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Biographical Information
Reign 298 AC-Present
Full Name Daenerys Targaryen the First of Her Name
Alias Daenerys Stormborn[1]
The Unburnt[1]
The silver queen[4]
Silver Lady[5]
The dragon queen[7]
Breaker of Chains[8]
Other Titles Queen of Meereen[1]
Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men[1] (claimant)
Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea[9] (formerly)
Queen of the Seven Kingdoms[10](claimant)
Princess of Dragonstone[11] (claimant)
Born in 284 AC[12], at Dragonstone
Culture Free Cities
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Viserys III Targaryen (claimant)
Consort 1st: Khal Drogo
2nd: Hizdahr zo Loraq
Issue Rhaego
Father Aerys II Targaryen
Mother Rhaella Targaryen
Books A Game of Thrones (POV)
A Clash of Kings (POV)
A Storm of Swords (POV)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)
Played by Emilia Clarke
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6

Princess Daenerys Targaryen, known as Daenerys Stormborn,[2] is one of the last confirmed members of House Targaryen, along with her older brother Viserys, and she is one of the major POV characters in A Song of Ice and Fire. "Dany" is also used as a nickname by the siblings.[2][13] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Daenerys is played by Emilia Clarke.[14]


See also: Images of Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys is a young woman in her early teens. She is short of stature and very beautiful, with the silver-blonde hair and purple eyes for which House Targaryen has always been known.[2] Dany is said to bear a certain physical resemblance to Naerys Targaryen.[15]


In her youth, Dany was a meek, timid girl with little confidence or self-esteem. She knew no life other than one of exile, dependent and in constant fear of her brother Viserys. He was the only family she knew, but was often a cruel guardian, prone to mood swings and fits of violence. She learned to speak Valyrian with a Tyroshi accent.[16]

Her marriage to Khal Drogo was a turning point for her; adapting to life in a Dothraki khalasar was difficult, but it allowed her to begin to achieve independence from her abusive brother, and she emerged from the experience as a strong, confident, courageous woman. Nevertheless, she has not forgotten what it was like to be a victimized child, and her experiences have left her with a compassion that is unusual in a would-be conqueror. She is determined to bring justice through her reign, and has made ending slavery a particular priority. Despite her strong moral compass, however, she is capable of dealing ruthlessly with her enemies.

It was often said that the Targaryen kings tended to be either madmen or brilliant rulers, and Daenerys seems to have inherited a natural gift for leadership as her birthright. Her followers generally regard her with great respect and love, and she is often compared to her deceased brother Rhaegar, a similarly charismatic leader who was known for his skill in combat, determination, scholarly mind and strong sense of justice. Her primary weakness as a ruler is her youth and relative inexperience.

Although she has matured enough to recognize that Viserys was weak, cowardly and cruel, his abiding obsession with regaining the crown he felt was his birthright has instilled in Daenerys a similar belief that reclaiming the Seven Kingdoms is both her right and her duty as the last of the Targaryens, and it remains the paramount goal of her life. Nevertheless, Westeros is a foreign land that she has never seen with her own eyes, and she sometimes longs wistfully for the house with a red door in Braavos that has come to symbolize her lost childhood.


Young Dany and Viserys - by Jacqui Davis ©

Daenerys is the only daughter and youngest child of King Aerys II Targaryen and his sister-wife, Queen Rhaella. She was named by her mother.[17] Daenerys was conceived during the last month of Robert's Rebellion, the war which ended House Targaryen's reign over the Seven Kingdoms. Shortly thereafter, her mother was sent with the young prince Viserys to the family ancestral seat of Dragonstone to escape the coming Sack of King's Landing. Daenerys was born while a great storm raged above Dragonstone, sinking what remained of the Targaryen fleet; for this reason she is sometimes known as "Daenerys Stormborn." Her mother died in labor.

