Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Dance with Dragons - Tyrion XI/ Jon XII

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

Welcome back to my A Dance with Dragons readthrough. This week we're continuing to barrel along towards the end of the book- we're checking in with Tyrion and Jon this time. Tyrion you may recall is in Slavers Bay, trying to get to Daenerys, but the small matter of him being a slave is getting in the way. It's somewhat ironic that he gets to Slavers Bay... and is trapped in the army that is besieging Meereen. So close to her, and yet so far. And then Jon's chapter is going to look at his precarious hold on the Nights Watch as things get grimmer in the north...

Spoilers for the books!

Things are not looking good in the tent of Tyrion's master. The master is dying of the flux and Tyrion knows he and Penny need to get away or they're going to die too. The healer says to give the master fresh water so Tyrion and Penny go to get water- but Tyrion goes instead to the tents of the Second Sons, to try and get Brown Ben Plumm to help.


The interesting thing for me here is Tyrion talking to Brown Ben Plumm and knows that Dany's dragons took to Ben. Apparently Brown Ben has some Targaryen blood?


This is the day that Jon lets the wildlings through the Wall. The hostages go first, one hundred boys between eight and sixteen and then the warriors, anywhere between five hundred to a thousand. A skinchanger comes to, Borroq with a monstrous boar. Afterwards Bowen Marsh tells Jon that 3,119 wildlings passed the Wall. Jon then gets a letter from Cotter Pyke.

At Hardhome, with six ships. Wild seas. Blackbird lost with all hands, two Lyseni ships driven aground on Skane, Talon taking water. Very bad here. Wildlings eating their own dead. Dead things in the woods. Braavosi captains will only take women, children on their ships. Witch women call us slavers. Attempt to take Storm Crow defeated, six crew dead, many wildlings. Eight ravens left. Dead things in the water. Send help by land, seas wracked by storms. 


Mormont's raven at one point says "King"  and "Snow, Jon Snow, Jon Snow." Jon thinks it strange. I can't help but wonder if Bran or Bloodraven are watching Jon through that raven, perhaps communicating with him? And the mystery of Joramun's Horn (aka the Horn of Winter) comes up as well.

"Would that I had the Horn of Joramun. I'd give it a nice toot and we'd climb through the rubble."
"Melisandre burned the Horn of Joramun."
"Did she?" Tormund slapped his thigh and hooted. "She burned that big fine horn, aye. A bloody sin, I call it. A thousand years old, that was. We found it in a giant's grave, and no man o' us had ever seen a horn so big. That must have been why Mance got the notion to tell you it were Joramun's."

And Joramun blew the Horn of Winter and woke giants from the earth. That huge horn with its bands of old gold, incised with ancient runes...had Mance Rayder lied to him, or was Tormund lying now? If Mance's horn was just a feint, where is the true horn?

Where indeed?

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