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Aegon I Targaryen's crown upon his head. Amok ©
Crown of winter. © Fantasy Flight Games

Crowns are worn as a symbol of royal or elevated office, especially kings. Rulers in many cultures, such as a King-Beyond-the-Wall who may rule the Wildlings or Free Folk, wear no crowns.

Crowns of the Targaryen dynasty

Aegon I in his crown
Aegon's crown

Crown of Aegon I

Description: A circle crown of Valyrian steel, set with big square-cut rubies.[1][2]

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Fate: Lost in Dorne after the death of King Daeron I Targaryen.[4]

Aenys I in his crown

Crown of Aenys I

Description: A crown of gold, elaborate and larger and more ornate than the crown of Aegon I.[1][5]

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Jaehaerys I

Crown of Jaehaerys I

Description: A simple gold band, set with seven gemstones of different colors.[1][3]

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Fate: After Rhaenyra fled King's Landing, she sold the crown to buy passage on a Braavosi merchant ship.[3]

Aegon III in his crown

Crown of Aegon III

Description: A slender gold band, a simple circlet, unornamented.[1][8]

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Baelor I in his crown

Crown of Baelor I

Description: A crown made of flowers and vines.[1]

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Aegon IV in his crown

Crown of Aegon IV

Description: A crown made of red gold, huge and heavy, each of its points a dragon head with gemstone eyes.[1]

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Maekar I in his crown
Maekar's crown

Crown of Maekar I

Description: A warlike crown with sharp black iron points in a band of red gold.[1][4]

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Daenerys in her crown

Crown of Daenerys Stormborn

Description: A crown wrought in the shape of a three-headed dragon. The coils are yellow gold, the wings silver, the heads carved from jade, ivory, and onyx.[9][1]

Origin: The crown was given as a gift to Daenerys Stormborn by the Tourmaline Brotherhood, a merchant faction, in Qarth after her emergence from the Red Waste.[10]

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Other Targaryen Crowns

Daemon offers his crown to his brother, King Viserys I Targaryen, by Chase Stone, as depicted in The World of Ice and Fire.

Crown of Daemon

History: Prince Daemon Targaryen, brother of King Viserys I Targaryen, won a kingdom for himself in the Stepstones and crowned himself King of the Narrow Sea in 109 AC. Daemon returned to King's Landing during a great tourney and knelt in fealty, offering the crown to his brother, who returned it to him.[11][12]

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Crown of Alysanne

Description: A crown of gold, a slimmer, more feminine version of the second crown of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[7] (The merlons atop the tower of the holdfast Queenscrown, a little south of The Wall, is said to have been painted gold in emulation of this crown, in memory of Queen Alysanne Targaryen who once slept there).[13][14]

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Crown of Alicent

History: At the coronation of Aegon II Targaryen, his mother Dowager Queen Alicent crowned his sister-wife Helaena with her own crown.[3]

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Crown of Rhaella

History: When Viserys Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen fled to the Free Cities after Robert's Rebellion, they took the crown of their mother, Queen Rhaella Targaryen, with them. Later, in poverty in exile, Viserys sold this crown in order to survive.[15][10] It is not known whether this crown may be any of the crowns detailed above.

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Crowns of the Baratheon dynasty

TV show depiction of Joffrey Baratheon's crown

Crown of Joffrey I

Description: A crown of gold crusted with rubies and black diamonds.[16][17] The crown is described as too big for young King Tommen, but his queen mother, Cersei Lannister, thinks that he may grow into it.[18]

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Stannis in his crown by Henning Ludvigsen, Fantasy Flight Games ©.

