WHY THE FAITH OF THE SEVEN MATTERS  high_sparrow_ffg_786 For those of you that have yet to read A Feast for Crows (SHAME ON YOU), the High Septon or as some call him the “High Sparrow” is a yet to be seen character that is going to play a crucial role in season 5. Thanks to the great images provided to us by thewatchersonthewall.com, we have had some glimpses of His Holiness and have confirmation of his appearance in season 5. Now without spoiling too much, let’s talk about why this man is going to be so important.

Jonathan_Pryce1The Faith of the Seven, or the “New Gods” is the most common religion in Westeros and is practiced all over except for the North and the Iron Islands. The Faith, as it is commonly known, draws heavily on the number seven and there are 7 gods: The Warrior, The Maiden, The Smith, The Crone, The Father, The Mother and The Stranger.800px-The_Seven_by_guadAlthough each has a distinct purpose they are each a representation of a single deity. The Faith is often compared to Catholicism as it too has several aspects of a single God along with an organization (Pope/College of Cardinals) that is similar to the the High Septon and Most Devout. The organization of the faith is also very similar to that of the Catholic church in the middle ages where members of the clergy held positions in government and were often the individuals that created laws and imposed punishment on offenders; much like the High Septon in Westeros.

High_SeptonThis parallels reality. After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, there emerged no single powerful secular government in Western Europe, but there was a central ecclesiastical power in Rome, the Catholic Church. In this power vacuum, the Church rose to become the dominant power. As the Church expanded beginning in the 10th century, and as secular kingdoms gained power at the same time, there naturally arose the conditions for a power struggle between Church and Kingdom over ultimate authority.

Věnceslav_Černý_-_Příchod_věrozvěstů_Cyrila_a_Metoděje_na_MoravuIn essence, the earliest vision of Christendom was a vision of a Christian theocracy, a government founded upon and upholding Christian values, whose institutions are spread through and over with Christian doctrine. In this period, members of the Christian clergy wield political authority. The specific relationship between the political leaders and the clergy varied but, in theory, the national and political divisions were at times subsumed under the leadership of the Catholic Church as an institution. This model of church-state relations was accepted by various Church leaders and political leaders in European history.

During the Middle Ages it was customary to classify the population of Christendom into laboratores (workers), bellatores (soldiers), and oratores (clergy). The last group, though small in number, monopolized the instruments and opportunities of culture, and ruled with almost unlimited sway half of the most powerful continent on the globe. The clergy, like Plato’s guardians, were placed in authority “by their talents” as shown in ecclesiastical studies and administration, by their “disposition to a life of meditation and simplicity,” and … by the influence of their relatives with the powers of state and church, in which we see similarities to maesters, who commonly hold great sway as well as family connections. Maester Aemon, anyone?

20120425230449!Aemon-Castle-BlackIn the latter half of the period in which they ruled [800 AD onwards], the clergy were completely freed from family cares. Celibacy was part of the psychological structure of the power of the clergy; for on the one hand they were unimpeded by the narrowing egoism of the family, and on the other their apparent superiority to the call of the flesh added to the awe and overall mystique in which lay sinners held them.

There can also be parallels drawn between the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church and the seven gods of the Faith. GRRM has stated that the Faith is based on the Roman Catholic Church on numerous occasions although he “is a lapsed Catholic…[and] would find me an atheist or agnostic.  I find religion and spirituality fascinating.” He has also said that the use of religion in ASOIAF is one of the things that sets his series apart from Tolkein’s in that “nobody is worshiping anything in Rings.” The hierarchy of the Catholic Church looks like this.

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1. God
2. The Church which includes the people of God
3. Deacons serve God and the people of God
4. Priests serve God, the people of God, and the deacons
5. Bishops serve God, the local Church the People of God, the deacons, and the priests
6. The Pope serves God and the entire Church as well as the bishops, priests, deacons and people.

