Ice: Swords in Game of Thrones

Sword Name: Ice

Material: Valerian Steel

Maker:  Valyrian Freehold

Owner: House Stark/Ned Stark/Ilyn Payne/Tywin Lannister

Pasted down from generation to generation, Ice is the great sword of House Stark.  It was the largest sword that I can find in Game of Thrones.  Intended for Brandon Stark, Ice was passed down from Rickard Stark to his second oldest son Ned Stark after his father and brother were sentenced to death by the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen.  Ned then became the Lord of Winterfell and King of the North.

We first see Ice out on a grassy hillside at the beheading of a Night’s Watchmen who abandoned his post.  Here is the first time Bran Stark sees the true meaning of being a Lord and the responsibility that can not be pushed off on someone else:  This was not the first kill made with this sword and it won’t be the last.

Later in season one, Ned is accused of betraying the King. Littlefinger betrays him in search of more power and status. King Joffrey sentences Ned to death in front of a large crowd and in a cord of irony Ser Ilyn Payne beheads him with his own sword, Ice.  Both of his daughters are there to see the beheading and sparks a fire of revenge towards the Lannister’s that will last the rest of the series.  Due to Ned’s betrayal, Ice is kept in King’s Landing dishonoring House Stark.  It is not seen again until season 4.

Tywin Lannister finally decides the fate of Ice as it is melted and reforged into two swords, later to become Oathbreaker and Widow’s Wail.  To add insult to injury, he burns the wolf pelt scabbard that Ice was kept in.

Tywin gifts the first sword to Jaime Lannister who is told that the owner no longer needed it when asked how his father came into the Valarian steel. He later gave this sword to Brienne of Tarth for protection in her search of Sansa Stark.  Brienne names the sword “Oathbreaker” to remember her promise to Catelyn Stark.

Given as a wedding present, King Joffrey, a Lannister, is the recipient of the second sword.  It is not clear if Joffrey knows the heritage of his new sword but names it “Widow’s Wail” so he “can be reminded of cutting off Ned Starks head” every time he uses it.

Oathbreaker, in season six, is now protecting Starks once again.  Once finding Sansa, Brienne lays it at her feet and swore an oath in which Sansa accepts.  Widow’s Wail has not been seen in a while and it’s location is unknown.

What is your favorite Game of Thrones sword?


Needle: Swords in Game of Thrones

Sword Name: Needle

Owner: Arya Stark

Material: Castle-forge Steel

Maker: Mikken 

Forged at Winterfell as a gift for Ayra Stark.  She was just 11 years old when her half-brother Jon Snow gave it to her right before leaving for the Wall and Night’s Watch duty.

Jon wanted something to fit Arya’s stature and designed a thin, light sword.  Arya had never wanted to be a “lady” and was even the one to name her sword.

“Sansa can keep her sewing needles, I’ve got a needle of my own.” [1]

It is at King’s Landing where Arya learns to “water dance”, a series of quick steps and jabbing with the sword, much like fencing.  Her teacher, Syrio Forel, is a master swordsman from the isles of Braavos.

Arya’s first kill come when she and Sansa are leaving King’s Landing in haste after her father’s arrest.  After stumbling across the ransacked carriage, Arya starts to dig in her trunk for Needle when a stable boy grabs her and in the struggle the blade accidentally runs him through.  Startled, Arya runs.

Finding herself watching her father’s beheading, Arya starts to draw Needle from its sleath but she is headed off by a knight’s watch recruiter, Yoren.  Yoren then pretends she is a boy named “Arry” to keep her safe and get her out of the city.  They keep this charade up while on the way back north to Winterfell. Here she meets Gentry, who is a blacksmith apprentice that asks her is she stole Needle noticing its is castle forged steel.  Gentry is curious when “Arry” said it was a gift.

Yoren and his men are attacked by Lannister’s men at the Riverlands.  Captives are escorted to Harrenhall after Yoren is killed.  Polliver takes Needle from Arya and  kills Lommy Greenhands by stabbing the boy through the neck.  

