I haven't begun work on Cat O the Canals yet, but I have an inkling that this chapter is about "someone" living with the Mormont women. I'm torn between Lyanna and Ashara. Just a thought, but if anything is mirroring Bear Island it's Braavos. I've got to get the Reaver chapter done first, but maybe somebody would be interested in re-reading the Cat of the Canals chapter and look for parallels to Bear Island? Any takers?
Longclaw Supposedly the ancestral sword of House Mormont Valyrian steel that has been in their possession for 500 years....this means pre-Doom. How/where did this tiny vassal house on a remote island of the North get it? Bastard/hand-and-a-half sword - Valyrian steel swords in Westeros are themselves pretty rare, but I'm guessing bastard swords are even MOAR rare. In fact, series-wide, we only know of one other....whereabouts currently unknown. So despite trying to impress his moneygrubbing second wife with gold and jewels and then later selling everything but the clothes on his back to buy her happiness, Jorah then leaves behind this very rare and very valuable sword when he flees to Lys with the little woman. Seems legit. Oh, and then the sister of the man who has now abdicated leadership of House Mormont entirely and forever, the sister who is now Lord/Lady of House Mormont in her own right, returns the damn sword to him at Castle Black instead of keeping it to pass down to one of her bear-warrior daughters who deserves to wield it? And THEN, after squirreling this sword away after X years because he just can't bear to look at it, LC Jeor pulls it out of Castle Black cold storage, cleans it up, and gives it to his new personally-selected steward??
You might find this discussion at W concerning the swords interesting:
Post by Some Pig No Doubt on Nov 20, 2016 19:35:57 GMT
I read the first couple of pages a while back, but need to finish the thread when my head is clear. Stupid cold! Agree that there is something up with the sword and Jeor is a caretaker of it in some capacity.