It’s April 1st, so of course anything you read on the Internet is going to be bogus. It remains to be seen how bogus this post will be. (I solemnly swear I am up to no good. No, that’s not right. This post will be legit.)
Although I mostly crank out weekly (usually weekly) posts about Game of Thrones for my blog, I occasionally contribute a geeky post to the Comparative Geeks website, run by the wonderful Holly and Dave. The two of them have a squad of regular contributors, but earlier this year Dave asked me if I had anything I’d be interested in sharing with the CompGeeks site. As it turned out, I did.
For some time I’ve been following a variety of in-depth and rather unusual analyses of the source material for Game of Thrones, George RR Martin’s unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire. On my blog, I tend to focus more on details from HBO’s show, but I felt I should try my hand at some of the symbolic and metaphorical study of Martin’s written works, which are rich in details, history, and myth.
He’s well known for using real world inspirations for the physical and political realities found in Westeros and Essos, but I took a step back from that to consider what might be the definitive primary source for the most important mythic cycle found in his stories, the tale of Azor Ahai.
Look, I could go on and spill the beans about that here, but as I said above I wrote the article for Comparative Geeks. You can find the full article here:
The conclusions I draw in the post are potentially … surprising.
Okay, it’s more fair to say that they’re off-base and loony.
I’ll repeat that today’s April 1: don’t believe just anything you read on the Internet. Consider this your fair warning.
If you do check out my post on Comparative Geeks (I hope you do), if you’re so inclined please come back here and tell me what you thought of it. I had legitimate reasons for drinking the figurative shade of the evening and letting the crazy flow through me.
As usual, there will be a new Game of Thrones post out on the blog next week (and every week until Season Seven kicks in) – it’ll be more my usual fare. I think in next week’s post I’ll be sort of trash-talking Margaery Tyrell.
If you are interested in my more-usual, non April 1st thoughts on Game of Thrones, I have all of my related articles on my handy-dandy Game of Thrones page should you want to read more but don’t want to navigate around my site.
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