Warging and Skinchanging Unravelled

This essay takes a close look at warging and skinchanging. The main goal is to gain a better understanding of these supernatural powers, to figure out how they are acquired and how various characters might use them in the story. My study centres predominantly on a chapter analysis of the Prologue to A Dance with Dragons, undoubtedly the…

Three Heads has the Dragon – Part I – The Elder Races

Five books and six seasons down the line, we should realize that hatching and riding dragons are only a small part of a much larger scenario. I’m personally convinced that many clues within the narrative suggest some ancient cultures in G. Martin’s world practiced a form of primitive genetic engineering, usually disguised as dark magic…

Patchface and the Mermaid’s Kiss Revisited

How did Patchface survive the shipwreck when all others on board drowned? In this updated post, I take a more comprehensive look at the smallfolk’s explanation for his survival regarding the mermaid that taught him to breathe in exchange for his seed. I believe a mermaid did intervene, but not the way we imagine it may…

Frozen Fire and the Genetic Significance of Blue Winter Roses

Several theorists have published analyses dedicated to the symbolism of blue winter roses over the years. While I subscribe to many of them (great stuff), most deal with their significance in respect of Lyanna’s presumed relationship with Rhaegar and by extension, her child Jon. I do not recall reading a theory dealing with their significance…

The Pearl Inheritance – Part 2 – Fisher Queens of the Silver Sea

In the first instalment of this series, I sought to establish the pearl’s importance to the story by examining its more obvious aspects as seen in the narrative. Its symbolism is predominantly feminine; it often turns up in relation to weddings and encompasses both the fertility of women and that of the land; as the…

The Pearl Inheritance I – The Pearl of Great Price

Silvery-white, lustrous and beautiful, the pearl has been a favourite ornamental accessory for centuries. Famous pearls have passed through royal dynasties of Europe and Asia and remain very much in vogue even today. Its symbolism is in rooted in its appearance – it requires no cutting or polishing to enhance its beauty – when it…

The Elements and Magic – Water Magic

A Study of the Elements and Magic Part Three – Water Magic It’s time for part three of The Elements and Magic series, which explains the different kinds of magical forces we encounter in the narrative. This time we take a look at water magic. Please read Part One to familiarize yourself with the theme…

The Elements and Magic – Fire Magic

A Study of the Elements and Magic in ASOIAF Part Two – Fire Magic   Fire magic is the force behind healing, and is a component in prophetic dreaming and glamouring.  It is a spiritual purifying agent and plays a role in sexual magic. You’re about to embark on the second part of the series ‘The…

The Elements and Magic – Earth Magic

A Study of the Elements and Magic in ASOIAF Part One – Earth Magic   Magic in A Song of Ice and Fire is closely related to the elements (earth, fire, ice, water), blood and metal, all of which act at as conduits for the magical driving force. This analysis explains the different forms of magic…

The Maiden, the Lion and the Weaver-Girl

New insights into ASOIAF George has kept the full picture behind the magic of ice and fire well hidden from view. Since the background is probably the key to figuring out many of the more difficult aspects of the story, I’ve decided to give it some attention. The focus here is on the Dawn Age…