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Mar 31 2014 9:00am

Of Great Bastards, Lightning Lords, Blackfish, and Onion Knights: Why Game of Thrones Nicknames Are the Best

Nicknames can be a mixed bag—sometimes they signal affection, admiration, or acceptance, and sometimes they’re a form of taunting, a devastating insult that lingers like a malicious ghost, inescapable. In the Song of Ice and Fire series, nicknames can be obvious, or ironic, affectionate or scathing, incredibly apt or impossibly unfair, but whether merited or misleading, such names often provide a window onto a deeper understanding of the characters that bear them.

In a world where people are so often not what they seem, where identities are changed, hidden, lost, and invented out of strategy or necessity, the names people pick up along the way are often far more telling than given names. Nicknames can point to the messy complexities hiding behind the public persona, the accepted version of events, the official history—they are stories to be unraveled, posing as punchlines: they tell all the truth, but tell it slant.

And, of course, they can be really fun: Martin is a master of the colorful sobriquet, from the mocking to the heroic to the unquestionably badass. His nicknames add an astounding amount of color to the already colorful world of ASoIaF, lending a touch of intrigue and old-timey razzle-dazzle to everyone from The Onion Knight to The Lightning Lord, not to mention the evocative power of names like The Blackfish, The Spider, and The Old Bear, or even Ser Not Appearing In This Show (which is our new nickname for Strong Belwas.)

As knightly nicknames go, it doesn’t get much more straightforward than Ser Barristan the Bold: he famously earned his moniker at the tender age of ten, competing as an undersized mystery knight against Prince Duncan Targaryen, who was much impressed with the boy’s courage (with good reason, as it eventually turned out). We’re told that Garlan Tyrell, on the other hand, became known as Garlan the Gallant as an untested, pudgy youngster, when his older brother Willas recognized the PR value of a chivalrous epithet and strategically gave him the name before anything less complimentary could stick. Happily, Garlan grew out of his awkward stage and lived up to the hype (and presumably Willas went unchallenged for Highgarden’s Best Older Brother Award that year, because what a guy, right?)

And then you have characters like Daenerys Targaryen, who collects titles, epithets, and honorifics like it’s going out of style—although to be fair, she also inherited quite a few. By birth she is Daenerys Stormborn, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms; by marriage she is Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, and as a conqueror she is Queen of Meereen; she’s also been called The Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt, The Silver Queen, Daughter of Death, Slayer of Lies, Mother/Mysha, and so on.

Personally, as much as I enjoy all the pomp and circumstance involved in celebrating the fact that Dany wears only the Fanciest of Pants and Is Truly Not To Be Messed With, my favorite names in this series are the ones that aren’t calculated to impress as much as they are descriptive, names that capture an aspect of a character’s personality or history. Nicknames tend to highlight difference, focusing on particular elements that set the bearer apart, for good or for ill—and what’s fascinating to me is the way these characters deal with being marked as unusual or somehow extraordinary (whether that entails being a freak or pariah, or simply out of sync with the status quo, odd, an unknown quantity). For example, for all the mockery that Brienne endures from those who would style her “Brienne the Beauty,” the ridicule heaped on her appearance and manner only fuels her determination to seek honor as a true knight—whereas one character might bitterly accept such expressions of derision, someone else might defiantly embrace a similar insult, born out of fear or contempt, as a warped badge of honor.

The list below looks at just a few of the more memorable character nicknames currently in play in Game of Thrones and the Song of Ice and Fire series. Admittedly, some of these names resonate with me because they add intricate depth and shading to already complex characters, while some of them are on the list because they are simply too entertaining to not be on the list. I also want to be clear that this is not intended to be an exhaustive survey, by any means, and I hope you’ll add your own favorites in the comment thread below…

The Clegane Boys: The Mountain That Rides vs. The Hound

It’s interesting to compare the brothers’ nicknames: Gregor’s tells us, above all else, that he is LARGE. He’s a giant of a man, close to eight feet tall—a Goliath, a Collosus, a terrifying Brobdingnagian marvel in plate armor. We get it, loud and clear, but what’s more interesting is the idea of The Mountain as an inert, unfeeling mass hurtling toward you—something monstrous and unnatural and unknowable, which captures the essence of the character rather well.

