Myrish eye

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A Myrish eye wrapped in a maester's bronze link, by Yoann Boissonnet © Fantasy Flight Games

A Myrish eye[1][2] or Myrish lens tube[3][4] is a telescope consisting of a bronze tube with ground glass lenses at either end. They include larger devices which can be attached to tripods for observatories[5] and smaller monoculars useful for sailors.[2] A Myrish eye can be called a far-eye,[3] although George R. R. Martin also refers to human lookouts,[6][7] such as sailors in a ship's crow's nest,[8] as far-eyes.[9]

Polished lenses might come from other Free Cities,[10] but the lenscrafters of Myr are considered without equal.[5][11] Maesters Luwin and Aemon have both used far-eyes to observe the stars.[5][1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Maester Luwin receives a new lens from Myr for his observatory at Winterfell.[5] After Robb Stark calls the banners, Bran Stark watches the Karstarks arrive through Luwin's bronze far-eye.[3] Luwin uses it to study the red comet, and Rickon Stark uses the device to look at the gargoyles on the First Keep.[12]

A Clash of Kings

Theon Greyjoy observes the host of Ser Rodrik Cassel outside Winterfell through Luwin's Myrish lens tube.[4]

A Storm of Swords

During the battle beneath the Wall, Jon Snow uses Maester Aemon's lens tube on a heavy tripod from atop the Wall to observe the camp of Mance Rayder.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

When Victarion Greyjoy captures the Myrish cog Dove, he takes its captain's Myrish eye.[2]

Quotes

A lens is an instrument to help us see.[5]

Her captain owned a Myrish eye that made far-off things look close—two glass lenses in a series of brass tubes, cunningly wrought so that each section slid into the next, until the eye was no longer than a dirk. Victarion claimed that treasure for himself.[2]

—thoughts of Victarion Greyjoy

References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 69, Jon IX.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
  6. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Prologue.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
  9. A Game of Thrones, Prologue.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.