A Dance Of Dragons Essays

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Once more we examine Varamyr “Sixskins” in the “Epilogue” of A Dance of Dragons, who appears to be dying. In a last stitch effort to cling onto life he slips into the skin of his caregiver, Thistle:
He summoned all the strength still in him, leapt out of his own skin, and forced himself inside her. Thistle arched her back and screamed….The spearwife twisted violently, shrieking… “Get out, get out!” he heard her own mouth shouting. Her body staggered, fell, and rose again, her hands flailed, her legs jerked this way and that in some grotesque dance as his spirit and her own fought for the flesh.” (15).
Thistle’s soul had inevitably been too strong for Varamyr to overcome, and in her fit of madness she bit off her own tongue and clawed her own eyes out to rid herself of the possessor, both dying as a result. Once again Martin portrays human possession as a terrifyingly violent and traumatic experience, the ultimate “abomination” (A Dance of Dragons, 4). Necromancy, a different form of human possession, on the other hand, appears to be in the clear, so long as it applies to the antagonists.
A Song of Ice and Fire: Celtic Reflections within Westeros “The Others”
The Others are also an ancient race of supernaturals in Westeros that live beyond the wall in the “Lands of Always Winter.” Like their neighbors, the Children of the Forest, they were also last seen 8,000 years ago after they had been defeated at the “Battle for Dawn.” They first emerged during the “Long Night,”a time…

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