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Tower of the Hand in 2014: Featured Essays

12/29/2014 9:00:00 AM ET

As 2014 draws to a close, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on the year that was. And 2014 was a great year for essays on Tower of the Hand. Thanks to a regular rotation of writers shepherded by Marc Kleinhenz, plus a few guest essayists and other community writers, we saw a wide array of topics covered here in great detail and from unique perspectives. In case you missed some of them, or if you feel like re-reading your favorites, all of 2014's essays can be found below.

ASOIAF Analysis

8,000 Years of Stagnation?
Stefan Sasse wonders if the history of Westeros is as old as everyone claims and if a lack of progress is realistic. (May 5, 2014)

So Many Vows: Oaths in Conflict
Jim McGeehin studies the many ASOIAF characters who have sworn to conflicting oaths. (May 21, 2014)

Cold Open: Thoughts on AGOT's Prologue
Dan Hemsath writes that AGOT's Prologue prepares us for what's to come in more ways than one. (Jun 9, 2014)

The Hero with a Thousand Faces and One
Chris Kesner uses Joseph Campbell's myth of the hero to identify ASOIAF's heroes and predict their fates. (Jul 3, 2014)

Secrets and Lies: The Silver Spiderweb
Are Varys and Littlefinger, the masters of secrets and lies, working together, as Miles Schneiderman argues? (Aug 1, 2014)

The Castles of Westeros
Stefan asks why castles in Westeros were built the way they were and whether they hold up under scrutiny. (Sep 4, 2014)

The Worst Man in Westeros: Craster
Jim kicks off a new series examining the worst lowlifes that Westeros has to offer. First up: Craster. (Sep 17, 2014)

Wild at Heart: A Look at Notable "Free Folk"
Dan Hemsath offers a look at notable "free folk" and how they embody the culture of wildlings. (Oct 2, 2014)

A Laboratory of Politics
Race for the Iron Throne's Steven Attewell goes across the narrow sea to examine the politics of Essos.

Chaos Is a Ladder
Chris relates Star Wars to A Song of Ice and Fire through Marxist transgression and Freudian taboo. (Nov 6, 2014)

The Franchise of Ice and Fire
Marc Kleinhenz looks at various franchises and explores what might be in store for George R. R. Martin's world. (Nov 21, 2014)

We also concluded Tower of the Hand's Group Re-read of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons earlier this year.

Game of Thrones Analysis

I Know Who I Am: Selfhood and Slavery in GOT
Vassals of Kingsgrave host Duncan Hubber analyzes selfhood and slavery in Game of Thrones' fourth season. (Jun 25, 2014)

Fighting Fookin' Legends
In his latest essay, Marc explores the role of catharsis in the novels versus the show. (Jul 16, 2014)

'Tis the Best Season
Let's take a voyage with Remy Verhoeve as he struggles to find the best season of Game of Thrones. (Dec 24, 2014)

And don't forget to check out Miles and Stefan's reviews of every episode of Game of Thrones this season.

The World of Ice & Fire

Ruminations About the World of Ice & Fire
Stefan dives into the World of Ice & Fire, ruminating about how new book affects old theories and essays. (Nov 11, 2014)

Magic Mushrooms
Who is Mushroom, that historians both rely on and scoff at his testimony? Miles finds the truth. (Dec 3, 2014)


The Music of Dragons
Remy explores how A Song of Ice and Fire has inspired works of heavy metal and folk music. (Jan 29, 2014)

Scoring the Game
Before Ramin Djawadi composed everything for Game of Thrones, Remy remixed his own soundtrack. (Apr 18, 2014)

A Game of Thrones Collectible Card Game
Remy goes back to a time when fans found other ways to endure the wait between books. (Aug 20, 2014)

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One last note, we're always interested in hearing your essay ideas. If you want to see something on Tower of the Hand, or if you'd like to share some of your work on this site, feel free to contact us.

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