The Isle of Infants

The inhabitants of this island have the appearance of human babies, but speak and reason as adults.

They claim to have been born on another planet, but to have died. Their religion holds that, to avoid damnation, a person must undergo a rite of purification similar to baptism. The inhabitants of the isle claim to be those who died before undergoing this rite, but who had committed no other offence.

As such, they claim to be living in the mildest possible form of damnation.

Is ‘Wizard’s First Rule’ as bad as the TV series makes it seem?

I watched the first episode of The Legend of the Seeker recently. The hero learns that the people he thought were his parents actually weren’t: he was taken from his real parents and adopted. He learns this from an eccentric hermit who’s actually a powerful wizard after his father is killed and his house burnt down…

In other words, it’s a ripoff of Star Wars.

Is the novel like that? Or is it one of those cases where the TV series doesn’t live up to the book?

Cthulhu in Westeros

I recently noticed that the Drowned God in the Game of Thrones series is quite similar to Cthulhu/Dagon.

There’s a similarity between its litany and the famous couplet from the Necronomicon:

What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.

The location of the cult, the Iron Islands, has the air of a sinister Lovecraftian small town such as Innsmouth, being poor, isolated, and hostile to outsiders (as well as, obviously, being by the sea).

The ruling family, the Grayjoys, also uses a kraken on its arms: