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We believe that George R. R. Martin has put a lot of effort and thought into creating a deeper dimension of archetype and symbol in his writing. He’s created connections between past and future, between sky and ground. He’s built on classic figures from world mythology and twisted them around in new and incredible ways to fashion his own archetypal characters whose divine roles are played out by the characters in the story. He’s done all of this not only to be artistic and clever, but because he’s actually participating in a grand tradition of esoteric, symbolic art. Keeping this tradition alive is of critical importance and tremendous value to society, and that is why I believe this facet of A Song of Ice and Fire is so worthy of study. This podcast is intended to be our vehicle to explore these inner workings, and it is fueled by enthusiasm, yours and mine.

We believe that George R. R. Martin has put a lot of effort and thought into creating a deeper dimension of archetype and symbol in his writing. He’s created connections between past and future, between sky and ground. He’s built on classic figures from world mythology and twisted them around in new and incredible ways to fashion his own archetypal characters whose divine roles are played out by the characters in the story. He’s done all of this not only to be artistic and clever, but because he’s actually participating in a grand tradition of esoteric, symbolic art. Keeping this tradition alive is of critical importance and tremendous value to society, and that is why I believe this facet of A Song of Ice and Fire is so worthy of study. This podcast is intended to be our vehicle to explore these inner workings, and it is fueled by enthusiasm, yours and mine.

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We believe that George R. R. Martin has put a lot of effort and thought into creating a deeper dimension of archetype and symbol in his writing. He’s created connections between past and future, between sky and ground. He’s built on classic figures from world mythology and twisted them around in new and incredible ways to fashion his own archetypal characters whose divine roles are played out by the characters in the story. He’s done all of this not only to be artistic and clever, but because he’s actually participating in a grand tradition of esoteric, symbolic art. Keeping this tradition alive is of critical importance and tremendous value to society, and that is why I believe this facet of A Song of Ice and Fire is so worthy of study. This podcast is intended to be our vehicle to explore these inner workings, and it is fueled by enthusiasm, yours and mine.

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English


Episodes

Vhagar: House of the Dragon's Queen of Destruction

4/25/2022
By the time of the Dance, Vhagar is by far the biggest and baddest dragon in Westeros, with a 132-year rap sheet of destruction. Let us walk her path of carnage so as to better understand the role she'll play in HotD, where she'll be ridden by Laena Velaryon and Aemond One-Eye Targaryen. Check out the full video on the David Lightbringer YouTube channel to see all the latest fan artwork!

Duration:00:25:15

10 Dragons We'll See in Season 1 of House of the Dragon

4/12/2022
Get a preview of the 10 (or so) dragons (and dragonlords) we are likely to see in Season 1 of House of the Dragon (premiering Aug 21), including one you might not expect! And including a dragon-related trivia factoid for each dragon! Don't miss the YouTube version: https://youtu.be/cjwtmxY5S7s

Duration:00:27:24

Why House of the Dragon Could Be Better Than GoT

4/4/2022
HBO gave us some TASTY new House of the Dragon photos along with the release date (Aug 21st), and one in particular hits on a big reason why I think HotD could be better than Game of Thrones, particularly from a storytelling perspective. I'll tell you about that, break down all the images, and give you a bit on what makes these characters tick. If you haven't seen the images, you can check out the video version of this podcast on my channel, or this link to my twitter thread about them:...

Duration:00:25:04

Mythic Concepts: Who is Kali?

3/17/2022
Hey friends, there's a longer note on the beginning of this pod, but just real quick, please enjoy my first video for my new "regular mythology" YouTube channel, Mythic Concepts. Please check out the video on the channel and give it a sub! Just follow this link or search "Mythic Concepts" on YouTube :) https://youtu.be/No2w-7-SZqA

Duration:00:37:54

Ice Spiders! (White Walker Teleportation Theory)

2/10/2022
What are Giant Ice Spiders? Will we see them when the Long Night falls? Can they climb the Wall? All that, plus a brand new theory about Others and the weirwoods - 'white walker teleportation theory.' Be sure to check out the YouTube version, as I've created some pretty fun white walker teleportation animations with Photoshop that I'm perhaps overly proud of. Right on the front page of the David Lightbringer YouTube channel!

Duration:01:18:49

Who is the Real Dany? (Show vs. Books!)

1/5/2022
It's here, my magnum opus of Dany analysis. This was two months worth of work, a double-length feature, and I hope you'll share it far and wide wherever you discuss ASOIAF. DOn't miss the YouTube version which includes some 400+ pieces of Dany art! youtube.com/c/davidlightbringer

Duration:01:29:03

Chosen of R'hllor (Melisandre's Secrets 5)

12/2/2021
The exciting conclusion to the Melisandre's Secrets series is here! This one focuses on Jon and Melisandre, and more broadly on all the ways Melisandre's magics and secrets could translate into spectacular deeds at the end of the story. I decided to present the script live so as to flow into a discussion of all the possibilities, so enjoy a mix of scripted content and discussion!

Duration:01:24:10

Jon Snow's Fire Wight's Watch (Melisandre's Secrets 4)

11/22/2021
Melisandre is probably going to make Jon into a fire wight, sure, but did you know that she's also going to create a fire wight strike force of resurrected Night's Watchmen to fight at his side? It's true, and you need to know about it. Get ready for some classic mythical astronomy in this one, and even a sash of Timett Son of Timett!

