davekirtley (davekirtley) wrote,
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Jon Snow vs. Severian

So I just finished rereading Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, and it occurred to me that there are a lot of striking parallels between Severian in Shadow of the Torturer and Jon Snow in George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.

Jon Snow
Severian
Jon Snow
Severian
Belongs to fraternal order who dress in black, are much diminished from former days, and who follow ancient rituals whose origin and purpose is forgotten. Belongs to fraternal order who dress in black, are much diminished from former days, and who follow ancient rituals whose origin and purpose is forgotten.
Must travel north to seek adventure beyond a giant wall, called the Wall. Must travel north to seek adventure beyond a giant wall, called the Wall.
Is counseled by blind Maester Aemon. Is counseled by near-blind Master Palaemon.
Doesn't know who his mother is. Doesn't know who his parents are.
Breaks his vows by attempting to desert. The head of his order shows unexpected leniency and gives him a totally badass sword, Longclaw. Breaks his vows by offering mercy to a prisoner. The head of his order shows unexpected leniency and gives him a totally badass sword, Teminus Est.
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Becomes ruler of earth and travels into space to face judgment by angelic beings who might restore life to the dying sun.

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