A Song Of Ice And Fire: Theory About The Stark’s Direwolves And Future

Potential spoiler warning. If you haven’t read the first five books. Please do not read ahead if you do not want to accidentally spoilthe story for yourself.

I’ve read some discussions about the futures of the Starks so I’m writing this post to share a few of my own theories.

First lets examine the direwolf names and their owners.

Robb’s wolf is named Grey Wind.
Sansa’s wolf is named Lady.
Arya’s wolf is named Nymeria.
Bran’s wolf is named Summer.
Rickon’s wolf is named Shaggydog.
Jon’s wollf is named Ghost.

I believe that the direwolves’ names tell us what we can expect from each person.

Robb names his wolf grey wind and it seems to fit perfectly. For those of us that have finished the first five books, we know that he was a great strategist, never defeated in battle. You could almost say he passed over westeros like a grey wind. In battle he was like an unstoppable plague overcoming any that opposed him. However, just like the wind he vanished just as quickly as he appeared.

Next we have Sansa’s wolf Lady. Lady was killed early on by Sansa’s father Eddard Stark. Her direwolf is also appropriately named for Sansa ends up spending the first five books trapped as a lady of the court. Subject to the whims of Cersei , Joffrey and Petyr Baelish.

Then we have Arya who gave her wolf the name of Nymeria. Who in the books just so happens to be the name of a warrior queen named Nymeria. From the very moment we met Arya we learned that she was more of a tom boy. In a game of thrones she receives a sword from Jon named needle and she learns how to fight with it from Syrio Forel. Also through the first five books she is currently learning how to be an assassin from the faceless men.

Now here is where it gets interesting because Jon, Bran and Rickon’s destinies are just starting to become clear. But if their direwolves names are anything to go by we can make a few educated guesses.

By the end of the fifth book Jon had been betrayed and stabbed. And his last thought was of Ghost. Based on this I’d say that Jon didn’t die, but somehow he managed to warg into his direfwolf Ghost. So in a way Jon’s ghost is actually in his direwolf which fits perfectly with his name.

Then we have the issue of Bran and his direwolf Summer. In A Game Of Thrones Bran is told the story of the last hero by old nan. And four books later it actually seems as though Bran is the knight in the story who is riding his horse(hodor) beyond the wall wtih his faithful companions. If I had to venture a guess I imagine that somehow Bran will end up sacrificing himself to end winter and bring about the summer(or perhaps a dream of spring) that everybody longs for.

Then there is Rickon’s direwolf Shaggydog. I have no idea how the name of his direwolf is entangled with his future. I’ll just say that its mentioned in the books that shaggydog and I think Rickon too has been growing more wild. Perhaps his wolf’s name has something to do with a legend or Skagos or something, I really don’t know but I definitely wouldn’t be surprised if somehow Skagos ends up playing a role in the future books. If you look on the map Skagos actually looks like a decent sized isle. Especially when you compare it to the iron isles. When you add in the fact that they haven’t participated in any of the major wars or battles in a long time(long before the current story started) I imagine they could play a big part in any battles. I think this is definitely possible since Rickon is there and he has yet to really play a part in the story yet.

So there it is. as always if you have any questions or comments feel free to share them below in the comments area.

A Dance with Dragons A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5

Personal Experience

Now A Dance With Dragons is probably my second favorite book in the series because I feel I can definitely see where a certain POV character is headed. Also things have gotten so crazy now. Some people claim that this is mostly a set up book and while I won’t entirely disagree with that sentiment there are a lot of things that do happen, that will have major ramifications on the future. I expect that there will be some major MAJOR reveals in the next book The Winds of Winter, including some huge battles. By then end of this book the seven kingdoms are on the brink and total chaos is about to break out. One thing I find so amusing is that the southern kingdoms have no clue what is about to happen they are still squabbling amongst themselves. The real war has already started in the north.

Brief Description

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again–beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone–a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. . . .

