The Normans are most famously remembered as the last conquerors of England. But they conquered another island too — Sicily. In 1059, around the First Crusade, some Normans were given title to Sicily by the pope, partially because he wanted someone to take if from the infidel Muslims and partially because he wanted the Normans to stop raiding his lands. (The mosaic is Roger II, son of the conqueror Roger I, being crowned King of Sicily on Christmas Day 1130. Before that he had been a paltry Duke.)
"It ends in blood, as it began," said Lady Nym. "It ends when Casterly Rock is cracked open, so the sun can shine on the maggots and the worms within. It ends with the utter ruin of Tywin Lannister and all his works."
Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where does it end? Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?”
"War will come, whether we wish it or not," said Obara. "A boy king on the Iron Throne. Lord Stannis holds the Wall and is gathering nothmen to his cause. The two queens are squabbling over Tommen like bitches with a juicy bone. The ironmen have taken the Shields and are raiding up the Mander, deep into the heart of the Reach, which means Highgarden will be preoccupied as well. Our enemies are in disarray. The time is ripe."
"Ripe for what? To make more skulls?" Ellaria Sand turned to the prince. "They will not see. I can hear no more of this."
Friendly Easter reminder that Bilbo Baggins is a canonical bunny rabbit.
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The Silmarillion Dream Cast - Tom Hiddleston as Irmo (Lórien)
Irmo the younger is the master of visions and dreams. In Lórien are his gardens in the land of the Valar, and they are the fairest of all places in the world, filled with many spirits. Estë the gentle, healer of hurts and of weariness, is his spouse.
Some angels need the protection of their man :3