Game of Thrones
The three dragons of Daenerys Targaryen have grown in front of our very eyes. From the time the eggs hatched into babies in the season 1 finale, our fascination with symbol of the Targaryen line, has grown to epic proportions. From the curiously-cute baby dragons learning to breath fire on command from Dany, of which they do in a magnificent way, killing a copy of Pyat Pree in the House of the Undying, to the larger, more vicious dragons, that burned Kraznys mo Nakloz to ash, helping Daenerys’ new army of the Unsullied to sack Astapor, turning the city into scorched earth. With one simple word, the Mother of Dragons can command them to incinerate anyone or anything standing in her way.
The Great Dragons of House Targaryen
The dragons species from A Song of Ice and Fire, are said to come from the continent of Essos, where the Valyrians discovered them more than five thousand years before Aegon’s Landing (AL), in the Seven Kingdoms. The Valyrians used the dragons to conquer vast empires, but after the cataclysmic events of the Doom of Valyria, the only known-living dragons, were the three that belonged to House Targaryen. The Targaryens used these three remaining dragons to conquer the land now known as Westeros. The Targaryens also used these three to continue the line of dragons by producing more eggs.
Balerion the Black Dread, who Aegon Targaryen rode in his conquest of Westeros, was the greatest and largest of the Targaryen dragons. He was so large, in fact, that he could swallow a mammoth whole. His teeth were as long as swords, and his great wingspan would cover entire cities, as he flew overhead. His fire was as black as his scales, which helped to earn his name, the Black Dread. Balerion lived for more than 200 years, dying of old age. It was Balerion’s black fire, that forged the Iron Throne.
The she-dragon, Meraxes, who Rhaenys Targaryen rode beside her brother, King Aegon. Meraxes was smaller than Balerion, but large enough, that she could swallow horses whole. The color of her scales and fire is unknown, and she died in Dorne, after an iron bolt was fired into her eye.
Vhagar, also a she dragon, was ridden by Visenya Targaryen, along side her brother King Aegon, and sister Rhaenys, in the conquest of Westeros. Her fire and scale color are unknown, and by the time she finally died, in a battle over Harenhal, Vhagar was the largest living dragon (Balerion had died of old age). It was said that a knight could ride a horse down Vhagar’s gullet, she was so large. Vhagar became a veteran of many wars, including the war that most likely caused the end of the dragons, the Targaryen civil war, the Dance of Dragons.
For 150 years, the dragons were considered extinct, until Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons hatched on the funeral pyre of her husband, Khal Drogo. Dany’s dragons are thought to be the partial fulfillment of a prophecy, that heralds the return of the Targaryen line to power. The three dragons each have a distinct color to their scales and fire, and have bonded with Daenerys, leading to her being named, the Mother of Dragons.
Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragons
Drogon is the largest and most aggressive of Dany’s three dragons. He was named for Daenerys’ deceased husband, the great Khal Drogo. His scales are black, as is his fire. Drogon’s eyes are described as smoldering red pits, and he bleeds black blood. Drogon is believed to be the reincarnation of Balerion the Black Dread.
Rheagal has green and bronze scales, and is named for Daenerys’ brother, Prince Rhaegar. His eyes are described as fiercely bright bronze, brighter than the brightest shield. The fire he breaths is orange and yellow, shot through with veins of green. Although not as aggressive as his brother Drogon, Rhaegal holds his own, and is noted as more fierce than his other brother, Viserion.
Viserion is the third of Dany’s dragons, and is named after Daenerys’ other brother, Viserys. In describing Viserion, Daenerys comments that he has scales of cream and gold, and that by naming the dragon after her brother, she hoped that the dragon would do what her brother could not. Of Dany’s three dragons, Viserion seems to be more attuned to her, more so than the others. When the dragons were the size of a small cat, Viserion would often sit on Dany’s shoulder and wrap his tail around her arm. His eyes are of molten gold, and his fire is the color of pale gold, shot through with red and orange. Of the three, Viserion was the first to know his name, and react when Daenerys called to him.
As the seasons continue, Dany’s dragons are sure to keep growing. In season 4, the dragons are sure to steal the show, as they will be bigger than ever, and their storyline will take on an entirely new angle. What are your thoughts on the dragons? Tell me in the comments below, and while you’re there, let me know who you would like to see as the next countdown character. Please try and keep the comments spoiler free.
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