By this time, the war was already lost. Robert I Baratheon had claimed the throne and Aerys had already been killed along with the rest of the royal family, leaving Daenerys and her older brother Viserys as the only known living Targaryen heirs. Robert's brother, Stannis, built a new fleet for the Baratheon assault on Dragonstone. The garrison at Dragonstone planned to sell the Targaryen children to Robert, but before they could act on this plan, Ser Willem Darry and several other loyal retainers rescued the children and smuggled them into exile, sailing to the Free City of Braavos, where they lived for years in a house with a red door. Willem was old and sickly, but Dany remembers that he always treated her kindly.[2] When Daenerys was five years old, Willem fell sick and slowly wasted away.[18] After his death, the servants he had hired stole all they could.[18] The young Targaryens were put out of the house a while after. Daenerys wept as they were forced out.[2]

The Targaryen loyalists who raised the two children considered Viserys the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms despite the family's defeat and exile, as did Viserys himself. He regarded it as his duty to revenge himself on the ones who murdered his family and reclaim the birthright that had been stolen from him when he was only a child. In the years that followed Willem's death, Viserys wandered the Free Cities—including Myr, Tyrosh, Qohor, Volantis, Lys and a return to Braavos[2][19]— with his sister, trying to raise support to retake the Iron Throne, which earned him the mocking title of "the Beggar King."[2]

As a result of this long humiliation, Viserys grew bitter and obsessed with his long-denied birthright. Dany was the only convenient target for his frustration, and over time he even came to blame her for their mother's death. He took pride in his lack of control of his own temper, regarding it as proof that he was a true heir to the Targaryen kings; he regularly warned Dany not to "wake the dragon" by angering him. He often spoke to her of the importance of preserving the purity of their royal bloodline through the ancient Valyrian practice of dynastic incest, so Dany grew up believing she would one day wed her brother. She was bright enough to realize that most of Viserys' plans for retaking the Seven Kingdoms were unrealistic, and as she had no memory of Westeros herself, his dream meant little to her; instead she longed to return to the house with the red door, which in her mind became a symbol for the childhood she had lost. With no family other than the abusive Viserys and no expectation of ever escaping his control, Dany grew into a fearful and docile young woman.

Viserys and Daenerys eventually found the help they sought in the Free City of Pentos, in the form of a rich and powerful magister, Illyrio Mopatis, who invited them to stay in his mansion and offered his help in reclaiming their throne. They have lived with Illyrio for almost half a year.[2]

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While Daenerys and her brother stay at the mansion of Illyrio Mopatis in Pentos, Illyrio arranges a marriage between Dany and the powerful Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo. In return, Drogo is to provide Viserys with ten thousand warriors for his campaign to retake the Iron Throne. Dany's opinion is not consulted, and she realizes this marriage is little different from being sold into slavery. She tells her brother she does not wish to marry Khal Drogo, but Viserys only threatens that she will “wake the dragon” if she fails to please the khal. Despairing, Dany sees no choice but to do her best to avoid her brother's wrath, as she always had.[2]

Jorah Mormont pledges to Dany - by Amok ©

At the wedding, the exiled Westerosi knight Ser Jorah Mormont pledges his sword to the Targaryen cause. Dany receives three petrified dragon eggs from Illyrio, three handmaidens (Irri, Jhiqui and Doreah) from her brother, and a magnificent silver filly from Drogo. She is frightened by the seemingly barbaric Dothraki culture and particularly terrified of her bridegroom, a powerfully-built man who shares no common language with her. After the ceremony she weeps in terror, waiting for him to rape her, but Drogo proves to be a surprisingly considerate lover. He establishes that he understands the word “no” and begins touching her gently and gradually, only having intercourse with her after she expresses her consent and initiates it.[11]

Life in the khalasar is difficult at first; Dany is lonely and unaccustomed to spending her days on horseback. Nevertheless, she is determined to embrace her new life. Gradually her body strengthens and she begins to enjoy the sense of freedom that came with the nomadic lifestyle. The first real turning point comes when Viserys flies into one of his rages at her and Dany, for the first time in her life, fights back, shoving him away – and finds herself backed up by Jhogo, who whips Viserys and asks the khaleesi how he ought to be punished. Dany begns to realize that Viserys is ultimately a pathetic bully, and that she herself might not be as worthless as her brother has always claimed. From this day forward, she begins to assert herself more and more.[20] She loses her fear of both the Dothraki and her brother, becoming a strong and confident woman who little resembles the timid girl who had left Pentos. Her growing courage pleases Drogo, and they developed a loving relationship.

