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I have watched you for a long time, watched you with a thousand eyes and one. I saw your birth, and that of your lord father before you. I saw your first step, heard your first word, was part of your first dream. I was watching when you fell. And now you are come to me at last, Brandon Stark, though the hour is late.

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♔ Bran as King in the North for londongrayskies
Our land protects it’s own
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You’ll never walk again, but you’ll fly.

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He is a sweet boy, quick to laugh, easy to love. Let him grow up with the young princes, let him become their friend as Robert became mine.

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domericbolton:

if you hate bran stark then i have one question for you. how does it feel not having any emotions

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The singers made Bran a throne of his own, like the one Lord Brynden sat, white weirwood flecked with red, dead branches woven through living roots. They placed it in the great cavern by the abyss, where the black air echoed to the sound of running water far below. Of soft grey moss they made his seat.

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It was not dead, just broken. Like me, he thought. I am not dead either.

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imaginarywesteros:

Bran’s Dream by Shayudan

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Bran Stark and the Mythological Figure Brân the Blessed: Bran’s Role as King, and Leader of the Fight Against the Others

londongrayskies:

In Welsh mythology, Brân the Blessed was a giant and King of Britain who appears in the Mabinogion- a collection of stories from medieval Welsh manuscripts. His welsh name, Bendigeidfran, literally translates to "Blessed Raven," and the name Brân literally translates to crow

In the most significant tale of Brân the Blessed, rising tensions between King Brân and the Irish king Matholwch escalate to a full out battle when the Irish king attempts to attack Brân the Blessed and his party, which includes his half-brother Efnisien. The catalyst for the attacks is King Brân’s machinations of rescuing his sister, Branwen, from her abusive husband- the Irish king. Efnisien realizes that the Irish intend to revive the dead in a magic cauldron for the purpose of utilizing an undead army against Brân and his host. Efnisien sacrifices himself by hiding amongst the corpses the Irish intend to bring back from the dead, and destroys the source of the revival, the cauldron, from within.

Brân the Blessed is mortally wounded in the fight, and he instructs the seven remaining survivors of his party to cut off his head and return it to the Gwynfryn, the “White Hill”. It is thought that the White Hill is the location upon which the Tower of London stands, and as long as Brân remains there, Britain will be safe from invasion.

Now, GRRM places a great significance on certain names:

"Actually, the names in Song of Ice and Fire were something I devoted a fair amount of thought to…” [source]

For example, the name Arya means noble, great, and truthful in sanskrit, which fits perfectly with what we know of Arya Stark. 

The tale of Brân the Blessed seems to fit soundly with the tale of Bran Stark. Bran is, without a doubt, the most connected character to the true, magical North. From the start, he has prophetic dreams of a three-eyed crow, and he is so greatly influenced by his dreams that he eventually sets out to find the source of them. In ADWD, Bran finally meets the source in the form of Lord Brynden Rivers, also known as Bloodraven. It seems there is a recurrent theme of Bran’s significant connections to ravens. Connections that stem from the meaning of his name, from Lord Bloodraven, and from Bran’s powerful skinchanging abilities- abilities that allow him to fly in the body of a raven.

As I’ve explained here, Prince Brandon Stark is the true heir of King Robb Stark, and as the King in the North has died, the Kingship of the North has passed to Prince Bran, making him a King in much the same vein as Brân the Blessed. While Bran is no giant, interestingly enough, he sits atop the shoulders of a man who is characterized as a literal giant amongst men- Hodor. He also skinchanges into Hodor; in utilizing Hodor’s body and controlling his mind, Bran makes himself a giant in the process. 

As we learn early on in the series, Westeros is under a foreign threat of invasion from an undead army. In a striking similarity to Brân the blessed’s half-brother, Efnisien, it is Bran Stark’s own half-brother, Jon Snow, who realizes this threat. Jon is actively fighting the undead that have arisen, whilst Bran is actively training to learn how to fight them through higher, magical means. Just the same as King Brân and his half-brother Efnisien, both Bran Stark and Jon Snow have paramount roles in protecting Westeros from the only true threat facing it- an invasion of the others. 

In yet another similarity between the two tales: King Brân and Efnisien attempt to rescue their sister from the cruel Irish king, just as Jon Snow declares war on the heinous Ramsay Bolton in an attempt to find and rescue his most beloved sister, Arya.

It is believed that King Brân’s head is the reason that Britain is safe from foreign invasion, and this seems to be indicative of the larger purpose of Bran’s storyline: a King who ensures the safety and protection of his country, his people, his home. We know that Bran is undergoing a very specific, highly complex, magical training and I believe that all signs point to Bran not only playing a central role in the fight against the others, but taking on the role of King for the security of his true home- Winterfell and the North. 

Source for the story of Brân the Blessed here.

Idea for this meta came from tumblr user theelliedoll and their excellent commentary on my other Bran meta. The commentary can be found here.

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nymheria:

GoT MEME | Relationships [3/9] → Bran & Jojen Reed / Meera Reed

« ”Hearth and heart and harvest we yield up to you, my lord. Our swords and spears and arrows are yours to command. Grant mercy to our weak, help to our helpless, and justice to all, and we shall never fail you.” “I swear it by earth and water," said the boy in green. "I swear it by bronze and iron,” his sister said. “We swear it by ice and fire,” they finished together. »

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