Had a dream abt sandor clegane being a Huge Crybaby it was awesome
it wasnt a dream u just read the book
Anonymous asked: Question. Has it been confirmed that Sandor is on the Quiet Isle, or is it just because the evidence is so strong that he is that we're kind of assuming that's where he ended up? I love his character so I'm hoping this theory (as far as I know it's still a theory) ends up true.
We actually… see him in person on the Quiet Isle, and while he’s not named, there’s such a mountain of evidence that… I genuinely forgot that it was something that was still technically in question until I read this.
Naw man there’s no way. There’s literally no way. I could go through the evidence, but I’m sure you could find that elsewhere. But it’s not only the evidence, it’s the storytelling itself. Every single thing about Septon Meribald, his dog, the Quiet Isle itself, the Path of the Faith, the Elder Brother’s epitaph… a lot of the things in Brienne’s AFFC chapters are there almost entirely to shed light on Sandor’s story (and Brienne’s in comparison). GRRM really did invent a rest+relaxation+therapy island almost solely for the sake of this one character.
(one of these days, probably when I re-read the series for when the next book comes out, I will obnoxiously and thoroughly point out everything about those chapters that has to do with sandor)
Sandor isn’t only an exploration of idealized chivalry, he’s also an exploration of oathed celibate fraternities:
It’s interesting that a character who’s been so hurt by his true older brother ended up having so many sworn brothers. It’s interesting that a character who secretly wishes for a wife and lands gets handed nothing but hundreds and hundreds of brothers he does not want.
Also, all these things together (that he’s been associated with two already) make me wonder if he’ll end up joining the last sexless fraternal order in Westeros - the Night’s Watch.
Anonymous asked: You inspired my love of Sandor Clegane and I am 95% certain that's the reason I was just accepted into the Honors Program at the college I want to go to <3 So, thanks for writing so much about the huge crying not-a-knight.
I’ve just kind of sat here for a bit, amazed that those obsessive fan essays actually practically helped anyone. I’m really touched, thank you for telling me. I never really thought they’d affect anyone else, beyond how they helped me. Congratulations, anon!
can I read your essay
some Sandors. Some of these were done a long time ago. The last drawing is the latest one; I can tell by the line quality and also because I only draw him cute-happy anymore.
got challenge » day 13: best soldier/warrior: Sandor Clegane
This was a bitter, tormented soul, a sinner who mocked both gods and men. He served, but found no pride in service. He fought, but took no joy in victory. He drank, to drown his pain in a sea of wine. He did not love, nor was he loved himself. It was hate that drove him. Though he committed many sins, he never sought forgiveness.
starkofthenorth asked: Do you think if Joffrey asked Sandor ro hit or punish Sansa that he would have? Or do you think he just would have outright refused? Sorry if you've been asked this before.
I honestly don’t know.
Sandor, and those in the Kingsguard, and knights, and soldiers, are in a really interesting position politically in ASOIAF. They literally have 100% of the physical power in the series. But there are invented social systems of “honor,” societal expectations, feudal loyalties, money, and tradition that works pretty well to keep them from discovering that power and killing all the lords.
That was part of the incredible tension of the second book - that irony that a little petulant child king could use those systems to control people much older and stronger than him, and make them do things they morally might not have wanted to do. The tension was Sandor’s relationship to those systems slowly breaking down (as in that scene, where he calls “enough!”) until he eventually leaves the system entirely by deserting. And his flouting of those systems eventually leads to his becoming a broken man and later ‘dying.’
So I think the answer to the question doesn’t matter as much as the exploration of the question that happened in the books. The point is that killers/knights/soldiers in a feudalistic society are in a very tough situation that has no easy solution. It might have seemed like Sandor Clegane had a clear choice in that situation, but it wasn’t. Going against those systems without a great family name or money is incredibly dangerous. (It’s dangerous anyway)
He obviously did not want to hit her or see her be hit, and that should be answer enough. His desire not to hit her was partly what led him to try to refuse those systems controlling him any more. Had he been forced to hit her, it would have been against his will.
Going through my loose papers and scanning my drawings. I found this ink thing of Sandor and quickly colored it.
I love your essays! They’re amazing — I’ve been reading them obsessively for two days now. Since I finished my second run reading ASOIAF, and I am in withdrawal, sniff… Sansa is my favourite POV character, not least because that’s where Sandor hangs out most often. Love Tyrion too.
I don’t think Sandor’s hatred of Tyrion began with his knowledge of what happened to Tysha. It seems to me his hatred began right after Tyrion stopped Sansa’s beating. Before that, Sandor’s attitude was described as ‘insolence’ (one of Tyrion’s chapters in GoT), and he seemed contemptuous more than hateful.
continued, and my response, under a read more - this got really long!
Person #1: Now Sandor is generally perceived as the second most ruthless character in the series, after his brother.
Person #2: No he is not. Sandor is just a crybaby with a crybaby name. He is annoying. Instead of sucking it up like John Wayne he spends his time unloading his emotional baggage on a twelve year old girl. He is a whiner pretending he has nothing but derison for morality, but in reality can not handle the disregard for morality he sees around himself and is leaking because of it.
Sandor is not the polar opposite [of Sansa]. He is a coward who is lying to himself. As much as he tries to convince himself that he is a twisted cynic, he himself does not truly believe it. That is why he is so defensive about his facade and has a chip on his shoulder over anyone calling him ‘ser.’ He is an empty suit of a man who has a mental picture of who he wants to be (a ruthless person and someone strong enough to stand up to his brother), but he can never live up to it in truth, because he has a touchy-feely, do-gooder core.
He has all the crimes of evil, scummy murderers, but none of their strengths.