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Why is Tower of Joy so important in Game of Thrones and the things you need to know about it

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Why is the Tower of Joy so important in Game of Thrones and the things you need to know about it

Going forward this season it’s clear we’re going to finally get some flashbacks with certain story lines. This will be good to fill in some much needed information for certain characters in the show mainly, Jon Snow. We know from the episode 3, “Oathbreaker” previews, after episode 2, “Home” we are going to get the Tower of Joy, which is huge. With all the talk about Lyanna Stark from Robert and lack of talk by Ned it was nice to finally put a face to the name. But that was a very young Lyanna, Ned and Benjen Stark we saw training in the yard. What happens when they all get older? If you’ve been paying attention since season 1 you would know she died at the Tower of Joy, but what’s the story behind it?

Why is the Tower of Joy so important in Game of Thrones and the things you need to know about it

After Ned took care of the siege of Storm’s End he headed to the Red Mountains of Dorne with Martyn Cassel, Theo Wull, Ethan Glover, Mark Ryswell, William Dustin and Howland Reed. When they finally arrived they found the three members of the Kingsguard, Ser Arthur Dayne, Ser Oswell Whent, and Ser Gerold Hightower, who were protecting the tower. Seven against three and by the end of it only Ned and Howland Reed survived, and it’s said that Howland actually saved Ned’s life. By the time Ned gets inside to find Lyanna she’s covered in blood and dying. She tells Ned something and then says, “promise me, Ned”. After all is said and done, Ned completely brings down the tower to make cairns for each person who lost their lives in the fight. He then brings Lyanna’s body home and buries her in the crypts of Winterfell.

However, not only did Ned bring Lyanna’s body home but he also brought home a bastard child known to everyone as Jon Snow. But just what was it that Lyanna had Ned promise her, and how convenient is it that Ned, the most loyal person in the realm, happened to break his wedding vows and father a bastard at the same time? The popular theory is that Jon Snow is actually the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar, and that Lyanna wasn’t kidnapped but went off somewhere safe to give birth. That theory also would make sense because of the Kingsguard being there. The Kingsguard wouldn’t be there if it was just Lyanna because she wasn’t the queen and Rhaegar wasn’t there either.

While everyone seems to agree that Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark there are some other theories that suggest he wasn’t an only child and in fact has a twin sibling. The biggest one being Daenerys Targaryen, but Jon is supposedly 8-9 months older than Daenerys so how would that work? The other one I’ve noticed becoming more and more popular is that Meera Reed is Jon’s twin sister. This is an interesting one because as mentioned before, Howland Reed is the only other survivor of the Tower of Joy battle, and Meera is about the same age as Jon. Also, whether its coincidence or proper casting Kit Harrington and Ellie Kendrick look a lot alike. In the episode “Home” Meera is down on her luck with everything that has happened recently, and Leaf, the child of the forest, tells her that Bran is going to need her in the future. Could Meera have a huge part to play for the few remaining Starks because she’s actually their cousin, or in this case, Jon Snows sister? Only time will tell.

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With “Oathbreaker” coming up this Sunday, it’s more than likely all these questions will finally be answered. This one moment is something both book fans and die-hard show fans have been waiting for, for a long time. Not only will we learn the secret Ned kept his whole life, and possibly put his marriage in danger with, we also get to see a legendary battle and hopefully Jon Snow’s heritage. Having to wait nine months for the season to start was awful, but having to wait this entire week for this particular scene has been something else entirely. As satisfying as it was to see Jon resurrected I can’t think of any other moment that could top it other than the Tower of Joy. So, here’s to the Tower of Joy and hopes that it’s satisfying and that it puts to rest some major fan theories.







My name is Trevor Perkins. I graduated Full Sail University with a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment. When I'm not spending time on the universe of A Song of Ice and Fire I'm usually watching football (go Chiefs!), listening to music or working on my writing.

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.

 

Season 3 Episode 14

Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”

 

Season 4 Episode 8

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.

 

Season 5 Episode 9

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.

Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!







