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It seems very possible [[Dragonstone]] is the place Azor Ahai will be reborn as it is a volcanic island, thus providing both smoke from the mountain and salt from the sea.
 
It seems very possible [[Dragonstone]] is the place Azor Ahai will be reborn as it is a volcanic island, thus providing both smoke from the mountain and salt from the sea.
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==Azor Ahai reborn==
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According to the prophecy, as recounted by Melisandre, these are the indicators of the coming of Azor Ahai:
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*After a '''long summer''', when the '''stars bleed''' and the '''cold breath of darkness''' falls heavy on the world{{fact}}
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**Variant: When the '''red star bleeds''' and the '''darkness gathers'''{{fact}}
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*He shall be born again '''amidst smoke and salt'''{{fact}}
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*He shall '''wake dragons out of stone'''{{fact}}
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*He shall draw from the fire a '''burning sword''', Lightbringer{{fact}}
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If Azor Ahai is the same as [[the prince that was promised]]:
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*He is born of the line of [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]] and [[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]], according to the [[Ghost of High Heart|woods witch]]
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*His is [[the song of ice and fire]], according to [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]{{fact}}
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*According to Maester [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]], the word used to describe the prince in the prophecy was a gender-neutral word. While all assumed that the prince must be male, Aemon recently came to believe the prophecy could point to a female as well.
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According to [[Benerro]]:{{fact}}
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*Azor Ahai was born amidst smoke and salt
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*Azor Ahai will make the world anew
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*Azor Ahai will triumph over darkness will bring a summer that will never end
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*Death itself will bend its knee, and all those who die fighting in Azor Ahai's cause shall be reborn
  
 
==Stannis Baratheon==
 
==Stannis Baratheon==
 
* According to [[Melisandre]], Stannis is Azor Ahai reborn.
 
* According to [[Melisandre]], Stannis is Azor Ahai reborn.
* Stannis wields a magic sword that was forged by plunging a sword through a statue of the maiden at the sept at Dragonstone.  This ceremony is meant to be his 'rebirth' as Azor Ahai.{{Ref|aCoK|10}}<ref>[[A Storm of Swords]], [[A Storm of Swords-Chapter 63|Chapter 63]], Davos</ref><ref>[[A Storm of Swords]], [[A Storm of Swords-Chapter 78|Chapter 78]], Samwell</ref>
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* Stannis wields a magic sword that was forged by plunging a blade through a burning statue of the Maiden at the sept at Dragonstone.  This ceremony is meant to be his 'rebirth' as Azor Ahai. The burning statues of the Seven provide the smoke and the waves on the shores of Dragonstone provide the salt.{{Ref|aCoK|10}}{{Ref|ASOS|63}}{{Ref|ASOS|78}}
* Stannis was named the Lord of Dragonstone after [[Robert's Rebellion]], Dragonstone being of smoke and salt.
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* Stannis was named the Lord of Dragonstone after [[Robert's Rebellion]], Dragonstone being a place of smoke and salt.
* Stannis' paternal grandmother was [[Rhaelle Targaryen]], qualifying him by blood.
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* Stannis' paternal grandmother was [[Rhaelle Targaryen]], meaning that he has the Blood of the Dragon, which may or may not be a prerequisite.
* However, Maester Aemon remarks that Stannis's sword, while shining brilliantly, gives off no heat and so could not possibly be Lightbringer.
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* However, Stannis wasn't born '''from''' the line of Mad Aerys and Rhaella.
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* Maester Aemon also remarks that Stannis's sword, while shining brilliantly thanks to Melisandre's magic, gives off no heat and so could not possibly be Lightbringer.
  
 
==Daenerys Targaryen==
 
==Daenerys Targaryen==
* After [[Samwell Tarly|Sam]] tells [[Maester Aemon]] of the rumors about [[Daenerys Targaryen]] and her dragons, Aemon becomes certain that Daenerys is the prophesied leader.{{Ref|aFfC|35}}.  He says to Sam:
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* After [[Samwell Tarly]] tells Maester [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] of the rumors about [[Daenerys Targaryen]] and her dragons, Aemon becomes certain that Daenerys is the prophesied leader.{{Ref|aFfC|35}}.  He says to Sam:
{{Quote|No one ever looked for a girl..It was a prince that was promised, not a princess. [[Rhaegar]] I thought … the smoke was from the fire that devoured [[Summerhall]] on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died.  He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King’s Landing on the night [[Aegon Targaryen|Aegon]] was conceived, and [[Rhaegar]] was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet.  
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{{Quote|No one ever looked for a girl..It was a prince that was promised, not a princess. [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]] I thought … the smoke was from the fire that devoured [[Summerhall]] on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died.  He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King’s Landing on the night [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]] was conceived, and [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet.  
  
