I'm sure others have speculated on this, and I'd like your input.
I was intrigued por Salladhor Saan's descrição of the forging of Lightbringer por Azor Ahai and its implications on Azor's return.
To summarize, the first sword he forged shattered when tempered with water. (This is not how a sword would actually be tempered, but I digress.) The segundo shattered when plunged into the coração of a lion. The third, Lightbringer, was tempered when Azor Ahai plunged it into his wife's heart.
Martin loves threes. It seems to me that these three forgings refer to three different characters, and I've been...