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series–as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

A Dance With Dragons Reviews And Opinions

  1. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2011/08/book-review-dance-dragons
  2. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/07/12/a-dance-with-dragons-review-revue/
  3. http://swampofboredom.com/2012/01/04/not-a-book-review-a-dance-with-dragons-by-george-rr-martin/
  4. http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/59858-theories-on-bran-and-aegon/
  5. http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Three-eyed_crow/Theories

A Feast for Crows A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4

Personal Experience

I must admit that A Feast for Crows was harder for me to enjoy, partly because A Storm of Swords was so amazing and because my favorite POV character Jon Snow was all but absent. But you know whenever I go back and read bits and pieces of A Feast for Crows it seems to get better and better. And while its still my least favorite book in the series by far, I now find it interesting and recognize the importance it holds to the series. Others however my absolutely love the book depending on who your favorite characters are.

Brief Description

It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

A Feast For Crows Reviews and Opinions

  1. http://www.sfreviews.net/feastforcrows.html
  2. http://fantasticreviews.com/feast_for_crows.htm
  3. http://zainabkhawaja.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/a-feast-for-crows/
  4. http://effkindle.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/a-feast-for-crows-by-george-r-r-martin-song-of-ice-and-fire-4/
  5. http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Jaqen_H%27ghar/Theories

A Storm of Swords A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3

Personal Experience

Now by the end of the a storm of swords everyone should be on an emotional roller coaster. There are some huge events that happen in this book. I’ve read that some people have thrown the book up into the air in disbelief. Others have proposed elaborate theories. All I can say is wow there was plenty of foreshadowing and  if you’ve been paying attention you know who was responsible for what.

I only discovered some of the more subtle details after reading reviews and fan theories and conjecture but its fascinating how many hints are laid out for the reader. Needless to say a storm of swords and  a song of ice and fire can be a very rewarding read for those that are paying attention. There are plenty of mysteries throughout the seven kingdoms and beyond but George rr martin does a great job  of laying out the clues in plain sight. This is probably my favorite book in the series so far.

I guarantee that every fan of the series will have a huge response to a storm of swords. So once you finish it and you feel like voicing your opinion be sure to come here and share it with everyone.

Brief Description

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. . . .

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .

A Storm of Swords Reviews And Opinions

  1. http://www.sfreviews.net/stormofswords.html
  2. http://www.dragonsworn.com/reviews/books/stormofswords.html
  3. http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?583772-Game-of-Thrones-A-Wild-Ass-Conspiracy-Theory-%28Storm-of-Swords-spoilers%29
  4. http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/62033-theory-on-catelyn-situation/
  5. http://memonisma.blogspot.com/2012/01/storms-of-swords-review.html

A Clash of Kings A Song of Ice and Fire Book 2

Personal Experience

In the second book of a song of ice and fire the story really starts to pick up. A lot more of the history of the great houses are revealed also a few more players are added to the game. As the series progresses the more fantasy elements are thrown in. Pay careful attention the all the little details, there are some big reveals in the later books!

Brief Description

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

Here is the second volume in George R.R. Martin magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R.R. Martin stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Clash of Kings Reviews And Opinions

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)

Personal Experience:

I first got into a game of thrones by watching the first few episodes on HBO and I became tired of waiting for one new episode a week. So I went out and bought the first book. And I’m very glad that I did, since that time I have bought and read the first 5 books and am anxiously awaiting book 6 the winds of winter.

For those that have only seen the series on HBO I highly recommend you go read the books somehow some way there are some many intricate details in the book that get lost in translation when put on film. These details add so much more weight to the big moments!

