No joke. As we sit here on Earth, in days of now, worrying about olive oil quality, labelling and adulteration the poor folks in Westeros are too.
As one of the young olives took the wheel of my eastward bound vehicle yesterday, I got to do what I hadn’t done in ages – read. I enjoyed the new HBO series “A Game of Thrones” and as a surprise Mr. Olive Crazy gave me the first in the series of books that the TV show is based on, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, by George R.R. Martin. Westeros is one of the three continents on the fictional planet in the novels.
I was plowing through the novel, occasionally glancing at the speedometer to make sure my lead-footed son was in check when I came to the part of the book where a young character and his colleagues were going to find out their duties on the ‘Wall’. One of the colleagues was assigned to a job where he could use his skills to negotiate for better and less costly food stores, among them was olive oil.
I was a bit taken aback by the reference and thought that maybe I am just noticing things about olives and olive oil more than I used to, but I don’t think so. I found it interesting that olive oil was specifically named by Mr. Martin in his book. After all, writers, even fiction writers, include daily happenings in their works. It helps with relevancy for readers, plus if it’s on your mind it sometimes ends up on the page. I looked at the copyright of the book and it is 1996. I couldn’t think of any significant olive oil quality issues that were in the news then. Or perhaps, Mr. George R.R. Martin just happens to like a good quality olive oil, and who can blame him.
May the sun shine through your branches.