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:''This article is about the Valyrian steel sword. For the house founded by [[Daemon Blackfyre]], see '''[[House Blackfyre]]'''''.
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:''This article is about the Valyrian steel sword. For the family, see [[House Blackfyre]].
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[[File:Blackfyre by Velvet Engine.png|Blackfyre, as depicted by Velvet Engine in ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]''.|thumb|right|250px]]
  
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'''Blackfyre''' is the fabled [[Bastard sword|hand-and-a-half longsword]] of [[Valyrian steel]] once wielded by [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon the Conqueror]]. It is the most famous of the several Valyrian swords once owned by [[House Targaryen]],<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Many_Questions2 Many Questions], June 13, 2001</ref> and provided the name for [[House Blackfyre]]. Another known Valyrian blade owned by the family was [[Dark Sister]], once wielded by Aegon's sister, [[Visenya Targaryen|Visenya]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
  
'''Blackfyre''' is a fabled [[Armament|bastard sword]] of [[Valyrian steel]], wielded by [[Aegon the Conqueror]]. It was one of two Valyrian steel swords the Targaryens brought from [[Dragonstone]] after the Doom (the other is [[Dark Sister]]) and was passed from Targaryen king to king, until [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon the Unworthy]] chose to bestow it on his bastard son [[Daemon Blackfyre|Daemon]] instead of his legitimate son.<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/2999/ SSM:June 26, 2001]</ref>
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==History==
Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was the seed from which the [[Blackfyre Rebellion]] grew. During the 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]], pitted against Gwayne's own Valyrian blade [[Lady Forlorn]].  
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===House Targaryen===
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[[Image:AEGON I.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Aegon the Conqueror and Blackfyre, by [http://en.amokanet.ru/gallery/martin/ Amok©]]]
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In the aftermath of [[Aegon's Conquest]], [[Aegon I Targaryen]] used Blackfyre to kill [[Qhorin Volmark]].{{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}}
  
After the death of Daemon Blackfyre and two of his sons on the Redgrass Fields, his half brother [[Aegor Rivers|Bittersteel]] took Blackfyre with him in exile to the [[Free Cities]], where Bittersteel and Daemon's surviving kin founded the mercenary force known as the [[Golden Company]]. The sword's whereabouts after the death of [[Maelys Blackfyre]] during the [[War of the Ninepenny Kings]] is unknown. It is believed to have been lost or may yet remain in the possession of the Golden Company.
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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|Tyanna of the Tower]]. When the realm began to unite against Maegor, Queen [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena Targaryen]] stole the sword for Prince [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys Targaryen]]. King Jaehaerys used the sword to personally slay the rebel [[Borys Baratheon]] during the [[Third Dornish War]]. Jaehaerys also killed Ser [[Braxton Beesbury]] in a [[trial by combat]] after Braxton had seduced the king's daughter, [[Saera Targaryen|Saera]].{{ref|fab|The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}} [[Aegon II Targaryen]]'s possession of Blackfyre enhanced his legitimacy against his rival, [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]], during the [[Dance of the Dragons]].{{ref|TPATQ}}
  
