Aegon I Targaryen

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Aegon I
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Biographical Information
Reign 1 AC37 AC
Full Name Aegon Targaryen First of His Name
Alias Aegon the Conqueror
Aegon the Dragon
Aegon the Dragonlord
Titles King of the Seven Kingdoms
Born in 27 BC[1] Dragonstone
Died in 37 AC
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor none
Successor Aenys I
Queen Visenya Targaryen
Rhaenys Targaryen
Issue Aenys
Father Aerion Targaryen (father of Aegon I)
Mother Velena Velaryon

Aegon Targaryen, the First of His Name, also known as Aegon the Conqueror or Aegon the Dragon, was the conqueror of the Seven Kingdoms and the founder of the ruling Targaryen dynasty of Westeros.

Character and Appearance

Aegon was clearly ambitious. He is described as tall, broad shouldered and powerful in appearance with purple eyes and cut short silver-gold hair. He was very charismatic and commanding. During the Conquest he typically wore a shirt of black scales into battle and wielded his Valyrian steel sword Blackfyre. His crown was a simple circlet of Valyrian steel, set with big square-cut rubies. [2]

Aegon was seen as an enigma. He was a solitary person whose only friend was Orys. He was a great warrior who wielded a sword called Blackfyre but only rode his dragon for battle or travel and never entered tourneys, He remained faithful to his sisters and left governance in their hands and only took command when necessary . While he was harsh with those who defied him, he was generous to those that bent the knee. [3]

Aegon was nearly as mysterious to his era as he is to the current era. [4]


Early life

Aegon was from the island of Dragonstone, the westernmost outpost of the Valyrian Freehold, which his family had settled over a century before the Doom of Valyria. According to Targaryen tradition, Aegon married within the family; however, instead of just one sister, he married both of them: his elder sister, Visenya, and his younger sister, Rhaenys. All three were dragon-riders before they were wed.

According to semi-canon sources, When Aegon was quite young, Volantis inquired whether Aegon and his dragons would join them in the east in a grand alliance against the other Free Cities, remnants of the Valyrian Freehold. He apparently rejected the offer.[5] When Volantis invaded Tyrosh Aegon came upon his dragon Balerion the Black Dread joining the Storm King and Pentos on the side of Tyrosh instead. After the defeat of Volantis, Aegon returned to Dragonstone.

The Conquest

Eventually Aegon decided to go west to Westeros, and for years he planned his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. He made a huge table map of Westeros painted without any borders to signify that it should be one realm alone instead of many. This map later became known as The Painted Table. His plan was ambitious but eventually successful.

When he was ready, he and his two sister-wives Rhaenys and Visenya, landed with his army on the east coast of Westeros at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush. With the aid of their three dragons (Vhagar, Meraxes, and Balerion the Black Dread) Aegon led the Targaryen army to victory after victory, conquering or subjugating six of the seven kingdoms of the Westeros continent and establishing the Riverlands as a separate region. He failed to conquer Dorne, however, and eventually was forced to respect their autonomy.

During the invasion Aegon converted to the Faith of the Seven as a political maneuver [6]. Through the conversion he won the Faith's support, and dated the beginning of his reign from the day the High Septon anointed him in Oldtown.[7]

Later life

After the war, Aegon founded the city of King's Landing and the fortress of the Red Keep at the site of his initial landing on Blackwater Bay. He took the swords of his defeated enemies, forging them into the Iron Throne. He spent the rest of his reign consolidating his power and building his capital at King's Landing. During his rule he tread carefully with the Faith, so they would not oppose him. [8] He formed the elite royal bodyguard known as the Kingsguard.

Aegon also created the office of the Hand of the King and made Orys Baratheon his Hand.[9]

He died 37 years after setting foot on Westeros. There is no information available about the circumstances of his death or whether he was survived by any of his sisters or an appointed successor. Upon his death the Faith of the Seven rose in rebellion against House Targaryen in what became known as the Faith Militant uprising. Only the foundations and tunnels of the Red Keep had been completed when Aegon died.

Quotes by Aegon

There will be only one king. [10]

A king should never sit easy. [11]

At nightfall, your line will end. [12]

Quotes about Aegon

"Aegon once stood here as I do, looking down on this table. Do you think we would name him Aegon the Conqueror today if he had not had dragons?" [13]

- King Stannis Baratheon, to Davos Seaworth


Aegon I
Aenys I
Maegor I
Jaehaerys I
Tyanna of
the Tower

References and Notes

  1. Reading from the world of Ice and Fire. Notes from George R.R. Martin's reading and Q&A at the Bubonicon 44 in Albuquerque by Trebla.
  2. So Spake Martin: Targaryen Kings, (November 1, 2005).
  3. Reading from the world of Ice and Fire. Notes from George R.R. Martin's reading and Q&A at the Bubonicon 44 in Albuquerque by Trebla.
  4. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
  5. So Spake Martin: LA Con IV, (Anaheim, CA; August 23-27) report.
  6. The Citadel. " Forum Chat" (July 27, 2008) So Spake Martin
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  9. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  10. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI, p 462.
  12. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V, p 601.