Brief Description:

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Game of Thrones Reviews And Opinions

  1. http://blog.spu.edu/sot/2012/06/01/book-review-game-of-thrones-a-song-of-ice-and-fire-book-1/
  2. http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/08/game-of-thrones-season-2-review
  3. http://www.strategyinformer.com/pc/agameofthronesrpg/1916/review.html
  4. http://olaguma.hubpages.com/hub/Game-of-Thrones-Book-Review
  5. http://www.skrishnasbooks.com/2011/08/book-review-game-of-thrones-george-rr.html

 

A Song Of Ice And Fire Theories: Howland Reed And Jon Spoiler Alert

Be sure to check out the end of the article for links to other interesting theories, such as the grand faceless men theory! But remember there are tons of spoilers so don’t read this if you haven’t read all the books or don’t like being exposed to possible plot points.

From the information given so far from the books, it seems to me that Howland Reed was learning how to use magic through the old gods. The First Men and the children of the forest made a pact to end their war. I wouldn’t be surprised if the pact that they made was a marriage pact to insure peace. Its already been stated that the children of the forest lived in crannogs.

When Meera tells Bran about the little crannogman it ‘s probably Howland that she speaks of. He learned all the magic of her people could run on leaves, make castles appear and disappear, breathe mud, etc. It makes sense to me, for his people to be  descended from the children of the forest. We have heard of no other men being capable of this. And remember after the war between the First Men and the children of the forest they “formed” the green men to guard the isle of faces.

Howland Reed wanted to become an even stronger magic user so after he learned all the magic of his people he went to the isle of faces seeking the first green men who were charged with watching over the isle. Howland found them and he stayed there for a time, probably years. When spring came  he went to the tournament at Harrenhal and met the wolves who may be his first cousins Eddard,Brandon,Benjen(he may have already met Lyanna since she knew that he was her father’s bannerman.)

The reason I say they may have all been first cousins is because it’s very curious to me that Eddard’s father Rickard is the only parent of his ever mentioned. Who Eddard’s mother is/was and where she comes from has never been mentioned(as far as I know). Only that his grandmother was a flint. When I looked at the Reed House line I found it curious that Howland’s wife is named Jyana. Could Eddard Stark’s mother and the mother of Howland Reed’s wife  be sisters. And did they decide to give their daughters similar names, Lyanna(Eddard’s Sister) and Jyana(Howland’s wife)? I know that’s stretching it a bit based on the information that is available. But it’s entirely possible, and would explain a few things. Then again it could also be entirely wrong.

Not only would this explain similar sounding names but it would also  explain why Bran has powers similar to Jojen and the Children of the forest’s greenseers.  It would also explain why most of the Stark children have wolf dreams and can feel their wolves etc. And why Howland and Eddard grew so close.

Anyways, the young pup(Benjen) offers the little crannogman(Howland) weapons to enter the tourney and defend his honor but he says nothing. The crannogman looks at the isle of faces and prays to the old gods before he goes to sleep in Eddard’s tent.

The next day a mystery knight defeats the knights of the squires that attacked the little crannogmen. I think there are two possibilities. The green men heard Howland’s request and sent a champion to defeat the knights or Howland used magic and took some of Eddard’s strength to fight(he slept in Eddard’s tent that night) and used it to beat the three knights of the squires that wronged him. Either way some kind of magic was definitely involved.

Then later during Roberts Rebellion Howland goes to war with Eddard. In this battle I wouldn’t have been surprised to learn that Eddard received a mortal wound and would have died if it weren’t for Howland Reed who saved him using some magic from the old gods he learned.

Eddard tells Bran “The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who would have killed me but for Howland Reed.” His father had become sad then and would not speak any further. Click Here For Source

The reason I think Eddard becomes sad after telling Bran the story is that after defeating the sword of morning Eddard probably died briefly suffering from his wounds or he felt his soul slipping away from his body before Howland intervened. If this is true it’s entirely plausible to me that Howland Reed finally leaves greywater watch and comes to save Jon.

