Beginning with a reminder of what this quarters project is:
Forkfuls of Fantasy is gathering on Saturday, March 16th to share a meal based on Game of Thrones. The guest-cooks created recipes they thought would appear in various cultures and locations found in the HBO series. As a guests, side-dish-cook, Whisky Horror Film Society writer, and grad student in Middle Ages in Pop Culture with Dr. Jeffrey Mahan and Dr. Albert Hernández, I wrote my final as blog posts on Medievalist manners at communitarian meals. Without further ado
Crypt Keeper Summary:
As history is an apple in the eyes of its beholders, pop-culture medievalism may tell us less about the actual Middle Ages and more about how and what we think and feel the Middle Ages were. The blog below appears in phive parts. With a careful eye on how Light and Dark are treated in terms of humanity causing and feeling fear & empathy, each section identifies a manner learned from ghost stories and memories shared by and between the winter and summer generations in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. This medieval-inspired series offers a hystorical-literary space within which we are able to flip and restore the current cultural narratives of Light and Dark.
As we enter the theatre, out of the sun, our eyes relax. Adjusting to the darkness, we begin to notice the finer details of our nu environment. The projector flickers on, the screen becomes alight and we see images come through to tell medieval stories, phantastic stories portraying our modern play on the history of the Middle Ages.
Be our guest and please enjoy:
“A boar’s balls…And his brains and his guts, his lungs, and his heart all fried in his own fat. When you’re north of the wall and you ate your last meal a week ago, you leave Nothing for the Wolves.”
Like we eat and digest food, enjoying media is also a practice of consumption. It is a ritual that can be performed mindfully or not. Parlour games like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Tarot, and even series like Game of Thrones can help create an environment of conscientious consumption of entertainment as they highlight the interactions between narrative and audience. One theme in GoT is the perspectives between their current hardships and the impending hardships of winter. Which brings us to
#3 Remember to protect the sanctity of polite conversation
Rather than talking about death at the dinner table, we’ll mention it here. As we saw and read of the Night’s Watch’s cannibalism, Game of Thrones season 1 hosts intense foreshadowing of their impending winter by insinuating the massive and brutal loss of life. As mentioned last time, multiple episodes show the older generations speaking to the younger about the glacial treacherousness of the previous winters. Plague-esque conditions are alluded to through stories of past and future winters. One such tale is told to Bran Stark, a young ruling class hopeful known for his creativity, compassion, and foresight.
From the ol’ Bitty at his bedside,
“I know a story about a crow…
Oh my sweet summer child, what do you know about fear? Fear is for the winter when the snows fall a 100 feet deep. Fear is for the long night when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die. All in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little [bird]. When the White Walkers move through the woods. Thousand of years ago there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts. And women smothered their babies rather than see them starve and wept and felt the tears frozen on their cheeks. So is this the sort of story that you like? In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses. Hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds.”
Thanks for reading. Next time we’ll discuss the after-meal.
Raise hell peacefully,
Anne “philosophus per ignem” Arkhane
(for locations in text see post V to download full paper full paper)
15.Guide to Thoth Tarot Deck on EsotericMeaning.com
16. Game of Thrones. S1 E3 Min 30-44. Sir Buckle Vest of the Army of Jesters in Black.
17. Game of Thrones. S1 E3: Jon Snow Min 18. Ol’ Bitty’s grim tale
18. Hernández, Alfred’s Subversive Fire, 192. Translated means “philosopher of fire”.