Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)

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Aemon Targaryen
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Alias Maester Aemon
Title Maester
Allegiance Night's Watch
Born In 198 AL, at Braavos
Died In 300 AL, at Aboard the Cinnamon Wind, off the coast of Dorne
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows

Played by Peter Vaughan
TV series Season 1

Maester Aemon, whose real name was Aemon Targaryen, is the third son of King Maekar I Targaryen. He has served as a maester to the Night's Watch for so long that the rest of the Seven Kingdoms has forgotten about his Targaryen blood. In the TV series he is played by Peter Vaughan.[1]

Appearance and Personality

An ancient man of a hundred years old at the beginning of the novel, Aemon is bald, wrinkled, shrunken and blind.[2] He speaks softly but his counsel is so valued and respected that many fall silent to hear it. Despite his age his mind is still sharp as is his hearing. Aemon is a humble and capable man.


Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon (TV series)

Aemon was named after his great-great-uncle, Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, by his grandfather, Daeron II.[3] Aemon was sent to the Citadel according to the wishes of his grandfather, King Daeron II.[4] At this time, King Daeron II had four grown sons, three with sons of their own, and so felt that having too many potential Targaryen heirs was dangerous. He forged his chain, and earned the title of Maester Aemon. He served an unidentified lord until his father, now King Maekar I, summoned him to court to serve the Iron Throne. Not wanting to displace the Grand Maester, Aemon chose instead to serve at the keep of his eldest brother, Prince Daeron. After Daeron's death, Maester Aemon's whereabouts are unknown until the death of King Maekar I, when Aemon was summoned to court in the year of the Great Council. He was offered the crown, quietly, but refused, ceding rule to his younger brother, Aegon. He then decided to serve as a black brother of the Night's Watch for fear that he may be used in a plot to usurp his brother.

A Game of Thrones

Maestar Aemon is present at the feast when the Lord commander Jeor Mormont welcomes Tyrion Lannister to the Wall. Aemon recognises the intelligence of Tyrion and describes him as a Giant of a man, which renders Tyrion speechless. Aemon counsels Jon Snow when he learns Jons family are in danger for he knew Jon was having thoughts of deserting to come to his family's aid (just as Aemon had during Robert's Rebellion).

A Clash of Kings

Aemon being too old to accompany the ranging remains at the wall. The duty of writing and sending messages falls to Samwell Tarly.

A Storm of Swords

When Jon Snow returned to Castle Black badly wounded from an arrow Maester Aemon treated his injury, despite being blind, his mind and hands were sharp and steady. Donal Noye and Aemon heard and believed Jons report of wildlings about to attack. When Donal Noye was killed defending the gates from Giants Aemon told Jon he must lead the men while Aemon provided guidance to Jon Snow and the rest of the men of the Wall. Aemon also came to Jon's defense when Janos Slynt and Ser Alliser Thorne wanted Jon killed for allegedly being a Wildling. During Stannis's occupation of the Wall Aemon is dubious of Melisandre's claim that Stannis is Azhor Azhai reborn.

A Feast for Crows

The new Lord Commander Jon Snow sent Aemon to Oldtown with Samwell Tarly and the wildling girl Gilly to remove all "royal blood" from Melisandre's grasp. Jon was fearful Melisandre might kill Aemon for his "Kingsblood". However the sea voyage was too hard for the old man and he was bed ridden and near death when arriving at Braavos. Aemon upon hearing of Daenerys Targaryen and her Dragons was convinced she is the Prince that was promised as the word "Prince" in Valyrian is gender neutral. Upon the voyage from Braavos to Old Town he died of a chill at the age of one hundred and two. According to Alleras, a novice at the Citadel, he was the oldest living man in Westeros.


Daeron II
Aerys I
Maekar I
Kiera of
Kiera of
Aegon V
Stillborn sons
House Targaryen

References and Notes

  1. HBO, Cast and Crew
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell
  5. Kiera of Tyrosh was widowed when Valarr Targaryen died from the Great Spring Sickness; some time later she married his cousin Daeron.

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See also the article of Maester Aemon on the wiki dedicated to the TV series.