12:00:26 PM Jan 22nd 2014
Should I cover all the spoilers, or add a warning at the top of the page?
08:07:26 AM Aug 7th 2013
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Tyrion is a deconstruction of the ubiquitous Tolkienian dwarves in the Epic Fantasy genre. For starters, he is a human with dwarfism.
- His use of an axe in combat is explained because of his physical limitations making him unable to swing a sword properly.
- Since he was never expected to excell at combat (or anything else) he turned to books and became one of the most learned men in Westeros rather than a dwarf Boisterous Bruiser. He still got zero respect from it, unlike dwarfs in Norse Mythology.
- He is not even rich because he mines for gold, but because his (non-dwarf) father owns several gold mines.
- Finally, when Tyrion is deprived of his wealth and noble status, he gets much Angst from a Crapsack World that only sees him as a circus freak.
08:19:53 AM Aug 7th 2013
I also agree. I think as a WMG, the idea that Tyrion draws from some traditional fantasy dwarf tropes is not immediately unconvincing, but it really seems a stretch- not to mention the huge Unfortunate Implications in equating a human with dwarfism with a mythical humanoid race. There are not fantasy dwarves in the setting (unless that's what the probably fictional in-universe snarks and grumkins are), but if there were, only then could one consider whether or not those tropes are being deconstructed.
04:52:50 AM Feb 13th 2013
I thought breaking the marriage pact would be part of why Robb is bad with diplomacy, so that's why I added the thing about One Thing Led to Another.
05:59:36 AM Feb 13th 2013
I suppose so, but the way it was written kind of swamped the main point of the entry. I've re-added it as a brief sidenote.