‘A Voice in the Dark’

This song, being one of the few that Blind Guardian has bothered to turn into a video, seemed fitting to sum up some of the artistic talent gone into it. Make no mistake, however, the video for ‘War of Thrones’ would in my opinion be quite a bit more entertaining though they have done well for this one as well.

For anyone who does not comprehend it (for either lack of hints, or background) then this song is well related to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book-saga. I am confident that in the near days I will mention him again due to the fifth book that I am currently reading; right now, however, I am more interested in this song. Not as broad as the other ASOAIF track from that album, ‘A Voice in the Dark’ is related to the character Brandon Stark, but it would seem as if these lyrics are wise enough to tell something to us all.

In vain
Still I don’t understand
So talk to me again
Why do I fear these words?
What keeps holding me back?

Not necessarily these lines but the story of the boy (I hope that I will not spoil anyone’s existence, as long as you’ve read a few of the first chapters of the book or seen the first episode nothing that comes after should be a surprise) who fell is surely something that most people can relate to — being good (or rather, thinking that we are good) at something and then we are surprised, we fall, we withdraw into our shell.

Letting go of the things which have held us back should be a foremost goal; overcoming them a sign of strength and of the wish to become a better person. Turn outwards instead of inwards, and remember that mind is the only thing which matters in the end: “Too much mind. No mind.”

Free your mind

Learn to roam
Don’t look back”

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’

George R.R. Martin’s saga has been taken to TV now. I recently had the chance to see the first season of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (TV title, ‘A Game of Thrones’) and I have to say that it is a rather pleasing conversion. I guess that is the added value of having the author of the literature working alongside the TV producers.

Besides watching that, I also re-read the novels — all four of them, in expectation of the fifth one coming out just this month. There’s much to say about the quality of Martin’s writing, but what struck me the best this time round was that all of the characters in the books evolved. They were, indeed, more human than the people most writers have in their  stories.

That in itself meant that the level of realism was deeper than elsewhere, and that the characters I enjoyed changed as they changed. People do see themselves more like a person during one period, and then later differently. It was interesting to see the same thing happening during the course of a few days which I took to read the books.

If I were to bring out a good example, then it would no doubt be Jaime. I didn’t like him all that much in the first book, but events in the third made him one of the most enjoyable characters that I could read about.  He just grew out of his cocky useless self into a person who has seen life — I don’t think I’m very much off the right track if I say that most people take decades to realize what he managed (due to the aforementioned events, which I will not write of in case it would act as a major spoiler) in a few months, years.

Aside from that, the fate of House Stark no longer seemed as tragic as it did when I first read the books — yes, they are not the luckiest people around, but the impression I got from them is that you reap what you sow (unless “We do not sow”). They are certainly the one most people can relate to easiest (which, I’d say is just as easily an irony of writing since they also present the qualities which are the hardest to emulate) but that applies most in the case of Eddard. For Robb et al., it is more a repetition of histories than anything else — in all, more sad than dramatic.

And the Night’s Watch — I did like their resolve. Made me think of some of the early Templar commanders (and wish I had my history of them with me over here). ‘The night is dark…’

Oh, and it would be injustice to not mention Lord Beric Dondarrion — a pity that he has only had around 10 seconds of screen-time up till this point in the TV show.

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