Knight of the Laughing Tree: how did Jon Snow's parents meet?

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Twenty years before Game of Thrones, the biggest party in Westeros was held at Harrenhal - with Starks, Targaryens and Daynes in attendance. Who was the mysterious knight who fought for a young crannogman?
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Vilkku
Vilkku - 2 साल पहले
Me at the beginning: Such a random little tale, why make a video about it?
Me at the end: Holy shit, this story started the events of Game of Thrones.
KeV B
KeV B - महीने पहले
Mmm no, this story started roberts rebellion, Little finger started game of thrones. It was the north thinking the lannisters killed Jon Arynn and tried to kill Bran, Catelyn abducting tyrion causing the lannisters to have a reason to declare war. Ned saying Joffrey was a bastard to make all other kings go solo mode. LF started it all
Jorge Chávez
Jorge Chávez - 8 महीने पहले
bro...
The Green Baron
The Green Baron - 10 महीने पहले
Dude right! My thoughts exactly!
POWERFUL Furtive Pygmy
POWERFUL Furtive Pygmy - साल पहले
@Himanshu Singh such an edgy Narutard
books from Windblown
books from Windblown - साल पहले
The Tourney of Harrenhall better make an appearance in trilogy or spinoff TV show.
Zachariah Bourgeois
Zachariah Bourgeois - 5 दिन पहले
I bet the knight was Benjen. This might be why he joined the nights watch in fear of King Arrys finding out who the knight was. Benjen joining the night watch would make it so the king wouldn’t be able to get ahold of him if he was found out.
Just an idea.
Casey H
Casey H - 15 दिन पहले
Narrator sounds like Oliver from Legion, Jemaine Clement
Tom Bombadil
Tom Bombadil - 27 दिन पहले
Jon Snow's parents are not Rhaegar and Lyanna. Can't believe how many people still believe in this flimsy theory. Check out Order of the Greenhand for more information about Ned+Ashara=Jon and other theories.
Tejas Nadkarni
Tejas Nadkarni - महीने पहले
benjen14. he's too young. Lyanna15 That makes sense
Dev Last name
Dev Last name - महीने पहले
You definitely have read the books to great detail but dont you understand in their world youre an adult at the age of 15? So it makes sense for people to be able to joust well at 15
BiasedGrunt1998
BiasedGrunt1998 - महीने पहले
I really really doubt Lyanna was strong enough to jousy and beat the other nights. The shield was found in a tree. Is it not possible the weirwoods made one of their one take a human avatar?
Matthew Brumley
Matthew Brumley - 2 महीने पहले
No way Jon is Lyanna’s son. That dude is now kicking butt with the golden company. Jon is Ned’s son, birthed from Ashara Daine who is alive and raised Lyanna’s son. Also Lyanna was the knight of the laughing tree. That is why the prince fell for her. Benjin knew everything and withholding that and their location after they run off is why Benjin was sent to the wall by Ned.
An Arsehole
An Arsehole - 2 महीने पहले
So, what you're telling me is that everything that happened is

ALL HOWLAND REED'S FAULT
Ivan Renić
Ivan Renić - 2 महीने पहले
0:22 "...who hooked up with who, who is plotting to overthrow the goverment" you know, the usual.
Epic Sauce
Epic Sauce - 3 महीने पहले
The thought of Ned having his brother ask Ashara to dance because he was shy is so heartwarming
Emma Clarke
Emma Clarke - 3 महीने पहले
Brandon Stark - The Wild Wolf
Ned Stark - The Quiet Wolf
Lyanna Stark - The She Wolf
Benjen Stark - The wolf pup, The Lone Wolf
Catelyn Stark - The Mother Wolf
Jon Snow - The White Wolf
Robb Stark - The Young Wolf
Sansa Stark - The Wise Wolf
Arya Stark - The Wolf Girl
Bran Stark - The Wolf King
Rickon Stark - The Fierce Wolf
TheKingKookie
TheKingKookie - 3 महीने पहले
cool video and all, but why does the drawing of rhaegar look like Ryan Gosling lol
Anselm Carasco
Anselm Carasco - 3 महीने पहले
Wierd Shit😂
LJ_Redd
LJ_Redd - 3 महीने पहले
god i wish there was a show that showed 100 years leading up to the main show
Oscar Wind
Oscar Wind - 3 महीने पहले
Form now on I will plot overthrow the government during my party's
Also I think the old gods would help someone win back there
Collin Lebzelter
Collin Lebzelter - 3 महीने पहले
"Ashumed"
I am no one neither R you
I am no one neither R you - 4 महीने पहले
I really wanted this to be one of brans visions Thanks D&D you fucked up royally
KesselRunHero
KesselRunHero - 4 महीने पहले
I think its plausible that Lyanna is the knight of the laughing tree but some of the logic is just overthought and wrong headed. You say that ASOIF is not a fantasy where the weak can beat the strong but its a fantasy where a 15 year old girl can beat 3 seasoned knights, all grown men in a combat sport? You then say Benjen a 14 year old boy may be too young and therefore not strong enough to beat said knights but, Lyanna a year older and a girl is strong enough? Neither of those statements are logical.
