We believe that George R. R. Martin has put a lot of effort and thought into creating a deeper dimension of archetype and symbol in his writing. He’s created connections between past and future, between sky and ground. He’s built on classic figures from world mythology and twisted them around in new and incredible ways to fashion his own archetypal characters whose divine roles are played out by the characters in the story. He’s done all of this not only to be artistic and clever, but because he’s actually participating in a grand tradition of esoteric, symbolic art. Keeping this tradition alive is of critical importance and tremendous value to society, and that is why I believe this facet of A Song of Ice and Fire is so worthy of study. This podcast is intended to be our vehicle to explore these inner workings, and it is fueled by enthusiasm, yours and mine.
The Bloodstone Emperor Azor Ahai (Bloodstone Compendium 2)
The legend of Azor Ahai says that he cracked the moon when he forged Lightbringer. Does this make Azor Ahai "the bad guy?" He stabbed his wife too, and to work blood magic. Is blood magic heroic, or abomination? And what's with this Bloodstone Emperor guy, who worshiped a black meteor during the Long Night? Is there a link between this black meteor, the meteors of the moon explosion, and the greasy black stone? And what does this tell us about the nature of Lightbringer? Follow along with the text of the episode at https://lucifermeanslightbringer.com/2016/01/04/thebloodstoneemperorazorahai/ (https://lucifermeanslightbringer.com/2016/01/04/thebloodstoneemperorazorahai/)
Odin Origins 3: Jon Snow
In the third of three videos explaining how the mythology of Odin and Yggdrasil heavily influenced ASOIAF, we'll dive into Jon Snow as the embodiment of Odin's berserk battle fury (for which Odin is named). I'll also show you how skinchanging, greenseeing, and northern culture in general comes from Odin mythology related to wolves, ravens, and bears.
Odin Origins2 : Bran Stark
In the second of three videos explaining how the mythology of Odin and Yggdrasil heavily influenced ASOIAF, we'll dive into Bran Stark's tendency to fall, fly, hatch eyeballs from his forehead, and of course, 'trip his little Stark nuts off.' We'll compare the Nightfort to Valhalla, and we'll visit Whitewalls from The Mystery Knight to discuss the wily Maynard Plumm, who is of course Bloodraven. As always, you van find the matching video on the lucifermeanslightbringer YouTube channel to enjoy the full visual experience.
Odin Origins 1: Bloodraven
The first of three videos explaining how the mythology of Odin, Norse god of shamanism and many other things, heavily influenced George R. R. Martin's ideas about magic, weirwoods, greenseers, skinchangers, and the North. Part 1 will cover Bloodraven and the greenseer relationship with the weirwood, p2 will cover Bran and his version of Bloodraven's Odin symbolism (plus action at the Nightfort and Whitewalls form the Mystery Knight), and p3 will cover Jon, skinchanging, and the animal-like fury of Odin's berserker warriors.
The Vedic Indian Origins of Dany, Drogon, and House Targaryen
Well, this one literally took me a month to make, I hope you enjoy it! A deep dive into the mother goddess mythology and Vedic Indian mythology in particular from which George fashioned the greatest character in modern fiction, Daenerys Targaryen. Kali, Durga, Sati, Vritra, Dany, Shiva, Parvati, all play a part, plus we'll say a quick hello to Adam and Eve, Aphrodite, Jormungandr, Tiamat, and a few other notable personages from world folklore. Who hang out top the Great Pyramid of Meereen, dochyaknow.
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The Old Gods (Origins of the Green Men)
This video is both a culmination of the Origins of the Green Men series **as well as** a tour de force demonstration of George Martin's hyper-advanced "story-within-a-story" writing technique. You wont find writing like this anywhere else, in my experience! You also won't find this analysis anywhere else, nor because I'm smarter than anyone else, but because those other channels lack the devotion to Garth that we practice here.
LmL does a very good job identifying and analyzing symbolism found in ASOIAF! He makes many interesting theories based on that symbolism, and present it all in an entertaining way. Some of his theories are a little out-there, but most make perfect sense I think. They’re all fun though, give it a listen!
Not for the faint of heart.
LML isn’t for the casual reader. This analysis of ASOIAF is a deep dive into symbology, mythology and respect for truly great literature. LML provides great access to the multi-dimensional/layered story Martin is telling, and he always ties it back to the story of the characters; to the human heart in conflict with itself. All that and a wonderful, sometimes self-deprecating, sense of humor too.
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