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Blackfyre is one of the two named Valyrian steel swords the Targaryens brought from [[Dragonstone]] after the [[Doom]], the other being [[Dark Sister]].   
 
Blackfyre is one of the two named Valyrian steel swords the Targaryens brought from [[Dragonstone]] after the [[Doom]], the other being [[Dark Sister]].   
  
[[Aegon I Targaryen]] used the blade to kill [[Qhorin Volmark]] in the aftermath of the [[War of Conquest]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Greyjoys of Pyke}} During the [[First Dornish War]], Aegon killed the champion of [[House Toland]] with Blackfyre, not knowing it was actually the fool of [[Ghost Hill]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Dorne Against the Dragons}}
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[[Aegon I Targaryen]] used the blade to kill [[Qhorin Volmark]] in the aftermath of the [[War of Conquest]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke}} During the [[First Dornish War]], Aegon killed the champion of [[House Toland]] with Blackfyre, not knowing it was actually the fool of [[Ghost Hill]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons}}
  
Blackfyre passed from Targaryen king to king after Aegon's death. [[Maegor I Targaryen]] used the blade to behead Grand Maester [[Gawen]] and to cut the heart from [[Tyanna]]. When the realm began to unite against Maegor, Queen [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena Targaryen]] stole the sword for [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys Targaryen]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Maegor I}}
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Blackfyre passed from Targaryen king to king after Aegon's death. [[Maegor I Targaryen]] used the blade to behead Grand Maester [[Gawen]] and to cut the heart from [[Tyanna]]. When the realm began to unite against Maegor, Queen [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena Targaryen]] stole the sword for [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys Targaryen]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
  
[[Daeron I Targaryen]] wielded Blackfyre during his [[conquest of Dorne]], and he was eventually killed by [[Dornishmen]] with the sword in hand.{{ref|TWOIAF| Daeron I}}
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[[Daeron I Targaryen]] wielded Blackfyre during his [[conquest of Dorne]], and he was eventually killed by [[Dornishmen]] with the sword in hand.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I}} While it is unknown when Blackfyre was returned to the possession of the Targaryens, it had been returned at least by the reign of King [[Aegon IV Targaryen]]. However, as, according to Ser [[Eustace Osgrey]], Blackfyre had been wielded by every Targaryen King since [[Aegon's Conquest]],{{Ref|TSS}} the sword might have aready been returned during the reigns of [[Baelor I Targaryen]] or [[Viserys II Targaryen]].
  
 
===House Blackfyre===
 
===House Blackfyre===
[[Aegon IV Targaryen]] chose to bestow Blackfyre on his bastard son [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Waters]], a born warrior, instead of his scholarly legitimate son, the future [[Daeron II Targaryen]]. Aegon also suspected Daeron was actually fathered by his brother, Prince [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II)|Aemon Targaryen]], the Dragonknight. Daemon's family, [[House Blackfyre]], took its name from the act.{{ref|TWOIAF| Aegon IV}} Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was the seed from which the [[Blackfyre Rebellions]] grew.<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/2999/ SF, Targaryens, Valyria, Sansa, Martells, and More], June 26, 2001</ref>
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In {{Date|182}}, King [[Aegon IV Targaryen]] chose to bestow Blackfyre on his bastard son [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Waters]], a born warrior, instead of his scholarly legitimate son, the future [[Daeron II Targaryen]]. Daemon, who had been known by the name [[Bastardy|Waters]] until then, took the name "Blackfyre" thereafter, creating [[House Blackfyre]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}} Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was one of the seeds from which the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion]] grew.<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/2999/ SF, Targaryens, Valyria, Sansa, Martells, and More (June 26, 2001)]</ref>
  
During the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion]] Daemon continued to wield the sword in battle, and fought an epic duel with Ser [[Gwayne Corbray]] of the Kingsguard at the [[Battle of the Redgrass Field|Redgrass Field]], pitted against Gwayne's own Valyrian blade, [[Lady Forlorn]]. [[Aemon Blackfyre]] briefly wielded the sword after the [[Raven's Teeth]] slew Daemon, but Aemon was also killed in the battle.{{ref|TSS}}
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During the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion]] in {{Date|196}}, Daemon wielded the sword in battle, and fought an epic duel with Ser [[Gwayne Corbray]] of the Kingsguard at the [[Battle of the Redgrass Field|Redgrass Field]], pitted against Gwayne's own Valyrian blade, [[Lady Forlorn]]. [[Aemon Blackfyre]] briefly wielded the sword after the [[Raven's Teeth]] slew Daemon, but Aemon was also killed in the battle.{{ref|TSS}}
  
