Melisandre’s Womb Is Dark and Full of Terrors

Let’s talk about monsters. Not the grotesque creatures of myths and nightmares, but about the beautiful characters whose actions leave souls screaming for death to come and claim them.

Melisandre, the Red Woman
“Lord of Light, come to us in our darkness. We offer you these false gods. Take them and cast your light upon us, for the night is dark and full or terrors. After the long summer, darkness will fall heavy on the world. The stars will bleed. The cold breath of winter will freeze the seas... and the dead shall rise in the North.” Game of Thrones

The Red Woman is a devout priestess of the Lord of Light. She lives to please her god. The latter seems to have a smoke fetish that can’t be satisfied with the mere scorching of the “false gods.” Melisandre, who understands her Lord’s needs, does her best to set fire to anyone who doesn’t share her beliefs or her desire to keep him happy.

A lot of people burn and bleed under the heat of Melisandre’s faith. But don’t let this triviality mislead you into believing that the Red Woman is all about death and agony. You see, she is also adept at the art of birthing shadow monstrosities.
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After the, um… baby bursts out of Melisandre’s womb, he goes on to add to his mommy’s holy work: more blood and death to honor the Lord of Light, and to further the royal cause of Melisandre and her less shiny champion. The shadow monster is big, dark and lethal, but he doesn’t terrify me half as much as his mommy does. Why do you think that is, my Wicked Luvs? And who scares you the most, the dreadful babe or mommy dearest? 

41 comments:

  1. Great post! Mummy Dearest for sure, that lady freaks me right out! She is so powerful and conniving. Happy hopping, here's my MMM.

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    1. She certainly does a number on the nerves, doesn't she? Her fervor and belief is quite terrifying indeed!

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  2. Lovely post! I gotta say the babe scares me most! ;)
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    Happy Hopping! =D

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    1. He has a bit of deathly approach to life, so I see why he can be scarier...

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  3. Oh , the mommy - - - after all, she is the fount, and capable of many darling offspring.

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    1. And she is conscious about what she's doing, and the way she does it... *cringing*

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  4. There are two Melisandres.. the one in the book and the one in the t.v. show. The one on t.v. is much scarier, and does really horrific things that the one in the book does not. They are both zealots and extremely misguided. I found the one in the book to be more sympathetic.

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    1. Indeed, Kallan. It was the reason why I focused on the Melisandre of the TV show. The book handles her motivations and faith in a way that makes sense (creepy murderous sense, but it works). The show takes artistic license far into the darker, bloodier and more pyromaniac side.

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    2. Yes, yes it does.. and I love the actress playing her.. she's totally creepy ;)

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    3. She is creepy and then some!

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  5. Although terrifying, she does have a lovely name. Enjoyed your MMM post. :)

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    1. I LOVE her name, too! It would be perfect for a willful cat, which means any cat lol

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  6. I love Game of Thrones! The Red woman is indeed terrifying.

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    1. She has some serious issues, doesn't she?

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  7. I love GOT too. My husband and I are glued to it every week. I will have t read all the books once the series finishes. I've heard women say it degrades women? All I see are strong minded powerful women. The Red woman is scary!

    Shah X

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    1. Game of Thrones seems to bring a lot of couples together lol. My Piano Man and I don't watch much TV, but when we do GoT it is.

      I don't think the novels degrade women. I believe that it is a book of its time. On the contrary, it seems to showcase more strong women than other literature of the time. I mean, you have female knights, pirate, the Red Woman, mothers willing (and sometimes able) to nearly destroy kingdoms (and fighting death) in the them of their children, a girl surviving the middle of a bloody war that has killed more men than who knows what...

      And yes, there are prostitutes and there is Sansa Stark (whose weakness gets on my nerve) but that is just a balance story: a bit of everything, and some of it rather extreme.

      Now, it the author would just go ahead and finish the series!

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  8. I haven't read (or really watched - jeez, gratuitous female nudity much??) Game of Thrones, but I think what you are posting about might be partly about who has the ultimate power, partly about the threat and violence of crazy religious murderous freaks, and partly about the world constantly fearing the creative and fertile yet destructive female.

