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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Game of Thrones Musings #1 -- Tryion Targaryen?

Just how many of those fire breathing Targaryens are there anyway?

References:  NOVEL:  "The World of Ice and Fire; The Untold History of Westeros and The Games Thrones," by George RR Martin, Elio M. Garcia, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, Bantam Books, ISBN: 978-0-553-80544-4, Year published: 2014.

INTERNET: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/House_Targaryen

INTRODUCTION

My husband told me about Game of Thrones around the time it was announced the series had just started filming for HBO.   He said I would love it. It was "soap opera-y," (and I enjoyed a good soap opera when I was a young girl) and no topic was off limits.  There was incest, violence, and dragons.

I said okay and waited for S1 to come out. Curious, I turned on TV watched the 1st ever episode when it came out and sure enough, I was hooked. Since, I have read the 1st 3 books in the series, Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, and Storm of Swords.


My favorite character in this series, without hesitation is Daenerys, and I knew right away we were on a journey with her. In Episode 1, we were seeing her at a point in her life when she was young and embarking on her destiny. What was going to come was to shape her life for better or worse.  And I wanted a to have a horse in Daenerys' khalasar.

FIRE AND ICE -- OBSERVATIONS

Immediately what caught my attention was the "ice and fire" contrast.  Like "black and white," "ice and fire" in this story  represent good and evil.  And obviously, the Targaryens and their dragons represent "fire." Fire is light.  Light is white.  White is good. 

Mind you, not all Targaryens are good.  They're human with human flaws, (and I would say due to their incest) but they do have traits, if mastered, would make them harbingers of "fire."

So what do we know about the Targaryens?

OF DRAGONS AND TARGARYENS:

According to "The World of Fire and Ice, and Untold History of Westros and Game of Thrones," (full reference is listed above) The Targaryens were just one of many dragonlord families who lived in Valyria on the western half of Essos.

The Valyrians established a westernmost outpost called "Dragonstone" 200 years before the "Doom."

The Targaryens were of pure Valyrian blood and possessed an ancient lineage. 12 years before the Doom, Aenar Targaryen sold his holdings and moved his family to Dragonstone. Thus, the Targaryens were the ONLY dragonlords to escape the "Doom."


 Page: 33 :  "It  had long been the custom amongst the dragonlords of Valyria to wed brother to sister to keep the bloodline pure." 

Per Game of Thrones Wiki: Generations of inbreeding have preserved  in the Targaryen    bloodline, the classic Valyarian features of silver white hair and pale, white skin. This inbreeding retained the ability to successfully bond and ride with the dragons. Targaryens are tolerant of extreme heat and high temperatures.

"Half the Targaryens went mad, didn't they? What's the saying? Every time a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin?" - Cersei Lannister.   (Side note:  And we've seen good and bad, the "mad" king Aerys, Viserys, the Begger King, Rhaegar, the noble older brother, and Daenerys.)

Jorah Mormont , in service to Daenerys once told her she was more like her brother "Rhaegar" (good Targaryen) then her brother, Viserys. (bad Targaryen)

THE "MAD" KING AERYS

This Targaryen is Daenerys' father. According to "The Untold History," Aerys inherited the Throne when he was 18.  His wife and sister, Rhaella, quickly had their first son, Rhaegar.

Upon coming to the throne, Aerys named Tywin Lannister his "Hand." Aerys and Tywin had known each other since they were children and were good friends.

As Aerys grew older and his reign longer, he grew increasingly "erratic." 

Tywin Lannister married his cousin, Joanna Lannister after being "Hand" for a year.  She served as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Rhaella. Tywin and Joanna knew each other since they were children. He adored her.

Page 225 of "The Untold History:"   "Sadly, the the marriage between Aerys Targaryen and his sister, Rhaella, was not as happy, and she turned a blind eye to most of the king's infidelities, though the queen did not approve of his "turning my ladies into his whores" (Joanna Lannister was not the first lady to be dismissed abruptly from Her Grace's service, nor was she the last).

Over the course of 13 years, the Queen, Rhaella, miscarried or had stillborn children.

Page 225 from "The Untold History:"  "It has been reliably reported, however, that King Aerys took unwonted liberties with Lady Joanna's person during her bedding ceremony, to Tywin's displeasure. "    Not long thereafter, she was dismissed from the Queen's service.


When Cersei and Jaime were 6 they visited the king's court at King's Landing. The King, "in his cups,"  asked if the twins had ruined her breasts.  Joanna was humiliated, Tywin, tried to give up his position as Hand. Aerys refused to accept it.   

In 272 AC, Aerys, Tywin, Joanna, and their families attended the Anniversary Tourney.  In 273 AC, Tyrion is born.


It is widely speculated that Tyrion is the product of an "affair" between Aerys and Joanna.   -- And Tywin suspected it.  Why else would he treat Tyrion so poorly?

