Q: A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across the waters with her dragons – wields power badly.
George R.R. Martin: Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it’s not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn’t ask the question: What was Aragorn’s tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren’t gone – they’re in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles? In real life, real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with. Just being a good guy was not the answer. You had to make hard, hard decisions. Sometimes what seemed to be a good decision turned around and bit you in the ass; it was the law of unintended consequences. I’ve tried to get at some of these in my books. My people who are trying to rule don’t have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn’t make you a wise king.
No. George RR Martin doesn’t seem to understand the subtextual intentions of the Lord of the Rings. Tolkien wrote the series with the intention of emulating early Anglo-Saxon literature (think Beowulf). In early Anglo-Saxon lit and epic poetry etc. the lines between good and evil were not brought into question, and the role of a good king is a topic that is of high focus in the early literature. There is so much more to the Lord of the Rings than just the plot.
George R R Martin writes political/war books set in a high fantasy universe. Tolkien wrote high fantasy literature in a way that emulates early Anglo-Saxon literature, with the intention of emulating it. Read books as more than just books.
I have never seen something that more accurately describes how I’m feeling right now
The struggle is so real.
when you pass an exam you expected to fail
when you are doing a group activity in class and your teacher puts the smart kid in your group
When you are doing a group activity in class and you’re the smart kid.
"actually, that was due today”
wait a minute this isn’t my homework
this is tumblr
how did this happen
Treble clefs by (L to R) Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel.
all musicians across all time periods: “fuck how does that thing go”
Beethoven didn’t even try
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