After Jaime resolves the siege of Raventree, in A Dance with Dragons, he and his hostage Hoster come across an old tree nailed with pennies.

He tried to count the pennies nailed to the old oak, but there were too many of them and he kept losing count. What's that all about? The Blackwood boy would tell him if he asked, but that would spoil the mystery.

I waited until the end of the book, and I still don't get the joke... maybe it will be revealed in the next book?


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It is probably some form of wish tree.

[excerpt from wikipedia] A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish.

We can assume that Jaime is not familiar with the tradition and/or it is not a common one. It seems that the tree predates the settlement that has built near it

Pennytree is situated near the Widow's Wash between two grassy hills known as the Teats. It is named for a huge old oak tree that grows by the duck pond, to which hundreds of copper pennies have been nailed.

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