A Read of A Dance with Dragons – Part 34

Chapter 33 – Tyrion
Tyrion and Jorah Mormont have left Volantis, ostensibly bound for Qarth, but really going to Meereen. Penny, the jousting dwarf girl, is also on board. Tyrion tries to be nice to her but she hates him. Moqorro is a red priest sent to bring the light of Rh’llor to Daenerys. The ship they’re on is big, cumbersome and slow. Over the days, Tyrion and Penny get to know each other and move closer to becoming friends. Jorah seems to spend most of the time asleep.
The ship passes Valyria, which is red and smoking. Moqorro tells Tyrion that it was a massive volcanic eruption that destroyed Valyria. He says they must get to Meereen as quickly as possible as there are others that are seeking out the Queen of Dragons. He has seen it in his flames, in particular, he has seen a one-eyed kraken.
Daenerys doesn’t know what’s just around the corner. If only she can hold on for a little bit, then maybe she won’t have to marry Hizdahr zo Loraq.
Tyrion’s friendship with Penny is quite sweet. She brings out his gentle side, much as Sansa Stark did.
So, the doom of Valyria was a volcano. That’s kind of what I’d thought but is a bit of an anti-climax. It’s a shame it wasn’t a big, magickal kerbluey. Also, I recently read about how the presence of whales makes the oceans thrive (link is to an abstract, not the full article) and naturally I thought about how the presence of dragons makes magic thrive.

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