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We can compare it to the Faith of the Seven which includes the following:

The Contemplative Brothers. They are humble men which work and live in communities very much like monastaries such as the Quiet Isle. They often take a vow of silence.
Begging Brothers. These men are clad in brown robes and beg (obv) and bestow blessings upon those they encounter on the road.
The Faith Militant which includes 2 orders: The Warrior’s Sons who are knights who have renounced their lands, gold and possessions to fight for the Seven. They swore their swords to His High Holiness like Lancel Lannister. The Poor Fellows wander the realm and escort pilgrims between septs and are more humble than the Warrior’s Sons
The Silent Sisters. These women serve the Stranger and have taken a vow of silence. They are often called the “Wives of the Stranger” and prepare the bodies of the dead for burial.
Septas and Septons. The men are often devoted to one particular aspect of the Seven such as the Smith and the septas often act as governesses to nobility such as Septa Mordane.
The Most Devout is a council of septas and septons that are of the most importance.
The High Septon. This is the equivalent of the Pope. This is the most important person in the Faith of the Seven

Another extremely important fact to consider is the Divine Right of Kings, key to the series as the King of Westeros is always anointed and coronated. While it was held that monarchs ruled through the Mandate of Heaven or God, at times this right was called into question, as to who exactly wielded greater authority – the monarch or the Pope.

chtempThe Investiture Controversy was the most significant conflict between Church and state in medieval Europe. In the 11th and 12th centuries, a series of popes challenged the authority of European monarchies. The issue was whether the pope or the monarch would name (invest) powerful local church officials such as bishops of cities and abbots of monasteries. The conflict ended in 1122, when Emperor Henry V and Pope Calixtus II agreed on the Concordat of Worms. It differentiated between the royal and spiritual powers and gave the emperors a limited role in selecting bishops. After 50 years of civil war, the outcome was mostly a victory for the pope and his claim that he was God’s chief representative in the world.

The age of the investiture controversy may rightly be regarded as the turning-point in medieval civilization. It was the fulfillment of the early Middle Ages because in it the acceptance of the Christian religion by the Germanic peoples reached its final and decisive stage. The greater part of the religious and political system of the high Middle Ages emerged out of the events and ideas of the investiture controversy.

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Now that we have discussed (very briefly) about the Faith, let’s talk about these “sparrows” and why we should care about them. If we think back to previous books, there have been 2 previous High Septons seen in ASOIAF: The “Fat One” that was killed during the riots in Kings Landing and his replacement, who was chosen by Tyrion Lannister but was later killed. This leads us to the third High Septon or the High Sparrow. The sparrows were a direct result of the War of the Five Kings. During the war, septs were looted and the holy people within were often raped, tortured or killed. Due to these unspeakable crimes, holy men and women brought the bones of those murdered to King’s Landing to show the king and ask for protection. They were the poorest of the members of the Faith and came to be known as sparrows as the sparrow is the most common bird. The High Septon was amongst these holy men and women and was elected to the office of High Septon by fellow sparrows. This was not to Cersei Lannister’s liking as she could not bribe or threaten him into submission as the previous men before him. Furthermore, the High Sparrow has refused to bless the reign of Tommen and has subsequently filled Cersei with much indignation.

Nobody knows the true identity of the High Septon as holy septons relinquish their names upon election to office, but there are many theories. But the reason why he and the Faith writ large are so integral to the upcoming season and overall culmination of the books, is because of their extreme influence over the monarchy and their high standing among the people of the land.

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Of course this may all be ruined in season 5 when psychotic bookburners D&D decide to make the High Septon a magical wish-granting fruit bat that only speaks in riddles. But there is still hope! Perhaps the High Septon will be the one character that is unsullied by the small minds of evil men, but then again when have D&D ever really cared about remaining loyal to the book?!?!?!? No one understaaands!!!

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(SANTE FE, NM) In the spunky desert (and dessert) town of Santa Fe, the closing of an area diner spells trouble for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Sunrise Café has been dispensing cold drinks, hot food, and their signature apple pie with homemade vanilla ice cream to area residents for decades. GRRM started to haunt the restaurant decades ago whenever he would get “stuck on food” during spells of writing the award winning fantasy series.

