Two Olympic figure skaters provide commentary for skaters at Rockefeller Center. Lulz.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (North Korea) Ministry of Information announced today that although the country had sent an Olympic delegation to the Sochi games, and did not send a team, it’s people should not be concerned because it’s fearless, eternal leader, Kim Jong-un had agreed to participate himself in a variety of events.
If this is true then it’s my new favourite thing
It’s a satirical paper but the image of Kim Jong-Un trying to figure skate is pure gold.
Château d’Amboise, France (by miemo)
Two lovely, simple drawings of Princess Alix of Hesse as a bride, in a letter from her elder sister Grand Duchess Elizaveta Fyodorovna to Queen Victoria, who could not attend the marriage ceremony.
Scanned from “Alexandra: Tragik und Ende der letzten Zarin" by Elisabeth Herresch.
Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna in 1913.
You mean this theory?
Personally I like the theory and it’s plausible, Lightbringer not being a literal sword and might just be the Night’s Watch itself. I’ll make a quick random rundown. MASSIVE SPOILERS BY THE WAY!
- Let’s review the Oath: “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all nights to come.”
- The oath itself uses a sword as a metaphor for the organization.
- According to legend and Maester Aemon the sword is supposed to give off heat. Again look at the oath: I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn. The defeat of the Other long ago is called the Battle for the Dawn.
- Azor Ahai has something to do with the defeating the Others, which also happens to be the Night’s Watch mission. Both of them also has the same concept of a damnably long winter they’ve fought in.
- The legend originates from Asshai around 5,000 years ago while the Night’s Watch was said to be established 8,000 years ago. What if it really happened 8,000 years ago but the tale only reached the far east later on? What if it really happened long before these dates but history has become so muddled that historians are not really sure anymore when it happened?
- The “wielder of Lightbringer” could just mean the person who commands the Night’s Watch. If he survives the assassination attempt on his life, Jon is still the commander of the Watch. We know that Jon had dreams of holding a flaming red sword.
- Azor Ahai took three tries to forge Lightbringer successfully. To get the sword “right”. He tempered it in water: failed. He tempered it through a lion: failed. He finally used his own wife, Nissa Nissa plunging the sword into her heart, and it was successful.
- Nissa Nissa could probably be the vow to not take any wives. The promise to put duty before family and other loyalties? Or perhaps the Wall was built using bloodmagic? Ritual sacrifices? Could it be Daenerys herself (if she ever does end up on the Wall)?
- We can interpret the three tries as challenges for the brotherhood. They’ve hit rock bottom several times in the past which we can count as any of the challenges:
- The events with Night’s King was the first.
- Second could be the internal war between the three Lord Commanders who nearly destroyed the Watch when they forgot their vows in favor of their pride and ambition (lions represent pride and ambition as it happens)
- Maybe the slow decline and really poor state of the Watch right now is the third trial before the Night’s Watch finally gets into the perfect shape?
- Another way to look at the three attempts would be the Lord Commanders’ state. Mormont was the first, Jon is the second.. Will there be a new commander or will Jon survive and gets another attempt on his life?
- Lastly, Azor Ahai drove his sword into Nissa Nissa’s living heart, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer. Perhaps Jon has to combine the Night’s Watch and Dany’s dragons to forge the perfect weapon?
I’m just randomly spouting things here but I think you get the idea.
ok guys real talk now
is it only me or does viserys targaryen
kinda looks like a blonde version of loki
No, it’s not just you. I think that if Tom Hiddleston ever decided he didn’t want to play Loki any more, Harry Lloyd (the actor playing Viserys) could take the part or that Tom Hiddleston could be cast as Rhaegar Targaryen because according to the book Rhaegar looks like Viserys only taller and with darker eyes.
Schwerin castle in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.