Wednesday, July 23, 2014

R+L=J: An Oldie, but a Goodie

Theories swirl like wildfire around the A Song of Ice and Fire series, specifically where George R R Martin is going to take the epic tale next. While the exact turn of events is widely disputed, many fans believe Jon Snow, the alleged bastard of Ned Stark, will play a major role in the coming books.

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Jon’s heritage has been under great scrutiny from fans for many years. Perhaps one of the most interesting (and oldest) theories is R+L=J or

Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon.
Many characters in the books claim that Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped Lyanna Stark a year after the Tourney at Harrenhal, at which he proclaimed Lyanna the Queen of Love and Beauty instead of his wife Princess Elia of Dorne. 

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Lyanna's kidnapping was the first chink in a chain of events, including the subsequent execution of Brandon and Rickard Stark by Aerys II Targaryen, that led to Robert’s Rebellion. 

Photo courtesy of M. Luisa Giliberti,

When Robert Baratheon slew Rhaegar during the Battle of the Trident, the decisive battle of the Rebellion, Rhaegar’s dying word was Lyanna’s name.

Now, the exact circumstances of this “kidnapping” have yet to be revealed in the books, but the Starks and Baratheons see Rhaegar’s taking of Lyanna as an abduction, especially Robert Baratheon who loved Lyanna and had been promised her by her father, Rickard Stark. The Targaryen’s, however, believe Rhaegar took Lyanna as an act of true love.

Either way, there is a lot of fan speculation about how the Rhaegar-and-Lyanna storyline affects Jon Snow’s lineage.

Below is a rather thorough video explanation of R+L=J by Youtuber Alt Shift X. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

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