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First of all, I would like to say that I cannot take credit for this theory. Most of this has been formulated from my own opinions from the book series 'A Song of Ice and Fire', other formulated theories on various forums, and the last piece of the puzzle was dropped on my lap by a good friend.

Firstly, the question of who is Jon Snow's mother needs to be answered. For those who are aware of Ned Stark's unquestionable honor, the mere thought of him bringing home a bastard after Robert's rebellion is kind of a big deal. Like a really big deal. The name of his mother is not given, yet throughout...
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After having reread through the first book I have come to the conclusion that Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targyren must have had an elopement of some sort and/or a child.

Here is the largest piece of evidence, short (as possible) and sweet (and rather difficult to ignore afterwords).


In a Game Of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X,
we begin with the scene at the Tower Of Joy.
Eddard is dreaming of it from the past. He confronts three men, "in white cloaks, and Lyanna in her bed ablood." He is accompanied by six northern men he knew well but sees as shadows in the dream. The three men in white cloaks...
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I originally sent this article as a series of emails to AltShift-X, but they never responded. So I assume they deleted them.

I have to say, I don't go in for discussion groups or twitter. I have to also admit that I have never read the ASOIAF. All I know about them comes from sites on the internet. But I think I have garnered enough info to draw some conclusions.
First, I have to mention that it is really annoying that so many people who seem so into the books seem to miss what right in front of their noses. I mean really, they so often obsess over the most trivial details while missing the elephant...
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While reading A Song of Ice and Fire, I kept coming back to the question of who is Jon Snow's mother. If you haven't read the first four books (the only ones published at the time I am writing this), then you probably want to stop reading because I'll mention stuff that you probably don't want to know until George R. R. Martin reveals them to you - it's so much better that way.

So, I tinkered with a variety of ideas and then a crazy one came to me - what if Eddard isn't Jon's father? A lot of stuff starts making sense then: The urgency of which Eddard has to tell Jon... something. Why Eddard...
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posted by Dutchound
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I'm sure others have speculated on this, and I'd like your input.

I was intrigued by Salladhor Saan's description of the forging of Lightbringer by Azor Ahai and its implications on Azor's return.

To summarize, the first sword he forged shattered when tempered with water. (This is not how a sword would actually be tempered, but I digress.) The second shattered when plunged into the heart of a lion. The third, Lightbringer, was tempered when Azor Ahai plunged it into his wife's heart.

Martin loves threes. It seems to me that these three forgings refer to three different characters, and I've been...
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