Crown of Stannis Baratheon

Description: A crown of red gold wrought with points that look like flames.[19] A twin crown for the royal consort is associated with this crown.[20]

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Crown of Renly Baratheon

Description: A crown with golden roses girding the temple and a jade stag's head afore.[21][19]

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Cersei's crown

First Crown of Cersei Lannister

Description: A crown of gold.[22]

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Queen Cersei in second crown

Second Crown of Cersei Lannister

Description: A crown of pale spun gold set with emeralds (said to sparkle when the wearer turns the head). This crown is described as lighter than the first crown of Cersei Lannister.[23]

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Crown of Queen Margaery Tyrell

Description: A slim golden crown.[24]

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Crowns of the Kings in the North

Rob Stark in his crown
Lady Stoneheart with her son's crown - by Zippo514 ©

Crown of Robb Stark

Description: An open circlet of hammered bronze incised with the runes of the First Men, surmounted by nine black iron spikes wrought in the shape of longswords. It is said to look much the same as the one worn by the former Stark Kings in The North.[25]

Origins: The crown was forged by Lord Hoster Tully's smith at Riverrun soon after Robb Stark was declared King in the North and King of the Trident.

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Crown of Jeyne Stark

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Crowns of the Ironborn

Driftwood Crown by Jen Zee©

Crown of Salt and Rock

Office: The crown of Salt and Rock, also referred to as the Driftwood Crown, denotes kingship over the Iron Isles, the Ironborn and their territories. Associated with the crown of Salt and Rock is the Seastone Chair denoting the same office. In times of the kingsmoots the crown was tossed into the sea whenever a king died and a new was made from driftwood after a new king was chosen.

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Crown of Theon Greyjoy

Description: A finger-slim iron band with chunks of black diamond and gold nuggets. It is described as misshapen and ugly.[29]

Origin: This crown was forged in Winterfell at the command of Theon Greyjoy after Winterfell was taken by the Ironborn under Theon Greyjoy. Theon observes that the new smith replacing the slain Mikken is capable of little more than nails and horseshoes.[29]

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Crown of Asha Greyjoy

History: Asha Greyjoy wears a makeshift crown to the Kingsmoot initiated by Aeron Greyjoy the Damphair during the War of the Five Kings.[30]

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Religious Crowns

High Septon in his crown by Amoka©

Crowns of the High Septon

Description and History: The crowns of the High Septon of Faith of the Seven is an immense crown of spun gold and crystal that wreathed the head with rainbows when the wearer moves.[31][16][24] There have been two crowns in the course of A Song of Ice and Fire. The first went missing (and its wearer killed) during the Riot of King's Landing.[16] The second was a gift to the Faith and new High Septon from Tywin Lannister (the then Hand of the King) and much taller and more elaborate than the previous crown.[24] This second crown was sold by the faith, ostensibly to feed the hungry, when the next High Septon (known as the High Sparrow) assumed the position. This second crown is estimated (by Cersei) to add one and a half feet to the wearers height.[18]

Other Crowns

Khal Drogo crowned Viserys with molten gold
Hizdahr zo Loraq's crown
The crown of Meereen


Crowns in history and legend

Garth Gardener's crown


Notable omissions

TV show depiction of Robert Baratheon's crown

It may be noted that although Robert I Baratheon was the 18th King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, no mention is made of his crown.

It is likely that each line of kings to preside over each of the many kingdoms that emerged throughout the history of Westeros bore a crown of some description.

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 So Spake Martin: "Targaryen Kings". November 1, 2005. http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Targaryen_Kings. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The Princess and the Queen.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  5. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  7. 7.0 7.1 So Spake Martin: "Good Queen Alysanne and Rhaenyra". June 18, 2006. http://www.westeros.org/citadel/ssm/entry/good_queen_alysanne_and_rhaenyra/. 
  8. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  11. The Rogue Prince.
  12. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 40, Bran III.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 41, Jon V.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  19. 19.0 19.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  20. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.
  21. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  25. 25.0 25.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
  26. 26.0 26.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
  27. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 42, Brienne VIII.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
  29. 29.0 29.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
  30. 30.0 30.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  31. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
  32. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight.
  34. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  36. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  37. 37.0 37.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  38. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.

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