The logistics behind sending messages in Westeros came to sudden prominence in A Dance with Dragons. We suddenly see additional details, such as the different types of ink, message security, and the use of signs and seals.
But there is one such chain of letters and messages, so rife with mysteries and conspicuous errors, they merit an investigation unlike any other in the books.
For those who want me to get to the point…
- I specifically examine three of the letters in A Dance with Dragons.
- In examining them I point out what’s incurably wrong with each of them.
- I propose what I think are the most rational explanations.
Most notably that…
I believe the letters were written by Mors or Hother Umber, as ‘coded’ messages to Stannis, Mance, Val or possibly Melisandre.
Additionally, Mors and Hother Umber are devious geniuses.
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