AGoT Bran 1: Bran Stark, violence and cosmology

Bran is seven years old.

(And we are in a society where seven is considered an appropriate age to witness an execution.)

(This is also the first mention of the seasonal cycle: “It was the ninth year of summer, and the seventh of Bran’s life.” Is it ever explained what a “year” means in this context? Presumably a certain number of lunar cycles? Yes, I know I could probably look this up at Westeros or Tower of the Hand, but I want to wait and see if it comes from the horse’s mouth in this or a later book.)

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