- This article is about the Valyrian steel sword. For the family, see House Blackfyre.
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, and provided the name for House Blackfyre.
Aegon I Targaryen used the blade to kill Qhorin Volmark in the aftermath of the War of Conquest. During the First Dornish War, Aegon killed the champion of House Toland with Blackfyre, not knowing it was actually the fool of Ghost Hill.
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.
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. Aegon also suspected Daeron was actually fathered by his brother, Prince Aemon Targaryen, the Dragonknight. Daemon's family, House Blackfyre, took its name from the act. Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was the seed from which the Blackfyre Rebellions grew.
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 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.
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.
The sword's current whereabouts are unknown.
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.
References and Notes
- So Spake Martin: Many Questions, June 13, 2001
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Greyjoys of Pyke.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne Against the Dragons.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Maegor I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Daeron I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon IV.
- So Spake Martin: SF, Targaryens, Valyria, Sansa, Martells, and More, June 26, 2001
- The Sworn Sword.
- The Mystery Knight.