R+L=J is a fan theory about Jon Snow’s parentage in George R.R. Martin’s novels, A Song of Ice and Fire which has been transcribed into HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The theory claims that Jon Snow is not the bastard son of Ned Stark and some random woman in King’s Landing, but rather, the son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.
There are a lot of blatant hints that support this theory. Some hints suggested in this video might be a bit reaching. Such as, the blue rose on the wall representing Jon Snow on the wall and the flower’s sweetness somehow tethered to Lyanna. Most of the other theories are too ominous to ignore. For examples, it is odd that Ned Stark’s morality comes into question with an affair. Ned is by far the most noble characters in Westeros and it is unlikely that he experienced a lapse of unfaithfulness. It is much more likely that Eddard, bound by honor, kept a promise to his sister to keep her son out of harms way. The book states that the tower where Lyanna Stark stayed was protected by the king’s guard and that Lyanna was found in a bed of blood. Obviously the bed of blood represents a recent childbirth. Also, one must ask what was the king’s guard protecting?
The video below suggests that Ned Stark chooses not to kill Targaryen children because of his familial connection. This is a doubtful reason, Ned just doesn’t strike me as the type to assassinate unborn children.
Stark has mentioned on occasion that he isn’t suffering from a secret that is weighing on him and that Jon is his “blood.” He also never directly mentions Jon as one of his children.
If Snow is indeed the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna. He is the manifestation of the books namesake because he is the incarnation of both ice and fire, since Targaryens are associated with dragon fire and Starks are associated with the icy north.
This theory clearly sets Jon up as a major player with a legitimate claim to the throne even though he has taken vows “to wear no crowns.” But hey, he also took a vow not to diddle around and we all know how that turned out.
Important character or not, George R.R. Martin has a nasty habit of killing off important characters. Only time will tell. In my own opinion, Jon Snow will be around for quite some time to come, so ladies feel free to continue your incessant swooning!
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AUTHORED BY: JENNA FISHER