Arya, while with the Hound, runs into Polliver and hatches a plan to get Needle back.  He Hound doesn’t agree but when Arya makes her move he has no choice but to help her out.  He fights Polliver. Arya, having recovered Needle, kills Polliver and leaves with the Hound.

Her next kill, number 3 with Needle if you are keeping track, is Rorge whom the Hound and Arya meet on the road.  Rorge threatened Arya back when they were with Yoren and after the Hound gets his name Arya stabs him in the chest.

After that Arya hides Needle in rocks when trying to start a new life so that no one could recognize her.  She leaves Needle and will not come back for it for some time.

Arya in trouble comes back for Needle and lures the Waif to a cave/room.  She kills her in the dark after putting out a candle showing how far her skills have come.

Arya and Needle’s journey is far from over. What is next for the pair?  Could a triple threat be involved when Nameria comes back into the picture?

*This is a show summary only.  

Game of Thrones: Book vs Show S1E4

Season 1, Episode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
First Aired: May 8, 2011
This is not a summary of the show and/or book but a comparison to see how the books were written verse how they are portrayed in the show.

Changes to the story:

  1. Bran’s dream of the three eyes crow.
  2. Jorah reveals that his wife is with another man.  If this is such a big deal to put in the show then why is it not in the book?
  3. Viserys describes the dragon skulls at the Red Keep to Dany’s servant/his whore.
  4. Sansa is shown the iron throne and claims she is still mad at her father.  This is the first look at the iron throne.
  5. Ned Stark’s man comes to deliver a message to Robert but finds Jaime Lannister waiting outside the door listening to Robert and his whores.  He walks away without delivering his message.  Could this have contained infomation about his bastard?
  6. Jon and Sam talk about being virgins.  Jon explains that he doesn’t know his mother and that she could be a whore.
  7. Littlefinger explains the story to Sansa about the Hound scars.  Instead, in the book the Hound recounts what happened to Sansa and she starts to feel differently for him.  Compassion instead of fear.
  8. The queen visits Ned Stark.  It was extreme to ask that Lady, Sansa’s dire wolf, be killed. She then asks why he took Robert offer becaus all he would do would be to pick up the pieces after Robert did what he wanted.  Ned responded the he was trained to hill his enemies, the Queen said so was she.
Key scenes missing from the Show:
  1. Bran’s predictions that the children of the forest will help Uncle Benjen.
  2. Jon telling Sam he dreams of the crypts at Winterfell and how he screams that he is not a Stark but continues downwards into the dark until he awakens.
  3. Jon Arryn and Stannis Baratheon used to visit a brothel.  Was there another reason other than the normal reason to do this?
  4. The feast after the tourney day in which Joffrey showers Sansa with attention.
  5. Jorah explains to Dany that Drogo thinks of her as a gift in which one should be given in return.  However, you do not demand a gift especially from a Khal.

There are other missing scenes but are not critical to the flow of the story.

Other information:  We are introduced to Samwell Tarly, who is 15 years old in the book but 18 in the show.

This episode includes the chapters Bran IV, Eddard V, Jon IV, Eddard VI, Catelyn V, Sansa II, Daenerys IV (Chapters 24-29 & 36) from the book Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Point of views have been swapped around in the timeline of the show.

I am using a guide to help determine which chapters to stop at for this blog as I don’t want to read too far ahead.  You can find the guide I am using at Chapter Guide.

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Game of Thrones: Book vs Show S1E3

Season 1, Episode 3: Lord Snow
First Aired: May 1, 2011
This is not a summary of the show and/or book but a comparison to see how the books were written verse how they are portrayed in the show.

