A Game of Thrones – Chapter Twenty-One: Tyrion

Reminders:

  1. Page numbers based off Kindle edition.
  2. No spoiling me; I will edit/delete any.
  3. I don’t avoid spoilers.
  4. My citation format is not necessarily accurate, but it works for me.

I appreciate that some people may be turned off by this constant ‘pre-blog’ notification. I choose to respect that some people may not have read these books before, like I hadn’t and so make the effort to not spoil them unless they go to the post page. I figure if you really want to be here, reading, you’ll ignore it.

Woo hoo! So far, my favourite characters are Daenerys, Jon and Tyrion. So when I get their chapters, it is FUN.

Tyrion, your tongue is going to get you into a LOT of trouble one day. …and yes, I’m aware of how that could be taken in a sexual manner. Tell me, am I wrong? *smirk*

I do like that he’s being a bit of a smart ass; to me, it simply builds on what he said to Jon earlier about other men wanting to make you what they think you are and not letting them. Or at least I’m pretty sure he said something like that. Yeah, I should read these more consistently. Damnit.

…okay, Master Aemon seems pretty dang cool in this moment.

And Mormont just makes me feel sad for him. He’s in a really bad position; how can anyone defend the Wall with only three and a third men for every mile? Though, I was under the impression that war would come not from the North, but from elsewhere. …so it would be ‘interesting’ if war came from the North as well.

A long summer equals a long winter. But with the mention of spring, surely they have autumn as well? In which case, wouldn’t they recognise that it is autumn before the winter hits? And in this world where summer and winter last for years (if not the other two seasons… how is food grown? How is meat reared?

Maybe I’ve asked that before.

Aw, I like the Tyrion/Jon friendship. I wonder what becomes of it.

…Jon, I worry about you.

Comments

5 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Twenty-One: Tyrion”

  1. Anna says:

    Tyrion’s pretty much the universal fan-favourite – and for good reason! His chapters are excellent, and usually smack-dab in the middle of the action. :)

    And ooh yeah, Tyrion’s mouth is a troublemaker, alright (sexual and non-sexual both, I’d say!), and continues building on what’s already established about him – having physical disadvantages, he’s a very verbal and mentally active character instead. I kind of has no choice there.

    Re: what he said about other men and what they think of you, he said “Never forget what you are, for the surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness” – i.e: when someone calls you a bastard, take it as a mark of pride.

    And ooooh, Maester Aemon! One of my favourite secondary characters! <3 <3 .>

  2. Anna says:

    …. Okay, half of my really clever answer disappeared. What the hell.

    ANYWAY.

    Re: Mormont – he is really cool, and stuck in a really bad place, and I am impressed at how well he does with what he has; and what he has is the scrapings of the bottom of the barrel from all over the Seven Kingdoms – with which he has to defend the realm. Literally. We’re cheering for you, Jeor Mormont!

    Re: seasons – my impression is as follows.

    Each year has individual seasons – spring, summer, autumn, winter – which follow each other in the usual manner, and with the usual changes in temperature. What ASOIAF has that causes these *longer* seasons is NOT that it’s just permanently winter for several years, with no snowmelt and no change. What they DO have are frequent, tiny ice-ages. When it’s a long summer, what they have is a set of years that is warmer than average, and a long winter is a set of years that is *colder* than average – and the longer the warm set, the longer the cold set it triggers.

    There’s even a legend about a Long Night, which was a winter that lasted for a generation – but it is, as I say, a legend, supposedly taking place 8000 years ago, before the Wall was built. On the other hand, there is folkloric evidence for it all over the ASOIAF world, and not just in Westeros.

    And the longer sets of warm/cold years seem to have different impacts depending on geographical locations – in the North, there’s talk of “summer snows” (implying the occasional cold spell even during a warm set), while in Dorne and, say, Oldtown, even a winter probably only means massive rainfall and a slight chill, rather than any real snow.

    … and this – the warm/cold sets of years, rather than permanent summer/winter seasons – is how I explain how food production can still be a thing despite the long seasons (think of it as years of plenty contrasted with years of bad harvests/famines). Also, “magic” probably fits in the explanation somewhere.

  3. Siri Paulson says:

    Tyrion, wheee! I am a sucker for the mouthy characters, and Tyrion never disappoints. Being a Lannister, even one with a disability, has given him a certain cockiness (he’s not afraid of repercussions), and at the same time he’s kind of filling the jester’s role (he can say what others can’t).

    I am a fan of Maester Aemon as well. *grins*

    Poor Mormont. I don’t envy him his position. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the Watch is essentially made up of criminals — that they work together as well as they do is a testament to Mormont’s leadership. And then he gets to stand there and yell about needing more men and have nobody listen… OTOH, he is still a badass and a smart guy, both of which are rather useful for the Lord Commander.

    Anna – Hmm, interesting about the seasons. That makes sense — like the Medieval Warm Period ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Warm_Period ) and then the Little Ice Age, only faster. There’s still snow in the summer (at least in the North), and bad storms and then melting. It’s a brutal climate — there’s a lot of stockpiling of food in the “years of plenty”, and the winter years can get pretty lean, especially if they drag on. Which makes the idea of an extra-long winter rather scary — if you’ve planned for 2 years of no crops and you get 4 or more…yeah.

    • Anna says:

      The interesting thing about the seasons is that GRRM’s as a sort of built-in answer to the “why” of it in the story universe.

      You’ll see the Doom of Valyria mentioned pretty often. It’s only vaguely described, but I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by telling you that the Doom that came to Valyria was, in essence, a massive volcanic erruption – and it’s speculated that the massive erruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 (the biggest in 1300 years) caused the infamous Year Without Summer in Europe in 1816, aka Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death.

      And Mount Tambora is in *Indonesia*. The smoking remnants of post-Doom Valyria is much closer to Westeros than Indonesia is to Europe – and if Tambora’s erruption can trigger a volcanic winter on the other side of the world, surely the Doom in Valyria could trigger weird seasonal changes right next door.

      … And it’s also hinted in the text that the Doom was just the last great big one – Valyria has apparently been a volcanically active area for a long time; even when there aren’t outright erruptions, it’s still very geothermically active.

      So, long season-cycles = volcanic winters/climatic optimums caused by Valyria’s volcanoes. Add in a bit of prophetic doom and magic, and we’ve got Westeros!

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