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August 16th, 2011, 10:50 PM #25Spoiler:(possibly Aegon, if he is a fake as some have suggested)
What is a year?
In our world, at ASoIaF's approximate level of social and scientific progress, a year was simply one Summer to the next, or one Winter, one Christmas, whatever. But they don't have that pattern to work from. So how come everyone seems to know how old they are, how many years ago things happened, etc? How do they keep the record?
Another suggestion is that the world had 'normal' weather up until the Others' invasion thousands of years ago, and that event upset the seasons and cause them to go haywire. The length of the year may be a tradition held over since then. This may also tie in to the extremely loose grasp of history in Westeros (since we've been told since AGoT that the Andal invasion was 6,000 years ago, but in ADWD we're told it could have been 4,000 or even 2,000, since the tracking of the years and seasons was extremely erratic, even after the arrival of the Andals and their stronger record-keeping).
Do the days still get longer and shorter, even if there is no winter or summer?
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