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For the daughter of Gaemon Targaryen, Lord of Dragonstone, see Elaena Targaryen
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Title Princess
Allegiance House Targaryen
House Plumm
House Penrose
House Manwoody
Culture Valyrian
Born In 150 AC[1]
Spouse 1st: Lord Ossifer Plumm
2nd: Ronnel Penrose
3rd: Ser Michael Manwoody
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Princess Elaena Targaryen was the third daughter and youngest child of King Aegon III Targaryen and his wife, Queen Daenaera Velaryon.

Appearance and Character

According to semi-canon sources, Elaena was not a great beauty like her sisters, and at age eleven was even described as a skinny little thing, though her beauty matured as she got older, and men said that she was more beautiful at age seventy than at age seventeen. Her eyes were a soft lilac, her mouth thin-lipped and often angry. Her hair was a platinum white with a bright golden streak down the middle, an unusual color even for the Targaryens. She wore it long, pulled back, and braided, and was always being told it was her crowning beauty. She did however cut it off, in retaliation against her brother Baelor, for imprisoning her in the Maidenvault. Afterwards she wore her hair in short for years. While appearance-wise she differed much from her sisters, character-wise, she had more than a little of her sister Daena's wilfullness, as she would prove when she grew older. She liked to dress in black as a child, simply because Daena also dressed in black.[2]


Born in 150 AC, Elaena was the third daughter and youngest child of King Aegon III Targaryen and Queen Daenaera of House Velaryon. She had two older brothers, Daeron and Baelor, and two older sisters, Daena and Rhaena.[3] Elaena's most cherished possession was a dragon's egg whose stony shell showed the same colors as her hair.[2]

The Maidenvault

Elaena was imprisoned, together with her sisters, in what would become known as the Maidenvault by her brother Baelor I Targaryen, early in his reign. The three sisters were known aftwerwards as the "Three Maids in the Tower". Baelor imprisoned them in comfortable confinements, so the sight of them would not tempt him or others in his court to mortal lusts.[4][2] Elaena always wore her hair long, pulled back, and braided, and was always told that it was her crowning beauty. Elaena hated her imprisonment, so she cut off her braid and had it send to Baelor, hoping that, if she undid herself of her beauty, Baelor would allowed her out of the Maidenvault. He didn't.[2]

When Baelor died in 171 AC, there were some who felt that Elaena's eldest sister Daena should inherit the throne. They were few, and Daena had little allies. She was considered to be wild and unmanageable, in part due to the fact that she had recently given birth to a bastard son. With the memories of the Dance of the Dragons and the last time a woman had sat on the Iron Throne still fresh in the minds of most as well as, Elaena's uncle, Prince Viserys was crowned King, and Elaena's claim, as well as the claims of her elder sisters, were set aside.[5]

Later Life

Although she would have three husbands during her lifetime, the great love of her life was her cousin, Lord Alyn Velaryon. She gave birth to two bastard children by him, the twins Jon and Jeyne Waters. ELaena had hoped to marry Alyn, however, he became lost as sea, and a year after his disappearance, Elaena agreed to marry another.[4]

She married her first husband, the wealthy but elderly Lord Ossifer Plumm, in 176 AC. He died on their wedding night (supposedly after seeing her naked), but Elaena had become pregnant and gave birth to a son called Viserys Plumm. There were those who were dubious of the boy's parentage,[4][6] and had suspicions on who might actually be the boy's father. None dared speak their suspicions aloud however.[4]

Elaena married her second husband, Ronnel Penrose, in the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen. He sat on the king's small council as Master of Coin, though it was widely known that she was the one performing the duties, as she was very shrewd and intelligent with money while Ronnel, while being a good man, was one without a great facility for numbers. King Daeron trusted her with many important matters of state and she grew influential.[4][2] Elaena birthed Ronnel four children: Robin, Laena, Jocelyn, and Joy Penrose.[3]

After Ronnel's death Elaena married once more. This marriage was for love and by her own choosing. With King Daeron II's blessing, Elaena was married to Ser Michael Manwoody, not long after Ronnel's death. Manwoody had come to court earlier, to attend the court of Queen Mariah Martell. Manwoody was send as an envoy to Braavos on several occasions, and there is record of correspondence between him and the key holders of the Iron Bank. These letters, while signed with Manwoody's name, and fixed with his own seal, appear to have been in the handwriting of Princess Elaena. Elaena said it wasn't Michael's intelligence or wit that had caused her to fall in love with him, but his love of music. When Manwoody died, Elaena therefor commanded his effigy to be carved with him holding a harp, instead of a sword and spurs of knighthood.[4]


Aegon II
Aegon III
Viserys II
Daeron I
Baelor I
Aegon IV
Daeron II

References and Notes

  1. See the Elaena Targaryen calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 So Spake Martin, Three Maidens in the Tower (June 27, 2006)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.