A Myrish eye or Myrish lens tube 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 and smaller monoculars useful for sailors. A Myrish eye can be called a far-eye, although George R. R. Martin also refers to human lookouts, such as sailors in a ship's crow's nest, as far-eyes.
A Game of Thrones
Maester Luwin receives a new lens from Myr for his observatory at Winterfell. After Robb Stark calls the banners, Bran Stark watches the Karstarks arrive through Luwin's bronze far-eye. Luwin uses it to study the red comet, and Rickon Stark uses the device to look at the gargoyles on the First Keep.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Dance with Dragons
A lens is an instrument to help us see.
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.—thoughts of Victarion Greyjoy
References and notes
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 69, Jon IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- A Storm of Swords, Prologue.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Prologue.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.