Because Eddard did not trust Catelyn enough at the time to tell her about a secret that could lead to murder of Jon and destruction of House Stark. Later the topic just never came up and both of them decided not to bring it up and enjoy a loving marital life. Nothing was to be gained except guaranteed security of Jon. Just a precautionary thing.
The exact quote from the book: (Tyrion talking to Varys):
"The king, the priest, the rich man — who lives and who dies? Who will the swordsman obey? It's a riddle without an answer, or rather, too many
answers. All depends on the man with the sword.
"And yet he is no one," Varys said. "He has neither crown nor gold nor favor of the gods, only a piece ...
Because love is the death of duty.
If they have families, they will lose the focus on the defense of the human realms against the Others. And when the time comes when they must choose, they will always choose their families rather than the realm. That is why they give up everything, to be completely focused on one duty.
Maester Aemon explained that part of ...
His reputation is established long before the books or the show take place. But once he loses his hand we never really see him anywhere near as dangerous as he was at his peak. His accomplishments before he lost his hand definitely justify his reputation though:
He won his first tourney at the age of 13:
At the age of eleven, Jaime was sent to Crakehall ...
Westeros can produce food during winter and many people probably don't survive
First of all: that was a long and detailed question, upvote for you. Now for the answer, it seems to me you are assuming two things:
Almost nothing grows in Westeros during Winter
Most people survive the winter.
About the first one, we know there are means to produce food ...
Let's run the numbers:
The wall is 700 feet high = 213 meters
On its top, 12 knights can ride abreast and it's wider at the base. Let's say that's 25 meters wide at the top and 75 at the base, so 50 on average.
It takes 334 kilojoules to melt 1kg of ice (if it's at 0 degrees C to begin with, but the melting energy is large compared to what it takes to heat ...
George R. R. Martin has written on his Not A Blog about this subject where he states that though the Iron Throne is iconic and he does like the way it is shown in the show it's not what he had in mind. However, he does state that there are good reasons why the show couldn't use the version he had in mind.
And yet, and yet... it's still not right. It's ...
I think there's two separate questions here: First, could Khal Drogo's khalasar have swept the Seven Kingdoms by themselves?
When Dany poses this very question to Ser Jorah, he seems convinced that they would win in open battle. (I'll be relying on the books for most of my analysis, but it should apply equally to the show).
They are better riders than ...
A Dance With Dragons, Barristan Selmy's chapter "The Kingbreaker".
Barristan Selmy's thoughts about one of his squires -
Tumco Lho. Black as maester's ink he was, but fast and strong, the
best natural swordsman he has seen since Jaime Lannister.
When you get credit from Barristan Selmy that definitely counts for something.
If you're going to pose as a commoner, you should do it properly.
That one little sentence would seem to indicate he has figured it out. Tywin, it should be noted, is always shown as having a formidable intellect coupled with cunning and a chilling lack of empathy for others. That does not mean that he disregards their feelings; he knows that others feel, ...
Many bastard daughters are mentioned in the story. The nomenclature rules are same as the ones used for naming their male counterparts i.e. Stone, Hill, Pyke, Snow, Sand, Rivers and Waters. Some of the female bastards of aristocrats are following:
Following female bastards are mentioned for on-going timeline in ASOIAF.
Mya Stone is ...
This was something that was changed from the book. My answer will be based on the book A Clash of Kings.
Initially Qhorin states that it will be easier for Jon if the rest do not watch.
“Then you must do what needs be done,” Qhorin Halfhand said. “You are the blood of Winterfell and a man of the Night’s Watch.” He looked at the others. “Come, brothers. ...
Who was responsible for commencement Jon Arryn's investigation?
It was Lord Stannis who suspected something wrong in physical features of his nephews and niece first and brought his suspicions to Jon Arryn, which lead to their investigation about parentage of the three princelings.
As Stannis explained to Catelyn in A Clash of Kings:
In May 2016 GRRM released a preview chapter from The Winds of Winter from POV of Aeron Greyjoy. In it he describes his brother Euron Greyjoy having a set of Valyrian steel armor.