Changes to the story:

  1. Jaime is waiting for Ned in the throne room.  They talk about Ned’s father and brother who were murdered by the Mad King.  Ned tells Jaime that he served him well when it is safe.
  2. The Queen bandages up Joffrey’s arm and tells him that “someday you will sit on the throne and the truth will be what you make it”.  This points that the way Joffrey is brought up and why he acts the way he does, a spoiled brat.  She then asks him what would he do if he were King. His responds is that he would double taxes and build an army.  He would also take Winterfell and put in someone loyal to the crown.  Cersei informs him that the north can never be held by and outsider.
  3. Ned gets a raven from Winterfell about Bran.
  4. Jaime and Cersie talk about Bran.  Shows that they still have ears at Winterfell.  Jaime says that if Bran talks he will kill him.
  5. The King talks about his first kill. When Jaime is asked to join the conversation he tells of his first kill and what the Mad King’s last words were, “Burn them all.”
  6. Benjen is still at the wall after the news of Bran.  By this time in the book he has already be reported missing from his ranging duties.
  7. It is revealed that Jorah’s father is still alive.
Key scenes missing from the Show:
  1. Just as a little back history. The wall is older than the 7 Kingdoms. There are 3 strongholds still being used at the wall; Castle Black, Eastwatch and Shadow Tower. This is not needed at this time in the story but is just nice to help set the scene.
  2. Arya gets sent to her room, Sansa is quick to follow before either learn of the tourney.
  3. Ned tells Arya that she has “the wolf blood” just like her Uncle Brandon and Aunt Lyanna causing both of their early deaths.  Could this be a clue as to what will happen to Arya later in the show?
  4. Maester Aemon tells Tyrion Lannister that he is “a giant come among us, here at the end of the world.”
  5. Because Benjen has only just left in the show, Jon Snow never tells Tyrion that if he doesn’t come back soon that he and Ghost will go after him showing just how na├»ve he really is.
  6. Just as a little back history.  Old Nan was the wet nurse to Brandon Stark, Bran’s Great Uncle (Grandfather’s Brother).  She is very old that all of her children have lived and died.  This may not be a big thing because it was not used in the show but I wonder if she is someone or something else to have lived this long.

There are other missing scenes but are not critical to the flow of the story.

This episode includes the chapters Catelyn IV, Jon III, Eddard IV, Tyrion III, Arya II, Daenerys III, and Bran IV (Chapters 18-24) from the book Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Point of views have been swapped around in the timeline of the show.

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Hugo Boss, Armani, Prada, Tom Ford, Dolce and Gabbana, etc…    The list goes on and on but that is not the suits I am talking about. If you have never heard of USA Network’s tv show Suits, then you about to get hooked.

Best things about Suits:

  1. Binge watch to help you through Game of Thrones withdrawals.  You can even spot some familiar faces of GoT later in the series.  How many GoT faces have been on the show?
  2. If you are a music, movie, tv show enthusiast then you have come to the right place.  Not only do they quote favorite movie lines, they take a page right out of its playbook for cases.  Can you catch all the references?
  3. Meghan Markle.  If you are wondering why this name rings a bell then look no farther than the Prince of England himself.  The woman we have all come to know as Rachel Zane on the show has been dating Prince Harry since 2016.  Wedding date predictions anyone?
  4. Best bromance in recent tv history.  Never have we seen two characters who learn, adapt, and mimic each other so fluently.  Harvey has placed himself in the older brother shoes while showing Mike how the law world works.  And just when we are getting comfortable Mike will switch the roles and we see more into the minds of the characters.  What is your favorite bromance?
  5. Powerful female leads.  This show would not be the same without Gina Torres (Jessica),  Meagan Markle (Rachel), and Sarah Rafferty (Donna).  Each one brings a different aspect to the team, but all are determined to get what they want.  Who is your favorite female lead?

Binge watch Suits now on Amazon Prime.  For just $10.99 a month you will get movies, music, kindle and free 2-day shipping.

    Posh Smashing Good Pumpkin Face Mask Review

    I bought this from a friend at an online party a few months ago but can’t remember ever trying it before.   Due to over a month of breakouts, I decided to give it a try.

    I washed my face prior with Neutrogena face wash, my daily face wash.  I then applied the product to my whole face.  The product recommended to wash off after 15 minutes.  I made it 6 minutes before I couldn’t take it any longer!  

    I washed my face to find I had what looked like a sunburn.  Extremely hot and red.  I washed my face again with face wash to make sure I got all of the mask in case of an allergic reaction.  My husband told me it looked like I was in that scene from the movie Face Off. If you have seen it then you know what I mean.

