Rhaegar Targaryen, the Prince of Dragonstone, was the eldest son of King Aerys II Targaryen and his sister-wife, Queen Rhaella. Born in 259 AC, on the same day and location of the tragedy of Summerhall, Rhaegar was always melancholic. Though he was skilled in fighting and known to read obsessively, especially as a child, Rhaegar favored playing his harp. Despite his private manner, Rhaegar was well loved by the smallfolk of Westeros.
Because Rhaegar had no sister when he reached the age of marriage, King Aerys arranged his wedding to the Dornish princess Elia Martell, a distant relative of House Targaryen. Rhaegar and Elia had two children during their marriage, Princess Rhaenys and Prince Aegon.
In 281 AC, the year of the false spring, Rhaegar caused a scandal at the tourney at Harrenhal where, as the victor, he was allowed to chose the new queen of love and beauty. Instead of crowning Elia of Dorne, Rhaegar rode past his wife and crowned Lady Lyanna Stark, who was betrothed to Lord Robert Baratheon.
Tragedy struck Rhaegar's house again about a year later, when shortly after the birth of his heir, Prince Aegon, the crown prince left for the riverlands. Lyanna disappeared not too long thereafter, and it was said that Prince Rhaegar had abducted her. Angered by the news, Lyanna's brother Brandon went to King's Landing, where he threatened Rhaegar's life. Though Rhaegar was not present, King Aerys II ordered Brandon's arrest, and had Brandon and his father Rickard killed, before demanding the heads of Lyanna's second brother, Eddard Stark, and betrothed, Robert Baratheon. This sparked Robert's Rebellion.
Though Rhaegar was missing for most of the war, he returned from the south to fight in the Battle of the Trident. He died there when Robert defeated him in single combat. Read more...
- "Who knows more of gods than I? Horse gods and fire gods, gods made of gold with gemstone eyes, gods carved of cedar wood, gods chiseled into mountains, gods of empty air... I know them all. I have seen their peoples garland them with flowers, and shed the blood of goats and bulls and children in their names. And I have heard the prayers, in half a hundred tongues. Cure my withered leg, make the maiden love me, grant me a healthy son. Save me, succor me, make me wealthy... protect me! Protect me from mine enemies, protect me from the darkness, protect me from the crabs inside my belly, from the horselords, from the slavers, from the sellswords at my door. Protect me from the Silence." He laughed. "Godless? Why, Aeron, I am the godliest man ever to raise sail! You serve one god, Damphair, but I have served ten thousand. From Ib to Asshai, when men see my sails, they pray." – Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy 
- "Better to mock the game than to play and lose." – Genna Lannister 
- "Let me give you some counsel, bastard. Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." – Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow 
Did you know...
- The first Clegane was knighted because he saved Lord Tytos Lannister from a lioness and lost a leg and three dogs in the effort?
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Pyke.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 18, Sansa II.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 So Spake Martin: Amazon Omniblog Interview (January 11, 2012)
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 57, Tyrion XI.
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