Jon’s soul or ghost will be hiding away inside his direwolf named ghost(appropriately named like all the direwolves by their caretakers) but he will slowly be slipping away. Meanwhile his body lies frozen in a cell(right in line with Bran’s dream) for the Bolton’s inspection. The traitors need proof for Bolton so the Night’s Watch won’t be attacked. During this time I expect Jon to somehow merge with Ghost. There are hints throughout dance of dragons that Jon and ghost are becoming one. Howland Reed will come along heal his body and he will be reborn Azor Ahai, probably with a few interesting abilities as well somewhat related to Bran’s but very different.

When the Starks find the direwolves in the very beginning of the book, remember that Jon says something to the affect of “five pups for each of Eddard’s children.” And then as they are leaving Jon hears something and goes back to discover a sixth cub, white with red eyes, which he takes for himself. Click Here for Source

So from this scene we learn that Jon has a certain quiet wisdom and is set apart from the other children. His direwolf is white with red eyes and is not laying with the other pups. It is set apart from the others. In the same way Jon is most likely a Stark though not Eddard’s child. The fact that the direfwolf has red eyes is very interesting.

Another part of the story that emphasizes Ghost’s red eyes is when Jon is observing Melisandre. The book says “Her eyes were two red stars, shining in the dark. At her throat, her ruby gleamed, a third eye glowing brighter than the others. Jon had seen Ghost’s eyes blazing red the same way, when they caught the light just right.”

When the three eyed crow talks to Bran he says “but once in a great while one is born amongst them with eyes as red as blood, or green as the moss on a tree in the heart of a forest. By these signs do the gods mark those they have chosen to receive the gift.”(p.452,Bran,a dance with dragons)

If the direwolf does represent Jon as all the other wolves represent their caretakers. That would mean that Jon is very special as well. Probably marked by the gods. Don’t forget Jojen has deep green eyes and we know he has green dreams.(which is in line with what the three eyed crow says) There is another quote from Melisandre that drives this home even more. She says to Jon”Your wall is a queer place, but there is power here, if you will use it. Power in you, and in this beast. You resist it, and that is your mistake. Embrace it. Use it”(p.380,Jon, A Dance With Dragons)

All of this seems to point to Jon being the chosen one(remember the three eyed crow says red or green eyes chosen by the gods?) Azor Ahai. And lets not forget the three eyed crow also says that “the chosen ones are not robust and their quick years upon the earth are few for every song must have its balance.”(Bran,A Dance With Dragons)

The three eyed crow  is comparing life to a song. The series is called a song of ice and fire. It seems to me that the character whose life most represents this is Jon Snow as it seems that his life is very likely born from the union of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Starks representing ice and the Targaryens representing fire. His life is a song of ice and fire.

This is kind of sad seeing how this could mean Jon dies at the end of the series. If he is the chosen one he may not live that long. We hear the story of Azor Ahai but never hear of House Ahai or the hero being known by a different name. Surely someone of his caliber would be fit to be king or at least some kind of influential house like the lannisters,starks etc. Makes you wonder what happened to him.

I also suspect Catelyn will eventually run into Jon and give him at least one half of ice. Which I suspect will be widow’s wail. Which seems to make the most sense given the name and all the things that have happened to Catelyn. It will be combined with his last sword longclaw to form the new lightbringer. Catelyn will reconcile with Jon and stick the new lightbringer into herself to make it burn and glow. Remember Gendry? Well he had an apprenticeship with Tobho Mott one of the few armorers who know how to work with valyrian steel. Plus he is the one who broke down ice into two swords widow’s wail and oathkeeper. It wouldn’t surprise me if Gendry is the one who combines longclaw and widow’s wail. Based on what he learned from his apprenticeship with Tobho Mott.

Also at some point it seems that Jon will end up with Val. And since he has in a way actually died he will be free of his vows to the nights watch.

  1. Stark Direwolves And Futures
  2. Grand Faceless Men Conspiracy Theory
  3. Howland Reed is Jojen Reed
  4. The Nights Watch is Lightbringer

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