Daenerys in the early stages of pregnancy riding her silver in the Dothraki sea - by Nyph-Atzbel ©

Passing through Ghoyan Drohe, Norvos, Qohor, Vaes Khadokh, and southern Sarnor,[21] Drogo takes Daenerys east to Vaes Dothrak and presents her to the dosh khaleen. By the time they arrive, Daenerys, now fourteen, is pregnant with Drogo's child.[20] She takes part in the stallion heart ceremony, and the dosh khaleen foretell that her son will be "the stallion who mounts the world," a long-prophesied leader destined to unite the Dothraki into a single khalasar and conquer the world. Dany announces that the child will be named Rhaego in honor of her deceased brother Rhaegar. Viserys grows increasingly impatient for the aid he had been promised, and the situation comes to a head when he breaks Dothraki law by drawing a blade in the sacred city, threatening both Daenerys and her unborn child. Drogo announces that Viserys will have the golden crown he deserves and dumps a pot of molten gold over his head, killing him and making Daenerys the last Targaryen. Dany watches impassively.[13]

With Viserys's death, Drogo loses interest in the notion of invading Westeros, despite Dany's attempts to persuade him. This changes, however, when Ser Jorah prevents an assassin from poisoning Daenerys and discovers that Robert I Baratheon has placed a price on her head. Enraged, Drogo vows before his khalasar to avenge this insult by conquering Westeros to seat his son on the Iron Throne that his mother's ancestors had once held.[16] The khalasar continues east, pillaging foreign lands with the intent of selling slaves for ships to make the crossing to Westeros. During one such raid of a Lhazareen town, Daenerys grows disturbed by the treatment of the defeated and finally gives orders to stop every rape she sees, claiming the victims as her personal slaves and taking them under her protection. The Dothraki are angered by the khaleesi denying them their traditional right to rape captives, but Daenerys holds her ground, prompting Jorah to comment that she reminds him of Rhaegar. Khal Drogo, delighted by his wife's boldness, supports her decision.[5]

Drogo is injured in the raid. A Lhazareen priestess, Mirri Maz Duur, offers to treat him, and although Drogo's bloodriders reviled the woman as a maegi, Dany feels that she could trust her, as Mirri was one of the
Daenerys the Unburnt with hatched dragons - by Michael Komarck ©
women she had rescued.[5] However, Drogo does not follow the priestess' advice, and the wound festers, making him too weak to ride. Jorah explained to Dany that her position as khaleesi is entirely dependent on Drogo, and without him, both she and her unborn son are likely to be killed. Desperate, she begs Mirri Maz Duur to save her husband, ignoring the possible consequences of blood magic. During the rite, Dany enters into labor and Ser Jorah carries her into Drogo's tent, where Mirri Maz Duur is in the process of summoning dark spirits.[22] When Dany awoke days later, she learns that Rhaego was stillborn, while Drogo lives only as a catatonic husk. Mirri Maz Duur reveals that this was the true price of the blood magic, and that she felt no gratitude toward Dany, who had "rescued" her only after she had been raped multiple times and seen her community destroyed.

Dany euthanizes Drogo and is abandoned by most of the khalasar, which breaks into rival war-bands.[23] Jorah urges her to flee with him into the east, while the men of Dany's khas offer to escort her to Vaes Dothrak to take her place as a former khaleesi among the dosh khaleen. Dany, however, decides to finally take control of her destiny. She orders Mirri Maz Duur bound to Drogo's funeral pyre and places the three dragon eggs around his corpse, then announces to Drogo's remaining followers that she is freeing those who were enslaved, and will lead them all to glory if they chose to follow her. She offers to Aggo, Jhogo and Rakharo the traditional gifts of a khal to his bloodriders; each refuse, saying that to serve as bloodrider to a woman would shame them, but Daenerys ignores their objections. Ser Jorah accepts her offer, and she names him the first of her Queensguard.