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Bxlhox-IYAAL8dqLOOK KIDS! PRINCESS MYRCELLA HAS BLACK HAIR NOW AS SHES FILMING THE SHOW BECAUSE WHO EVEN CARES ANYMORE!!! TEEHEE!!!!!!!!!!

(IF YOU THINK THERE COULD BE AN ARTICLE LIKE THIS WITHOUT SPOILERS THAN YOU ARE A STUPID IDIOT AND PROBABLY SHOULDNT BE INVOLVED IN A SERIES LIKE THIS TO BEGIN WITH MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET INTO SOME LIGHTER FAIRE LIKE THE LITTLEST ELF OR THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD OR LITTLE HARRY CAKESNIFFING POTTER THEN WE WILL ALL BE A LOT HAPPIER AND I WILL NOT HAVE TO WASTE MY TIME TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW STUPID YOU ARE OK THATS ENOUGH I WILL NOW END THIS SPOILER ALERT FOR STUPID IDIOTS)

Well, filming for the most book burning program known to man, Game of Thrones, has begun for season 5. And thanks to Watchers on the Wall, we’ve gotten a look at many of the characters, sets and locations that are going to be seen this season. As I’ve been perusing the pictures, something has been weighing on my mind : where are the rest of the characters?!?!?!? As wel all know, the majority of the POV characters will be seen in season 5, but what about the other characters that have an important role to play?

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THE ARMY OF ANGER IS NOT ISIS!!!

Posted: September 16, 2014 in INDIRECT ANGER

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THERES BEEN A LOTS OF CONFLICTIFYING MEDIA REPORTS AND INQUIRIZATIONS AS OF LATE BY STUPID IDIOTS ON TV AND SO-CALLED NOOSPAPERS AND CLICKME CLICKME SITES LIKE FUZZBLEED BUT ITS ALL A SLANDER CAMPAIGN BY D&D TO GET THE CIA TO DESTROY ME AND THE ARMY OF ANGER!!!! SO LET ME LAY THIS OUT BARE COLD AND NAKED ONCE AND FOR ALL….

THE ARMY OF ANGER IS NOT THE ISIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Book Chop

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“I can’t worry about that. That’s David and Dan’s job, and it’s a very, very hard job and I’m glad that they have it and not me.”-GRRM

Well, I’ll allow that tv production and writing is not an easy job. I guess that’s why we hire people with the talent for it and pay them sh*t loads of money.

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YO MHYSA

Posted: September 10, 2014 in INDIRECT ANGER

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YO MHYSA SO OLD SHE USED TO RAVEN BRAN THE BUILDER!!!
#NOONEUNDERSTAAANDS #GAMEOFTHRONES

YO MHYSA SO FAT SHE LIVES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE NARROW SEA!!!
#NOONEUNDERSTAAANDS #GAMEOFTHRONES

YO MHYSA SO UGLY PEOPLE SEE HER BE LIKE YO HOUSE CRAKEHALL!!
#NOONEUNDERSTAAANDS #GAMEOFTHRONES

YO MHYSA SO UGLY PEOPLE THINK SHE MURDERED ROBERT BARATHEON!!!!
#NOONEUNDERSTAAANDS #GAMEOFTHRONES

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NODOR?????

Posted: September 8, 2014 in INDIRECT ANGER

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With the recent news that Hodor will not be seen in season 5 of Game of Thrones, there’s been a lot of opinions about what this means for the show. For the first time both show watchers and book readers are in the dark. But what I think that most book readers can agree on is that after 4 years, enough is enough when it comes to these unnecessary changes!!!! In fact, with taking out an amazing character like Hodor, its is clear and transparent that the writers of the TV show and the HBO executives have no clue, no idea at all why we, the fans, love this series. Gone is the mystery, intrigue, and characterization, and in its place is Michael Bay style action, needless globs of expository dialogue, and instead of deep, relevant backstory we get KLOO KLOO KLOO!!!!!

