Viserys’ Dagger: Game of Thrones’ Most Important Weapon Contained a Hidden Prophecy All Along
A Royal Targaryen Heirloom
In ‘King of the Narrow Sea’, Viserys was at loggerheads along with his daughter Rhaenyra. She’d spent the episode experimenting together with her sexuality and independence – two areas usually fenced off to single royal ladies. To remind her of her ancestral duties, Viserys summoned Rhaenyra to his chamber the place she noticed the ridged dragonbone hilt of her father’s dagger resting on the sting of a brazier. “That dagger once belonged to Aegon the Conqueror,” he informed her. “It was Aenar’s before that and before that, well, it is difficult to know.”
Viserys took the blade from the flames and confirmed Rhaenyra its secret: runes solely seen when the Valyrian metal blade was heated by hearth. “Before Aegon’s death, the last of the Valyrian pyromancers hid his song in the steel,” he defined. Rhaenyra translated the phrases aloud, “From my blood comes the prince that was promised and his will be a song of ice and fire.”
A Song of Ice and Fire
‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is, as we all know, the title George R.R. Martin gave to his Game of Thrones novel sequence. It’s additionally the title Aegon the Conqueror gave to his prophetic dream of a horrible winter coming to destroy the world of the dwelling, as Viserys informed Rhaenyra when he named her inheritor in House of the Dragon episode one.
“Aegon saw absolute darkness riding on those winds and whatever dwells within will destroy the world of the living. When this great winter comes, Rhaenyra, all of Westeros must stand against it, and if the world of men is to survive, a Targaryen must be seated on the Iron Throne, a king or queen, strong enough to unite the realm against the cold and the dark. Aegon called his dream the song of ice and fire.”
King Viserys I, ‘Heirs of the Dragon’.
As Viserys says these remaining 5 phrases in ‘Heirs of the Dragon’ he clasps the dagger hanging from his belt, and now we all know why. That dagger accommodates Aegon’s prophecy, the key handed down from royal inheritor to royal inheritor.
Before Aegon, the blade was owned by the person whose perception in prophecy saved the House from destruction within the Doom of Valyria: Aenar Targaryen. He was the daddy of Daenys the Dreamer, who foresaw the destruction of Old Valyria. Aenar acted on his daughter’s warning and relocated the household away from Essos, to choose Dragonstone within the Narrow Sea. That transfer meant House Targaryen survived when so many Essosi households perished within the volcanic eruptions that worn out their cities. Little marvel that the Targaryens take prophecies very severely certainly.
The Prince That Was Promised
In Game of Thrones, Red Priestess Melisandre sought the “prince that was promised” – a frontrunner that worshippers of R’hllor believed was destined to defeat the darkness and save the world of the dwelling. Many believers conflate mentioned prince (who, as Missandei factors out in Game of Thrones, may equally be a princess as the unique word-in-translation has no gender) with the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, a legendary determine who cast a flaming sword named Lightbringer by sacrificing his beloved spouse.
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