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Opinion by sacredsalad posted over a year ago
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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 staring them in the face. Some of what I am about to say should be bleeding obvious. It certainly is to me, but I'll let you decide. This will be a very long post, so I hope you will bear with me.
Let's start with the prophecies in the House of the Undying. The meaning of the first four are fairly obvious. I am only going to go over the ones that are causing confusion. These actually seem pretty straightforward to me and I can't understand why nobody else appears to have figured it out. Let me explain:
Fan fiction by leomatao posted over a year ago
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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 are Sir Arthur Dayne, Oswell Whent, and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower. They have a brief discussion, in which Gerold Hightower explains that "they made vow's " draw swords and then Eddard and his shadows descend on the three. Ned hears his sister screaming his name, as he is awakened he keeps repeating, "I promise, Lya, I promise."

Now to put it in retrospect.
Fan fiction by IloveJonSnow posted over a year ago
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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 the first book Ned is haunted in his dreams about his last encounter with his sister Lyanna while she was on her death bed. The phrase "promise me Ned" comes up several times. What could this promise be exactly? Personally, I think that Lyanna asked Ned to look after her child... that child being no other than Jon. But if that's the case... why the shame? Why the secrecy? The next question that comes to mind is who is Ned's father. Though Robert was destined to marry Lyanna... she was "stolen" by Rhaegar and than presumably raped by him... or at least according to Robert....
Opinion by Dutchound posted over a year ago
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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 contemplating who these three might be.

I think the first was Stannis, whose strength was shattered in the Blackwater.

The second might be Beric Dondarrion, whose strength - and life - was lost on his mission to bring a Lannister bannerman to justice (the heart of the lion).

The third is Daenerys. And as Azor Ahai tempered Lightbringer by plunging it into his wife's heart, Dany will temper her strength by betraying her lover. This is the third treason she will know; note that the Undying didn't specify that...
Opinion by michael posted over a year ago
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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 elevates Jon beyond the treatment of a normal bastard. Why Eddard, a man of stubbornheaded honor, would come back with a bastard child after newly being married to Catelyn (who, by all accounts, is beautiful). If Eddard isn't the father, then that doesn't make sense because he claims Jon is his blood in A Game of Thrones. Jon also looks like Eddard (more than his other male children), so Jon must be closely related. The two most closely related people to Eddard are Brandon, Benjen, and Lyanna. Brandon is dead over a year prior to Jon's birth and little is known about Benjen in this...