Bran listened. “It’s only the wind,” he said after a moment, uncertain. “The leaves are rustling.”
“Who do you think sends the wind, if not the gods?”
— BRAN VI, A GAME OF THRONES
In this quiet passage Osha introduces Bran, and the readers, to a recurring concept: the wind itself may occasionally carry supernatural importance.
Osha’s comment can certainly be dismissed as the primitive superstitions of a wildling—but as we’ve seen throughout A Song of Ice and Fire, folk myths often conceal compelling truths.
Getting to my point, I believe that Osha is largely correct in her statement:
The gods do appear to ‘send the wind’.
The reason for this claim is based on a more important observation:
Men and women can appeal to their gods for these winds.
Indeed, as I will show you there is plenty of evidence to suggest this is somehow true.
These are fun, insightful observations on their own—nice to know—but they do not inherently reveal details into the events that occur in the books. The only way to really generate exciting ideas from these findings is if we use them to explain or predict phenomenon. To that end, this essay proposes a possibly fantastical idea:
The blizzard that blankets the north was a deliberate ‘conjuration’.
It was conjured by someone allied with Stannis.
The two most likely candidates are Melisandre and/or Stannis himself.
Furthermore, I argue that such sorcery was likely a deliberate component of Stannis’s strategy, a key requirement for enacting the “Night Lamp” and subsequent plots. Even setting aside the Night Lamp theory and The Mannifesto, the ideas presented herein are thought-provoking at the very least. Continue reading