We have only met 6 Children of The Forest and they are named: Scales, Ash, Black Knife, Leaf, Coals and Snowylocks.
You know what?
It just so happens that their names and descriptions closely line up with six of the Seven Gods plus the Stranger who isn’t mentioned. That stranger may be Bran or Bloodraven. Ned called Bran a squirrel in Game of Thrones for climbing trees.
The Stranger never gets invited to any of the best dinner parties. I know, I would be upset too.
So here they are with the description of the Seven from the wiki:
Name of the Child of the Forest
Descriptions of the Seven Gods and how they connect with one of the listed Children of the Forest.
|Scales||Father, or the Father Above, representing judgment. He is depicted as a bearded man who carries scales, and is prayed to for justice.|
|Ash||Mother, or the Mother Above, representing motherhood and nurturing. She is prayed to for fertility or compassion, and is depicted as smiling with love, embodying the concept of mercy.
Ash may be how tree “Children” age. Like the equivalent of graying, trees turn to ash and dust such in sacrificing oneself in a forest fire that while harming the tree, ultimately helps the whole ecosystem. That is Mother’s mercy.
|Black Knife||Warrior, representing strength in battle. He is prayed to for courage and victory. He carries a sword.|
|Leaf||Maiden, representing innocence and chastity. She is usually prayed to, to protect a maiden’s virtue. A leaf is still young and innocent and has not yet “flowered” yet.|
|Coals||Smith, representing crafts and labor. He is usually prayed to when work needs to be done, for strength. He carries a hammer.|
|Snowylocks||Crone, representing wisdom. She carries a lantern and is prayed to for guidance.Snowy locks refers to a white-haired crone.|
|Night’s King/Waif/Bran||Stranger. An exception to the other aspects, the Stranger represents death and the unknown. Worshipers rarely seek favor from the Stranger, but outcasts sometimes associate themselves with this god|
Behold, The Seven.
Do you worship the Old Gods, or The New?
It doesn’t matter, they may all the be worshiping the same god, the god of death, Hodor the God of Winter and Darkness and the Great Other.
Finally we have a world without religious strife… and GRRM makes them all the same untrue faith.
Basically every major religion still practiced except The Drowned God has been co-opted into the Andal’s faith of Hodor, the God of Winter and Night (not the adorable giant). R’hllor, The Old Gods, The Faith of The Seven, you name it. It is cynically to have very powerful organized religion do the exact opposite of what they preach. But then again, this is fiction. In
The only other religions that have not been controlled by Team Hodor are the Lady of the Waves and the Lord of the Skies. They get small mentions but I think it will play a big role. The series is called The Song of Ice and Fire… but it really isn’t. It is the Song of Ice, Fire, Sea and Air.
Joseph Campbell wrote:
“Myths are public dreams; dreams are private myths.” Team Hodor can manipulate flames and manipulate people. By influencing private dreams and their fires, Team Hodor can then alter the public dreams.
If the Children of The Forest are not the Children… then who are the Children?