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Aegon I Targaryen, and his Valyrian steel and ruby crown, by Amok ©
Crown of Winter, by John Goodenough © Fantasy Flight Games

Crowns are worn as a symbol of royal or elevated office, especially kings. In some cultures, rulers wear no crowns, such as a King-Beyond-the-Wall who may rule the free folk.

Crowns of the Targaryen dynasty

Aegon I in his crown, by Amok ©
Aegon I's crown, by Velvet Engine ©

Crown of Aegon I

Description: A circlet of Valyrian steel, set with big square-cut rubies.[1][2]

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Fate: Lost in Dorne after the death of King Daeron I Targaryen.[5]

Aenys I in his crown, by Amok ©

Crown of Aenys I

Description: A crown of yellow gold, elaborate and larger and more ornate than the crown of Aegon I. It was inlaid in jade and pearl with the faces of the Seven.[3][1][6]

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Jaehaerys I, by Amok ©

Crown of Jaehaerys I

Description: A simple yellow gold band, set with seven gemstones of different colors.[1][8]

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Fate: After Rhaenyra fled King's Landing, she sold the crown to buy passage on a Braavosi merchant ship.[9]

Aegon III in his crown, by Amok ©

Crown of Aegon III

Description: A slender gold band, a simple circlet, unornamented.[1][10]

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Baelor I in his crown, by Amok ©

Crown of Baelor I

Description: A crown made of flowers and vines.[1]

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  • Baelor I Targaryen, "the Blessed" (9th King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men)
Aegon IV in his crown, by Amok ©

Crown of Aegon IV

Description: A crown made of red gold, huge and heavy, each of its points a dragon head with gemstone eyes.[1]

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Maekar I in his crown, by Amok ©
Maekar's crown, by Arthur Bozonnet ©

Crown of Maekar I

Description: A warlike crown with sharp black iron points in a band of red gold.[1][5]

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Daenerys Targaryen in her crown, by Amok ©

Crown of Daenerys Stormborn

Description: A crown wrought in the shape of a three-headed dragon. The coils are yellow gold, the wings silver, the heads carved from jade, ivory, and onyx.[11][1]

Origin: The crown is given as a gift to Daenerys Targaryen by the Tourmaline Brotherhood, a merchant faction, in Qarth after her emergence from the red waste.[12]

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Other Targaryen Crowns

Daemon Targaryen offers his crown to his brother, King Viserys I Targaryen, by Chase Stone, as depicted in The World of Ice & Fire.

Crown of Daemon

History: Prince Daemon Targaryen, brother of King Viserys I Targaryen, won a kingdom for himself in the Stepstones and crowned himself King of the Stepstones and the Narrow Sea in 109 AC. Daemon returned to King's Landing during a great tourney and knelt in fealty, offering the crown to his brother, who returned it to him.[13][14]

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Crown of Alysanne

Description: Queen Alysanne Targaryen wore a crown of gold, a slimmer, more feminine version of the second crown of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[15] The merlons atop the holdfast at Queenscrown are said to have been painted gold in emulation of this crown, in memory of the queen who once slept there.[16][17]

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Crown of Alicent

History: At the coronation of Aegon II Targaryen, his mother Dowager Queen Alicent crowned his sister-wife Helaena with her own crown.[8]

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Crown of Naerys

History: Naerys seldom wore her crown.[18]

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Crown of Rhaella

History: When Viserys Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen fled to the Free Cities after Robert's Rebellion, they took the crown of their mother, Queen Rhaella Targaryen, with them. Later, in poverty in exile, Viserys sold this crown in order to survive.[19][12] It is not known whether this crown may be any of the crowns detailed above.

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Crowns of the Baratheon dynasty

Crown of Robert I

Although Robert I Baratheon is the 18th King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, no description of his crown has been given in A Song of Ice and Fire.

Crown of Joffrey I

Description: A crown of gold crusted with rubies and black diamonds.[20][21] The crown is described as too big for young King Tommen, but his queen mother, Cersei Lannister, thinks that he may grow into it.[22]

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Stannis Baratheon in his crown by Henning Ludvigsen © Fantasy Flight Games

Crown of Stannis Baratheon

Description: A crown of red gold wrought with points that look like flames.[23] A twin crown for the royal consort is associated with this crown.[24]

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The crown of Renly Baratheon, by David Griffith © Fantasy Flight Games

Crown of Renly Baratheon

Description: A crown of golden roses girding the temple, and a jade stag's head with golden eyes and antlers.[25][23]

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Cersei Lannister's crown, by Amok ©

First Crown of Cersei Lannister

Description: A crown of gold.[26]

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Queen Cersei Lannister in her second crown, by Anja Dalisa ©

Second Crown of Cersei Lannister

Description: A crown of pale spun gold set with emeralds (said to sparkle when the wearer turns the head). This crown is described as lighter than the first crown of Cersei Lannister.[27]

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Margaery Tyrell's crown, by Ekaterina Burmak ©

Crown of Queen Margaery Tyrell

Description: A slim golden crown.[28]

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Crowns of the Kings in the North

Crown of the Kings of Winter, by John Goodenough © FFG
Torrhen Stark yields his crown to Aegon the Conqueror, by Jota Saraiva ©

