June 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm #28631
So I’m going to the pool today and I swear I’m going to get past page 50. Normally I can get into a book and read in two days, so this is strange for me. I might check back in after 50 and ask a lot of questions and seriously feel free to answer them – there is no such thing as “spoiling” the plot for me because I will read it anyway. I always read the wiki page for any book I want to read before so I know the ending going into it. I also talk and ask a thousand questions during movies – so that’s what we’re dealing with here.June 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm #28633
Lol, well while I read them all immediately after watching season 1, it was hard for me to read them. I think it’s because of how it’s divided in characters instead of going about it in a chronological order. It gets harder to read them when you are in books 3 and 4 (i think it was this 2, my memory sucks :p) because the time doesn’t go forward between the 2 books. So, while the story is amazing (imo) the books are not very easy to read.
It took me longer to read this ones than it usually takes me to read any other book. And I tried to re-read them before season 2 but I gave up, it became quite tedious.June 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #28634
What is “the wall” and what does “have you drawn any watches” mean?June 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm #28635
The wall is a ginormous wall of ice that separates wildling territory from the 7 kingdoms that form Westeros. It’s north of Winterfell.
“Have you drawn any watches” means: Did you stand watch at the wall yet? (As in being on top of the wall looking north to see if there are any wildlings or whathaveyou near.June 4, 2012 at 10:51 am #28743
Like Caris said, the wall is a giant man-made ice fortification built over a thousand years before the events of the books. Like the ancient Hadrian Wall in England, it’s purpose is to separate the “civilized” land from the uncivilized. It’s also meant to shield the kingdom from the next invasion by the “white-walkers.” Not much is known about them except that they hibernate for extremely long amounts of time, they’re not human, and they’re very hostile towards humans.
A “watch” is a term first coined by militaries as a system of rotating shifts of being on guard looking out for dangers while the rest of the army sleeps. The goal is to prevent the army from being caught off guard while sleeping to a surprise attack. And in the context of the book it’s exactly what Caris said, being up at the top of the wall keeping a lookout for invading armies or returning Night’s Watch men.
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