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Tyrion Knows How The Game Is Played
GOT, ASOIAF, & GRRM
Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Perchance you have considered the riddle I posed you that day in the inn? Who will the swordsman obey? All depends on the man with the sword.
Varys is a figure of vital importance in A Song of Ice and Fire. He is key to both the political action of the series and its political wisdom. The core of his political philosophy, if one can use that term, is encapsulated in a riddle. The riddle — which concerns the nature of power itself — first appears in Chapter 3 of A Clash of Kings , where it is posed to Tyrion Lannister. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two.
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Tyrion & Varys Discuss Power [HD]
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Martin has embedded dozens of clues and references to both the overarching themes and the potential outcomes of the series. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. The decision is his, and therefore the power. Varys then poses the true riddle, and one of the main themes of the series: If power lies with the men who carry swords, why do we pretend that kings hold the power? This riddle basically sums up the entire power struggle in ASOIAF — and when you look at it from that perspective, I believe that it is a trick question. The parallels are fairly easy to see.