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 →
Have you ever felt like the popular ‘Jojen Paste‘ theories were in some way correct, but incompletely articulated… they’re missing something?
Well I hope to allay those thoughts and put forth a compelling viewpoint, that goes a step further. Specifically, this is what this essay argues:
Bran was purposefully introduced to cannibalism during his trek to the Cave of the Three-Eyed Crow, culminating with the consumption of Jojen’s blood during the ‘weirwood paste’ ceremony.
This central idea is underpinned by the following observations:
The consumption of certain human flesh is a route to greater power as a skinchanger.
The ability to warg more difficult subjects, such as humans, is evidence of such power.
A skinchanger must have demonstrated such significant power in order to be joined to the weirwoods.
Thus Coldhands, Bloodraven and Leaf have been taking actions to make this transformation as smooth and expedient as possible.
This essay explores these ideas and uses them to articulate the larger point. Additionally, I take some time at the end to address specific logistical questions that I anticipate will come up.Continue reading →