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“Rains of Castamere”: The Gory Prototype

“Rains of Castamere” – The Gory Prototype. by Olga A.

“Pansies! Rosemary! Violence! My wedding bouquet!” E. Albee.

The recent discussion on Legendarium, of whether fantasy literature and film such as the Game of Thrones, really had to portray violent episodes as authentically and graphically as it would have been in reality, has drawn a lot of comments and observations. Overall, it appears that we would much rather see the fantasy realms untainted with the gory and over-naturalistic cruelty that some episodes of medieval history involve.


As some of you may know, I am always interested in what the people behind the scenes think: the author, the actors, the director, the little gaffer fellow in blue overalls.

Although it is evident that the show’s creators have rather condensed the drama and the violence in the “Rains of Castamere” episode, apparently, the author himself states that the notorious “Red Wedding” has been inspired by the genuine events that occurred in 15th century Scotland – known to historically-inclined folk as a “Black Dinner,” where the honoured principles of hospitality were treacherously flouted, resulting in a massacre quite as terrible as the one we have witnessed on our TV screens recently.

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About Reporter: Olga A.
Hailing from the swirling mists of London, I am a freelance journalist in my free time, and a huge fan of J R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” as well as an admirer of the “Game of Thrones,” a worshipper of H P Lovecraft, a follower of R. Howard, a Star Wars aficionado and an Ursula Le Guin enthusiast. My other favourite things include Middle Eastern dance (sometimes somewhat discourteously referred to as “belly” dancing), Yoga, sunsets over the dreaming spires of Oxford and plush owls. Oh, and green tea too.

About reuben

Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. Steve has an extensive background in corporate sales. Steve also worked for ISAF: International Security Assistance Force and the Canadian Military as a recruiter in Human Resources for the operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. When not immersed in Tolkien works,sci-fi, and film, you can find him training in Muay Thai, and Italian rapier.