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THE BOOK BURNER TAPES (PART TWO)

     USA - Politics - Richard Nixon Presidential Library And Museum These tapes are audio recordings of behind the scenes at Game of Thrones 

filming throughout Europe. They again were obtained by covert operatives who
currently have behind the scenes access for production of the vile series,
“Game of Thrones.”

The operatives are key intelligence members of the Army of Anger Intelligence
Division led by the Master of Whispers.

They were taken from August 21, 2014 through September 5, 2014.

ICELAND PRODUCTION

D.B. Weiss = DAN
David Benioff = DAVE
Kit Harington = KH
Carice Van Houten = CVH
Stephen Dillane = SD
Jerome Flynn = JF

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August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM GMT

DAN-Rise and shine, we are early getting ready for today’s shoot today we will
film the scene where Jon Snow rides a dead elk into battle vs. the White
Walkers.The White Walkers are attacking the Wall, it is a full onslaught and we
need KH to be ready to ride The Elk into battle.

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DAVE—Yes, we must make sure that the CGI effects that are added later look
really smooth when KH jumps off The Elk and starts slinging firebombs at the
White Walkers.

KH—My hair, will my hair look good?

DAN—Your hair will look great . . .

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KH—The ladies, you know, they love to see my hair. They love it, I love it, I
really can’t act well so I have to have my hair looking good, you know?

DAVE—Stop being a diva, your hair will be fine.

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SD-What will I be doing?

DAN-Its this amazing scene Dave and I have written. So emotional. You will die
by slipping on a banana peel. This is your Emmy year.

SD—Really? You have me taking on the Lannisters without a helm, then you have
me saving the Night’s Watch but now I die by a banana peel?

DAVE-We hate Stannis, and because you are playing him, we hate you.

SD—This is stupid.

DAN—What did you say? Do you want to go back to doing whatever you were doing?
Some boring foreign films that no one cared about? Shut up and know your place.

SD-Stannis does not bend.

DAVE-Go away, we don’ t need your lame acting anyway.

SD—(Storms back in) What did you say, coward? (struggle noises, shouting)

KH—My hair!!!!! Stop it!!! My Hair!!!!! You guys stop this, Stephen let go of
Dave! He’s turning purple.

SD-I’m not dying this season, I’ll die in the cold like I do in the books. I
will die a warrior.

DAVE—(breathing heavily) I was wrong, I’m all right…

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JF-Is this where I say a snarky line?

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CVH-(walking in)

JF-Good Morning!!!

DAN—Why are you naked? You aren’t filming until later…

CVH—Since I am naked in every episode, I just got used to it

DAVE—Put some clothes on…

CVH—(walks out)

CVH—(walking in) I want to do some singing this year, “You see the snow, you
see the flakes, you see the cold you see the lakes, sireennn by the seaaaaa”

JF-My goodness, my ears! You’re singing may be the Horn of Winter…and bring
down the Wall!

DAVE—Excellent!!! We will have Melisandre Sing!!!!! Great!!!!! She will bring
down the Wall with her horrible singing!!! The show writes itself!!! Who needs
those stupid books?!

CVH, KH, JF (In Unison)—Books? What Books?

DAN—Meeting over, see you later, Dave and I have something to discuss and we
will see you on set.

DAVE-Now we are alone, I need to tell you that GRRM is upset with the direction
of the show.

DAN—Who cares? I don’t, he’s rich, and he should do some pushups, eat a paleo
diet and not worry about our show. Our show is much better than those boring
books that don’t even have pictures.

DAVE-Amen, we are going to spoil some things for the book readers, they will
hate us but again, they are losers, and they watch the show.

DAN—What about this, “Army of Anger?” The spies, the leaks, the Lord of Rage he
calls himself. This website, they don’t have a lot of folks like Elio and
Linda, or Johnny’s website but they have a few overzealous people and they’re
militants like ISIS…I’m scared that they may encourage people to read the
books and become like those who stand against us…folks who read the books,
folks who can think for themselves folks who realize the truth!