Sandor, on the other hand, elicits both fear and sympathy in his role as the Hound. When he is introduced as Joffrey’s loyal henchman, he seems at least as vicious as his master, but (as with so many characters in this series) a much more complex and compelling personality comes to light as events unfold and we learn more about him. Abused, tormented, self-loathing, and relentlessly cynical, Sandor still exhibits more of a moral code and basic humanity (particularly toward the Stark girls) than most of the denizens in King’s Landing. He is capable of both pity and mercy in a hostile world that has shown him very little of either quality, which makes the Hound one of the most heartbreaking characters to follow, as he tries to become the master of his own fate.

The Queen of Thorns

I suppose that one could view Lady Olenna Tyrell’s nickname in a negative light, as mocking or judgmental, petty backlash against a woman known for speaking her mind without mincing words. And yet I can’t quite see it that way—Olenna is an incredibly formidable woman, too intelligent and too influential to be a target of bush-league name-calling. To me, the nickname reads as something between a wary compliment and a warning—she is, after all, a regal presence (even though she would have preferred to avoid playing the game of thrones altogether, thanks for nothing, Mace Lord Puff Fish). She certainly has no qualms about mixing it up with Tywin Lannister, much less Cersei, and generally getting her way—and besides getting some of the most entertaining lines in the books/show, she’s a legitimately dangerous, even deadly, opponent. As nicknames go, not only is this one incredibly apt, but she owns it—underestimate The Queen of Thorns at your own risk.

Kingslayer

The evolution of Jaime Lannister from his introduction as an amoral would-be-child murderer to a complex and legitimately heroic POV character (starting in A Storm of Swords) is arguably one of the series’ greatest accomplishments to date. Our understanding of his character is inextricably tied to his reputation as “The Kingslayer”—the truth behind the nickname reveals the heart of the character, and the more we learn about the events that earned him the name, the more terrible weight and meaning it acquires.

Jaime treasonously slew King Aerys at the foot of the Iron Throne, although he had sworn a sacred oath to protect the king as a member of the Kingsguard—for that reason, even those in rebellion against the Targaryens tend to look upon Jaime with disgust and horror. Once we’re given insight into Jaime’s side of the story—the King’s madness, his delight in torture and sadism, his insane plan to burn King’s Landing to the ground—we understand why he considers the murder his finest accomplishment. The name becomes something of a badge of honor, though he remains a pariah, resigned to being hated and misunderstood (something he shares with his brother, Tyrion.) Jaime is hardly an innocent, and he has certainly done terrible things (we’re not forgetting about you, Bran, I promise), but his status as “Kingslayer” serves as a constant reminder that nothing in Westeros is ever as black and white as it might seem.

The Imp

Tyrion’s nickname represents a perfect storm of derision, dismissal, condescension, and fear. The Imp is both not to be taken seriously and to be seriously mistrusted: as a dwarf, his physical appearance is generally interpreted as a sign that Tyrion is evil and/or inhuman, despite all evidence to the contrary. It is simultaneously a deeply mocking and deeply superstitious sobriquet, perfect for frightening the ignorant and powerless (or anyone else superstitious enough to believe in the existence of imps as supernatural or demonic beings) on one hand, and for belittling Tyrion in the eyes of the great and powerful and jaded, on the other. And then, of course, there’s the irony—at work on multiple levels—centered around the fact that at the same time nobles and smallfolk alike are demonizing Tyrion as some kind of unnatural creature, most people not only refuse to believe in the actual, literal monsters threatening the Seven Kingdoms, they also fail to see that there are far more savage, destructive entities on the loose within the walls of King’s Landing, hiding in plain sight (cut to crazy Joffrey smirking, twirling a crossbow...)

Littlefinger

It’s rather telling that Petyr Baelish’s sobriquet originated with a joke of Edmure Tully’s—his foster brother and social superior, but also a bit of a well-meaning dullard. The name reflects the scarcity of his family’s holdings on the smallest of the stony, barren Fingers in the Vale of Arryn, and in that sense, it is a constant reminder of his modest beginnings, the relative unimportance of his lineage, and his general inferiority among the aristocracy of the Seven Kingdoms. Yet Baelish has risen to astonishing heights of power and influence, and his success is due in large part to his habit of encouraging those around to underestimate him, to not take him seriously, to rely complacently on the niceties of social order while all the time he undermines it, plotting and reveling in the chaos he creates, unseen and largely unsuspected.

