Glamor

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Melisandre's ruby by Ryan Valle © Fantasy Flight Games

A glamor is a magical illusion.[1]

Magic

Glamors make the object of the magic appear differently to observers, although the object does not actually change its shape.[1][2] Glamors are strongest when built on a particular object or body part belonging to the person which the illusion will resemble.[1] The object of the glamor wears an item to maintain the spell, such as a ruby[1] or a moonstone.[3] Sorcerers usually need to study for years before they are able to create a glamor.[4] Some red priests believe that glamors are made possible through R'hllor, the Lord of Light.[1]

History

During the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, the moonstone-wearing Ser Maynard Plumm might have been a glamored Brynden Rivers.[3]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Because Stannis Baratheon's sword radiates no heat, only light, the dying Maester Aemon dismisses it as a false Lightbringer, its glow nothing more than a glamor.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

In Braavos, the kindly man explains to Arya Stark that the magic of the Faceless Men is different from glamors, as their magic actually alters the object's appearance.[2]

To spare Mance Rayder from being executed by Stannis, Melisandre glamors the King-Beyond-the-Wall. Mance wears a ruby in a fetter and bone armor to appear as the Lord of Bones, who is likewise glamored into appearing as Mance. Rattleshirt is thus burned in a cage, while Mance is sent on a mission to rescue "Arya" (actually Jeyne Poole) from House Bolton.[6][1]

Quotes

All sorcery comes at a cost, child. Years of prayer and sacrifice and study are required to work a proper glamor.[4]


Mance: The glamor, aye. I feel it when I sleep. Warm against my skin, even through the iron. Soft as a woman's kiss. Your kiss. But sometimes in my dreams it starts to burn, and your lips turn into teeth. Every day I think how easy it would be to pry it out, and every day I don't. Must I wear the bloody bones as well?
Melisandre: The spell is made of shadow and suggestion. Men see what they expect to see.[1]


Jon: What sorcery is this?
Melisandre: Call it what you will. Glamor, seeming, illusion. R'hllor is Lord of Light, Jon Snow, and it is given to his servants to weave with it, as others weave with thread.[1]


The bones remember. The strongest glamors are built of such things. A dead man's boots, a hank of hair, a bag of fingerbones. With whispered words and prayer, a man's shadow can be drawn forth from such and draped about another like a cloak. The wearer's essence does not change, only his seeming.[1]


Mummers change their faces with artifice, and sorcerers use glamors, weaving light and shadow and desire to make illusions that trick the eye.[2]

References