DAVE—What truth? We are atheistic radicals, we hate truth, and the only truth
is what we make it. We make it that there are no books, there is no GRRM, there
is nothing but what you and I say it is! We will finish this series, we will be
rich, and WE will be remembered! Not GRRM, not the book readers, not this Army
of Folly! What losers! . .. I mean . . .. they don’t scare me . . . not at
all…

DAN—Be careful, The books are the enemy, The books are the enemy, The Books are
The Enemy.

DAVE—Yes! ..time to get to work, that fireball scene with Kit is going to look
great, him taking on the Great Other aka The Night’s King with fireballs out of
Bran’s dead body…And don’t forget Van Houten singing to break the Wall…her
voice is…

DAN—She looks great naked, and she is a decent actress, but her singing, man
it’s awful.

DAVE—She’d go Stephen on you if she heard you say that, she would…

DAN—Stephen, I am glad we are killing him off. Not a moment too soon. No one
touches us…

DAVE—I love you Dan, you are like the brother I never had . .

DAN—I love you too Dave

DAVE—You better, or I will crush you . . . . . I am the leader, I am David
Benioff, I am tall, good looking, and I am the face and mouth of this project.

DAN—Yes, my lord, you are (kneeling) You are My Liege Lord . . .

DAVE—Good, let’s get to work, (expletive) these mediocre actors and (expletive)
GRRM and (expletive) the book readers and (expletive) the books!!!!!

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DAVE AND DAN IN UNISON—AND NO HODOR!!!!!!

Recording ends

RECORDING II, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 at 1600 hours GMT SHOOTING FOR DORNISH SCENES

N. Coster Waldau = NCW

Jerome Flynn = JF

Michelle Fairley = MF

Malaise Williams = MW

DAVE-We have a phone call from MW, she’s excited about her scenes in Braavos
where she is going to be skate boarding around the city.

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MW—Thanks’ for me board . . me board is going to go well, I like the idea . ..
listen one thing guys, what happened to my guns?

DAN—The executive diced it. They didn’t want any post medieval firearms, he
wanted to make sure it looked authentic, so back to poisons, blades, things
like that . . sorry no guns.

MW—But you promised me!! I want a gun nowwwwwwww!!! Give me, me guns, me guns,
me guns!

DAVE—No, and the term, is “My” not “Me” . . yesh…you people invented the
language then forgot how to speak it

MW– No guns? But at least I like the scene where I join with Tyrion and Ser
Jorah on motorcycles

DAVE— That is going to shock those book (expletive) readers . . . . they are
going to be stunned! You are heading west to meet Dany! Yes!!!!

MW—Cool, see you later! I’m going to kill Dany and fly a dragon!!!! Ride a
Dragon!!! Yipee!!!!!

DAN-Bye, I love her . . she’s a great actress . . .

DAVE—Yes, she’s good. And so mature.

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NKW (walks in)—Guys, can we discuss this scene where I get killed? Killed by
Darkhorse?????

DAn—Dark Star, Ser Arthur Dayne…that’s his name right??? The name of his
sword is moon beam, moon doggie, bright light, day star, sun star, something
stupid that GRRM named it .. it doesn’t matter we do what we want.

DAVE– No, Gerald, Gerold, Goffrey, Gerry Dayne he kills you when you leap
from your horse Pegasus to fight him . . to defend Myrcella from his army in
the Boneway Pass or something . .

NKW—Well, we all gotta die sometime on this show, I enjoyed my scenes with
Lena, when I wasn’t being portrayed as a…

DAN—Don’t say it. We didn’t win the Emmy because that scene.

DAVE—Yep, we were told by our friends that that scene cost us that trophy and
the money and superpowers that we get with it. Now Bryan Cranston has them all
and can never die. Sad really, the director, he got kicked off of the
production team, he’s never filming for our show again. We personally told him
never to come back. He stunk as a director for our series, he’s a good dude but
he really ruined that scene, other scenes and GRRM wasn’t happy, the network
who signs our paychecks wasn’t happy, neither were many of the women in power
in our industry were not happy and we will not have that again.