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    1. The TV shows, um... shows more skin than the book speaks of. Also, the women in the show seem a bit hysterical compared to the books. I think the treatment of The King in the North's love interest is a great example of this. Their relationship on the screen barely resembles what happen in the book. And don't let me get started about the way people lose their clothes on the show. Seriously, in the book you can actually tell why someone might get in sack with another person or walk around showing their bits (men and women) but in the show, clothes evaporate like if they were a trick of the imagination to begin with. Annoying...

      As a result, I'm not the best company to watch the show. For I keep on saying, "That's not how it happens in the book!" *cough, cough*

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    2. Sometimes that's what makes it so fun to watch a show. My Dad & I used to watch M*A*S*H on tv just so he would have the fun of saying what was wrong (for one thing, MASH units weren't that close to the front lines).

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  9. I've never seen or read Game of Thrones, but your description on Melisandre intrigues me. She definitely sounds like the more monstrous of your pair, since she's the originator of destruction.

    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles

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    1. And she is really good at been bad, and walk around believing that she is holier than morning dew. Psycho drunk on faith. Scary.

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  10. I am minded of another character from another series of books with a similar name, a Lady Melisande, who liked to play games with thrones and gods and love... and flechettes...

    Mummy dearest certainly would disturb me more. Because the lengths the human mind can go to, under the impetus of faith, are... infinite.

    I may have to join up. It might be good practice for my failings in the genre of horror...

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    1. Flechettes, huh? Sexy and sharp.

      The human mind is what makes me so terrified (and extra cautious) when it comes monsters.

      Yay for joining!

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  11. Great post. Haven't seen the show but have started reading the books. :)

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    1. The first three books are fantastic! The rest are still good, but the story line gets a bit long-winded and ridiculous. I'm hoping he finishes the series some time soon...

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  12. Yikes! She's really scary. And that birthing shadows thing is just gross. It doesn't exactly make me enthusiastic about seeing GoT, but it's a very memorable character, that's for sure. Thanks for the info! :-)

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    1. I picked a more artistic rendition of the birthing scene because the one the show in the TV show is really disturbing. The things that happen to her belly are a little creepy (no pun intended). She is memorable indeed, and the characterization is much more substantial in the book.

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  13. She is a scary character in Game of Thrones... feels like we haven't quite seen her full power yet...:) Great post on monsters.

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    1. Scary and then some, but she does have great dresses and awesome boots lol

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  14. I have not read Game of Thrones or seen the TV show (too many characters die for my taste :)), but there do seem to be some wonderfully interesting characters in it. Melisandre sounds delightful ;) - what's she like if you're on her good side?
    Tasha's Thinkings

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    1. If you do what she wants, she's all right... as long as your death doesn't do something that she believes will benefit her Lord of Light. If that's the case, you'll sizzle or bleed like anyone else, even if you are a child who doesn't know what's happening. She is fanatical from the tip of her read head to the bottom of her nicely booted toes.

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  15. I'm terrified of shadows, always have been! Like Natasha above, I've not seen the show or read the books; a regret on my part. They are right up my street.
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    1. Well, just think think that you'll have the pleasure to enjoy them for the first time. Yay awesomeness! ;-)

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    1. *places pinky finger on side of mouth*

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  17. Game Of Thrones, rocks!!! Can't wait for tonight ;o) The Red Woman, "Mommy", scares me the most!!!

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    1. We are always a season behind because we watch very little TV. But I've read all the books, and they rock indeed!

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  18. I haven't read the books so all I know of her comes the shows. When she first appeared in season two, she sort-of pissed me off. I tend not to like religous zealots, especially when they meddle in politics. But I like her more now that we're learning more about her backstory in season three, it gives her motivations depth and makes her a little more understandable, I think. I look forward to learning more about her as the story progresses.

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    1. Melisandre's motivations are definitely clear by the end of the latest book in the series. Fanatics annoy me, but they do make awesome monsters, don't they? ;-)

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  19. Seriously, how can you not love a witchy woman who is capable of birthing a smoke assassin? She's one of my favorite characters from the series.

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    1. I will never forget that birth. My goodness, did you get a hold of the movement in that belly! And what an hideous baby lol

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