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Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) walks alongside Silver
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) walks alongside Silver, HBO's Game of Thrones

"Take his horse," Dany commanded Ser Jorah. Viserys gaped at her. He could not believe what he was hearing; nor could Dany quite believe what she was saying. Yet the words came. "Let my brother walk behind us back to the khalasar." Among the Dothraki, the man who does not ride was no man at all, the lowest of the low, without honor or pride. "Let everyone see him as he is."


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Eddard's Ice Cold Look.
Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) holds Ice
Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) holds Ice, HBO's Game of Thrones

Lord Eddard Stark dismounted and his ward Theon Greyjoy brought forth the sword. "Ice," that sword was called. It was as wide across as a man's hand, and taller even than Robb. The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke. Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.


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Silver Bells, Silver Bells. From AGOT 12:

And last of all, Khal Drogo brought forth his own bride gift to her. An expectant hush rippled out from the center of the camp as he left her side, growing until it had swallowed the whole khalasar. When he returned, the dense press of Dothraki gift-givers parted before him, and he led the horse to her.

She was a young filly, spirited and splendid. Dany knew just enough about horses to know that this was no ordinary animal. There was something about her that took the breath away. She was grey as the winter sea, with a mane like silver smoke.

Hesitantly she reached out and stroked the horse's neck, ran her fingers through the silver of her mane. Khal Drogo said something in Dothraki and Magister Illyrio translated. "Silver for the silver of your hair, the khal says."

Have a safe and happy holidays everyone!

Fat Tom Tuesday

Can you tell the life story of a man in just four brief quotes? If it's Fat Tom, then, yes, you absolutely can.

Frightening Disguises. Jaime meets Loras in the White Sword Tower, ASOS 68:

"It's said you fought magnificently in the battle... almost as well as Lord Renly's ghost beside you. A Sworn Brother has no secrets from his Lord Commander. Tell me, ser. Who was wearing Renly's armor?"

For a moment Loras Tyrell looked as though he might refuse, but in the end he remembered his vows. "My brother," he said sullenly. "Renly was taller than me, and broader in the chest. His armor was too loose on me, but it suited Garlan well."

"Was the masquerade your notion, or his?"

"Lord Littlefinger suggested it. He said it would frighten Stannis's ignorant men-at-arms."

Anyone here trick-or-treating as a character from A Song of Ice and Fire? There are plenty of options: the black cloak of a Night's Watch brother, the white cloak of a Kingsguard, a direwolf, an Other, Ramsay Snow, Brienne, UnCat, etc. What would be your ideal ASOIAF costume?

Melisandre, Shadowbinder. From ACOK 43, as witnessed by Davos:

Melisandre had thrown back her cowl and shrugged out of the smothering robe. Beneath, she was naked, and huge with child. Swollen breasts hung heavy against her chest, and her belly bulged as if near to bursting. "Gods preserve us," he whispered, and heard her answering laugh, deep and throaty. Her eyes were hot coals, and the sweat that dappled her skin seemed to glow with a light of its own. Melisandre shone.

Panting, she squatted and spread her legs. Blood ran down her thighs, black as ink. Her cry might have been agony or ecstasy or both. And Davos saw the crown of the child's head push its way out of her. Two arms wriggled free, grasping, black fingers coiling around Melisandre's straining thighs, pushing, until the whole of the shadow slid out into the world and rose taller than Davos, tall as the tunnel, towering above the boat.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

The Small Paul Revolution. Alas, Small Paul, we hardly knew you. A steward of the Night's Watch, Small Paul conspired against Lord Jeor Mormont, carried Sam Tarly on his back, was killed by an Other, and transformed into a wight. Here's the last time we saw him, in ASOS 47:

Then, by the door, one of the shadows moved. A big one.

This is still a dream, Sam prayed. Oh, make it that I'm still asleep, make it a nightmare. He's dead, he's dead, I saw him die. "He's come for the babe," Gilly wept. "He smells him. A babe fresh-born stinks o' life. He's come for the life."

The huge dark shape stooped under the lintel, into the hall, and shambled toward them. In the dim light of the fire, the shadow became Small Paul.


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