Arya Underfoot

I don’t think this nickname of Arya’s got very much play in the HBO series (if any), and yet it is the one name, out of all of her assorted pseudonyms and aliases (“Arya Horseface,” “Arry,” “Nymeria/Nan,” “Salty,” “Cat of the Canals,” etc., etc.), that never fails to hit me with a little gutpunch of sympathy every time it comes up. Even when used in exasperation by the servants and staff of Winterfell, it remains an expression of affection for the spirited little girl who is never where she is supposed to be, always wandering off, getting into mischief, and pestering everybody instead of behaving like a quiet little lady. There’s a certain irony about the fact that the girl who was constantly underfoot has been separated from her home and family for so long, often just barely missing being reunited with her kin by combination of coincidence and bad timing. But more than that, the name makes me nostalgic for the child that Arya used to be, before the relentless tide of tragedy and trauma and horror began to sweep her further and further away from anything resembling comfort, stability, or safety.

Hot Pie

Hot Pie gets an honorable mention here only because he always seems so confused and out of his depth, like he randomly wandered out of some other series where people don’t die violently every few minutes. Even his name seems out of place: if Game of Thrones were a sitcom, Hot Pie would be the Lumpy Rutherford, the Potsie, the Tootie, if you will…he would be the Sixx to Arya’s Blossom, the Buddy to her Charles in Charge. Oh, Hot Pie—I can’t believe you’re still alive. Good on you.

 

[Warning: the characters discussed below have not yet appeared on HBO’s Game of Thrones. There are no overt spoilers about the fate of the characters themselves, but if you haven’t read the books and want to steer clear of information about what’s to come, stop reading here.]

 

The Red Viper and the Sand Snakes

Why does Dorne have the best nicknames? For those following the HBO series, get ready to meet The Red Viper (sexy-as-hell badass Prince Oberyn Martell) this season; his eight (8) sexy-as-hell badass illegitimate daughters are known collectively as the Sand Snakes. Here’s the dirt: at the age of sixteen, Prince Oberyn was discovered in bed with the paramour of Lord Edgar Yronwood, and subsequently wounded Lord Edgar in a duel. After Lord Edgar died, it was widely rumored that Oberyn had fought with a poisoned blade, earning the prince his sinister moniker, and his infamy was only bolstered in later years as he gained a reputation for his vast knowledge of poisons (and possibly the darker arts). Clearly, Oberyn knows how to make a bad reputation work in his favor—he’s like the Joan Jett of Westeros, in that regard—and while vengeance and bad blood are nothing new in the world of Game of Thrones, I’m very much looking forward to watching the Red Viper and his intimidating brood slithering toward payback in style.

Lady Stoneheart

We’ve discussed it, and if the rest of the Tor.com staff and I ever start a glam/metal band, we are definitely calling ourselves “Lady Stoneheart.” Maybe it’s because my brain always wants to confuse Lady Stoneheart with Bowie’s “Lady Stardust”—to be fair, I can certainly imagine Lady Stoneheart singing songs of sadness and dismay, although admittedly, Lady Stoneheart probably doesn’t do a lot of singing, what with her whole weird…throat…thing. Also, she’s kind of busy wreaking vengeance upon her enemies, and all enemy-adjacent parties, and people who maybe might have maybe met her enemies once, plus anybody who even remotely reminds of her of an enemy. She’s not picky, when if comes to vengeance, is what I’m saying. Fasten your seatbelts.

Coldhands

Hm. As far as band names go, I’d say “Coldhands” has more of an emo vibe than anything else on the list; I’m imagining lots of perfect, lustrous bangs and infinite sadness. On the other hand, he rides around on a giant elk like some kind of awesome undead Thranduil-from-the-dark-side, which is pretty badass. He’s mysterious and helpful (which is the best kind of mysterious), and so it makes sense that we know him by a name that’s probably the least terrifying thing you could possibly call a becloaked, raven-controlling undead guy with black, swollen hands who keeps his face hidden at all times and smells vaguely of rot. I suppose it will have to do until we finally find out who he really is… (Hint: it is probably not Bruce Wayne. Although, who knows?)

 

Bonus Round: Great Bastard Edition [Warning: spoilers through A Dance with Dragons below, as well as in the comments.]

