it took me a while to fully process the concept when I was reading the books. I’m still not sure I have a handle on the dating system Martin uses.
Yeah, I don’t think my mind ever tried. Someone [usually a Stark] often would remark on how many name days had passed since some other significant even happened, like ‘I remember when Joffrey first rode into Winterfell. That was two name days ago.’ Other than that, I just trusted people’s judgement when they referred to time as long or short. Plus, Summers and Winters always last different amounts of time. This one’s been a long Summer. It’s been almost ten years since Rhaegar named Lyanna the Queen of Love and Beauty at Harrenhall [from the end of Dance, not the show].