Andres
Andres - 4 महीने पहले
Jon Connington was gay and loved Rhaegar? oh...excellent
Johnlocked the impala
Johnlocked the impala - 4 महीने पहले
I always wonder why the Tully's were never mwntioned at the tourney, I mean hardball is in the riverlands, you'd think they would be there..
Baku Bubble
Baku Bubble - 4 महीने पहले
1:58 Elie Martell's picture has a dick and balls tiara
Stoneryoda 937
Stoneryoda 937 - 4 महीने पहले
N+A=J
Connor Klemp
Connor Klemp - 4 महीने पहले
Barristen selmy is the knight
Virrals
Virrals - 4 महीने पहले
it’s worth noting that Lyanna saves Howland from the squires by beating them with a wooden tourney sword.
yaboi skinibinis
yaboi skinibinis - 4 महीने पहले
2:20 PLAY THIS OUT LOUD NEAR A GOOGLE DEVICE, IT KEEPS TRIPPING UP MY GOOGLE MINI
Γρηγόρης Αράπης
Γρηγόρης Αράπης - 4 महीने पहले
Also lances and weapons in general compered to popular belief are not particularly heavy
Ana Molina
Ana Molina - 4 महीने पहले
1:28 Chris Hemsworth=Rhaegar Targaryen
Ethan Leveque
Ethan Leveque - 4 महीने पहले
What book is this from ?
TheFade
TheFade - 4 महीने पहले
I thought it was basically confirmed it was lyanna?
Noland Ryan
Noland Ryan - 4 महीने पहले
Dissapointing Bran doesnt show us a vision of this moment from the past. It would have made the final season a little more monumental.
Ó Slattarra
Ó Slattarra - 4 महीने पहले
Rhaegar and Lyanna are the two parts of Jon Snows stubbornly soft heart.
Jean-Ian Simard
Jean-Ian Simard - 4 महीने पहले
But what if...
Trvrr Zbsky
Trvrr Zbsky - 4 महीने पहले
it would make sense for the kinght to be a woman when covered to hide identity
OwO
OwO - 4 महीने पहले
"...first we're given an obvious answer"

Like, when Roose Bolton died, stabbed by his bastard, but in reality he was poisoned by his enemies?
Splash University
Splash University - 4 महीने पहले
What about brian of Tarth???? Rewatch the episode where she bests the sir loras
shibbyxoxo
shibbyxoxo - 4 महीने पहले
MIND BLOWN. I LOVE THIS
Anna Castro
Anna Castro - 4 महीने पहले
I might be a suck, but I wish Rhaegar and Lyanna didn't die D: I know the story would obviously be completely different, but the story sounds so damn hot. Partly because Rhaegar looked like a cutie
Luqman Abdi
Luqman Abdi - 4 महीने पहले
This is the most incredible story of GOT ever amazing video
Roei Linzen
Roei Linzen - 5 महीने पहले
they gave strength to his arm
bitch plz, i get my strength in my arm every evening
nathan brooks
nathan brooks - 5 महीने पहले
Fits well with what you mentioned at the start, foreshadowing what overthrew the Targaeryan reign, thats why the Mad King hated the knight. Perhaps whispers in his ear from Bran or Bloodraven.