What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise!  The error crept in from the translation. [[Dragons]] are neither male nor female, [[Barth]] saw the truth of that, but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame.  The language misled us all for a thousand years.   
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What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise!  The error crept in from the translation. [[Dragons]] are neither male nor female, [[Barth]] saw the truth of that, but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame.  The language misled us all for a thousand years.   
  
[[Daenerys]] is the one, born amidst salt and smoke. The [[dragons]] prove it.}}
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[[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] is the one, born amidst salt and smoke. The [[dragons]] prove it.}}
  
He subsequently bids Sam relate all their findings the the maesters in Oldtown and convince them to send a maester to Daenerys.
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He subsequently bids Sam relate all their findings to the maesters in Oldtown and convince them to send a maester to Daenerys.
* The prophecy was originally made by dragons who are neither male or female, meaning Azor Ahai reborn may not necessarily be a man.
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* The prophecy was originally made using the Valyrian word for "dragons", who are neither male or female, meaning Azor Ahai reborn may not necessarily be a man.
 
* Daenerys was born on [[Dragonstone]], an island in the narrow sea ("amidst salt"), and reborn as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo's burning funeral pyre ("amidst smoke"). On that pyre her three petrified dragon eggs hatched ("born amidst salt and smoke '''to wake dragons from stone'''"), and on that morning for the first time the [[Red Comet]] appeared in the sky ("When the stars bleed...").
 
* Daenerys was born on [[Dragonstone]], an island in the narrow sea ("amidst salt"), and reborn as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo's burning funeral pyre ("amidst smoke"). On that pyre her three petrified dragon eggs hatched ("born amidst salt and smoke '''to wake dragons from stone'''"), and on that morning for the first time the [[Red Comet]] appeared in the sky ("When the stars bleed...").
* An additional prophecy from a [[Ghost of High Heart|woods witch]] prophesied that the [[Azor Ahai|Prince That Was Promised]] would be born from the line of [[Aerys II|Prince Aerys]] and [[Rhaella Targaryen|Princess Rhaella]]. Daenerys is the daughter of Aerys and Rhaella.
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* An additional prophecy from a [[Ghost of High Heart|woods witch]] prophesied that the [[Azor Ahai|Prince That Was Promised]] would be born from the line of Prince [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] and Princess [[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]]. Daenerys is the daughter of Aerys and Rhaella.
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* [[Benerro]] of [[Volantis]] proclaims that [[Daenerys Targaryen]] is Azor Ahai returned.{{ref|ADWD|22}}
  
 
==Jon Snow==
 
==Jon Snow==
* Jon's wounds smoke while [[Bowen Marsh]] cries, providing the prophecised salt, and Ser [[Patrek of King's Mountain|Patrek]]'s bloody, star laden heraldry is in the air above.<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[Jon XIII (A Dance with Dragons)|Jon XIII]]</ref>
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* Jon's wounds smoke while [[Bowen Marsh]] cries, providing the prophecised salt, and Ser [[Patrek of King's Mountain|Patrek]]'s bloody, star laden heraldry is in the air above.{{Ref|ADWD|69}}
* When [[Melisandre]] looks into her fires for Azor Ahai, she sees only things to do with Jon or snow, which he thinks must just be ash but she sees a possible connection to Jon.<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[Melisandre I (A Dance with Dragons)|Melisandre I]]</ref>
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* When [[Melisandre]] looks into her fires for Azor Ahai, she sees only things to do with Jon or snow, which he thinks must just be ash but she sees a possible connection to Jon.{{Ref|ADWD|31}}
* [[Jon Snow]] has a dream where he fights the [[Others]] with a red sword burning in his hand.
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* [[Jon Snow]] has a dream where he fights the [[Others]] with a red sword burning in his hand.{{Ref|ADWD|58}}
* If having the Blood of the Dragon is a prerequisite, [[Jon Snow/Theories#Lyanna Stark|if Jon's father is truly Rhaegar]], Jon would satisfy that prerequisite.  He would be the grandson of Aerys and Rhaella and thus come from their line.
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* If having the blood of the dragon is a prerequisite, [[Jon Snow/Theories#Lyanna Stark|if Jon's father is truly Rhaegar]], Jon would satisfy that prerequisite.  He would be the grandson of Aerys and Rhaella and thus come from their line.
* Jon chose his duty to the Night's Watch over his love for Ygritte. He indirectly caused her death by warning Castle Black of the incoming wildling raid. Similar to Azor Ahai sacrificing Nissa Nissa to complete Lightbringer.
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* Jon chose his duty to the [[Night's Watch]] over his love for [[Ygritte]]. He indirectly caused her death by warning Castle Black of the incoming wildling raid. Similar to Azor Ahai sacrificing Nissa Nissa to complete Lightbringer.
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* In the TV show adaptation, who's showrunners' know from GRRM himself who [[Azor Ahai]] is, revealed in the tenth episode of [[Season 6]] that Lyanna Stark is Jon's mother, and that Jon was born under a bleeding star. Edard Stark enters the [[Tower of Joy]] with a bloodied [[Dawn]], the ancestral sword of [[House Dayne]] which was forged from a fallen star, therefore ensuring that in accordance with the prophecy Jon or Azor Ahai was born when stars bleed.
  
