Valyrian steel vs. Valyrian rubber (or fantasy vs. reality)

I’m about to drop some hot Game of Thrones references on you, but just stay with me for a minute even if you’ve never watched the show. Also – no spoilers. Unless you consider a slip in special effects a spoiler.

All hail Valyrian steel

First off, Valyrian steel is the bee’s knees. In the Game of Thrones series, it’s the type of steel that can pretty much cut through anything, including white walkers (the baddest mambo jambos in the series) and is super rare. Here’s a picture of Jon Snow wielding the rare Valyrian steel in some epic battle.


According to the Game of Thrones Wikipedia, this is Valyrian steel:

Valyrian steel is a form of metal that was forged in the days of the mighty Valyrian Freehold. It is exceptionally sharp and tremendously strong, yet light, keeping its edge forever without the need for sharpening.

Valyrian steel is recognizable from its sharpness, as well as a distinctive rippled pattern visible in blades made from it.[1] Valyrian steel is one of the few things that can kill White Walkers, alongside dragonglass, although this property is not widely known, apparently not even to the White Walkers themselves.[2] Since the destruction of Valyria, however, the majority of the surviving Valyrian steel weapons serve as heirlooms in the various Houses and Great Houses of Westeros.”

Dost my eyes deceive me?

And now we go to Valyrian rubber. This is what happens when you have a slip of special effects by the good production people of Game of Thrones in the second to last episode of the season. In the GIF below, you can see the rubberiness of the once Valyrian steel that Jon Snow wielded in so many epic battles and is actually on his way to wield AGAIN in another epic battle. Really, it’s just funny.


I mean, let’s be realistic. There is no such thing as Valyrian steel. But there is such thing as a rubber sword so the fine actors of Game of Thrones don’t accidentally skewer themselves on set.

Still, we as viewers build up this construct in our mind because we’re told of how epic and important this type of a sword is. But really – it’s just Valyrian rubber.

Which brings me to my real point…

Bad weeks are Valyrian rubber

I originally started writing this post right after I had gone through my first chemo appointment, but the feeling holds true even today. Before chemo, my expectations were that of the Valyrian steel.

  • I am STRONG!
  • I can DO THIS!
  • I will CONQUER these side effects!
  • I will be an INSPIRATION to others going through this!

…Basically, I was as ready as I could be. I was ready to trade my nasty lung symptoms for the side effects of chemo. I was ready to battle the ugly cancer cells inside of me.

Fast forward to the bad weeks and I am now that Valyrian rubber.

  • I am weak.
  • I really CAN’T do this.
  • These side effects feel like they’re conquering me either because I can’t get ahead of them or I just didn’t expect them to keep going for so long.
  • How can I be an inspiration when half of my life going forward for the next six months is going to be just trying to survive the bad weeks?

Basically, all of the things I thought before chemo, and the things I tell myself during the “good week,” seem to disappear when it feels like this bad week just will NOT quit!

But Valyrian steel isn’t a lie either…

Well, okay. In the physical sense, it’s a lie. I mean, we’re talking about a fictional book where most things are a lie. But even though it’s a lie, it still has power. If you can be transformed by a good story, you can find power in the weapons used within those stories.

So the good weeks are Valyrian steel. The good moments are Valyrian steel. Okay, they’re also Dr. Jekyll and you’re probably sick of me mixing metaphors, but it works for me. So while I deal with the rubberiness of the real world, I’ll be counting down the hours until the next glimpse of Valyrian Steel. Even if it seems to be taking FOREVER. Seriously, guys. This bad week is REALLY LONG.

Okay. Done rambling. And also to end on a fun note, here is a video of Samuel Jackson summing up the Game of Thrones series in the best way possible. It’s alludes to spoilers but doesn’t actually spoil anything, so it’s up to you. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. But also, it’s good stuff. So you should totally watch it.



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