    After 2 hours the heat started to fade and my color started to return to normal.  I, of course, googled to see if this is common and I found that it was.  The ingredients in the mask activates new skin growth by bringing blood to that area.  This is the cause for the redness and rise in temperatures.  

    My face is super smooth but I will have to check on acne changes over the next few days.  I can not see how the benefits could outweigh the possibility of permanent skin damage.  I could NOT recommend this to anyone or at least not before any big event. To do this up to three times a week, as the tube claims, would be horrible.

    Broken Toes

    As a child the only bone I ever broke was my arm in a roller blading accident.  It wasn’t bad, just a hairline fracture.  In my adult life it seems to be the toes.

    I have broken my baby toes (the fifth toe) on each foot multiple time to the extent that I can deal with them fairly easily.  To say I am clumsy is an understatement.  My sister once claimed to me that I needed “to wear toe protectors around the house” in which I replied, “there called SHOES”.  

    Last night while walking around the house, in the dark without my “toe protectors” on, I tripped over a laundry basket and broke the fourth and fifth toes on my left foot.  My toes actually went inside the holes of the basket.  

    Every time I break them I will do a mental checklist of all the things I can’t do until they heal. Let’s see there is running and …  That’s all I got.  

    Good thing I hate running. 

    Mint Julep Masque

    Made by Queen Helene.  Complexion Solution Deeply Cleans & Refreshes.  Oily and Acne Prone Skin.  8 oz tube. Image

    I was in Kroger the other day looking for a new face mask and found this beauty.  I have tried several in the past: cucumber peel, charcoal masks, etc…

    After washing my face thoroughly, I applied the thick green paste to my whole face and jaw line.  Right away I felt a tingling sensation all over, like I could feel my pores getting smaller the longer it was on.

    After about 10-15 minutes to dry I started washing it away.  I recommend using a washcloth instead of just your palms as it does get slippery.   Once all mask residue was washed away I could see a difference in my pores and I could still feel the mint tingling. It was quite refreshing.  My face was red from the rough texture of the cloth I used but otherwise was very smooth.

    Overall super happy with this product and will be using it in the future.  I recommend this to anyone with oily or acne prone skin. Of course with trying new products, also test them out in a small area first to check for a reaction.  Everyone is unique.

    Growing Up Last

    When you are the youngest child with siblings spread out at a good gap in age, it is hard to know when you have finally “grown up”.

    My family is one of few with an intact parent marriage.  My mother and father have been married for 45 years.  I have two sisters and one brother ranging in age of 44 to 29, including myself.  

    My brother, who is the eldest, was married for the first time when I was 6 or 7.  I don’t remember a lot of him at home because he is fifteen years older than me and we never shared that sibling kinship that you always hear about.  He since and re-married to my neighbor and lives across the street from me.  We, however, do not share a closeness that I would love to.

    My oldest sister, who is eleven years my senior, had her first child when I was 8.  I don’t remember her living at home either, she moved out when she was 15.  She was married a few years later and moved almost an hour and a half away.  When I graduated high school, she had moved back by this point, I started working at the family business right beside her.  This is when our relationship grew.  I wasn’t mature enough to understand everything that was going on in her life but we got along.  I now feel like we have a bond that can not be broken.  She feels more like a friend than a sister, someone I choose to hang out with and not just obligated to because we share blood.

    My next sister was the only one that I can remember the petty fights siblings have when you live together.  She is four years older than I and she never let me forget it.  We also worked together and shared all the details of our lives.  But after having gastric surgery a few years ago that all changed.  She is now a snob about all the weight she lost and has no time for anyone but herself.   

    In 2006 all three sisters had babies, no, there was not something in the water.  My eldest sister’s daughter was first to be born in August followed by my son in September and my other sister’s son in November.  They were like triplets. 

    Since then I can look back and see how I have grown up, though, it is very hard to see when you are in the process.  You think everyone just liked to tell you what to do or say.  I was never wild and crazy, just nieve.  

    Now I am looking at taking on the world.  Who’s with me?