Blackfyre

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This article is about the Valyrian steel sword. For the family, see House Blackfyre.
Blackfyre, as depicted by Velvet Engine in The World of Ice and Fire

Blackfyre is the fabled hand-and-a-half longsword of Valyrian steel once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror. It is the most famous of the several Valyrian swords once owned by House Targaryen,[1] and provided the name for House Blackfyre.

History

Aegon the Conqueror and Blackfyre, by Amok©
Aegon IV Targaryen passes Blackfyre to Daemon Waters. Art by Marc Simonetti, for The World of Ice and Fire.

House Targaryen

Blackfyre is one of the two named Valyrian steel swords the Targaryens brought from Dragonstone after the Doom, the other being Dark Sister.

Aegon I Targaryen used the blade to kill Qhorin Volmark in the aftermath of the War of Conquest.[2] During the First Dornish War, Aegon killed the champion of House Toland with Blackfyre, not knowing it was actually the fool of Ghost Hill.[3]

Blackfyre passed from Targaryen king to king after Aegon's death. Maegor I Targaryen used the blade to behead Grand Maester Gawen and to cut the heart from Tyanna. When the realm began to unite against Maegor, Queen Rhaena Targaryen stole the sword for Jaehaerys Targaryen.[4]

Daeron I Targaryen wielded Blackfyre during his conquest of Dorne, and he was eventually killed by Dornishmen with the sword in hand.[5] While it is unknown when Blackfyre was returned to the possession of the Targaryens, it had been returned at least by the reign of King Aegon IV Targaryen. However, as, according to Ser Eustace Osgrey, Blackfyre had been wielded by every Targaryen King since Aegon's Conquest,[6] the sword might have aready been returned during the reigns of Baelor I Targaryen or Viserys II Targaryen.

House Blackfyre

In 182 AC, King Aegon IV Targaryen chose to bestow Blackfyre on his bastard son Daemon Waters, a born warrior, instead of his scholarly legitimate son, the future Daeron II Targaryen. Daemon, who had been known by the name Waters until then, took the name "Blackfyre" thereafter, creating House Blackfyre.[7] Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was one of the seeds from which the First Blackfyre Rebellion grew.[8]

During the First Blackfyre Rebellion in 196 AC, Daemon wielded the sword in battle, and fought an epic duel with Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard at the Redgrass Field, pitted against Gwayne's own Valyrian blade, Lady Forlorn. Aemon Blackfyre briefly wielded the sword after the Raven's Teeth slew Daemon, but Aemon was also killed in the battle.[6]

After the death of Daemon and his twin sons at the Redgrass Field, his half brother, Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, took Blackfyre with him in exile to the Free Cities, where he eventually founded the sellsword Golden Company. Aegor refused to give the sword Blackfyre to Daemon II Blackfyre in the failed Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[9]

The sword's current whereabouts are unknown.

Quotes

Eustace: Because Daemon was the better man. The old king saw it, too. He gave the sword to Daemon. Blackfyre, the sword of Aegon the Conqueror, the blade that every Targaryen king had wielded since the Conquest ... he put that sword in Daemon's hand the day he knighted him, a boy of twelve.

Egg: My father says that was because Daemon was a swordsman, and Daeron never was. Why give a horse to a man who cannot ride? The sword was not the kingdom, he says.[6]

- Eustace Osgrey and Egg

See also

References and Notes

  1. So Spake Martin: Many Questions, June 13, 2001
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke.
  3. The World of Ice and Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  5. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Sworn Sword.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  8. So Spake Martin: SF, Targaryens, Valyria, Sansa, Martells, and More (June 26, 2001)
  9. The Mystery Knight.

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