NKW– I still have people calling me names, it makes me cry (crying hard)
please hold me Dan, hold me, little weasel-looking man, hold me and let me know
I am beautiful…

DAN—You will be fine, you got to hang out with Kate Upton in that movie, yes…
you are cool.

NKW—Good point I want to call her and tell her how beautiful I am, see you
later (walks out)

JF- Now, aren’t I supposed to be with some half wit fat chick and living the
life of a lord, why am I here on a rowboat with Nick?

DAVE-We need you, you bring ratings, you can act, and you make our bad writing
seem better than it is, we need you on screen to keep the show going, We need
you to keep us rich.

JF—Okay, do I get more scenes with naked chicks?

DAVE—Yes, we are known for naked chicks and blood, not quality writing, quality
directing, proper doctrinal translation of the books, yep, that is it.

JF—Okay, see you then. I gotta take a piss. (walks out)

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(Phone call from MF)

MF—Yes Dave and Dan, I need to know why Stoneheart was cut out, you really did
me wrong.

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DAVE—Shut up, go act on something, you were an awful Catelyn Stark, you made a
passionate woman seem like a wuss. You ruined her role. No Stoneheart. That is
in the books and we hate the books.

MF—I was in Harry (explitive) Potter! It was your writing, your directing and
if I was there right now I would kick your-

DAVE—(hangs up) (inaudible)

DAN—(Inaudible)

DAVE-Yes, she is a good actress, we don’t know what we are doing, we are
messing things up but who cares? We are rich! Have I mentioned that?

DAN—That’s right, who needs books, we are RICH, we are almost done and in a few
years we will take a yacht around the world, with our wives and pets and we
will set back on the pile of money.

DAVE—Bigger than GRRM, Bigger than any God, Dave and Dan forever . . .

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(DAVE AND DAN BEGIN TO SING FOREVER BY DRAKE)

RECORDING TERMINATED

Transcribed by Servant On Ice,

Book Reader since 2011

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IF YOU THINK THERE COULD BE AN ARTICLE LIKE THIS WITHOUT SPOILERS THAN YOU ARE A STUPID IDIOT AND PROBABLY SHOULDNT BE INVOLVED IN A SERIES LIKE THIS TO BEGIN WITH MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET INTO SOME LIGHTER FAIRE LIKE THE LITTLEST ELF OR THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD OR LITTLE HARRY CAKESNIFFING POTTER THEN WE WILL ALL BE A LOT HAPPIER AND I WILL NOT HAVE TO WASTE MY TIME TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW STUPID YOU ARE OK THATS ENOUGH I WILL NOW END THIS SPOILER ALERT FOR STUPID IDIOTS

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Stop Pestering His Grace!!!!

Posted: August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Stop Pestering His Grace!!!!

For many fans of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the wait between books is almost unbearable.  Readers have become so invested in the story that the wait between books seems like forever. As a faithful book reader, I empathize. I too am waiting for the next book, The Winds of Winter. But instead of waiting patiently for the next book, many readers are COMPLAINING about how long it has taken His Grace to publish TWOW.  This is unacceptable.

Per his Grace, A Song of Ice and Fire began in 1991. The first installment,  A Game of Thrones was finished in late 1994 and eventually published in 1996. A Clash of Kings was published in 1998 followed by A Storm of Swords in 2000, A Feast for Crows in 2005 and A Dance with Dragons in 2011. Have you noticed a pattern?  As the books become longer, it takes more time to write them!!! Now I know that the majority of readers are spoiled. Readers demand instant gratification. But GRRM isn’t James Patterson. He doesn’t employ ghostwriters that enable him to crank out 5 crappy books a year like Patterson does. For people complaining about The World of Ice and Fire coming out October 2014, this is mostly based on writings he had already done but did not include in previous books.

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