 
==Victarion Greyjoy==
 
==Victarion Greyjoy==
* While traveling to capture Daenerys, [[Victarion Greyjoy]]'s likely mortal sword wound is healed by [[Moqorro]], a red priest of [[R'hllor]]. Afterward, his arm resembles roast pig and visibly smokes.<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[The Iron Suitor (A Dance with Dragons)|The Iron Suitor]]</ref>
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* While traveling to capture Daenerys, [[Victarion Greyjoy]]'s likely mortal sword wound is healed by [[Moqorro]], a red priest of [[R'hllor]]. Afterward, his arm resembles roast pig and visibly smokes.{{Ref|ADWD|56}}
 
* The ritual was performed at sea, which provides the salt.  Victarion's arm smokes afterward, which provides the smoke.
 
* The ritual was performed at sea, which provides the salt.  Victarion's arm smokes afterward, which provides the smoke.
 
* Victarion was saved from death, which could be considered a form of rebirth.
 
* Victarion was saved from death, which could be considered a form of rebirth.
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* Victarion previously beat his wife to death, which is a possible [[Nissa Nissa]] connection.
 
* Victarion previously beat his wife to death, which is a possible [[Nissa Nissa]] connection.
  
==Aegon VI Targaryen==
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==Aegon Targaryen==
* Before his death, Rhaegar believed his son to be the ''Prince that was Promised''.<ref>[[A Clash of Kings]], [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 48|Chapter 48]], Daenerys</ref><ref>[[A Clash of Kings]], [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 63|Chapter 63]], Daenerys</ref>{{Ref|aFfC|35}}
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* Before his death, Rhaegar Targaryen believed his son to be the ''Prince that was Promised''.{{Ref|ACOK|48}}{{Ref|ACOK|63}}{{Ref|aFfC|35}}
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* Aegon was born on [[Dragonstone]], an island in the narrow sea ("amidst salt"). The [[Dragonmont]] on Dragonstone is a smoking vulcano ("admidst smoke").
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* On the night of his conception, a red comet was seen above King's Landing.
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* A prophecy from a [[Ghost of High Heart|woods witch]] prophesied that the [[Azor Ahai|Prince That Was Promised]] would be born from the line of [[Aerys II Targaryen]] and [[Rhaella Targaryen]]. Aegon is their grandson.
  
 
==Rhaegar Targaryen==
 
==Rhaegar Targaryen==
* In his youth, [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] thought he might be Azor Ahai. At the time, [[Maester Aemon]] thought the same.{{Ref|aFfC|34}} If this is true, [[Robert Baratheon]] doomed all of Westeros when he killed Rhaegar.
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*In his youth, [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] and Maester [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] thought Rhaegar was the Prince that was Promised, as Rhaegar was born during the [[Tragedy at Summerhall]], amidst the smoke of the burning castle, with the salt coming from the tears shed for those who had died.{{Ref|aFfC|34}}
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* A prophecy from a [[Ghost of High Heart|woods witch]] prophesied that the [[Azor Ahai|Prince That Was Promised]] would be born from the line of [[Aerys II Targaryen]] and [[Rhaella Targaryen]]. Rhaegar was their eldest child, and, until {{Date|276}}, their only child.
  
==References and Notes==
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==References==
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[[Category:Theories]]
 
[[Category:Theories]]

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According to the prophecy recounted by Melisandre, after a long summer, Azor Ahai will be reborn amidst smoke and salt wielding the flaming sword Lightbringer to defend the world from R'hllor's nemesis, the Other. While Melisandre is certain Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai, others are not so sure.

It seems very possible Dragonstone is the place Azor Ahai will be reborn as it is a volcanic island, thus providing both smoke from the mountain and salt from the sea.