Daenerys then walks unflinchingly into the flames. The resulting magic restores life to the eggs, from which three dragons hatch, the first known for centuries. Daenerys emerges from the fire unharmed. The remnants of Drogo's khalasar, now hers more surely than they had ever been Drogo's, kneels in awe. Aggo, Jhogo and Rakharo willingly swear themselves as her bloodriders, and Daenerys becomes the first female Dothraki war-leader, a khaleesi in her own right.[24]

A Clash of Kings

Daenerys names the three dragons Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon, after her two deceased brothers and her late husband, respectively.

She and the remains of Drogo's khalasar are stranded in a desolate area known as the Red Waste. They dare not turn toward the Dothraki sea, the cities of Slaver's Bay, or even Lhazar, for the group would have made easy prey for any Dothraki khalasar they encountered. Dany chooses instead to follow a red comet that had appeared in the sky following the hatching of her dragons; although the Dothraki view the comet as a foreboding omen, Dany believes that it heralds her own rise to power. The comet leads them to an ancient, abandoned city, which Dany names Vaes Tolorro. There they recover from the ravages of the desert while Dany sends scouts in all directions.

One scout returns with three emissaries, all prominent citizens from the great city of Qarth: the merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the warlock Pyat Pree, and the mysterious Quaithe of Asshai. Dany and her people accompany the Qartheen back to their city, where they stay as honored guests in the palatial home of Xaro. There Dany learns of King Robert I Baratheon's death and the civil war in the Seven Kingdoms. She attempts to seek out Qartheen allies who would provide her with aid in conquering Westeros, but it swiftly becomes clear that the merchants of Qarth are only interested in obtaining her dragons.[25][6]

Daenerys turns to Pyat Pree and the famous warlocks of Qarth. Against the judgment of her friends and counselors, she agrees to visit the House of the Undying, seeking a vision of the warlocks' masters, the Undying Ones.[26] Although Jorah and her bloodriders beg to accompany her, she insists on entering alone. After receiving instructions from Pyat Pree, Dany drinks shade of the evening and entered the building. Inside, Dany beholds a number of strange visions, most apparently signifying past, present and future events in Westeros. Upon finally reaching the chamber of the Undying, Dany hears whispers hailing her as "Mother of Dragons" and prophesying that she will light three fires, ride three mounts, and face three betrayals. The Undying show Dany several more visions and then attack her, but with Drogon's help she destroys the House of the Undying.[10]

Afterward, the people of Qarth turn against Daenerys; the warlocks are rumored to conspire against her life, while Xaro requests that Dany and her people leave his mansion. With nowhere else to turn, she finally considers the suggestions of the third emissary, Quaithe, who tells her that she must go further east to conquer the west.[10] Dany visits the docks with Jorah to seek passage out of Qarth. There she notices two strangers following her. Thus distracted, she is off her guard when a Sorrowful Man attempts to poison her with a manticore, but one of the strangers intercedes and knocks the manticore aside just in time. The two men introduce themselves as Strong Belwas, a eunuch and former pit fighter, and Arstan Whitebeard, an older Westerosi man serving as Belwas' squire. They claim to be agents sent by Illyrio Mopatis with three ships to escort Daenerys and her party back to Pentos. Dany accepts the pair into her service and claim the three ships and their cargo for her own, renaming them Vhagar, Meraxes and Balerion after the three dragons that brought her ancestor Aegon the Conqueror and his sister-wives to Westeros. Dany and her companions thus set sail for Pentos.[27]

A Storm of Swords

Daenerys with her handmaidens, Doreah and Irri in Game of Thrones.

Several days into the trip, Ser Jorah Mormont manages to convince Daenerys to go to Astapor, one of the great slave cities of Slaver's Bay, to purchase Unsullied so she can return to Illyrio with an army at her back. He also kisses her and professes his love for her.[19] Lonely since Drogo's death, Daenerys briefly takes her maid Irri as a lover.[28] Once in Astapor, Daenerys begins to have doubts about using slaves, still she agrees to purchases an army of every Unsullied in the ciry in exchange for her dragon Drogon. She is given a slave Missandei as a gift from the Good Masters. Dany accepts, but she then frees Missandei. Dany tells Missandei that she can leave Dany's service whenever she wishes, but Missandei remains close and loyal to Dany.

