Sunday, November 04, 2012

Is this our fate?

I was taking part last night in a Wine Gala to raise money for the arts in North Bay. It's a regular event – and quite a bash.  These things usually have a theme, and this year's was "medieval and Renaissance."  A lot of people, both volunteers and patrons, were dressed up in costume. In fact my role was to stand around in armor, looking as impressive as possible.

What makes this occasion worthy of comment on this blog is that IT (not information technology, but "it" in appropriate all caps) seemed to be everywhere. And what was it?

Game of Thrones.

It was the music in the air – the soundtrack for the series came over the sound system. It was in smart remarks by performing comedians about "Game of Thrones wear." It was… EVERYWHERE!

Okay, I am a little paranoid and given to making wide generalizations prematurely, but be warned, medievalists, we may be stuck for the rest of our careers with the imagery of Game of Thrones. The sarcastic border guard may just be a premonition.

Be aware… Game of Thrones is coming. Has come. May refuse to go anyway again.


  1. It's going to be big but I don't think it will dominate endlessly. It'll just feel that way sometimes, particularly when marking exams where desperate students seem to take all of their examples from key events in the televised version. . . .

    1. When I joined the SCA, it was Lord of the Rings (books, not movies) inspiring names an themes. But Monty Python and the Holy Grail had just arrived, and that had some effect. Lots of new members (perhaps coincientally).

      Then there was an armor-and-horse thing, I'm not even remembering what it was, late 70's, early 80's, and there was in influx of members where we were. But then came Brannagh's Henry V, and armor improved and people seemed to read more. I wrote something about that one in 1990 for the regional newsletter.

      Marty (my mid-kid, Bardolf) says he thinks the costumes in Game of Thrones are good. Some of those movies above, not so much.