 

Bloodraven (Lord Brynden Rivers) vs. Bittersteel (Aegor Rivers)

The sons of rival mistresses of Aegon VI Targaryen, both Bloodraven and Bittersteel were legitimized by the king as sons of nobility, along with at least two other offspring, collectively know as the “Great Bastards.” Their lifelong rivalry came to a head during the Blackfyre Rebellion (many details of which are fleshed out in the Dunk and Egg novellas), in which Bittersteel supported their half-brother Daemon Blackfyre in his doomed attempt to take the throne, while Bloodraven remained loyal to the legitimate Targaryen line.

Bittersteel, whose name pretty much explains itself (he was apparently an unusually embittered, angry man, but also a fierce warrior), fled Westeros in disgrace following the rebellion and became a mercenary, eventually founding the Golden Company. Bloodraven (so-called because of the red, vaguely raven-shaped birthmark on the right side of his face) was an expert bowman and spymaster, with a reputation as a powerful sorcerer, who served as both Hand of the King and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch under different Targaryen kings.

He was also a one-eyed albino who went about cloaked and hooded to protect him from the light and (spoilers for A Dance with Dragons), he lives on as the three-eyed crow that appears to Bran Stark after his accident. When Bran and the Reeds finally reach his cave, Brynden appears not as a crow but as the last greenseer, a skeletal figure entangled in the roots of a weirwood tree who teaches Bran how to develop his own gifts as a seer. At this point in time, Bloodraven would be around 125 years old (but looks pretty great for his age, if you ignore the whole “weirwood roots poking through his bones and empty eyesocket” thing).

All I know is, if some promoter would throw a totally unnecessary umlaut over one over the vowels in “Bloodraven” and book Bittersteel as an opening act, I can’t be the only one who would show up, lighter in hand, to see them play the Meadowlands, am I right? Or maybe not.

There are still plenty of nicknames left to discuss (and I didn’t even touch on any of the name-related in-jokes and homages that Martin weaves into the text, which is really a whole separate topic), so please share your own favorites, alternate interpretations, and potential bandnames in the comments...

 

Coldhands art by EvaMarieToker on deviantART
Bittersteel and Bloodraven art by Amoka.
Top image taken from imgur.


Bridget McGovern is the managing editor of Tor.com. She does not have a proper nickname but if things go according to plan, she will one day be known, and feared, as The Widow von Doom.

26 comments
Fehler
1. Fehler
Well, there's Hodor.

And while I have a soft spot for "Lord-Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse", I would say the "Sword of the Morning" is the best. Bonus points for the brothers "Crowfood" and "Whoresbane".
Fehler
2. a1ay
You fail! for not mentioning Baelor Hightower's nickname (Baelor Breakwind), based on an incident which inadvertently put the whole war in motion, and which is in turn based on a great story about Queen Elizabeth I - apparently the Earl of Oxford broke wind while bowing to her and was so embarrassed that he immediately went into self-imposed exile for seven years. On his return the queen received him graciously and remarked how pleased she was to see him again and hear of all he had achieved during his exile, remarking "My lord, I had quite forgot the Fart".

There are some great epithets from real-life mediaeval history, too: Warwick Kingmaker, Black Agnes of Dunbar, Malcolm Canmore (Ceann Mor = big head, because of his wisdom), Robert Bruce known in his guerrilla days as King Hob o' the Moors, his father Robert Bruce the Contender, Archibald Campbell Earl of Argyll known as "Archibald the Grim", John Balliol known as Toom Tabard (= empty coat, because he was seen as a puppet for the English king Edward I, the Hammer of the Scots)...

You guys over there need to catch up, frankly. There's no reason why you shouldn't give presidents epithets that are a little more imaginative than just their initials.
Fehler
3. berthok
"Men call me Darkstar, and I am of the night." --Gerold Dayne
Rob Munnelly
4. RobMRobM
Qarl the Maid. Pretty funny nickname for a fierce (if youthful looking) warrior.
Adam S.
5. MDNY
Definitely more good names that haven't been mentioned...Strong Belwas, Shitmouth, Sword of the Morning, Darkstar, Zollo the fat, Longspear Ryk (that one's especially funny when you hear the meaning)....
Fehler
6. Josh Lu
I've always found it funny that Zollo the Fat is apparently so notably large that 1) he's "the Fat" rather than Fat Zollo. Like he's a Westerosi Hutt or something. And 2) that he's now immortalized in the White Book.
Fehler
7. Gregor Lewis
Stannis has become 'must read TV' for me. A surprising mixture of snark & duty.

