A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 18 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 18 Summary

Tyrion and the others continue down the Rhoyne aboard the Shy Maid. When they reach the Sorrows, they are engulfed in an unnatural fog and worry that the stone men will attack. The stone men suffer from a mortal form of greyscale. Tyrion recalls how men would sometimes cut off an arm to keep the stone from spreading, only to start to feel its tingle as the sickness starts in the other arm. They know that they have reached the Bridge of Dream when they see a series of lights in the fog above them. On it are the stone men. As the ship passes beneath it, Young Griff refuses to go belowdecks. Tyrion tells him that he should, revealing that he knows Young Griff is a prince. Tyrion reveals his identity as well: he is the son of Tywin Lannister, who was said to have killed Prince Rhaegar's children. Finally, he reveals Griff as Jon Connington, dear friend to Prince Rhaegar, once Lord of Griffin's Roost, and once the Hand of the King. As they talk back and forth, the ship is turned in the Rhoyne's currents back towards the Bridge of Dream. This time, the stone men jump down to the ship. Griff engages one and another is pushed off with a pole. The stone men appear to have lost when a third stone man jumps behind Tyrion. Tyrion uses his torch to drive the stone man off the ship, but he is dragged into the river to drown. He decides to haunt the Seven Kingdoms in the his death.