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“My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind... and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow.” — Tyrion to Jon Snow A Game of Thrones, Jon I I will never forget Tyrion’s introduction in Jon Snow’s first chapter in a Game of Thrones. In the chapter, Jon notes how Robert doesn’t look like a king, how Jaime looks like all that a king should be. The chapter finishes with a conversation between Jon & Tyrion outside. Tyrion gives counsel to a sulking Jon, & as Tyrion leaves to return to the royal feast in Winterfell’s Great Hall, the light casts the dwarf’s long shadow & “Tyrion Lannister stood as tall as a king.” Tyrion is one of my top three favorite characters, & I love his witty cynicism, political prowess, & stark cunning. He was ostracized his whole life, yet armors himself with his insecurities & is stronger for it. Below is one of my all time favorite quotes, where Tyrion perfectly describes the trivial, never-ending nature of human conflict. “It all goes back and back. To our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance on in our steads.” — Tyrion’s thoughts A Storm of Swords, Tyrion IX This applies so well to our modern societal landscape. The civil division is drawn up so much, yet the majority of people have good hearts & would truly reach a helping hand to a struggling neighbor. Must we be puppets dancing on the strings of our ancestors? If only we could cut the strings & cut the bullshit, we could work together to better this world. Artwork by Aleksander Karcz 🌲⚔️ @house.blackfyre ⚔️🐺 ————————————————————————————— #asoiaf#targaryen#blackfyre#direwolf#daenerys#medievalfantasy#gameofthrones#got#asoiafart#asoiafbooks#grrm#georgerrmartin#aclashofkings#fireandblood#houseofthedragon#hotd#dragon#astormofswords#afeastforcrows#adancewithdragons#emiliaclarke#thedanceofdragons#windsofwinter#lannister#westeros#winteriscoming#stark#baratheon#asongoficeandfire