I seem to have memories of constant encounters, most every time we visit with him of sobriquets he, or someone he knows has bestowed on some unfortunate sod.

Unfortunately, while the nature of the scene remains indelibly inked - someone, sometimes Stannis himself brings up 'so and so', Stannis hectoringly goes nickname reminiscing - the only one I can remember ATOW has already been mentioned above - Lord Too-Fat-To-Sit-A-Horse. Anyone actually remember any of the others?

Of the ones I can remember, the Night's Watch has my faves.

There's Giant. There's Dolorous Edd. Stacks of others.

Even though I detested the Meereenese interludes, 'the Shavepate' and 'the liquorice log' (Hizdahr zo Loraq - I can't spell it so that's what I call him in my head) provided some diversion. Not to mention 'The Stooge' (Kraznys mo Nakloz - WTF?)

What can I say? Bestowing nicknames is contagious, especially when the names themselves are an impediment to further reading.


Lastly, as a horseracing tragic, I have often been fascinated with the level of thought that goes into naming a thoroughbread, usually as a result of their breeding. Some training operations can take their 'licence to snark' quite seriously.

Here in Australia, there has been quite the outbreak of actual GOT names being used, sometimes seemingly just to twist the tongue of racecallers not familiar with ASOIAF. (Targaryen makes them quail, you can hear it in their voices.

However, if I was lucky enough to own a racehorse of some ability and its breeding lent itself (even if it didn't really), I would love to have a couple of stallions - The Laughing Storm & Little Grandfather - a precociously bombastic gelding - Strong Belwas - and a grey filly with a devastating finishing sprint - The Pale Mare.

grl
Fehler
8. a1ay
Dolorous Edd is great because it has the combination of Tennyson-ish mediaeval and plonking modern. He's not merely "Glum Edd" or "Unhappy Edd", he's Dolorous.

"Sword of the Morning" works well because of its resonances: anyone with a literary background reading that is immediately going to form a connection with "How art thou fallen from grace, O Lucifer, Son of the Morning!"
So you have resonances there with the idea of a great and trusted figure who ends up on the wrong side through his own stiff neck. And he's called "Arthur", too, for even more resonance. (The only Arthur in the series, as far as I know. And if you're writing a mediaeval romance, Arthur isn't a name you use lightly...)
Del C
9. del
Edward, besides Hammer of the Scots, was Longshanks for his height, John was Lackland because his brothers were granted all the noble titles and domains, with none left for him. Willam the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, got a better nickname after conquering England.

And before high mediaeval times the Saxons and Vikings did well for names: Alfred the Great (not very original, but no English king since has had it), Ethelred the Unrede (bad advice), Edward the Confessor, Edmund Ironside, Ragnar Lodbrok ("hairy breeches"), Erik Bloodaxe, Ivar the Boneless.

The Irish had Niall of the Nine Hostages and Brian of the Tributes (died 1,000 years ago next month). The Romans had nicknames based on military campaigns (Scipio Africanus and Shakespeare's Coriolanus) or less admirable achievements (Brutus=dumb, Caligula=little boots).

I feel the Americans made a good start with "Tippecanoe" and "Old Hickory".
Fehler
10. Thejopen
If you're looking for great nicknames look at Ottoman sultans. Selim the Grim, Bayezid the Thunderbolt, Mehmed the Executioner. If you're going to talk great nicknames of English kings the best has to be Richard Ceur de Leon Richard the lionhearted.

As far as ASOIAF goes my favorite nicknames are Darkstar who is of the night and the Laughing storm.
Tom Smith
11. phuzz
@ 8. a1ay, You must have a much less dirty mind than me because when I heard "Sword of the Morning" I thought of a much more vulgar interpretation...

Also I had never heard the Blood Raven connection before, I'm going to have to rethink a few things...
Alan Brown
12. AlanBrown
Like Gregor has mentioned above, the Night Watch is a breeding ground for great nicknames. Mr. Martin does have a knack for such details...
Fehler
13. Cybersnark
Joffrey, of course, is called many things, most of them unsuitable for polite company.

Dreamworks' Dragons: Riders of Berk occasionally has some fun ones too. Apparently the Berserkers were led for many years by "Oswald the Agreeable," who was surprisingly even-tempered. Sadly, his son is called Dagur the Deranged. He and Joffrey would probably get along.