After taking control of the Unsullied, Dany betrays the Masters by breaking the deal, reclaims Drogon and commands him to use his fires against the Astapori leaders. She then uses the Unsullied to conquer the city. After the fighting, she proclaims all Astapori slaves free, including her Unsullied, giving her the name Breaker of Shackles, or Breaker of Chains. The Unsullied and many new freedmen choose to follow her in her future battles. After forming a council to rule Astapor, she sets out for the next great slave city, Yunkai.[29]

Yunkai hires two sellsword companies, the Stormcrows and the Second Sons, in addition to conscripting a force of some four thousand slave soldiers. Daenerys parleys with the captains of the companies, hoping to convince them to switch sides. Her arguments convince one of the Stormcrows' commanders, Daario Naharis, to assassinate his colleagues and pledge the company to Daenerys. To the Second Sons, Daenerys offers a great store of wine as tribute then attacks them in the night while they are drunk and sleeping. With the Stormcrows' betrayal and the Second Sons' drunkenness, Yunkai's slave army is unable to withstand Daenerys's Unsullied. The entire Yunkish army is slain, captured, or put to flight, and Yunkai surrenders a few days later.[3] Daenerys next made for Meereen, the last of the great slave cities. Near Meereen, Daenerys is nearly killed by Mero, the former captain of the Second Sons. Arstan Whitebeard slays Mero, and reveals his true identity as Barristan Selmy, a famous knight of her father's Kingsguard who had served Robert I Baratheon after the end of the War of the usurper. He claims to have seen the error of his ways and to seeking her out as the true heir to the Seven Kingdoms. Selmy also reveals that Jorah Mormont, still Daenerys's trusted right arm, has been sending reports on her actions to the spymaster in King's Landing, Lord Varys, hoping for a pardon from King Robert. Daenerys feels betrayed by each of them, though both fervently wish to atone for their actions.[30] During her siege of Meereen, she sends them on a covert suicide mission through the sewers, half hoping that they will die in the attempt. The mission succeeds and wins the city with minimal blood. Barristan humbly submits to his queen's judgment and is forgiven. Jorah stubbornly continues to insist that he had done nothing wrong, and Daenerys is forced to banish him from her service, despite her desire to pardon him.

Having captured Meereen, Dany turns her eyes toward Westeros. Through talks with Barristan about her homeland and its history, however, she learns that there is much she does not know about ruling. Upon hearing that Astapor and Yunkai cannot maintain the peace she had hoped to bring, she resolves to bring order to Slaver's Bay before leaving it behind.[31]

A Feast for Crows

Tales told by sailors reach Westeros, dragons in Asshai, dragons in Qarth, dragons in Meereen, Dothraki dragons, dragons freeing slaves … each telling differs from the last, but only in details. All speak of dragons, and a beautiful young queen.[32]

A Dance with Dragons

Daenerys after conquering Meereen - by © Denkata5698

Rumors of Daenerys's striking beauty have spread far and wide.[4][33]

Dany struggles as ruler of Meereen, mainly due to the constant threats surrounding her. A portion of Meereen's former slaving families who call themselves the Sons of the Harpy fight a shadow war with her followers, attacking lone freedmen or Unsullied in the black of night and drawing a harpy nearby with the man's blood.[1] The sons have also scrawled graffiti on the walls of Meereen in blood promising a death to the families of any who serve the Dragon Queen.

In Meereen, men traditionally wear their oiled black and red hair in varying shapes in homage to Ghiscari culture. The Meereenese who now serve Dany shave their heads, symbolizing the abandonment of old Meereen to serve the new. These men are known as Shavepates, and are led by Skahaz mo Kandaq, known as the Shavepate. Another of her Meereenese councilors is the seneschal, Reznak mo Reznak.

