By Stefan Sasse

For the prior seven years, we at ToweroftheHand.com have prided ourselves on being a most advantageous resource of A music of Ice and Fire research, info, and hypothesis. there was approximately a metric ton of essays, discussion board posts, and encyclopedia entries logged on the web site so far, all designed to offer the toughest of the center fan the main worthwhile event attainable whereas analyzing George R.R. Martin's seminal novels.

And now we’re taking all these years of mastery and making use of them to an ebook.

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows takes 5 of the site's so much prolific authors - together with its founders - and attracts out their top, such a lot in-depth paintings but. in contrast to different Ice and Fire compendiums, the focal point of those essays is at the narrative, personality, and thematic components of the tale itself, instead of the literary points surrounding the books.

Even higher, the TOTH editors are joined via a few of their strong neighbors, who in order that ensue to be prime voices within the Game of Thrones group: A Podcast of Ice and fireplace co-hosts Amin Javadi and Mimi Hoshut, WinterIsComing.net founder Phil Bicking, and A banquet of Ice and Fire co-author Chelsea Monroe-Cassel.

Altogether, the book’s 8 authors (and particular site visitors) hide a large gamut of matters and views, from the obvious to the main refined, tough readers to examine the novels they love a lot in fullyyt new - and extra enriching - methods.

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Within the comparable ebook, Ser Barristan tells Dany approximately her brother Rhaegar’s depression connection to the fortress, explaining that “he was once born in grief. ” simply because Rhaegar used to be born at the day of the hearth, it really is mostly believed that his delivery used to be intrinsic to the unknown tragedy. even supposing the development is shrouded in secret, definite conclusions will be drawn relating to those that have been concerned. Egg, because the reigning king, was once approximately 60-years-old on the time, with Dunk at sixty six or sixty seven years. either have been current and perished at Summerhall, besides Egg’s inheritor, Prince Duncan the Small. it's attainable that Prince Duncan’s spouse, Jenny of Oldstones, was once additionally current. Her buddy, the dwarf seer who makes an visual appeal in A typhoon of Swords because the Ghost of excessive middle, recollects that she “gorged on grief at Summerhall. ” This word, along with the previous crone’s tears upon listening to what she calls “my Jenny’s song,” means that she could have misplaced Jenny within the Summerhall tragedy. On one other notice, the Ghost can also be published via Barristan Selmy to be the woods witch who estimated the lineage of the Prince That was once Promised, explaining Egg’s determination to marry his grandchildren Aerys II and Rhaella to each other. Barristan mistakenly believes that the outdated crone additionally died at Summerhall, even if the reader is familiar with that she is alive through three hundred AL and roaming the Riverlands. This does recommend, even though, that she could have additionally been current throughout the occasion yet by some means survived the hearth. The occasions within the Dunk and Egg novellas, whereas a long time faraway from the tragedy of Summerhall, may shed a few gentle at the mysterious occasion. within the Hedge Knight and The secret Knight, a typical thread surfaces within the type of a Targaryen’s “dragon dream. ” Daeron, Egg’s brother, unearths that he dreamt of Dunk sooner than the 2 of them ever met. “I dreamed of you and a lifeless dragon,” he tells Dunk. “It had fallen on most sensible of you, yet you have been alive and the dragon used to be useless. ” Daeron is worried that the dragon can be himself, so he asks Dunk to make sure that it’s his brother Aerion he kills. even if, because it transpires, the dragon essentially symbolizes Baelor Breakspear, who died within the safeguard of Dunk’s reason in the course of the Trial of 7. Years later, through the occasions of puzzle Knight, Daemon Blackfyre tells Dunk that he dreamed of “this faded white fort, you, [and] a dragon bursting from an egg. ” Daemon misinterpreted the dragon to be a literal one, hatched from Butterwell’s prized egg. notwithstanding (and as formerly discussed), the dragon during this premonition is symbolic of Egg entering his personal as a Targaryen prince and, eventually, a king. With those precedents in brain, it's not not going that the disastrous try to hatch a dragon egg at Summerhall might have been the manufactured from a misinterpret dream or prophecy. Like Daemon’s misreading, the dragon during this hypothesized dream or prophecy might even have symbolized a Targaryen – thus, Rhaegar. this might clarify Rhaegar’s start at the related day his predecessors try to elevate a dragon, in addition to the depression connection he bears to Summerhall that keeps to hang-out him all through his existence.

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