Azor Ahai

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Azor Ahai
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Azor Ahai thrusts Lightbringer into Nissa Nissa's breast
Art by Amok

Alias Warrior of Light
Son of Fire[1]
Warrior of Fire[2]
Hyrkoon the Hero
Yin Tar
Eldric Shadowchaser
Culture Asshai
Spouse Nissa Nissa
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Azor Ahai was a legendary hero who wielded a burning sword called Lightbringer,[3] according to tales from Asshai and followers of R'hllor. In some other cultures this warrior is called Hyrkoon the Hero, Yin Tar, Neferion, and Eldric Shadowchaser.[4]

Legend of Lightbringer

Darkness lay over the world and a hero, Azor Ahai, was chosen to fight against it. To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero's sword.[3] He labored for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword broke. He was not one to give up easily, so he started over.

The second time he took fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword, even better than the first. To temper it this time, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but once more the steel shattered.[3]

The third time, with a heavy heart, for he knew beforehand what he must do to finish the blade, he worked for a hundred days and nights until it was finished. This time, he called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove his sword into her living heart, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes.[3]

Although he had Lightbringer, Azor Ahai did not fight alone.[5] The Jade Compendium mentions that when the hero thrust the blade through a monster, the creature burst into flame.[6]

It is unknown if Azor Ahai is connected with the legend of the last hero, who lived during the Long Night and helped to defeat the Others.

Azor Ahai come again

According to prophecy, in ancient books of Asshai[3] from over five thousand years ago, Azor Ahai is to be reborn again as a champion sent by R'hllor.[6] This will occur after a long summer when an evil, cold darkness descends upon the world.[3] It is said that wielding Lightbringer once again, Azor Ahai will stand against the darkness[3] and if he fails, the world fails with him.[7]

There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.[3]

Melisandre has mentioned the prince that was promised[8] and Azor Ahai interchangeably, although she tends to use the name Azor Ahai far more often.

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

While burning statues of the Seven at Dragonstone, Melisandre of Asshai proclaims that Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai come again. Salladhor Saan tells Davos Seaworth of the hero's burning sword, Lightbringer.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Jon Snow tells Clydas that he read the legend of Azor Ahai at the book Maester Aemon left him (Jade Compendium).[6]

Benerro of Volantis proclaims that Daenerys Targaryen is Azor Ahai returned.[9]


Behold! A sign was promised, and now a sign is seen! Behold Lightbringer! Azor Ahai has come again! All hail the Warrior of Fire! All hail the Son of Fire![3]

Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai come again, the warrior of fire. In him the prophecies are fulfilled. The red comet blazed across the sky to herald his coming, and he bears Lightbringer, the red sword of heroes.[2]

Melisandre to the officers of the Night's Watch

Benerro has sent forth the word from Volantis. Her coming is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. From smoke and salt was she born to make the world anew. She is Azor Ahai returned ... and her triumph over darkness will bring a summer that will never end ... death itself will bend its knee, and all those who die fighting in her cause shall be reborn ...[9]

I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R'hllor shows me only Snow.[10]

Melisandre's thoughts

When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.[11]

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