Hizdahr zo Loraq
Hizdahr - by Enife ©
|Full Name||Hizdahr zo Loraq, Fourteenth of That Noble Name|
Hizdahr of the tepid kisses
King of Meereen|
Scion of Ghis
Octarch of the Old Empire
Master of the Skahazadhan, Consort to Dragons
Blood of the Harpy
|Royal House||House of Loraq|
A Dance with Dragons (appears)|
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)
|Played by||Joel Fry|
|TV series||Season 4 | Season 5|
Hizdahr zo Loraq, Fourteenth of That Noble Name, is a Ghiscari noble of the city of Meereen. He is extremely wealthy and can trace his descent from several notable Ghiscari citizens such as Mazdhan the Magnificent, Hazrak the Handsome and Zharaq the Liberator. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Joel Fry.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Hizdahr zo Loraq
Hizdahr is a tall, very slender man with long legs. He has gentle hands, placid eyes, and a long, pale face. His amber skin is flawless. He has wiry red-black hair, which he originally twisted into the shape of wings sprouting from his temples, making it appear as if his head is about to take flight. He eventually shaves off the wings. Originally, he also has a beard, which makes his long face appear even longer, with golden rings bound into it. When he cuts his hair, he shaves his beard off as well. Daenerys Targaryen considers him to be a handsome man. He is also very limber.
As befits his status of birth, Hizdahr often dresses in a tokar. He has several tokars, including a purple tokar fringed with amethysts and pearls and a burgundy tokar, with a golden stripe and a fringe of golden beads. On some occasions, Hizdahr dresses more plainly, in a robe with a quilted vest.
A merchant within Meereen, Hizdahr has become famously and fabulously rich. He has visited Volantis, Lys, and Qarth. He has many friends and wields significant influence, both within Meereen and outside, stretching as far as New Ghis.
A Dance with Dragons
After Daenerys takes Meereen she has the fighting pits closed. Hizdahr buys them at a reduced price and makes several petitions to Daenerys to reopen them. On the seventh petition he brings the former gladiators, Khrazz, Barsena Blackhair, Camarron of the Count, Goghor the Giant, Spotted Cat, Fearless Ithoke, and Belaquo Bonebreaker who also beg Daenerys to reopen the pits.
With the Sons of the Harpy continuing to cause trouble in the streets, the High Priestess of Meereen, the Green Grace advises Daenerys to take a husband of Ghiscari blood to placate the Meereenese and recommends Hizdahr.
Though Daenerys is reluctant, she asks Hizdahr to bring her ninety days of peace with no more harpy killings before she will consider, and he agrees. He lives up to his end of the bargain and brings Daenerys the peace she desires, though Skahaz mo Kandaq advises Daenerys that he must be the one who had given the Sons their orders in the first place, which would explain why the killings stopped.
Daenerys dismisses this, however, and marries him. Although Daenerys has no desire for him, she is desperate for peace in Meereen. The pits are reopened for a series of bloodsports held in Daznak's Pit to celebrate the wedding. Daenerys does not like this but Hizdahr insists the fighters volunteered for the arena in a chance to win glory. Hizdahr offers her spiced locusts but she refuses. Strong Belwas eagerly eats them instead.
During a fight between a boar and Barsena Blackhair, Drogon appears over the arena drawn by the stench of blood and noise of the crowd. Hizdahr becomes a king without his queen when Daenerys flees the area on Drogon's back. Belwas nearly dies from feasting on the locusts, as the spiced locusts are laced with poison.
Hizdahr tries to gain control of Meereen after the disappearance of Daenerys but Grey Worm and his Unsullied refuse to obey him and Ser Barristan Selmy considers Hizdahr vain and weak. Hizdahr removes Skahaz from command of the Brazen Beasts and appoints his cousin Marghaz zo Loraq over them. He takes up residence in the heart of the Great Pyramid during Daenerys's absence. Many of Daenerys's supporters, such as Barristan and Skahaz, later suspect Hizdahr of poisoning the locusts in hopes of getting rid of Daenerys, since he had offered her the food but did not touch it himself.
When the Yunkai lords along with Bloodbeard present Hizdahr with the head of Groleo and demand the deaths of the dragons in return for the Meereen hostages, Hizdahr states he must ponder their request. Barristan, who is present at this parley and had served three kings (Robert, Aerys and Jaehaerys), thinks that none of them would have acted as meekly as Hizdahr when presented with such a threat.
The delicate political situation leads Ser Barristan to talk with Skahaz mo Kandaq the Shavepate and later with Grey Worm. They capture Hizdahr but Barristan refuses to kill him until he is sure Hizdahr is guilty. Since his capture the Sons of the Harpy have resumed their shadow war and Yunkai has continued their siege of Meereen.
Quotes by Hizdahr zo Loraq
Men are born to strive and suffer. Our woes only vanish when we die.
Before you came Meereen was dying. Our rulers were old men with withered cocks and crones whose puckered cunts were dry as dust. They sat atop their pyramids sipping apricot wine and talking of the glories of the Old Empire whilst the centuries slipped by and the very bricks of the city crumbled all around them. Custom and caution had an iron grip upon us till you awakened us with fire and blood. A new time has come, and new things are possible. 
One day all men must die, but it serves no good to dwell on death. I prefer to take each day as it comes.
Quotes about Hizdahr zo Loraq
I have to trust in Hizdahr.
On her terrace, in her bathing pool, the little fish would nibble at her legs as she soaked. Even they kissed with more fervor than Hizdahr zo Loraq.
Naked men felt vulnerable and were less inclined to acts of suicidal heroism.—Barristan Selmy's opinion of Hizdahr (taking note of his appearance) prior to capturing him
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V, p 398.