Then, of course, there are the classics; The Man of Steel, The Man of Tomorrow, The Metropolis Marvel, The Last Son of Krypton. . .
Fehler
14. frekklefayce
What about the wildlings? Lots of good nicknames there. Tormund Giantsbane, Lord of Bones... can't remember many others
lake sidey
15. lakesidey
Aegon the Unlikely. And the self-named Duncan the Tall (beats Dunk the Lunk any day)

Quite a few Targs actually, Baelor the Blessed, Baelor Breakspear, Aerion Brightflame...

Rhaego - the Stallion that mounts the World :P

Rattleshirt. Halfhand. Giantsbane/babe. Sam the Slayer. Aurochs. Theon Turncloak.

And my favourite Ironman - Rodrik the Reaver. Oops, Reader.

And going off-series, how about Rand al'Thor's "He who comes with the dawn" *sometimes, I am 8 years old*

~lakesidey
Fehler
16. a1ay
If you're looking for great nicknames look at Ottoman sultans. Selim the Grim, Bayezid the Thunderbolt, Mehmed the Executioner.

And they kept at it right into the 20th century, with Abdulhamid II, known as "Abdul the Damned". Seriously!


If you're going to talk great nicknames of English kings the best has to be Richard Coeur de Leon Richard the lionhearted.

"Whenever Richard returned to England he would immediately set off again for the Mediterranean and was therefore known as Richard Gare de Lyon." (1066 And All That; the Gare de Lyon is the Paris railway station from which trains run to the south of France)

The Romans had nicknames based on military campaigns (Scipio Africanus and Shakespeare's Coriolanus)

As indeed did the British. General Montgomery was ennobled as "Viscount Montgomery of Alamein", Alexander became "Viscount Alexander of Tunis"...
Fehler
18. a1ay
I feel the Americans made a good start with "Tippecanoe" and "Old Hickory".

Agreed, but you can't tell me that the best possible nickname for someone as generally awesome and larger-than-life as Theodore Roosevelt was "Teddy". And taking the initial letters of the name gave you FDR, which sounds like a dietary supplement or a bank supervisory agency, when he should of course have gone down in history as something along the lines of "President I-Don't-Need-Working-Legs-To-Kick-Your-Ass".
George Jong
19. IndependentGeorge
Dorne gets the best nicknames, but they also get the worst. Like Darkstar. The name makes me think immediately of Bill Pullman's character in Spaceballs ("Lonestar!")

Can we get a sequel to this post on Fan Nicknames? Because they say a lot about both the characters and the fanbase... Like the aforementioned Dorkstar, aka Dim Bulb.
Mason Power
20. plum
Some of my favourites:

The Young Wolf
Onion Knight
The Red Viper
Halfman

Also, the Night's Watch and the Wildlings are a gold mine of great nicknames.
Fehler
21. one is key
The Ned. Big Bucket Wull. Damphair. Darkstar. The Late Lord. Horror and Slobber. Any and all of Tormund's nicknames.
Nick Larter
22. thremnir
I always took Darkstar to be a little hommage to John Carpenter. I'm desperately hoping that in TWOW he becomes the Westerosi equivalent of a planet-destroying spacecraft.

My favourite isn't a nickname exactly, but rather Martin's surely tongue-in-cheek appellation for a certain disease - Greyscale.

One day I will write a pseudo mediaeval fantasy and all the knights will be fonts.
Fehler
23. Gregor Lewis
Here's two of my faves I cannot believe I forgot.
The Queen of Thorns' twin bodyguards!
LEFT & RIGHT!
Fehler
24. Black Dread
I like Darkstar - he has his own CSN song. All I can think of now when I hear it.

I was watching GOT season one reruns over the weekend - when we see young whole Dondarrion for the first time, I exclaimed "it's the Lightning Lord!" without even thinking about it.
Fehler
25. Bobalicio
One of my favorite American nicknames: Stonewall Jackson.

Another great name in history one was Vlad the Impaler.
Elizabeth Doolin
26. mochabean
I always thought Littlefinger was a deliberate and insulting double-entendre. Sure Petyr, keep telling yourself it refers to the size of your share of the Fingers, and not the size of anything else.
Fehler
27. sofrina
my favorite is probably aerion brightflame. and don't forget daenerys, breaker of chains (although stormborn is the best).

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