“And who are you, the proud lord said, that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat, that’s all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke, that lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o’er his hall, with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o’er his hall, and not a soul to hear.”
~The Rains of Castamere, A Storm of Swords
When I saw the track listing for the Game of Thrones Season 2 Soundtrack I was thrilled that “The Rains of Castamere,” performed by The National, was included. I didn’t expect to hear an official version of the song so soon. Then I listened to it.
“Race for the Iron Throne” is a great blog for those who enjoy George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, especially since it examines the politics of Westeros as well as explaining its historical relevance to our world. Since the blog started recently, only the chapters in the first novel are being analyzed. Enjoy!
“Fifteen years past, when they had ridden forth to win a throne, the Lord of Storm’s End had been clean-shaven, clear-eyed, and muscled like a maiden’s fantasy…In those days, the smell of leather and blood had clung to him like perfume. Now it was perfume that clung to him like perfume, and he had a girth to match his height…A beard as coarse and black as iron wire covered his jaw to hide his double chin and the sag of the royal jowls, but nothing could hide his stomach or the dark circles under his eyes.”
“I swear to you, sitting a throne is a thousand times harder than winning one. Laws are a tedious business and counting coppers is worse…the lies they tell…and my lords and ladies are no better. I am surrounded by flatterers and fools…There are nights I wish we had lost at the Trident…Lord Eddard Stark…
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Even though the last time I played (and won) the Game of Thrones boardgame I was playing as the Lannisters, I’ll always be a fan of the Starks (they have DIREWOLVES!) so I of course pleaded my allegiance to House Stark and the King in the North as part of the HBO campaign for Season 2.
The unthinkable happened. On March 2, 2012 I, the great and powerful Peter, finally lost the trophy to Steven the Occasionally Present. Despite my calling foul there was nothing to be done. It’s a sad day indeed for all of mankind. On the plus side, Steve has only played one game since then and lost and I’m currently back in the lead with 4 (out of 34) points. Of course, this also means I have some updating to do:
- Peter: a 5-time winner of the trophy, though finally usurped; The Despised One
- Gary: he fights to reclaim long-lost power; Champion of the Free Peoples of Atlantis
- Alan: he fights to win an oft-denied trophy; Proponent of “Peaceful Coexistence”
- Steve: a first-time winner of the trophy; The Occasionally Present Risk Master
- Jim: his unpredictable nature has caught many off-guard; The Hated One
Now that that is out of the way, here’s Table Top (Episode 1: Small World) from Wil Wheaton and on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. I may have to consider picking up the game after watching this. Looks fun and possibly cutthroat!
After the death of King Robert Baratheon, Westeros remained calm for only a short while before the lords Alyn Baratheon, Garys Stark, Petyr Lannister, and Steffon Tyrell began expanding their influence throughout the Seven Kingdoms. These lords were too busy mustering their troops to notice the Wildings testing the strength of The Wall. In fact, despite the fact that it was only a small band of Wildlings attempting to scale The Wall and cause chaos to the Night’s Watch, these four lords nearly failed in the protection of the realm because they had been too busy exerting their influence on the Iron Throne by manipulating the lesser lords of the King’s Court and imposing their will on their fiefdoms. Thankfully the lords Garys Stark and Petyr Lannister had some foresight and sent enough men to the Night’s Watch to repel the Wildling attack. After the Wildlings’ first attempt on entering Westeros failed, the war began proper.
I apparently lost interest in maintaining a blog. Although I never really thought about having one, I kinda liked the idea of this one. Too bad I lost my inspiration for it. Mayhaps the inspiration will return…
So, how was today different from all other days… I went into New York City today, and not to meet up with my friends! What madness is this? Well, I guess it has something to do with HBO’s new show based on George R. R. Martin’s first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, “Game of Thrones.” Who could possibly pass up the opportunity to sit on the Iron Throne?