics of a dragon gene, the answer says it doesn’t explain how boys (Aenys or Maegor, for example) hatch dragon eggs. An important point of the theory is that a dragon hatcher being around eggs will hatch them. So if the mother spends time with her babies, she could be the one that hatches them, not the kids. Which makes it hard to realize that only women could hatch them.

    • somethinglikealawyer

      Because Harlan was the first one to yield a Reach castle via submission. It’s not that he didn’t trust the Hightowers, but by the time the Hightowers submitted, Aegon had already given Highgarden to the Tyrells. You get a reward for being the first adopter.

      If the genetics theory were true, wild dragons wouldn’t exist. No, the theory is complete nonsense, start to finish.

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