This gives a pretty clear idea that it is quite rare and valuable and nothing like it has been seen in Westeros.
You can read the entire chapter here. "The Winds Of Winter – Aeron ...
In the "modern day" era of the Song of Ice and Fire there are quite a few different religions, but figuring out how many "gods" there are is a bit tricky.
On Westeros (the continent where most of the non-Danaerys scenes take place) the primary religion is the Faith of the Seven; this is the official religion of the Seven Kingdoms as a whole, though not all ...
"You rule like a man dancing on rotten ice"
He's taking foolish risks.
"On rotten ice" means melting ice, which will soon crack and break, plunging the "dancer" into freezing water, where he will be swept under the ice to drown.
"I believe I heard the first crack this morning"
The first crack in the ice, meaning the ice will soon break.
Baelish is ...
The religion seems to be gaining power, as the priests gain actual powers.
This is an interesting question, and I suspect that it'll be explored more in future books and that it's deliberate that all we have right now are clues. But there's enough in those clues to tell us that the thing that makes Red Priests presently so impressive was, up until recently, ...
Simply put - if a Dothraki army attacks, they are defeated, and they retreat, then they cut their braids.
Speaking of the book series, I can think of one reference for Dothraki cutting braids:
A Storm of Swords, chapter 8 - Daenerys.
Ser Jorah discusses Unsullied warriors with Daenerys and he recalls the events of the Battle of Qohor.
The Dothraki charged. ...
The answer is, and always will be "That depends on the sellsword."
It's also a great way to learn something about the person you're talking to when they answer.
Tyrion gives the correct answer. Most men would answer according to what they value.
The moral of the story is this: The real power is actually in the hands of the sellsword or rather where the ...
The clear implication made in the books is that when Jon Arryn, Hand of the King, said "The seed is strong" he was referring to the indications - based on documented bloodlines and inherited genetic characteristics - that Robert Baratheon did not father Joffrey, Tommen, or Myrcella on Cersei Lannister.
(Of course, in Westeros, no one would think of ...
Except for the Dornish, Westerosi succession goes like this:
Succession goes to the King's eldest male child's line, meaning that even if the eldest male child is dead the succession passed through to his heirs, and only after that line is explored do we go to the next step.
When a King has no male children or their lines are extinguished, succession goes ...
The Unsullied are an analog of the Roman Legion.
The most important quality in a legionnaire wasn't his testosterone fueled aggression, it was discipline.
In fact - when holding a shield wall - the last thing you wanted was a hothead beside you breaking formation and bringing the attack to the enemy. You held, the guys behind you pistoned their spears ...
Technically they should be able to lay eggs.
A common misconception is that Daenerys' dragons are all males. That is not true.
Dragons do not have a fixed gender1. They can change to male or female at will.
What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise! The error crept in
from the translation. Dragons are neither male nor female, Barth saw
the truth of ...
In The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros, it is noted that King Aerys and Tywin were close friends as boys, along with Steffon Baratheon. Being such good friends and a close confidant of Aerys, Tywin became the youngest Hand in the Seven Kingdoms at the age of 20. Through the years, as we are well aware, Aerys became paranoid and ...
The existing answers already cover the question, I will just add a quote, from the same chapter as yours, where Daenerys had the same concerns and poses the same question to Kraznys mo Nakloz:
Some of the soldiers were tall and some were short. They ranged in age from fourteen to twenty, she judged. Their cheeks were smooth, and their eyes all the same, be ...
No there is no such proof or indication about Ned's talents.
He was an aristocrat so obviously he received martial training but never quite shone like many other big names of Westeros.
As you noted, he is known for his honesty and honor, not for his skills as a fighter.
He must have been good enough however as he fought directly in many battles ...
It likely doesn't, at least not properly. George R. R. Martin has said several times he only creates words as he needs them and is no linguist. In fact the actual language itself is only a handful of words.
[How developed is Valyrian?]
"How little" have I developed Valyrian is the real question. I am not, alas, J.R.R. Tolkien, and I cannot imagine ...