The Ravenry: Week of 2/8/16


Hello, all!

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, SomethingLikeaLawyer and I – take the text-based questions submitted to us, write up thoughtful, text-based answers, and publish these answers on the Tumblr.

I’ve said often enough that the Hand’s military knowledge is invaluable to Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, and it’s certainly shown true this week, with excellent pieces on Vale guerrilla tactics, Westerosi naval warfare, an entire attack strategy against the Others, and an excellent pair of historical comparisons for Stannis’ position against Renly. I, for one, am not so martial in my writing, but I managed to write a few longer pieces I quite liked this week, including one on why Aerys II was a far worse king than Aegon IV and what advantage lords saw in shoving pretty daughters into the bed of the Unworthy. Plus, I got to use a favorite Simpsons gif this week, so it’s all good.

Without further ado, here’s The Ravenry for the week of February 8:

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.

Be safe and make good choices,

The Queen Regent (NFriel)


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3 responses to “The Ravenry: Week of 2/8/16

  1. LadyKnitsALot

    Tywin’s refusal to accept that Jaime abandoned his claim to Casterly Rock is one of the more fascinating things about him. He just utterly REFUSES to process this fact, and as you’ve said, acts as though Jaime’s return to the status of heir to the Rock is a given, not something that needs to be worked out. Tyrion’s anger when he realised that his father *never intended* to allow him to inherit what was rightfully his by law is entirely justified.

    It also makes me wonder whether Tywin displayed a similar level of wilful blindness and tunnel vision to the fact of Jaime and Cersei’s affair. Joanna knew the twins were inappropriately close, as children. Tyrion knew, despite Jaime and Cersei believing they kept it a secret. Stannis, Jon Arryn, Ned – they all figured it out. How did Tywin *not* figure it out? I think he did – and just refused to accept it, in the same way he refused to accept that Jaime was not his heir. It was a fact that had no place within the world as Lord Tywin Lannister saw it, therefore it was not “true”.

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