Duration:00:38:54

Fire Wights: Melisandre's Secrets 3

10/25/2021
George R.R. Martin has called Beric a "fire wight" and a foreshadowing for Jon Snow's inevitable resurrection, and most people think Melisandre will give Jon R'hllor's "last kiss" at some point, so it's an important thing to understand... but it also turns out to help reveal the secret origins of R'hllorism - an origin that has roots in both Asshai and Westeros, and the events of the Long Night.

Duration:00:26:36

Melisandre's Secrets 2: Fire Others

9/29/2021
Fire Others - beings of living flame, the exact opposite of the white walkers - exist. And Melisandre is becoming one... just in time for the great war against the Others. The ones made of ice. The true secret at the heart of R'hllorism is revealed here in Melisandre's Secrets 2!

Duration:00:26:50

Melisandre's Secrets 1: Shadow of R'hllor

9/26/2021
Melisandre of Asshai is both a shadowbinder and a red priestess of R'hllor, a powerful sorceress set to play a big role in the endgame. With Melisandre as our guide, we'll be able to unlock the all-important, Azor-Ahai-centric secrets of the shadowbinders and R'hllorists, and figure out why Jon and Dany are both being advised by shadowbinders. Part 1 of 4. And don't skip out on the YouTube version - the Melisandre fan art is AMAZING!

Duration:00:31:52

Nightbringer: Mysteries of the Long Night (parts 1 - 5)

8/31/2021
Moon meteor theory has been updated in grand style! Be sure to check out the videos on YouTube; I've done some of my finest cross-fades, and I believe there's a comet-penis animation you won't want to miss. All 5 parts are packaged together here for your convenience. Nightbringer series playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEHvft-cyPmDUS-s6_uIR2XJ48k5eTl36

Duration:01:23:03

Glass Candle Seeress: Dany Will Use a Glass Candle

7/30/2021
Time for a prediction / theory video: Dany will get her hands on a Valyrian glass candle and will use it for all kinds of fun stuff! I'm basically certain this will happen, so check out the evidence and just what it is I think she might use the candle to do.

Duration:00:29:35

Dany Dragonbinder: She Who Sounds the Horn

7/19/2021
New Theory Alert: Daenerys will be the one to sound the Valyrian Dragonbinder Horn! That's right - the foreshadowing is clear. Oh, and, that horn might do something much greater and much worse than simply "binding dragons," so we'll need to talk about that...

Duration:00:39:12

Odin Origins 3: Jon Snow

6/8/2021
In the third of three videos explaining how the mythology of Odin and Yggdrasil heavily influenced ASOIAF, we'll dive into Jon Snow as the embodiment of Odin's berserk battle fury (for which Odin is named). I'll also show you how skinchanging, greenseeing, and northern culture in general comes from Odin mythology related to wolves, ravens, and bears.

Duration:00:43:25

Odin Origins2 : Bran Stark

5/12/2021
In the second of three videos explaining how the mythology of Odin and Yggdrasil heavily influenced ASOIAF, we'll dive into Bran Stark's tendency to fall, fly, hatch eyeballs from his forehead, and of course, 'trip his little Stark nuts off.' We'll compare the Nightfort to Valhalla, and we'll visit Whitewalls from The Mystery Knight to discuss the wily Maynard Plumm, who is of course Bloodraven. As always, you van find the matching video on the lucifermeanslightbringer YouTube channel to...

Duration:00:36:40

Odin Origins 1: Bloodraven

5/11/2021
The first of three videos explaining how the mythology of Odin, Norse god of shamanism and many other things, heavily influenced George R. R. Martin's ideas about magic, weirwoods, greenseers, skinchangers, and the North. Part 1 will cover Bloodraven and the greenseer relationship with the weirwood, p2 will cover Bran and his version of Bloodraven's Odin symbolism (plus action at the Nightfort and Whitewalls form the Mystery Knight), and p3 will cover Jon, skinchanging, and the animal-like...

Duration:00:36:18

The Vedic Indian Origins of Dany, Drogon, and House Targaryen

3/20/2021
Well, this one literally took me a month to make, I hope you enjoy it! A deep dive into the mother goddess mythology and Vedic Indian mythology in particular from which George fashioned the greatest character in modern fiction, Daenerys Targaryen. Kali, Durga, Sati, Vritra, Dany, Shiva, Parvati, all play a part, plus we'll say a quick hello to Adam and Eve, Aphrodite, Jormungandr, Tiamat, and a few other notable personages from world folklore. Who hang out top the Great Pyramid of Meereen,...

Duration:01:17:19

The Old Gods (Origins of the Green Men)

2/22/2021
This video is both a culmination of the Origins of the Green Men series **as well as** a tour de force demonstration of George Martin's hyper-advanced "story-within-a-story" writing technique. You wont find writing like this anywhere else, in my experience! You also won't find this analysis anywhere else, nor because I'm smarter than anyone else, but because those other channels lack the devotion to Garth that we practice here.

Duration:00:36:57

Weir Walkers: The White Walkers of the Weirwoods

2/8/2021
My definitive theory on the the weirwood origins of the "white walkers of the wood," as they are called. This ties together my green man ideas and my crucial "Azor Ahai invades the weirwoodnet and corrupts it" theory and shows how they relate to the creation of the Others.

Duration:00:34:36