Valyrian steel dagger

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Dragonbone dagger. Illustrated by Sara Biddle. © Fantasy Flight Games.

An unnamed Valyrian steel dagger is used by a catspaw during an assassination attempt on Bran Stark.[1] Although the blade is plain, it is finely made of Valyrian steel and has a smooth dragonbone hilt.[2][3]

History

King Robert I Baratheon won the dagger from Lord Petyr Baelish during the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day.[4][5][3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Petyr Baelish threatens Eddard Stark with the dagger. Illustrated by Lukasz Jaskolski. © Fantasy Flight Games.

A catspaw sets a fire in Winterfell's Library Tower as a distraction and then tries to assassinate the comatose Bran Stark. The boy's mother, Catelyn, fends off the assassin, however, and the direwolf Summer kills the catspaw. The blade cuts Catelyn's fingers almost to the bone.[1]

Believing that House Lannister is to blame,[1] Catelyn and Ser Rodrik Cassel travel to King's Landing with the blood-stained knife to inform Lord Eddard Stark, the Hand of the King to Robert I Baratheon.[5] Rodrik discusses the dagger with Ser Aron Santagar, the master-at-arms of the Red Keep.[5] Lord Varys nicks his finger with the knife, and Lord Petyr Baelish explains that he had once owned the blade. Littlefinger states he lost it to Tyrion Lannister during the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day, however, when Ser Loras Tyrell defeated Tyrion's brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, in the lists.[5] Littlefinger advises Ned to get rid of the dagger, since there is no way to prove it is Tyrion's, but Lord Stark keeps the blade when his wife departs the capital.[2]

Tyrion is taken prisoner by Catelyn at the crossroads inn[6] and brought to the Eyrie, where he wins a trial by combat.[7] During his journeys, Tyrion insists to Catelyn[8] and Bronn[9] that he never owned the dagger.

After the death of King Robert, his widow, Cersei Lannister, gains the support of Littlefinger and Janos Slynt of the gold cloaks. Petyr takes the dagger from Ned when Lord Stark is taken captive in the throne room.[10]

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion, the acting Hand of the King for Joffrey I Baratheon, desires to confront Littlefinger about the dagger.[11]

In Riverrun's dungeon, Jaime accepts responsibility for throwing Bran from Winterfell's Broken Tower but denies Catelyn's accusation he later hired the catspaw to kill Bran. The prisoner also insists that Tyrion would never have bet against him during Joffrey's tourney, contradicting Petyr's claim that Tyrion won the dagger from Littlefinger by betting on Loras instead of Jaime. The Kingslayer does recall the dagger changing hands, however, as a drunken Robert had displayed it at the tourney's feast.[3]

A Storm of Swords

While discussing the new swords made by Tobho Mott from Ned Stark's Valyrian sword, Ice, Lord Tywin Lannister tells his son Tyrion that Robert had left a hundred daggers in his armory, but that the only knife the king ever used was a hunting knife he received in his youth from Lord Jon Arryn.[12]

After receiving Widow's Wail from Tywin as a wedding gift, King Joffrey claims that he is "no stranger to Valyrian steel" while destroying Tyrion's gift, Lives of Four Kings.[13] Tyrion later decides that Joffrey was behind the assassination attempt on Bran Stark, deducing that the then-prince had taken the plain dagger, which Robert had forgotten after winning it from Littlefinger, from the king's baggage train and given it to a greedy lackey at Winterfell.[14]

After Joffrey's death at his royal wedding, Cersei and Jaime discuss the assassination attempt on Bran. Jaime decides that Joffrey tried to have the crippled Bran killed as a misguided attempt to impress Robert.[15] When Jaime frees Tyrion from the Red Keep's dungeon, the brothers agree that Joffrey was responsible.[16]

At the Baelish tower in the Fingers, Littlefinger uses his dagger while eating fruit with Ned's daughter, Sansa Stark.[17]

Quotes

Petyr: Nothing holds an edge like Valyrian steel. Such sweet balance. You want to find the owner, is that the reason for this visit? You have no need of Ser Aron for that, my lady. You should have come to me.

Catelyn: And if I had, what would you have told me?
Petyr: I would have told you that there was only one knife like this at King's Landing. It's mine.[5]

- Petyr Baelish and Catelyn Stark


It was not my dagger. How many times must I swear to that? Lady Stark, whatever you may believe of me, I am not a stupid man. Only a fool would arm a common footpad with his own blade.[8]
- Tyrion Lannister to Catelyn Stark


He wondered which of them had sent the footpad to silence the Stark boy, and whether they had truly conspired at the death of Lord Arryn. If the old Hand had been murdered, it was deftly and subtly done. Men of his age died of sudden illness all the time. In contrast, sending some oaf with a stolen knife after Brandon Stark struck him as unbelievably clumsy.[18]
- thoughts of Tyrion Lannister


The dagger had been Valyrian steel, and Valyrian steel bites deep and sharp.[19]
- thoughts of Catelyn Stark


Joffrey: You and Lady Sansa owe me a better present, Uncle Imp. This one is all chopped to pieces.

Tyrion: Perhaps a knife, sire. To match your sword. A dagger of the same fine Valyrian steel ... with a dragonbone hilt, say?
Joffrey: You ... yes, a dagger to match my sword, good.[13]

- Joffrey Baratheon and Tyrion Lannister


Cersei: Joffrey had no love for Robb Stark, but the younger boy was nothing to him. He was only a child himself.

Jaime: A child hungry for a pat on the head from that sot you let him believe was his father. Tyrion almost died because of this bloody dagger. If he knew the whole thing was Joffrey's work, that might be why ...[15]

- Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister


Tyrion: Joffrey would have been a worse king than Aerys ever was. He stole his father's dagger and gave it to a footpad to slit the throat of Brandon Stark, did you know that?

Jaime: I ... I thought he might have.[16]

- Tyrion Lannister and Jaime Lannister

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