Is chaos really a ladder
Sayings and quotes from Game of Thrones
Hardly any other TV series discusses the audience as intensely as the fantasy series Game of Thrones by Georg R. R. Martin. The bitter struggle for the iron throne, in which popular main characters regularly lose their lives, is hard to beat in terms of tension. Is Jon Snow Really Dead? Will people stick together when the white walkers attack threatens?
The plot is complex, but understandable even in the original version. The audience quickly becomes immersed in the English that seems medieval. A closer look at the most important vocabulary and quotes of the series can still help for better understanding - and shorten the time until the start of the new season.
The English in Game of Thrones
Many characters in the series speak with a British accent. The makers didn't take it very seriously: They were more interested in imitating a medieval way of speaking for the American audience. Fortunately, the original English version of the series is easy to understand for all non-native speakers and only appears to be centuries old. Only some of the author's made up words seem strange. We have listed the most important ones for you:
- Wildling: The members of the free people who live north of the great wall are disparagingly called wildlings (wildlings) by the rest of the kingdom.
- Maester: The maesters are scholars and healers who serve noble families and, among other things, are responsible for the ravens used to send messages. The word “Maester” goes back to the medieval mæstere, from which today's master (master, teacher) arose.
- Warg: In Norse mythology, a warg means a wolf. In Game of Thrones, wargs are people who can penetrate the minds of animals and thus control them.
- The Unsullied (The Immaculate): These are slave soldiers who are among the best fighters on the known continents. Its name is derived from the castration that men have to endure during their training.
The best quotes in the series and their translation
Some quotes and recurring phrases are also helpful in understanding the series. We have listed the most important expressions of Game of Thrones here:
Winter is coming. / Winter is coming.
Game of Thrones has an arbitrary rhythm of the seasons. Summer and winter can drag on for years. The cold season is particularly feared. The pessimistic motto of the Stark family has become a household word in popular culture.
All men must die. / All people must die.
Although “men” can also be translated as “men”, this saying applies to all of humanity. The dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen played with this ambiguity: All men must die, but we are not men. (All men must die, but we are not men.)
A Lannister always pays his debt. / A Lannister always pays his debts.
In the unofficial motto of the House of Lannister, there is a premonition. The rich and powerful Lannister family will also be held accountable for their actions at some point. By the way, the line's official motto is: Hear me roar! (Hear me roar!)
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. / If you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die
The widow of the late King Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, weaves her intrigues with absolute determination. Your saying in the first season of the series sums that up pretty well.
The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. / The man who passes judgment should also wield the sword.
Eddard Stark, ruler of Winterfell, takes his ten-year-old son Bran to the execution of a deserter. With these words, Stark justifies this unconventional educational measure.
There is only one god and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today.’ / There is only one God and his name is death and there is only one thing we say to death: Not today ’.
The faceless men from Braavos, a guild of assassins, worship the god of death. Arya Stark joins the group who, if requested, grant everyone in their temple a pain-free death. Will Arya also bring quick death to her enemies?
Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you. / Never forget what you are. The rest of the world doesn't either. Wear it like armor, then nobody can hurt you with it.
Although Tyrion is the brother of Queen Cersei Lannister, she hates and humiliates the small man. However, he draws strength from his difficult fate - and thus survives the most varied of intrigues and attacks on his life.
Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder. / Chaos is not a pit. Chaos is a ladder.
Like so many others, Petyr Baelish has an eye on the throne. He wants to emerge victorious from the chaos of war, and for this he walks over corpses.
You know nothing, Jon Snow! / You don't know, Jon Snow.
Ygritte is a member of the free people and a lover of Jon Snow. The sentence is representative of the audience who fear for Jon's life at the end of season five. Will he survive? Who knows.
Hodor is a stable boy in the Stark house and is actually called Walder. He is called “Hodor” because it is the only word that the faithful servant can say. Without any meaning, it became a cult word among "Game of Thrones" followers.
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