Three fighting companies—Mother's Men, the Company of the Free Brothers, and the Stalwart Shields—are also formed by Daenerys, their members comprised from her freeman. They receive their training in arms from Grey Worm.

Daenery's dragons have grown wilder, hunting sheep and livestock. Eventually a petitioner comes to her, presenting the bones of his six-year-old girl daughter "Hazzea", claiming the "winged shadow" had killed her.[1] Prompted by this, Dany has her Unsullied capture the dragons using nets and chains and lock them below ground to prevent any more such killings. In a closed fighting pit, Viserion and Rhaegal are captured (though several Unsullied lose their lives in the process), but Drogon escapes and disappears. During this time, she has a vision of Quaithe that offers her prophetic advice, most specifically warning her not to trust the perfumed seneschal.[34]

Daenerys has grave enemies outside Meereen as well as in. Since she ended the slave trade in Slaver's Bay, several of the Free Cities that rely upon the slave trade of the slave cities to fuel their economy have promised help to the Yunkai to bring her down. Yunkai has hired sellsword legions such as the Long Lances, the Company of the Cat and the Windblown. Legions have also arrived from New Ghis.

The Yunkai host first takes Astapor from Cleon the Butcher King, its most recent ruler, and puts thousands of its inhabitants to the sword or sends them again into slavery.[7] An escaped rider who managed to flee in the confusion of the siege brings word of this to Dany in Meereen. Unfortunately word is not the only thing he brings, as he is infected with the bloody flux.[35] Several other Astapori citizens flee to Meereen, bringing the disease with them.

The merchant emissary Xaro Xhoan Daxos arrives from Qarth bearing a gift of 13 ships in exchange for Dany's abandon of Slaver's Bay and departure for Westeros. Dany wishes to go, but the thirteen ships are not enough to take her entire army of Unsullied, Dothraki, sellswords and freedmen. The Shavepates beg her not to go. If she does, they who served her and their families will die by the Sons of the Harpy. She refuses Xaro, which prompts Qarth to join the Yunkai'i against her.[36]

Deaths of freedmen and Unsullied continue to grow nightly, and several former freed slave women are raped by the Sons of the Harpy before having their throats slit open. Daenerys takes the children of several Meereenese families of dubious loyalty as cupbearers in name, but hostages in truth in hopes that would stop the killing. The killings only continue though and Daenerys refuses to harm the child hostages.

In despair and loneliness, Dany takes Daario Naharis as a lover. A plan is put to her by the Meereenese priestess, the Green Grace Galazza Galare, suggesting that Dany should wed the Meereenese noble Hizdahr zo Loraq to bring peace. After a time Dany agrees, on the condition that Hizdahr can promise her 90 days of peace. Hizdahr agrees.[37] Brown Ben Plumm, captain of the Second Sons, learns that Dany can no longer control her dragons, and takes his company over to the Yunkai'i.

Daenerys and Drogon in Daznak's Pit - by Marc Simonetti ©

At this point, Quentyn Martell of Dorne arrives to make a marriage claim, but is rejected because Dany has already promised to wed Hizdahr. After Hizdahr succeeds at keeping his promise of peace, Dany weds him.[38] Under his direction, Dany, much to her disgust, suggests peace terms with Yunkai'i. She promises if they leave Meereen and do not enslave any of the former slaves she freed, she will not disrupt the slave trade of Slaver's Bay any further. The Yunkai'i agree.[39]

To mark the occasion, the fighting pits are reopened and several gladiators freely agree to compete in the arena of Daznak's Pit. During the event Strong Belwas consumes poisoned locusts most likely meant for Daenerys and her black dragon Drogon appears, drawn to the screams of the crowd and the smell of death. He kills a boar in the arena, but is then attacked by the animal handler Harghaz. Dany, seeing her "child" in pain, runs out in the arena to him as she sees other pit fighters going to kill the dragon. Dany manages to mount the dragon and ride him out of the arena.[40]

Although many in Meereen suspect that she is dead,[41] Daenerys is alive with Drogon, however, thousands of leagues away at a hill in the Dothraki sea which she names Dragonstone after her birthplace. She and her dragon are eventually discovered by the khalasar of Khal Jhaqo.[42]


