“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.”
— ALAN MOORE, V FOR VENDETTA
I’m quite certain that readers of A Song of Ice and Fire have been misled regarding one of the central mysteries of the entire series: the story of the Knight of the Laughing Tree. The misdirection was intentionally executed by our dear author George R.R. Martin and willfully consumed by his audience.
In particular I believe in the following ideas:
There was no Knight of the Laughing Tree.
What if there never was an actual, fabled ‘Horn of Winter’, to wake giants from the earth or collapse the Wall?
What if there is (was?), and it has already been used?
Who would have used it and to what purpose?
I believe there is sufficient evidence in the text to support the argument that the prophesied power of the horn has already been used in the books, right under our noses.
I believe that no such ‘Horn of Winter’ exists, or that if it did or does, it is not relevant.
I believe that the effects of the horn have all been observed, and it is just left to us readers to ascertain what the figurative horn was.
I hope that my arguments and evidence in this essay will entertain and inform you, and leave you ready to draw your own conclusions. Continue reading