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AGoT Daenerys II: foreshadowing, etc.

Here Dany’s dream sequence foreshadows the pregnancy/miscarriage/dragon connection, and features Viserys yelling “you woke the dragon,” a statement that will become literally true. (Also there’s a soon-to-be-ironic conversation between Viserys and Illyrio about the former’s impatience for his crown.)

The words fear, afraid, frightened/ing, terror/ified are used incessantly in association with Dany, not to mention the times she is described as shaking, stomach-roiling, etc. It’s almost overdone. The consummation/conjugal rape scene is a surprisingly evocative and plausible presentation of her feelings, though, given that I remember ASoIaF sex writing as being mostly either perfunctory or embarassingly cheesy.

(I so wanted Dany to be a horse girl, too, but now she’s described as knowing little about horses or riding. Darn. Maybe does love horses, but has had insufficient opportunities to actually ride them?)

As a bonus, we learn a little bit more about what Dothraki look like: “men and women alike wore painted leather vests over bare chests [on the women? if so, why is Qartheen costume made to seem such a big deal later?] and horsehair leggings cinched by bronze medallion belts.”

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AGoT Daenerys 1: what Khal Drogo looks like

Dothraki horselords categorically are “big men with red-brown skin, their drooping mustachios bound in metal rings, their black hair oiled and braided and hung with bells.” Drogo specifically is “the tallest man in the room, yet somehow light on his feet” and graceful. He is no more than thirty years old, has skin “the color of polished copper,” mustachios bound with gold and bronze rings, and a braid that reaches the backs of this thighs. His face is “hard and cruel, his eyes and cold and dark as onyx.”