Gindranis
Gindranis - 5 महीने पहले
Going full tinfoil hat here:
Bran warged Lyanna to be the KotLT
Nehan Khan
Nehan Khan - 5 महीने पहले
I thought Aegon targereon was the son of lyanna and rhaegar? The one varys and Illyria want on the throne?
chitownboyz
chitownboyz - 2 महीने पहले
That possibly a fake aegon pretending to be the Elia Martell son.
idonotknowanynames
idonotknowanynames - 5 महीने पहले
Regardless of how the books play out, Bran will definitely do some time traveling to change big events (bran builder?). .... Quite unlike season 8
it's me
it's me - 5 महीने पहले
I think it should be Howland... Howland becomes pretty capable seeing as only him and Ned survived the battle against the Arthur Dayne, Oswell Whent, and Gerold Hightower. That is a feat greater than Jousting I think.
mearl anne
mearl anne - 5 महीने पहले
I love this.thank u.
JuicySnails
JuicySnails - 5 महीने पहले
Every single little thing started the game of thrones tbh
BicycleJoe LoFiSoundAndVision
BicycleJoe LoFiSoundAndVision - 5 महीने पहले
What kind of prescription medication do your doctors recommend most
Yoan Bousquet
Yoan Bousquet - 5 महीने पहले
great vid!
elwynbrooks
elwynbrooks - 5 महीने पहले
I mean "it's out of his character" is a better reason for the knight to be masked and mysterious than not. I don't think that discounts Ned
Ben Vincze
Ben Vincze - 5 महीने पहले
Your videos are like the Vsauce of ASOIAF
Manuel Cubilete
Manuel Cubilete - 5 महीने पहले
Just watching this now, but I’m sold on Lyanna being the knight. Assuming you put this together on your own, it was a well put together theory. It makes sense (to me) that a girl would be the mystery knight since there should be no other reason for the knight to hide their identity.
Tedesco
Tedesco - 5 महीने पहले
Turns out it was actually Quaithe, as usual
JediQueer
JediQueer - 5 महीने पहले
I mean... I feel like it was always implied that it was Lyanna who did it, from the start. Lyanna rescues him at the start, Lyanna wants him to stand up for himself, she's described as a "She-Wolf" and from what we know about her is a lot like Arya, and the idea of Rhaegar being sent after the night only to discover it was Lyanna Stark creates a nice start to their relationship. I never got the impression it was supposed to be Howland.
Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson - 5 महीने पहले
And here we are knowing what we know now! I have zero doubt that the Knight of the Laughing Tree was Lyanna Stark. She defended Howland Reed's honor and in return he kept the secret of Jon Snow's true identity all these years. It works out perfectly as he is the only living person that can confirm Jon Snow's identity. We also now have Arya, that like her Aunt Lyanna was a badass!! Now I want to see how Bran as the Three-Eyed Raven ties in to all of this. All of his visions that were shown to him by the original 3ER were very intentional! They showed him ways/lessons on how the truth/memories can be altered. Lyanna was amazing like Arya, but because they were women no one suspected them (to be the Knight of the Laughing Tree or to kill the Night King). Seeing what happened to Hodor was a lesson about how meddling in the present while in the past can still alter history. The Tower of Joy had a few lessons. One was how people remember things vs. how they really happen - Ned killing Dayne and becoming a legend, when it was actually Reed that saved him. Two being the part where Bran called out to his father and he paused and turned around. The second time Bran goes back to the vision he doesn't call out his father's name, but his father still stops and turns around. I think these lessons helped Bran/3ER learn how to put Arya in a position to be trained to become "No One" and to sneak up on the Night King without him seeing it coming. We were all distracted by prophesies that better fit other characters while Bran/3ER was manipulating Arya's destiny all along.
Oscar Wind
Oscar Wind - 5 महीने पहले
Yup all the partys i go to we talk about overthrowing the government
Oni das Alagoas
Oni das Alagoas - 5 महीने पहले
1/4 of the video in and I'm sure it is the She-Wolf Stark.
BezukaKing
BezukaKing - 5 महीने पहले
If AsoiaF happened "normally", do you think Bran would have married a Manderly girl?
spOwOky ・
spOwOky ・ - 5 महीने पहले
idk who’s edgier benjen or ned
Corruption Fighter
Corruption Fighter - 5 महीने पहले
i agree that the knight of the laughing tree could have been lyanna since she beat off those three squires on her own...bad to the bone.
something just came to mind after watching a recap and i am wondering if drogon was pregnant or seeking out other dragons in asshai because there was a time that danearys hadnt seen him for quite some time when she was in mureen and the other two were pissed with her and wouldnt let her really come near them, so something happened that drogon was gone for such a long time
also eddard knew that lyanna was a great warrior and when he saw arya as capable and even that look on his face when he saw her learning to fight with serio he may have thought about his sister at that moment
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