Crown of the Kings of Winter

Description: The ancient crown of the Kings of Winter, an open circlet of hammered bronze incised with the runes of the First Men, surmounted by nine black iron spikes wrought in the shape of longswords.[29] Last worn by King Torrhen Stark, who knelt in submission to Aegon I Targaryen, laid his crown at the Conqueror's feet, and swore to be his man.[30][31] What Aegon did with the crown is unknown.[29]

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Robb Stark, wearing his crown, with Grey Wind, by Roman Papusev ©
Lady Stoneheart with her son Robb's crown, by Zippo514 ©

Crown of Robb Stark

Description: An open circlet of hammered bronze incised with the runes of the First Men, surmounted by nine black iron spikes wrought in the shape of longswords. It is said to look much the same as the one worn by the historical Kings in the North from House Stark.[29]

Origins: The crown was forged by Lord Hoster Tully's smith at Riverrun, soon after Robb Stark was declared King in the North and King of the Trident.

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Crown of Jeyne Westerling

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Crowns of the Ironborn

Crowns of the Grey King

Driftwood Crown by Jen Zee©

Description: According to legend, the Grey King wore a tall pale crown made from Nagga's teeth.[36] When the Grey King walked into the sea to descend to the halls of the Drowned God, the Grey King is said to have cast aside a driftwood crown.[37]

Driftwood Crowns

Description: The High Kings of the Iron Islands were said to have worn driftwood crowns of varying appearance. Whenever a high king died, his crown would be broken up and cast into the sea. His successor, chosen by kingsmoot, would then craft a new crown with a different shape from driftwood.[37]

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Crowns of the Iron Kings

Origins: Urron Greyiron established the hereditary Kings of the Iron Islands who wore crowns of black iron instead of driftwood.[39]

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First Crown of Balon Greyjoy

Origins: Tarle the Thrice-Drowned placed a driftwood crown on Balon Greyjoy at Nagga's Hill during Greyjoy's Rebellion.[41]

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Second Crown of Balon Greyjoy

Origins: During the War of the Five Kings, Theon Greyjoy states his father Balon has donned the ancient crown of salt and rock.[42] It is unknown if this is the same crown from his first rebellion.

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Crown of Euron Greyjoy

Origins: Euron Greyjoy is said to wear a driftwood crown after being chosen at the kingsmoot.[43] It is unknown if it is the same crown as his predecessor, Balon Greyjoy.

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Crown of Theon Greyjoy

Description: A finger-slim iron band with chunks of black diamond and gold nuggets. It is described as misshapen and ugly.[44]

Origin: This crown is forged at the command of Theon Greyjoy after the capture of Winterfell by his ironborn. Theon, self-proclaimed Prince of Winterfell, observes that the new smith replacing the slain Mikken is capable of little more than nails and horseshoes.[44]

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Crown of Asha Greyjoy

History: Asha Greyjoy wears a makeshift crown to the kingsmoot initiated by Aeron Greyjoy during the War of the Five Kings.[36]

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Religious Crowns

The High Septon in his crown by Amok ©

Crowns of the High Septon

Description and History: The crown of the High Septon of Faith of the Seven is an immense crown of spun gold and crystal, that wreathes the head with rainbows when the wearer moves.[45][20][28] The office of High Septon has had two crowns during the course of A Song of Ice and Fire. The first crown goes missing when its wearer is killed during the riot of King's Landing.[20] The second crown is a gift to the Faith and new High Septon from Lord Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King, and is much taller and more elaborate than the previous crown.[28] It is estimated (by Cersei) to add one and a half feet to the wearers height.[22] This second crown is sold by the Faith, ostensibly to feed the hungry, after the newest High Septon (known as the High Sparrow) was elected to the position.[46]

Crowns in history and legend

Garth Greenhand's crown, as depicted by Douglas Wheatley for The World of Ice & Fire

Other Crowns

Quotes

A coin of Volantis (front and back), as depicted by Nutchapol Thitinunthakorn in The World of Ice & Fire

I ask you, Ned, what good is it to wear a crown? The gods mock the prayers of kings and cowherds alike.[56]

Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.[57]

Viserys sold my mother's crown, and men called him a beggar. I shall keep this one, so men will call me a queen.[12]

My brother sold me to Khal Drogo for the promise of a golden crown. Well, Drogo crowned him in gold, though not as he had wished.[58]

Fool. No one who wears a crown is ever safe.[59]

In Volantis they use a coin with a crown on one face and a death's-head on the other. Yet it is the same coin. To queen her is to kill her.[52]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
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  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
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  11. 11.0 11.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  13. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  14. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  15. So Spake Martin: Good Queen Alysanne and Rhaenyra (June 18, 2006).
  16. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 40, Bran III.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 41, Jon V.
  18. So Spake Martin: Naerys Targaryen (March 9, 2006).
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  21. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  22. 22.0 22.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  23. 23.0 23.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  24. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.
  25. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  26. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  27. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
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  30. Fire & Blood, The Conquest.
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  32. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  33. 33.0 33.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
  34. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 42, Brienne VIII.
  35. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
  36. 36.0 36.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  38. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke.
  39. 39.0 39.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Iron Kings.
  40. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
  41. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  42. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 46, Bran VI.
  43. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
  44. 44.0 44.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
  45. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
  46. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  47. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  48. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
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  50. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  51. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
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  56. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
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  59. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.