Azor Ahai reborn

According to the prophecy, as recounted by Melisandre, these are the indicators of the coming of Azor Ahai:

  • After a long summer, when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world[citation needed]
    • Variant: When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers[citation needed]
  • He shall be born again amidst smoke and salt[citation needed]
  • He shall wake dragons out of stone[citation needed]
  • He shall draw from the fire a burning sword, Lightbringer[citation needed]

If Azor Ahai is the same as the prince that was promised:

According to Benerro:[citation needed]

  • Azor Ahai was born amidst smoke and salt
  • Azor Ahai will make the world anew
  • Azor Ahai will triumph over darkness will bring a summer that will never end
  • Death itself will bend its knee, and all those who die fighting in Azor Ahai's cause shall be reborn

Stannis Baratheon

  • According to Melisandre, Stannis is Azor Ahai reborn.
  • Stannis wields a magic sword that was forged by plunging a blade through a burning statue of the Maiden at the sept at Dragonstone. This ceremony is meant to be his 'rebirth' as Azor Ahai. The burning statues of the Seven provide the smoke and the waves on the shores of Dragonstone provide the salt.[1][2][3]
  • Stannis was named the Lord of Dragonstone after Robert's Rebellion, Dragonstone being a place of smoke and salt.
  • Stannis' paternal grandmother was Rhaelle Targaryen, meaning that he has the Blood of the Dragon, which may or may not be a prerequisite.
  • However, Stannis wasn't born from the line of Mad Aerys and Rhaella.
  • Maester Aemon also remarks that Stannis's sword, while shining brilliantly thanks to Melisandre's magic, gives off no heat and so could not possibly be Lightbringer.

Daenerys Targaryen

No one ever looked for a girl..It was a prince that was promised, not a princess. Rhaegar I thought … the smoke was from the fire that devoured Summerhall on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died. He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King’s Landing on the night Aegon was conceived, and Rhaegar Targaryen was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet.

What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise! The error crept in from the translation. Dragons are neither male nor female, Barth saw the truth of that, but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame. The language misled us all for a thousand years.

Daenerys is the one, born amidst salt and smoke. The dragons prove it.

He subsequently bids Sam relate all their findings to the maesters in Oldtown and convince them to send a maester to Daenerys.

  • The prophecy was originally made using the Valyrian word for "dragons", who are neither male or female, meaning Azor Ahai reborn may not necessarily be a man.
  • Daenerys was born on Dragonstone, an island in the narrow sea ("amidst salt"), and reborn as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo's burning funeral pyre ("amidst smoke"). On that pyre her three petrified dragon eggs hatched ("born amidst salt and smoke to wake dragons from stone"), and on that morning for the first time the Red Comet appeared in the sky ("When the stars bleed...").
  • An additional prophecy from a woods witch prophesied that the Prince That Was Promised would be born from the line of Prince Aerys and Princess Rhaella. Daenerys is the daughter of Aerys and Rhaella.
  • Benerro of Volantis proclaims that Daenerys Targaryen is Azor Ahai returned.[5]

Jon Snow

  • Jon's wounds smoke while Bowen Marsh cries, providing the prophecised salt, and Ser Patrek's bloody, star laden heraldry is in the air above.[6]
  • When Melisandre looks into her fires for Azor Ahai, she sees only things to do with Jon or snow, which he thinks must just be ash but she sees a possible connection to Jon.[7]
  • Jon Snow has a dream where he fights the Others with a red sword burning in his hand.[8]
  • If having the blood of the dragon is a prerequisite, if Jon's father is truly Rhaegar, Jon would satisfy that prerequisite. He would be the grandson of Aerys and Rhaella and thus come from their line.
  • Jon chose his duty to the Night's Watch over his love for Ygritte. He indirectly caused her death by warning Castle Black of the incoming wildling raid. Similar to Azor Ahai sacrificing Nissa Nissa to complete Lightbringer.
  • In the TV show adaptation, who's showrunners' know from GRRM himself who Azor Ahai is, revealed in the tenth episode of Season 6 that Lyanna Stark is Jon's mother, and that Jon was born under a bleeding star. Edard Stark enters the Tower of Joy with a bloodied Dawn, the ancestral sword of House Dayne which was forged from a fallen star, therefore ensuring that in accordance with the prophecy Jon or Azor Ahai was born when stars bleed.

Victarion Greyjoy

  • While traveling to capture Daenerys, Victarion Greyjoy's likely mortal sword wound is healed by Moqorro, a red priest of R'hllor. Afterward, his arm resembles roast pig and visibly smokes.[9]
  • The ritual was performed at sea, which provides the salt. Victarion's arm smokes afterward, which provides the smoke.
  • Victarion was saved from death, which could be considered a form of rebirth.
  • Moqorro says he sees a great future for Victarion in the service to R'hllor.
  • Victarion previously beat his wife to death, which is a possible Nissa Nissa connection.

Aegon Targaryen

Rhaegar Targaryen

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