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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

Valyrian Steel Swords are very priceless and magical weapons that are possessed by very few. By the time of Game of Thrones, we see only a handful of individuals who have access to them. But 300 years ago, during the events of House of the Dragon, they were much more in number.

We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon. We covered a few of them in the previous article, here’s the link. Do check it out!

 

Lamentation

Lamentation was a famed Valyrian steel sword that belonged to House Royce. Ser Willam Royce wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. The sword was torn from the hand of Willam, however, when he was killed during the Ride of the Seven. With Willam’s death, the sword was carried off, never to be found again. However, some rumours claim that Ser Warrick Wheaton slashed a wing off of Syrax with a Valyrian steel sword, likely Lamentation, during the Storming of the Dragonpit.

 

Dark Sister

Dark Sister is a famous longsword of Valyrian steel. It is one of two ancestral swords of House Targaryen. Dark Sister had a slender blade originally designed for a woman’s hand. It was wielded by Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. During the Dance of the Dragons, it was the prime weapon of choice for Prince Daemon Targaryen. Dark Sister was lost when the last wielder of the sword, Brynden Rivers, went missing beyond the Wall in 252 AC.

 

Longclaw

Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

Jon Snow wielding Longclaw in Battle of The Bastards, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Longclaw is the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Mormont. It is the same sword Jeor Mormont gifts to Jon Snow at the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones. The Mormonts supported the Starks in their allegiance with Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.

 

Lady Forlorn

Lady Forlorn is the ancestral longsword made of Valyrian steel belonging to House Corbray. The sword has a heart-shaped ruby in its pommel and its blade is smokey-grey in appearance. Ser Corwyn Corbray wielded Lady Forlorn during the Dance of the Dragons. It was in the possession of Ser Lyn Corbray in Game of Thrones.

 

Is there any Valyrian steel sword you’d wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Buy: Ned Stark Ice foam sword with collector box

Buy: Ned Stark Ice foam sword with collector box

 

Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire

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Visenya Targaryen by Berkan Ozkan







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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 1

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House of The Dragon’s Co-showrunner Ryan Condal confirms the existence of 3 famous Valyrian steel swords in the show

Valyrian steel swords have always been a source of fascination for the fans of Game of Thrones. Made of a fictional metal in the ancient land of Valyria, not many such weapons survive since its doom. They are very rare, priceless, magic-infused and are often passed down as family heirlooms. We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon.

 

Vigilance

Vigilance is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Hightower. It was last wielded by Ormund Hightower during the Dance of the Dragons and he fought for King Aegon II Targaryen. Ormund was slain by Roderick Dustin during the first battle of Tumbleton, after which the sword was lost forever.

 

Ice

Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 1

Ned Stark wielding Ice, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Ice is the ancestral greatsword of House Stark made of Valyrian steel. It is the sword that was wielded by Ned Stark in Game of Thrones. The sword was wielded by Lord Cregan Stark during the Dance of the Dragons, who was the Warden of the North during the period. He supported Rhaenyra Targaryen due to his pledge known as the Pact of Ice and Fire.

 

Truth

Truth was a Valyrian steel longsword carried by Moredo Rogare, a Lysene noble from the wealthy banking Rogare family. During the Dance of the Dragons, the Rogare Bank rivalled the Iron Bank of Braavos in size. We might get a glimpse of the sword in House of The Dragon.

 

Orphan-Maker

Orphan-Maker is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Roxton with a black blade. Ser Jon Roxton wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. He sided with King Aegon II Targaryen and the sword was used in the Battle of Honeywine and the second battle of Tumbleton. The sword later came into the possession of Lord Unwin Peake, after which its whereabouts are unknown.

 

Blackfyre

Blackfyre is the fabled hand-and-a-half longsword of Valyrian steel once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror. It is perhaps the most famous sword in all of Westeros. Aegon II Targaryen’s possession of Blackfyre enhanced his legitimacy against his rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen, during the Dance of the Dragons. It was lost after the Blackfyre rebellion.

Is there any Valyrian steel sword you wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Buy: Game of Thrones Longclaw Replica Foam Sword

Game of Thrones Long Claw Replica Foam Sword

 

Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire

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Aegon I Targaryen by Clark Ocleasa







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