 
After the death of Daemon and his twin sons at the Redgrass Field, his half brother, [[Aegor Rivers]], known as Bittersteel, took Blackfyre with him in exile to the [[Free Cities]], where he eventually founded the sellsword [[Golden Company]]. Aegor refused to give the sword Blackfyre to [[Daemon II Blackfyre]] in the failed [[Second Blackfyre Rebellion]].{{ref|TMK}}
 
After the death of Daemon and his twin sons at the Redgrass Field, his half brother, [[Aegor Rivers]], known as Bittersteel, took Blackfyre with him in exile to the [[Free Cities]], where he eventually founded the sellsword [[Golden Company]]. Aegor refused to give the sword Blackfyre to [[Daemon II Blackfyre]] in the failed [[Second Blackfyre Rebellion]].{{ref|TMK}}

Revision as of 21:51, 2 December 2016

This article is about the Valyrian steel sword. For the family, see House Blackfyre.
Blackfyre, as depicted by Velvet Engine in The World of Ice and Fire

Blackfyre is the fabled hand-and-a-half longsword of Valyrian steel once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror. It is the most famous of the several Valyrian swords once owned by House Targaryen,[1] and provided the name for House Blackfyre.

History

Aegon the Conqueror and Blackfyre, by Amok©
Aegon IV Targaryen passes Blackfyre to Daemon Waters. Art by Marc Simonetti, for The World of Ice and Fire.

House Targaryen

Blackfyre is one of the two named Valyrian steel swords the Targaryens brought from Dragonstone after the Doom, the other being Dark Sister.

Aegon I Targaryen used the blade to kill Qhorin Volmark in the aftermath of the War of Conquest.[2] During the First Dornish War, Aegon killed the champion of House Toland with Blackfyre, not knowing it was actually the fool of Ghost Hill.[3]

Blackfyre passed from Targaryen king to king after Aegon's death. Maegor I Targaryen used the blade to behead Grand Maester Gawen and to cut the heart from Tyanna. When the realm began to unite against Maegor, Queen Rhaena Targaryen stole the sword for Jaehaerys Targaryen.[4]

Daeron I Targaryen wielded Blackfyre during his conquest of Dorne, and he was eventually killed by Dornishmen with the sword in hand.[5] While it is unknown when Blackfyre was returned to the possession of the Targaryens, it had been returned at least by the reign of King Aegon IV Targaryen. However, as, according to Ser Eustace Osgrey, Blackfyre had been wielded by every Targaryen King since Aegon's Conquest,[6] the sword might have aready been returned during the reigns of Baelor I Targaryen or Viserys II Targaryen.

House Blackfyre

In 182 AC, King Aegon IV Targaryen chose to bestow Blackfyre on his bastard son Daemon Waters, a born warrior, instead of his scholarly legitimate son, the future Daeron II Targaryen. Daemon, who had been known by the name Waters until then, took the name "Blackfyre" thereafter, creating House Blackfyre.[7] Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was one of the seeds from which the First Blackfyre Rebellion grew.[8]

During the First Blackfyre Rebellion in 196 AC, Daemon wielded the sword in battle, and fought an epic duel with Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard at the Redgrass Field, pitted against Gwayne's own Valyrian blade, Lady Forlorn. Aemon Blackfyre briefly wielded the sword after the Raven's Teeth slew Daemon, but Aemon was also killed in the battle.[6]

After the death of Daemon and his twin sons at the Redgrass Field, his half brother, Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, took Blackfyre with him in exile to the Free Cities, where he eventually founded the sellsword Golden Company. Aegor refused to give the sword Blackfyre to Daemon II Blackfyre in the failed Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[9]

The sword's current whereabouts are unknown.

Quotes

Eustace: Because Daemon was the better man. The old king saw it, too. He gave the sword to Daemon. Blackfyre, the sword of Aegon the Conqueror, the blade that every Targaryen king had wielded since the Conquest ... he put that sword in Daemon's hand the day he knighted him, a boy of twelve.
Egg: My father says that was because Daemon was a swordsman, and Daeron never was. Why give a horse to a man who cannot ride? The sword was not the kingdom, he says.[6]

- Eustace Osgrey and Egg

See also

References and Notes

  1. So Spake Martin: Many Questions, June 13, 2001
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Sworn Sword.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  8. So Spake Martin: SF, Targaryens, Valyria, Sansa, Martells, and More (June 26, 2001)
  9. The Mystery Knight.