Re: Game of Thrones (book talk edition)
Yeah, Targaryen names seem dated-gothy and affected to me, like what a goth would call themselves in the 90s. "I'm Rhaegar Targaryen, Shadow of the Dark Abyss."
Someone once did a breakdown of how different areas of Westeros lined up with real world medieval cultures. It was pretty interesting. I'm pulling these from memory, but I think Dorne is Moorish Spain, the Reach is southern France, the Vale is an alpine kingdom (Switzerland and/or Liechtenstein), the Stormlands are Germany, the West is basically England, the Iron Islands are Scandinavia, the Riverlands are (I think) Scotland, and the North was like a mix of Ireland and assorted parts of Scandinavia.
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