According to "The Untold History," eventually Aerys gives up his mistresses and vows to be true to his Queen.  When he does this, Viserys and Daenerys are born to him and Rhaella. 

WHO'S YOUR BROTHER?  OR NEPHEW? OR SISTER?

Without a doubt Daenerys is a Targaryen.  Jon Snow is Daenerys' nephew, the son of her older brother, Rhaegar, and Lyanna Stark, making him a Targaryen, comfirmed by HBO. (That's a whole other musing)  Tyrion Lannister just might be a Targaryen, born out of an "affair" between Aerys and Joanna Lannister.   


So let's hear your musings:  Is Tyrion really a Targaryen?





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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan



Book Review for: The Sword of Summer
(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
Written by: Rick Riordan
Published by: Disney/Hyperion
ISNB: 978-148476035-2

4.5 Stars

I read: the hardback

An incredible escape to another world!

Riordan pens an enthralling new adventure involving the Gods of Asgard with “The Sword of Summer.” Our hero is Magnus Chase. After retrieving the sword of Summer from the Charles River, he’s promptly killed by Surt, the fire god. Thankfully, a Valkyrie named Sam, saves him and takes him to Valhalla where he becomes one of Odin’s soldiers known as the Einherjar.

Trouble is not far behind. Sam is expelled from the Valkyrie, and Magnus must re-find the Sword of Summer. Complicating matters is Fenris Wolf who is rumored to bring about Ragnarok in 9 days. Can Magnus and his friends, Sam, Blitz, and Hearth find the sword and save the 9 worlds from Ragnarok?

Riordan’s writing style is easy to read and engages the reader. His characters are likable and endearing. Magnus is brave in the face of danger, and loyal to his friends. There are plenty of villains who bring out the humanity of Magnus and his friends. The plot is fast paced, keeping young readers turning the pages.

The best character of the book is Sumarbrander – the Sword of Summer – who has a personality all his own.


Overall, “The Sword of Summer,” is a story with great characters, great action, and great appeal. The ending is satisfying and leaves the reader wanting to find out more about Magnus and his friends.  I recommend this book for 10 years and older.  A breathtaking read that will resonate long after the reader has finished.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Camping in the California Redwoods


Today I thought I'd share some pictures with you from my vacation at Jedidiah Smith State Park.  This state park is home to Redwoods trees. It's about 3 miles outside of Crescent City, CA.  Crescent City is on the border between CA and Oregon.  It's also on the coast of California.  The climate is moderate, not to hot, not too cool.  The majority of days start off with a marine layer that burns off as day go.  The climate is perfect for the growth of Redwood Forests. 

We went ahead and pitched out tent.  We use cots to sleep on. Personally, I find cots better to sleep on than using an air mattress.  They may be a bit more bulkier to transport, but for me it's worth it.  We went in mid June this year, and it was a bit on the cooler side.  Temps were in the 50's and 60's, so we always wearing a sweatjacket and pants.  


What's camp without a campfire, right?  Here's a picture of our campfire.  Behind it is our charcoal grill.  They got a lot of use! 





Here is Joe taking his Jr. Ranger oath.  They gave him a pin that he wore everywhere he went! 



Here is selfie with me and "Boy Scout Tree."  Boy Scout Tree is a Huge Redwood.  Actually it's 2 redwoods who fused together.  It's a 3 mile hike out to the tree and 3 miles back.  It's called Boy Scout tree because it was the boy scouts who discovered the tree in the 1940's when they were doing trail maintenance. 




Here's a picture of our little campsite.  Our tent is in the background.  A huge redwood log that fell down is on the left.  What I really liked about this campground is that you were surrounded by redwoods.  It gave you a sense of privacy that we didn't have in other camps.  The bathrooms were flush tiolets and they had coin showers. The part itself was well kept up. 


Here's a picture of the lighthouse in Crescent City.  It's called Battery Point.  You can only access it during low tide.  When high tide comes in, it fills up the middle and cuts off the island from the main land. 


Here's a bunch of redwoods on the the way to Boy Scout Tree. 

I hope you enjoyed my pictures of the redwoods.  It's a good 12 hour drive so it takes us 2 days to get there.  Crescent City has a walmart, a movie theatre and plenty of places to eat if you need something.  We took several hikes when we visited, the best hike being out to Boy Scout Tree.  There is a river nearby, but since it was so cold, we didn't go in.


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Summer vacation and the Fourth of July brings Ella to New Hampshire while participating in a tennis competition. Logan is an innkeeper's son who bumps into Ella and invites her for an ice cream. Attraction flares and they enjoy spending time together, but each has their own plans for their life. Then disaster strikes Ella. Can a summer attraction truly become a lasting relationship?


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