Not many saw it coming! When the origin of why Hodor only says ‘Hodor’ was finally revealed on Game of Thrones, fans were surprised that it was a combination of words ‘Hold the Door’. But such is the dedication of A Song of Ice and Fire fans, that few were able to predict the twist long before we saw it on our television screens. We bring you 3 such instances where fans accurately guessed that ‘Hodor’ originated from the phrase ‘Hold the Door’:
Check out this post from Westeros.org member Myrddin in 2008:
“The poor guy is just asking someone to hold the door for him, since he’s always carrying someone else around. After a while, ‘Hold the door’ became ‘Hold the doorHold the doorHoldoorHodoor. Dammit! Hold the door!’ His mind finally snapped, and now all he can say is Hodor.”
Author Michael Ventrella blogged about an interesting conversation he had with George R.R. Martin in 2013:
Around the third time we were on the elevator together, he pushed the button for our floor and then asked the others what floors they needed, and then after everyone left, he turned to me.
Martin: I always wanted to be an elevator operator. If the writing thing hadn’t worked out…
We both laughed and went on to our rooms.
The final time we ended up together, the conversation went like this:
Me: I finally figured out why you have a character named “Hodor.”
Me: I was thinking about your comment about wanting to be an elevator operator. It’s clear to me now that “Hodor” is short for “Hold the door.”
Martin: (laughing) You don’t know how close to the truth you are!
And finally, redditor bluebulb posted this theory 2 years back, which has striking resemblance to the actual events (despite being totally wrong about it):
“Hodor is actually Aegon Targaryen. Basically, when Gregor is coming for Elia and the babies she (Elia) yells for the guards to ‘HOLD THE DOOR!’ as Gregor gets ever closer she gets so frantic it becomes “HOLD DOOR!” then ‘HOLDOOR!’ before finally the last thing Aegon/Hodor hears before his head was dashed against the wall, causing serious brain damage and trauma was ‘HODOR!'”