Recently, I have started to re-read A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I had previously finished the book a few years ago but I’ve decided to revisit it and annotate each chapter as a way of remembering what I have actually read!
On Page 19, the beginning of the ‘Catelyn’ chapter, George R.R. Martin used this following text to describe the godswood at Winterfell…
“here thick black trunks crowded close together while twisted branches wove a dense canopy overhead and misshapen roots wrestled beneath the soil. This was a place of deep silence and brooding shadows, and the gods who lived here had no names…”
When reading this I immediately thought of the photo I shot of ‘The Dark Hedges’, a beautiful road near my home here on the North coast of Ireland. The road has actually been used in the series but not as a godswood, but I thought the photo fitted perfectly with the excerpt above. I shot the image, below, during a snow blizzard on my way home from grocery shopping believe it or not! I had my young family in the car and couldn’t stay at the scene for long in fear of the roads becoming impassable. So I quickly pulled the car up, got out, and used a car as a shield from the driving wind and snow.