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The child without a name grew up to be the hand
To watch you, to shield you, or kill on demand
The choice he'd made he could not comprehend
His blood a grim secret they had to commend

He's torn between his honor and the true love of his...


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    Feb 18th, 2019 2:59pm report

    What? So its not connected to Game of Thrones?


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    Aug 15th, 2013 8:51pm report

    To everyone who referenced The Farseer Trilogy - yes.

    To everyone who referenced something other than The Farseer Trilogy - do your homework. Sharon den Adel hersel stated clearly that the song was inspired by, and written about Fitzchivalry Farseer, the protagonist in the trilogy. I think it cannot get more clear than when the write/cmposer/singer specifically states the meaning of a song...from his or her inspired source.

    The anonymous poster who left this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_of_Sorrow

    I felt the same way - I MUST check this out.
    I tunred out that the main character is actually a "main character" in a chronicle of 6 books, and the "world" that the character inhabits is actually (including the farseer and tawny man trilogies) a chronicle of 12 books. As well of quite a lot of other books written by the authoeress which I have devoured since my purchase of The Heart of Everything album in early 2010.


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    Nov 12th, 2012 11:52pm report

    It reminds me of the book Way of Shadows...


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    Nov 11th, 2012 11:42pm report

    Those that said Farseer Trilogy are correct. And thank you for pointing me toward some books to check into. :)


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    Apr 23rd, 2012 4:07am report

    It seems to be written about Anakin Skywalker from Star wars. Check this out, and you will see why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iqpOpB3zQ8


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    Nov 20th, 2011 11:32pm report

    I'm agree with the one's who think that this song refer to the farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb, It's also the first thing in which I've think earing this song... But there is surely others meaning... =)
    (Sorry for spelling, I'm french... >>")


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    May 31st, 2011 5:23am report

    When I listened to this song I thought of a soldier going off to war. He made a promise to serve his country and has to go to war to protect it, but he has to leave his girl. The stress of combat is putting pressures on their relationship and his need to be at war is making it so he can't be with her. He is becomes a very elite member of the military, and so is used as a tool of the military more and more.


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    Mar 8th, 2011 3:39am report

    This song reminds me so much of the story of the three musketeers. Specifically the man in the iron mask. Since I'm on my phone typing this, i won't go in detail how. If you read or watched it, than you may understand.


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    Dec 8th, 2009 12:24pm report

    This song screams of Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy. His grim secret is his transformation into Chaos. His true love is Lucrecia. He's torn between her and his honor. So many of his dreams were shattered when Lucrecia practically "died" and he made so many sacrifices. He had to leave people behind. The curse of his powers (turning into Chaos) DID torment his life. His soul was tortured by love and pain (his love for Lucrecia).
    Of course, there are other meanings. I'm certain that Within Temptation didn't write this song as a biography for Vincent Valentine's life. That would be weird. But my other meanings are just a generic thing.
    A man has powers that he doesn't want to use for evil but is forced to. He falls in love with a girl, he has to sacrifice a lot throughout his life. The lyrics tell a story.


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    Jan 29th, 2009 1:54pm report

    This screams Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, to me.

    The child without a name grew up to be the hand
    To watch you, to shield you or kill on demand
    The choice he'd made he could not comprehend
    His blood a grim secret they had to command

    (Illegitimate son of a prince grew up to be an assassin for the royal family)

    He's torn between his honor and the true love of his life
    He prayed for both but was denied

    (He lost the girl he loved, as well as his honour, when he was thrown into prison and tortured to death)

    The curse of his powers tormented his life
    Obeying the crown was a sinister price
    His soul was tortured by love and by pain
    He surely would flee but the oath made him stay

    (He had a secret magic power that was despised and punished by execution; he swore an oath to his grandfather, the king, and was therefore unable to leave his situation).


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    Jan 2nd, 2008 1:38pm report

    A knight was risen by a king? to protect his daughter from any harm or suffering. But the king also seems to fear his daughter in a way. The knight got a mystical power and swore an oath he didn't wanna break. But he fell in love with the daughter. The the king command to kill the daughter somehow and the knight is torn between his oath and his girl, so in the end he kills himself, telling the girl he'll always be by her side even though he's not there.

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