Category Archives: Mysteries

A collection of essays discussing secret plot points that emerge with a close examination of the text.

Broken Bonds: The Secrets of Rhaegar’s Song

The unique spiritual bond between a mother and her sons, and the psychic damage to both when that bond is severed.

This is the central theme/motif of Rhaegar’s prophecy, perhaps of the series itself.

After all, what are the Others but a supernatural army of abandoned sons? Maybe they just have serious attachment issues.

In addition to establishing the above point, I believe I can strongly argue the following:

Rhaegar’s song (“Jenny’s song”) has a subtext that only women can perceive, concerning the loss of children–perhaps sons in particular.

The known line of Jenny’s song is actually a refrain, appearing multiple times.

This allows for some interesting speculations about the origins of certain characters.

Sansa is uniquely suited for the task of invoking prophecy against the Others if necessary.

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Mance’s Inspiration: A Wolf Takes Flight

“I only sing the songs that better men have made.”
MANCE RAYDER — JON I, A STORM OF SWORDS

So I think I made a compelling case for Jenny’s song actually being the prophetic ‘song of ice and fire’.

However that was more of building block than a capstone in my exploration of these ideas. This essay, the spiritual successor to that one, articulates the following:

There are many singers in contemporary Westeros that know Jenny’s song.

A close examination of these singers and their manifestations of the song gives us a fuller picture of the song’s nature, themes and content.

A number of careful observations seemingly allow the inference of a second verse from the song.

This possible verse suggests something profound was planned at Winterfell.

Something involving Mance.

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Composer of Prophecy: Rhaegar’s Song of Love and Doom

“I only sing the songs that better men have made.”
MANCE RAYDER — JON I, A STORM OF SWORDS

Rhaegar had a unique knowledge of the prophecy concerning the promised prince.

He kept this knowledge in a secret place…

…somewhere in plain sight, within reach of anyone…

…and yet safe from harm or destruction.

He put the prophecy in a song.

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