==References and Notes==
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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 already been returned during the reigns of [[Baelor I Targaryen]] or [[Viserys II Targaryen]].
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===House Blackfyre===
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[[File:Marc Simonetti knightingson.jpg|200px|left|thumb|[[Aegon IV Targaryen]] passes Blackfyre to [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Waters]]. Art by Marc Simonetti, for ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]''.]]
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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 bastard surname 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 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>
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Daemon I Blackfyre wielded the sword during the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion]] in {{Date|196}}, and he 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}} Daemon's half brother, [[Aegor Rivers]], known as Bittersteel, attempted to rally the rebels with Blackfyre in hand, but Bittersteel withdrew after dueling another half brother, [[Brynden Rivers]], a rival called Bloodraven.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II}}
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With Daemon and his twin sons dead at the Redgrass Field, Bittersteel took Blackfyre with him in exile to the [[Free Cities]], where he eventually founded the sellsword [[Golden Company]]. Aegor refused to give the Valyrian sword to [[Daemon II Blackfyre]] in the failed [[Second Blackfyre Rebellion]].{{ref|TMK}}
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The sword's current whereabouts are unknown.
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==Quotes==
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{{Quote|'''Eustace:''' Because [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon]] was the better man. [[Aegon IV Targaryen|The old king]] saw it, too. He gave the sword to Daemon. Blackfyre, the sword of [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon the Conqueror]], the blade that every [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] king had wielded since [[Aegon's Conquest|the Conquest]] ... he put that sword in Daemon's hand the day he [[knight]]ed him, a boy of twelve.<br>
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'''Egg:''' [[Maekar I Targaryen|My father]] says that was because Daemon was a swordsman, and [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron]] never was. Why give a horse to a man who cannot ride? The sword was not the [[Seven Kingdoms|kingdom]], he says.{{Ref|TSS}}|[[Eustace Osgrey]] and [[Aegon V Targaryen|Egg]]}}
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==Known wielders==
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*King [[Aegon I Targaryen]]{{Ref|FAB|Aegon's Conquest}}
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*King [[Aenys I Targaryen]]{{Ref|FAB|The Sons of the Dragon}}
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*King [[Maegor I Targaryen]]{{Ref|FAB|The Sons of the Dragon}}
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*King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]]{{Ref|FAB|A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade}}
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*Ser [[Alfred Broome]], to execute [[Trystane Truefyre]]{{Ref|FAB|The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II}}
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*King [[Daeron I Targaryen]]{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I}}
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*Ser [[Daemon I Blackfyre]]{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
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*[[Aemon Blackfyre]] (briefly){{Ref|TSS}}
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*Ser [[Aegor Rivers]]{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II}}
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==See also==
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:*[[:Category:Images of Blackfyre|Images of Blackfyre]]
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:*[[:Category:Characters killed with Blackfyre|Characters killed with Blackfyre]]
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Latest revision as of 15:58, 10 February 2019

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 & 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. Another known Valyrian blade owned by the family was Dark Sister, once wielded by Aegon's sister, Visenya.[2]

History

House Targaryen

Aegon the Conqueror and Blackfyre, by Amok©

In the aftermath of Aegon's Conquest, Aegon I Targaryen used Blackfyre to kill Qhorin Volmark.[3] During the First Dornish War, Aegon killed the champion of House Toland with Blackfyre, not knowing it was actually the fool of Ghost Hill.[4]

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 of the Tower. When the realm began to unite against Maegor, Queen Rhaena Targaryen stole the sword for Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen. King Jaehaerys used the sword to personally slay the rebel Borys Baratheon during the Third Dornish War. Jaehaerys also killed Ser Braxton Beesbury in a trial by combat after Braxton had seduced the king's daughter, Saera.[5][6] Aegon II Targaryen's possession of Blackfyre enhanced his legitimacy against his rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen, during the Dance of the Dragons.[7]

Daeron I Targaryen wielded Blackfyre during his conquest of Dorne, and he was eventually killed by Dornishmen with the sword in hand.[8] 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,[9] the sword might have already been returned during the reigns of Baelor I Targaryen or Viserys II Targaryen.

House Blackfyre

Aegon IV Targaryen passes Blackfyre to Daemon Waters. Art by Marc Simonetti, for The World of Ice & Fire.

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 bastard surname Waters until then, took the name "Blackfyre" thereafter, creating House Blackfyre.[10] Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was one of the seeds from which rebellion grew.[11]

Daemon I Blackfyre wielded the sword during the First Blackfyre Rebellion in 196 AC, and he 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.[9] Daemon's half brother, Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, attempted to rally the rebels with Blackfyre in hand, but Bittersteel withdrew after dueling another half brother, Brynden Rivers, a rival called Bloodraven.[12]

With Daemon and his twin sons dead at the Redgrass Field, Bittersteel took Blackfyre with him in exile to the Free Cities, where he eventually founded the sellsword Golden Company. Aegor refused to give the Valyrian sword to Daemon II Blackfyre in the failed Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[13]

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.[9]

Known wielders

See also

References

  1. So Spake Martin: Many Questions, June 13, 2001
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  5. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  7. The Princess and the Queen.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The Sworn Sword.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  11. So Spake Martin: SF, Targaryens, Valyria, Sansa, Martells, and More (June 26, 2001)
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  13. The Mystery Knight.
  14. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  16. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  17. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  18. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  19. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  20. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.