An Event of Ice and Fire

By June 26, 2012Comms

Today, the essay collection, Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons is officially released. This collection contains reflections on George R.R. Martin’s magnum opus, including my essay Art Imitates War: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in A Song of Ice and Fire.

To celebrate, I kicked off a giveaway contest a couple of weeks ago, asking folks who they thought was the most traumatized character in the saga. I got a lot of great entries, but one really stood out. The person who wrote this prefers to remain anonymous, but she turned in a poem that I think really captured what I was after, and the effort put into it definitely deserves recognition. I want to publicly congratulate (without naming) her, and let her know that a free copy of BEYOND THE WALL is on its way to her.

For folks interested in the essay collection, Smart Pop is hosting an Event of Ice and Fire on their website. Check it out!

Here’s the winning entry:

Poor, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy –

He was born by the sea but reared far away

A casualty of war, a pawn put in play

His brother, the wolf, he chose to betray

The kraken, his kin, they mocked him all day.


Poor, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy –

He longed for approval so he plotted and schemed

He imagined, with victory, all shall be redeemed

Fashioned himself lord of the house he esteemed

But alas not a plan turned out as he dreamed.


Poor, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy—

Defeated and scorned for the choices he made

Yet a quick, simple death is denied and delayed

For an end to his agony he constantly prayed

His skin and his soul the long torment had flayed.


Poor, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy,

Bedeviled, uncertain, in search of identity,

His own name momentarily faded from memory.

No ships, no home, no friends, no family—

His fate and his future one can’t view more bleakly.


Poor, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy—

Is it likely for him to escape from the quagmire

Or are current circumstances plainly too dire?

There is simply too little in him to inspire

‘Is there much left to save?’ one might inquire.


Poor, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy—

It is difficult to see an end to his suffering

He has no one to even desire his recovering

From no quarter can he expect aid and comforting

The reek of hopelessness can be utterly damning.


Poor, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy—

Indeed, many doubt he can truly recover

But perhaps all his demons he might as yet conquer

Much depends whether he can tear his old self asunder

If he can, a man redeemed just might emerge thereafter.

Outstanding. Congratulations to our winner and hope you folks enjoy BEYOND THE WALL!

Author Myke Cole

Myke Cole is an American writer of history and fantasy who leverages a lifetime in military, law enforcement and intelligence service to take you to battlefields, real and imagined.

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