Martin, Tolkien, Winter, and a Way Through
This is a great insight. Definitely something that's missed by most readers/watchers of ASOIAF/GoT. Winter is coming no matter what - unvirtuous scheming may have short term benefits, but in the long term, the virtuous will win.
Excellent article. Very glad I found this substack as it's always good to find others that love Tolkien as much as I do (my mother was a huge LOTR fan and started reading the Hobbit to me when I was very young so I've been steeped in his worlds since I was first out of the womb). At this stage of the game it certainly feels like we're all living under Mordor's thumb and I've been waiting to see who will become our Fellowship(nominating myself for Gandalf as I have the long gray hair/beard already though some say I look more like The Dude).
“That we would seek to destroy his ring has not entered into his darkest dreams.”
Arguably what the 9/11 twin towers prompted.
When they went down I was in England and had read Lord of the Rings a few years prior. I read it in a week of extreme focus to the exclusion of everything but food and some sleep/bathroom breaks. Boyfriend who I lived with at the time thought I was insane but I was simply enthralled.
I knew nothing back then but in England kept thinking, 'Wasn't Sauron's eye between two twin towers? That's weird.' But the film hadn't come out so few knew what I was on about.
Well done, I enjoyed this.