Re: Bards and GRRM in High School
All, thanks for the welcome. I am rereading ADWD and I found another "bard" who was not so lucky.
Tiny SPOILER. Not a big issue, but it made me laugh when i read it. The Sons of the Harpy are stepping up their game in Meereen, and Shavepate is going through a list of the recently slain. "Three freedmen, murdered in their homes," the Shavepate said. "A moneylender, a cobbler, and the harpist Rylona Rhee. They cut her fingers off before the killed her."
She's the only one named and has a bit more description. I was mostly joking with my OP, but it sure does seem like a pattern. Whether or not it is based on GRRM's experience, we'll probably never know, but what his personal life brings to the tale is an interesting topic.
GRRM certainly has a knack for creating cultural detail: songs, food, drink, clothes...one thing I noticed missing though is nobody seems to smoke anything. No tobacco or anything weed like such as in the LOTR. The closest thing is the red chew, the name of which is escaping at the moment. Does GRRM smoke a pipe or I am just making that up because he looks some salty fisherman with that beard and hat in his cover photos?
Back on topic. Bards. Can anyone please help with some of the questions I had earlier?
I really am fond of the little connections throughout this series. Does the bard who stayed in Winterfell that Sansa was thinking about in the Eyrie make any other appearances? Or do the bards at Joffrey's wedding have any other connections?
Eulalia, it's my impression that writers are more maesters than bards, because they write most of the books in Westoros. Point taken though. Also, you can say it would've been a blast to date GRRM in HS now that you know he is brilliant, but back then it wouldn't shock me if he was all pimply, shy, unhygienic, and not popular with the girls. Nah, stick with the dudes in the band, and not the marching band geeks Tywin was talking about. Just joking here, I have a lot of respect for all musicians and definitely for GRRM.
Lastly, as a guitar player and diehard Redskins fan, GRRM can eat it!