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Dragonbone, or dragon bone,[1] is a black material that is created from the bones of dragons.

Appearance and usage

Dragonbone is black due to its high iron content. It is used to make many items of value because of its rarity and its special properties. It is as strong as other metals, such as steel, yet lighter and more flexible.[2] Rare dragonbone bows are highly sought after,[3] as they can outrange even the goldenheart bows of the Summer Isles.[4]


The heraldry of House Willum depicts a dragonbone skeleton.[5]

It is disputed if the Grey King's Hall on Nagga's Hill on Old Wyk is made from the petrified bones of the legendary sea dragon Nagga or not.[6]


Dragonbones have been found as far north as the island of Ib, and as far south as in the jungles of Sothoryos.[1]

Upon ascending the rule of Dorne after the death of his mother, Prince Nymor Martell send a peace delegation to King's Landing, which included the skull of Meraxes, to stop the First Dornish War.[7][8]

Lord Rogar Baratheon often boasted that his axe was "large and heavy enough to cleave through a dragon's skull.[9]

Among her efforts to rebuilt Tumbleton after the Dance of the Dragons, Lady Sharis Footly had the heads of the dragons Seasmoke and Vermithor cleaned and displayed in the town square, where travelers paid a penny to look at them, and a star to touch them.[10]

Sandoq the Shadow wielded a great curved sword of Valyrian steel with a dragonbone hilt.[11]

During the rule of House Targaryen over the Seven Kingdoms, the skulls of some of their dragons decorated the walls of the throne room in the Red Keep. The skulls were stored in a dank cellar after Robert's Rebellion and replaced with banners and tapestries.[2][12][13]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Magister Illyrio Mopatis of Pentos trades in dragonbone. Viserys Targaryen fastens his hair with a dragonbone brooch.[14] Qotho gifts Daenerys Targaryen a double-curved dragonbone bow which is taller than her.[15] Dany later places a dragonbone bow on Drogo's funeral pyre and gives her own bow to Aggo.[16]

A catspaw tries to assassinate Bran Stark with a Valyrian steel dagger whose hilt is plain dragonbone.[17]

A Storm of Swords

The slaver's whip of Kraznys mo Nakloz has a dragonbone handle inlaid with gold.[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Rise of Valyria.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion II.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Summer Isles.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  5. The Citadel. Heraldry: In the Reach
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  7. Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne Against the Dragons.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  10. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  11. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya III.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 14, Catelyn III.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.