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Nettles takes a sheep to Sheepstealer

Allegiance Nettles
Race Dragon
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
For Harrag Sheepstealer, see Harrag Sharp.

Sheepstealer was a wild dragon during the Dance of the Dragons with a taste for mutton.[1][2] It lived at the back of Dragonmont and would hunt between Driftmark and Wendwater. The smallfolk of Dragonstone named it for a self-evident reason. He is one of three wild dragons with the Cannibal and Grey Ghost.[1]


Sheepstealer's coloring was an ugly "mud brown". He was hatched when King Jaehaerys I Targaryen was young, which would put him around 80 years old at the time of the civil war.[1]


Jacaerys Velaryon called for dragonriders during the Dance of the Dragons. Silver Denys, a man who claimed to be a descendent of King Maegor I Targaryen, tried to master the dragon. Sheepstealer tore off the man's arm but was chased off by the Cannibal before he could finish Silver.[1]

During the taming, Sheepstealer killed more seeds than the other two wild dragons combined. Alyn of Hull tried to tame him, but received a burnt cloak for his troubles.[1]

A bastard girl named Nettles finally tamed Sheepstealer by feeding him a sheep every morning. Along with Rhaenyra Targaryen's other dragonriders, Nettles and Sheepstealer took part in the Battle of the Gullet and the rapid capture of King's Landing.[1]

When Rhaenyra named Nettles a traitor for taking Daemon Targaryen to bed, Nettles was allowed to flee from Maidenpool. The dragon and its rider were last seen flying over the Bay of Crabs. Many think that in despair, Nettles just kept flying out into the open ocean until her dragon was too tired to continue flying, and they both drowned. Wild tales by the singers say that Nettles and Sheepstealer secretly escaped and subsequently picked up Daemon - who according to the legend, miraculously survived his fall during the Dance over Harrenhal, and the two lovers dropped out of history. The veracity of this legend is unknown, but it is certain that Nettles and Sheepstealer were never seen again, and played no further role in the Dance.[1]

Known dragonriders of Sheepstealer

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Princess and the Queen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.

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