Monday, January 2, 2012

My Book Boyfriend: Khal Drogo


We decided that Thursday needed a little pizazz and stumbled on this meme. So we took ourselves over to The Unread Reader to see what it was all about and join the fun. The Unread Reader features this meme on Wednesdays, but we figured moving our participation to Thursday wouldn't hurt anything. We'd love it if you'd leave a comment if you participate in this so we can check out your book boyfriends as well.

Note: I know that this book has been out for years, but in light of the HBO series, I have been sensitive to not give anything away in the form of spoilers, however, I do want to illustrate the difference of the written Drogo and what has been portrayed in the TV series – I particularly feel the character was done an injustice in the wedding night scene and have included some of it. So let’s read on, and get Khal’ed.

My book boyfriend is: Khal Drogo
Book he's in:
A Game of Thrones
Author: George R. R. Martin

His Appearance:*A head taller than any other man in his khalasar, yet moves with a lethal grace

*Skin like polished copper and thick mustachios adorned with gold and bronze rings. His eyes are a dark cold onyx.

*His dark, oiled hair is braided and decorated with bells and more rings and is long & uncut.

*He is built like the warrior he is, with battle scars to….well never mind my prurient fantasies.

Drogo Facts:*As a Dorthraki horselord, Khal Drogo is the best, with a khalasar of over 40,000 – A fact that gets him the last female of the royal house of Targaryen, Daenerys Stormborn.

*Khal Drogo has never been defeated and that’s why his braid is so impressive - Dothraki men cut off their braids when they are defeated in battle.

*The Dorthraki society are nomads and savage conquerors. They’re also very, shall we say, earthy? *ahem* See the first quote.

The Dothraki mate like the animals in their herds. There is no privacy in a khalasar, and they do not understand sin or shame as we do.

And last of all, Khal Drogo brought forth his bride present for her…She was a young filly, spirited and splendid. Dany knew just enough about horses to know that this was no ordinary animal. She was grey as the winter sea, with a mane like silver smoke..Khal Drogo said something in Dothraki and Magister Illyrio translated. ‘Silver for the silver of your hair, the khal says.”

Khal Drogo started at her tears, his face strangely expressionless. ‘No.’ he said. He lifted his and rubbed away the tears roughly with a calloused thumb. ‘You speak the Common Tongue.’ Dany said in wonder.
‘No.’ he said again.
Perhaps he had only that word she thought, but it was one more word than she had known he had, and somehow it made her feel a little better. Drogo touched her hair lightly, sliding the silver-blond strands between his fingers and murmuring softly in Dothraki. Dany did not understand the words, yet there was warmth in the tone, a tenderness she had never expected from this man.

Why I love Drogo:

He is a fierce and mighty warrior, intensely loyal and noble, as a king (of sorts) should be and as you want your man to be. Talk about still waters running deep – Drogo chooses Dany, who is completely unlike the women of his culture. She is small, delicate, and uncommonly lovely – she also desperately needs protection and genuine love. I believe he chooses her because as steeped in tradition as he is, he wants something different. A soft place to land, yet an equally fierce wife. He calls Dany “the moon of his life” (say it with me now: awwwwww!) and their love is poignant and completely unexpected for an arranged marriage in their world. Another break from tradition for Drogo is that he has waited to marry, has taken only one wife, and chooses not to share her with his bloodriders – you know, biblically (say it with me now: aww hell to the no!) . When Dany and his unborn son are threatened, he holds nothing back and displays a remarkable cleverness and ability to think on his feet, as they are in the city of Vaes Dothrak and can shed no blood. Above and beyond all that - The man is hands down sexy yumminess personified.

Who would be my perfect Drogo?

HBO got one thing right with Drogo and that is the fine specimen of maleness that is Jason Momoa, who portrays the Khal in the TV series. I mean, really. Look at him! NGH No really.

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