Whisperjewels: The Power of the Night’s King

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Why does a shard of obsidian in the heart of the Night King turn him into a cold god instead of killing him? Or protect Benjen Stark from becoming one of the mindless army of the dead? The answer comes from George R.R. Martin’s short story Nightflyers and novel Dying of the Light: the whisperjewel.


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The Night King, as he is known in the show, is the menacing, brooding villain that threatens all life in Westeros and beyond. He commands the dead at a thought, brings winter storms that freeze the life from his foes, and now has an frozen dragon at his command. All of these magics and powers are far beyond anything we’ve seen from another being in this universe. Even Drogon, with all his strength and blazing fires, has nowhere near the body count or power of the Night King and he is a dragon that roasts armies alive at a whim. How could one person be so powerful when the source of his power appears to be from some obsidian shoved in his chest? In this video, I’ll be shedding some light on that peculiar bit of rock from the books and George’s past as a writer. Also showing how the source of the Other’s power could very easily be the same in the books.

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Aemon the Dreamer

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“Dragons,” Aemon whispered. “The grief and glory of my House, they were.”

I see them in my dreams, Sam. I see a red star bleeding in the sky. I still remember red. I see their shadows on the snow, hear the crack of leathern wings, feel their hot breath. My brothers dreamed of dragons too, and the dreams killed them, every one. Sam, we tremble on the cusp of half-remembered prophecies, of wonders and terrors that no man now living could hope to comprehend

– A Feast for Crows Samwell III

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Stannis Baratheon: Macbeth Revisited

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It’s no surprise to find Macbeth‘s influence in A Song of Ice and Fire; both stories are steeped in political desire, fringed with the supernatural, and pulsating with an undercurrent of psychological torment.  But why present Stannis Baratheon, the most just and duty-driven of all characters, as a parallel to the greedy and ambitious Macbeth?

If for no other reason, to do what George R. R. Martin does best–smash up the literary tropes and make them his own. With a “justice” tweak in the Macbeth narrative, Martin has a conversation with Shakespeare and his readers, challenging them to a new question: if horrible deeds are committed in the name of duty and justice, does that relieve the heart and conscience?  In this essay we’ll compare the narratives and motifs of Macbeth and the Stannis storyline, and explore what the common metanarrative foreshadows for our One True King of Westeros.

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