There are an overwhelming number of similarities between Bloodraven and Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.
Investigating these similarities leads to a couple of interesting ideas:
The similarities are intentional, and suggest an homage by Martin to Virgil’s epic Aeneid.
It further incorporates ideas from other Greek epics and myths.
Finally, the idea leads to some very interesting (and perhaps reaching) speculations about future events, including the god of death, demonic possession and incest.
This essay hopes to be a relaxed stroll through these ideas, hoping not to make any specific claims about what’s truthfully happening in A Song of Ice and Fire. Instead I just want to point out the symmetry and speculations, hopefully something that you’ll enjoy thinking about. Continue reading