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Game of Thrones Remembrance Night
"Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."
~ George R. R. Martin, A Song of Fire and Ice
If you were a Game of Thrones fan, do you worry that Jon Snow is keeping warm? Do you still check the sky for the odd dragon? One of the most famous and bloody episodes of this book and television series, "The Red Wedding" was modeled on an actual grisly incident in 1440 Edinburgh known as "The Black Dinner." This ultimate betrayal involved the child king James II, the 16 year old Earl of Douglas and his 10 year old brother, and a black bull's head (the symbol of death)! The distinctive music for this series, composed by Ramin Djawadi, includes leitmotifs for each main character. The distinctive title sequence, meant to convey a journey through many lands, was inspired by a traditional Afghan Rubab melody. A concert tour featuring this music was produced in 2017 and involved an 80-piece orchestra, a choir, and seven custom 360-degree stages, and a custom 12-foot Wildling horn played during the Wildling attack on the Wall section! Winter is ever coming! ❄️ 👑 ⚔️ 🐉
"Winter is Coming."
This fan-designed tartan (Zen Monkey of Scotweb) was inspired by the Black Brothers of the Night's Watch from George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series, on which the Game of Thrones TV series is based.
The designer's notes: I made this tartan as an homage, because I admire that they are warriors who take no parts in war. Their duty and loyalty is to all the realm and to each other, and they defend all people of all stations, even though many realize it not. Brothers of the Night's Watch may only wear black, as a sign of their oath. Therefore, I chose only shades of black and grey. A sworn Brother would likely only wear a plain black field, so I chose to imagine this tartan as what the green recruits would wear.
In 2019, distillers created limited edition single malt theme whiskies based on the popularity of this series including:
White Walker (Johnnie Walker)
A Song of Ice (Johnnie Walker)
A Song of Fire (Johnnie Walker)
House Stark (Dalwhinnie)
House Tully (Singleton Glendullan)
House Targaryen (Cardhu)
House Lannister (Lagavulin)
The Night's Watch (Oban Bay)
House Greyjoy (Talisker)
House Baratheon (Royal Lochnagar)
House Tyrell (Clynelish)
For more on this historical incident associated with Clan Douglas in the 15th century, "The Black Dinner", which inspired the shocking "Red Wedding" scene in the 3rd book of Geoge R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, click Jon Snow of the Night's Watch.