Up until now the sense that I've always had from these words "the night is dark and full of terrors" is that the Red God protects people from the dark night full of terrors.
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But what if it is actually flipped on its head, remember that Melisandre said "shadows are the servants of fire", or something like that.
What if "The night is dark and full of terrors" isn't meant to signify that the Red God will protect you from the dark and the terror, but rather it is actually a warning to others to fear the Red God, the God of darkness and terror...
I think it's ambiguous. It creeps me out, the whole religion does. I don't want to ruin anything for anyone, but if I were in that world I would be terrified of such a religion
Why does the whole religon creep you out? I see why Melisandre might, but it's a pretty standard monotheistic religion otherwise.
Not to give the impression that I take what she says too seriously, but R'hllor is the Lord of Light and you need a light source to create a shadow; darkness is not the same as shadows, even though shadows are technically darker than the surrounding area.
If we are to interpret the Great Other as the opposite of the Red God then it would represent night, or even the Long Night.
This faith is more focused on the duality between the Red God and The Other (he's never named, kinda like Voldemort). The Other is made out to be pure evil, and he is the lord of darkness. Darkness is different from the Red God's shadow servants, as you need light to cast those, and they can only exist where there is light (in a purely dark room, you can't have a shadow). It's more a prayer to the Red God to save them from the terror of The Other.
On an interesting note, I read somewhere that the Red God's followers pray for the return of dawn. I don't think they would do that if the Red God was using the darkness for his own gains.
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