He could only go by what Ned told him if he confided in him. I'm not sure how well Benjen knew Ned in their younger years since Ned was fostered out. But they seemed to be in regular contact about the business at the Wall with Benjen as liason later. Something he observed about his brother? Something he regrets?
Could he? I mean perhaps he observed things, not just being told what happened. I've always harboured the crackpot that Jon was born in Winterfell or the surrounding Winter Town. It would explain how Jon got their without being seen by anyone in the 7K with the exception of Borell seeing the Fisherman's Daughter. Sisterton to White Harbor is just a boat ride away, and the White Knife, and its tributaries, go up quite far north. It would be an easy journey by boat, then a short overland stretch to Winterfell. And a bag of silvers would probably buy her a new small boat that could make such a journey.
Now I don't entirely know who the 'she' is in this scenario, but if it was Wylla and she gave birth to Ned's bastard there, but that child was replaced with Jon, it could be that Benjen was in disagreement to the cover up and left forthwith. Especially if the child was sent somewhere to be passed off as someone else's legitimate child. Ned has a lot of regrets at the end of his life, maybe it's those same regrets that caused Benjen to leave so soon after Ned returned to Winterfell.
I think it would be very cool if Jon was born in the North. It would make him exclusively "of the North" and certainly the least-travelled of his family.
So I'm left wondering if anything occurred between Rhaegar and Lyanna at all. I think the romanticism around it starts with crowning Lyanna queen of love and beauty. I think Rhaegar gave the crown to Lyanna because he thought she was the knight of the laughing tree. This is a tourney after all and what better way to honor her without revealing that a woman took a place in the competition. It would be consistent with his poet's soul.
This. I've always thought the same thing. Rhaegar honouring Lyanna was his way of telling her he knew she was the KotLT. We have two very different takes on the Rhaegar Lyanna story. The victor of the rebellion and Ned's children all believe Lyanna was kidnapped and raped. The losers of the rebellion all believe Rhaegar died for the woman he loved, Lyanna. So which is the truth? Usually we say the victor write the histories, meaning they elaborate things that make them look good; while the story the losers tell always makes the winners look bad. Somewhere between the two lies the truth.
Additionally, and as JNR always like to say, there is no textual evidence of Rhaegar being with Lyanna at all after the tourney of Harrenhal. All we have is hearsay. And I doubt Rhaegar would look for a surrogate to have the third child (head of the dragon) outside the court he already has in place. Ashara is there and available, why hunt down and take Lyanna? Just so you can have a child of Ice and Fire, when you're convinced the Prince that was Promised is the son you already have? Not too sensible to me.
Good question. Maester Aemon says something very similar, so I'm taking that to mean either someone in Benjen's immediate family had a wee one or Benjen himself was a naughty boy once at the Wall.
Well, we already know of one Stark that would give Trouserless Bob a run for his money, so it's entirely possible that Benjen took after his oldest brother and shared the Stark seed where ever he could. My only reservation about this is that Benjen would've been quite young to be going around doing this. But then again, we have Dany being married off at the age of 13. And Jon isn't much older when he falls for Ygritte. I think he'd just turned 17. Maester Aemon is a wonder as well. I think he's referring to holding Aegon's kids in his arms, but then again, we know not all the maesters are as chaste as they pretend to be *cough*Walgrave*cough, cough*Walys*cough*.
I was told sometime back that GRRM said Benjen has no children or something like that. I don't think I've ever read that response for myself. Anyway, my crackpot that brought that up goes, Alys Karstark is the Daughter of Benjen. And who would have been helping Benjen rule the North while the war was going? Some she-wolves and other Ladies of the northern houses? A maester too?
We kiss on the mouth but still cough down our sleeves
In the show, Gilly has that stupid line about "I thought the sea was called the sea because it was far as the eye could see. They sound the same but they're spelled different." (Then Sam vomits).
I figured they have to be going somewhere with this, then I remembered the scene in Season 4 when Shireen visited Davos in the Dungeon on Dragonstone and offered to teach him to read. "This is Aegon, it sounds like Egg." And all that.
Eggon. Of could we know this already, we've already used the pun. But why is D&D so concerned that we know the pronounciation? So concerned that they bring up reading lessons and homonymns... with Sam of Aegs & Bacon fame?
R(Egg)ar. Born during the conflagration of the Tragedy at Summerhall.
I call this one L'Eggo my R'Eggo. Dany laid an egg.
Book Confirmation - all from AGoT Chapter 68
" . . . don't want to wake the dragon . . . "
She could feel the heat inside her, a terrible burning in her womb. Her son was tall and proud, with Drogo's copper skin and her own silver-gold hair, violet eyes shaped like almonds. And he smiled for her and began to lift his hand toward hers, but when he opened his mouth the fire poured out. She saw his heart burning through his chest, and in an instant he was gone, consumed like a moth by a candle, turned to ash. She wept for her child, the promise of a sweet mouth on her breast, but her tears turned to steam as they touched her skin.
This is a dragon waking... literally
A great knife of pain ripped down her back, and she felt her skin tear open and smelled the stench of burning blood and saw the shadow of wings. And Daenerys Targaryen flew.
" . . . wake the dragon . . . "
Not enough? You want more?
" . . . the dragon . . . "
And saw her brother Rhaegar, mounted on a stallion as black as his armor. Fire glimmered red through the narrow eye slit of his helm. "The last dragon," Ser Jorah's voice whispered faintly. "The last, the last." Dany lifted his polished black visor. The face within was her own.
And here's a spattering. Keep in mind, she just birthed an egg.
Why did she hurt so much? It was as if her body had been torn to pieces and remade from the scraps...
Dany needed . . . something . . . someone . . . what? It was important, she knew. It was the only thing in the world that mattered. She rolled onto her side and got an elbow under her, fighting the blanket tangled about her legs. It was so hard to move. The world swam dizzily. I have to . . . They found her on the carpet, crawling toward her dragon eggs...
She doesn't ask for Rhaego. She asks for an egg.
"Bring me . . . " she murmured, her voice slurred and drowsy. "Bring . . . I want to hold . . . "
"Yes?" the maegi asked. "What is it you wish, Khaleesi?"