Game of Thrones: What does Hodor Mean?

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Who is the friendly half-giant that carries Bran on his back? Why does he say Hodor with every response he gives? With last week’s episode highlighting the fact that when he was young, Willis aka Walder (from the book) use to speak fine and was the trusted stableboy of Winterfell. That got me to think, what the hell does Hodor mean? My first instinct was the correlate it with “Hold the Door” or some variation, and then my mind wandered. I searched online a few days later, and discovered a ton of theories:

1)He is actually saying “R’llohor” but nobody understands him because of his brain damage.

2)”Hold the door.” He was ordered to protect Lyanna by holding the door, but failed, and was kicked or slammed in the head afteward. The door was maybe in the crypts, perhaps the same place where the Bard entered through.

3)There were theories for a few years that Hodor was really Aegon, who had his head smashed against the wall and was left for dead. Then he was brought home by Ned stark, because I guess that is what he does … bring kids back to Winterell. (Negated by Season 6, episode 2 when we see “Willis” as a young man watching Ned Stark fight Benjen.

4)(Via Reddit) “I remember seeing a tinfoil theory a while back saying Hodor is actually Gerold Hightower from the battle at the Tower of Joy, and “Hodor” is him trying to say his own name but he can’t because his brain was fried from Howland Reed warging into him to save Ned’s life.”

5)Kristian Nairn would like to see Hodor be a dragon controlling command.

6)(Via Reddit) Some speculate that Hodor was injured while warging in a horse, then when he warged back, he had brain damage. Another variation is that he died as a horse and Hodor is the subconscious mind that is left, or only part of him came back.

7)Some say that Robert Baratheon smashed his head when he thought Lyanna and him were getting too close, or another variation, he was blamed for not holding the door and hit in the head as retribution for failure.

8)Perhaps he was at the Tower of Joy, helping protect Lyanna as her closest friend and ally, and suffered his injuries there.

9)He is the “great other” that will battle as a God like figure.

10)My crackpot theory: There is tunnel beneath winterfell that goes all the way past the wall. He went down to the crypts fifteen or twenty years ago, and found the crypts of the old dead Starks. He then opened the crypts, which holds the immortal Stark, the creator of everything (the original and most powerful warger, the one who can warg and command the dead) and it escapes. This is why “Winter is Coming” is their house saying, because they know winter is coming because they release the immortal stark everytime a long winter is coming, in order to unite the peoples of westeros. This is why the white walkers and Night’s King don’t kill Starks … they only try to convert them.

11)My crackpot theory: When Lyanna died, she warged into Hodor.

12)My double crackpot theory: As a half giant, Starks have found giants could be warged into by more than one person. So Hodor actually is a host for Lyanna, Ned, Brandon, and Benjen.

What do you think? Could there be more to it?

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Book Review: A Game of Thrones

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The story is an uncompromising tale of history, lies, revenge, love, and betrayal. My paperback copy runs around 800 pages plus extra content on the great houses of Westeros. To me, this is storytelling at its finest and Martin knows how to write. The story is bold and rich in detail and is an example for all aspiring writers to emulate.  Having written the story in the early 90’s after a frustrating stint in Hollywood, Martin went back to New Mexico to write a story unhinged from budgets, actors, or producer’s opinion. He shelved a Sci-Fi story called Avalon, when the first Bran chapter emerged vividly in his mind.  For me, the chapter involving the dream is where Martin’s true genius shows. The central mystery of the story is hinged on the dream chapter, and twenty-years later it remains unanswered (though most subscribe to the R+L=J theory).

I believe if the same story was submitted by an unknown author today to agents and publishers, it would have a fair shot in the business of betting on “sure things” like celebrity autobiographies and TV personality cookbooks. I would estimate out of 100 agents, maybe 10 would respond back interested to see the full manuscript. (They don’t like prologues or they don’t doesn’t see where a YA love triangle is). Out of the 10 agents, probably 9 don’t offer representation for the straight-up incest at the beginning of the book, the dwarf banging prostitutes, throwing a kid out a window, a peasant kid getting murdered by the Hound, lots of exposition and backstory taking up half of every chapter, the POVs being more than 4, implied incest with Dany and her brother, and a 14 year old Dany getting raped by Drogo. Not to mention the honest Ned, the protagonist of the story, getting his head chopped off and Dany walking into fire to hatch dragons as the climax of the story leaving us with a cliffhanger end to the first book. The one agent would have a tough time selling it to a publisher, but I think they could get a deal done.

The unknown author might have to agree to cut it to 80,000 words, make it one POV character, preferably Dany, and have her sail to King’s Landing in the first third of the book, and discover she was really the long lost Targaryen as foreseen in the prophecy. Then maybe she is torn in a love triangle between the advances of Prince Drogo (maybe call him Prince Dirk to relate to the market better and make him 15 years old) and Prince Jon (but instead of a bastard who didn’t even know his damn mom, make him a simple peasant with a mysterious, yet noble lineage). Nice. I smell a sequel …

Fortunately for us, Martin was able to publish whatever he pleased at whatever pace he wanted. I look forward to reading the Winds of Winter when it comes out this year.

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