Young Daenerys and her three dragons © jekaa
I am the blood of the dragon. [11]

If I look back I am lost. [24]

A dragon is no slave. [29]

I am the blood of the dragon. If they are monsters, so am I.[34]

Is it so far from madness to wisdom? [24]

— Daenerys to Mirri Maz Duur

No, no, my good knight, do not fear for me. The fire is mine. I am Daenerys Stormborn, daughter of dragons, bride of dragons, mother of dragons, don't you see? Don't you SEE? [24]

— Daenerys' thoughts while Drogo's pyre rages

Do you know what it is like to be sold, squire? I do. My brother sold me to Khal Drogo for the promise of a golden crown. Well, Drogo crowned him in gold, though not as he had wished, and I. . .my sun-and-stars made a queen of me, but if he had been a different man, it might have been much otherwise. Do you think I have forgotten how it felt to be afraid? [28]

— Daenerys to Arstan Whitebeard

A queen must listen to all. The highborn and the low, the strong and the weak, the noble and the venal. One voice may speak you false, but in many there is always truth to be found. [19]

— Daenerys, quoting what she had read in a book

It seems to me that a queen who trusts no one is as foolish as a queen who trusts everyone. [19]

- Daenerys to Jorah Mormont

Prendahl na Ghezn: Woman, you bray like an ass, and make no more sense.

Daenerys: Woman? Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man.[3]

— Daenerys to Prendahl na Ghezn

Quotes about Daenerys

Ser Jorah: You are your brother's sister, in truth.

Daenerys: Viserys?

Ser Jorah: No. Rhaegar. [43]

Jorah Mormont to Daenerys

The frightened child who sheltered in my manse died on the Dothraki Sea, and was reborn in blood and fire. This dragon queen who wears her name is a true Targaryen. [44]
Illyrio Mopatis

The Blood of Aegon the Dragon flows in her veins. [44]
Illyrio Mopatis

If Daenerys is no more than a sweet young girl, the Iron Throne will cut her into sweet young pieces. [44]
– Tyrion Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen is no maid, however. She is the widow of a Dothraki khal, a mother of dragons and a sacker of cities, Aegon the Conqueror with teats. . .[8]
Tyrion Lannister

I know that she spent her childhood in exile, impoverished, living on dreams and schemes, running from one city to the next, always fearful, never safe, friendless but for a brother who was by all accounts half-mad...a brother who sold her maidenhood to the Dothraki for the promise of an army. I know that somewhere upon the grass, her dragons hatched, and so did she. I know she is proud. How not? What else was left her but pride? I know she is strong. How not? The Dothraki despise weakness. If Daenerys had been weak, she would have perished with Viserys. I know she is fierce. Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen are proof enough of that. She has survived assassins and conspiracies and fell sorceries, grieved for a brother and a husband and a son, trod the cities of the slavers to dust beneath her dainty sandalled feet. [8]
Tyrion Lannister

This Mother of Dragons, this Breaker of Chains, is above all a rescuer.[8]
Tyrion Lannister

The fairest woman in the world if my brother could be believed. Her hair is silver-gold, her eyes are amethysts.
Victarion Greyjoy, on the rumored beauty of Daenerys Targaryen


Aegon V
of Oldstones
Jaehaerys II
Aerys II
stillborn child
zo Loraq

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 61, Daenerys VII.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  12. See the Daenerys Targaryen (Stormborn) calculation.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  14. HBO Cast and crew page
  15. So Spake Martin: Naerys Targaryen (March 9, 2006)
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
  17. So Spake Martin: Numerous Questions, February 28, 2002
  18. 18.0 18.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daenerys Targaryen.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  21. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Journeys.
  22. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 64, Daenerys VIII.
  23. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 68, Daenerys IX.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  25. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  26. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  27. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  28. 28.0 28.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
  29. 29.0 29.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.
  30. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
  31. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  32. A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
  34. 34.0 34.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  35. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
  36. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
  37. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys IV.
  38. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
  39. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
  40. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
  41. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
  42. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 71, Daenerys X.
  43. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.

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