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The Iron Throne is the seat of the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and is often used as a metonymic device to refer to the king's authority or to the polity born after Aegon's Conquest. The king often holds audiences and dispenses justice from atop it in the Red Keep's throne room. The chair itself is cold and hard, with many jagged edges.[1]

Only the Hand of the King may sit on the throne in the king's absence. Such privilege does not extend to regents.[2]

Appearance

See also: Images of the Iron Throne
Balerion helps forge the Iron Throne - art by Lindsey Burcar ©

The Iron Throne is an asymmetric monstrosity of spikes and jagged edges and twisted metal.[3] The throne was constructed by Aegon I Targaryen from the melted, twisted, beaten, and broken blades surrendered by his enemies,[4][5] or wrenched from the hands of the dying.[6] According to the songs, it took a thousand blades to make.[3] George R. R. Martin has described the Iron Throne as "massive", "ugly", and "assymetric".[6] The throne is a symbol of conquest.[6]

Because of the fanged steel behind, it is impossible to lean back in the throne, making the throne an uncomfortable seat. Aegon I Targaryen had it ordered done this way deliberately, believing that "a king should never sit easy".[3] The points of the twisted blades fann out like talons from arms of the throne. Even after three hundred years, some of the blades are still sharp enough to cut.[3]

According to the stories, the Iron Throne is capable of killing a person, and has done so before.[3] King Viserys I Targaryen, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, and King Aerys II Targaryen are known to have cut themselves on the throne. It happened to Aerys II so often, that he became known as "King Scab".[7] King Maegor I Targaryen was found dead on the Iron Throne, his arms slashed open from wrist to elbow on jagged barbs, and with a blade through his neck, emerging beneath his chin. According to Archmaester Gyldayn, many still believe Maegor had been killed by the throne.[8]

The Iron Throne is located on a high platform in the throne room within the Red Keep.[3] It can be reached by climbing steep iron steps.[3]

History

Targaryen Dynasty

The Iron Throne, according to George R. R. Martin this painting is the closest to how he envisions the Iron Throne.[6]</ref> - by Marc Simonetti ©

Following his conquest of six of the Seven Kingdoms in Westeros, Aegon I Targaryen proclaimed himself their king, and was crowned by the High Septon at Oldtown.[5] From the swords of his enemies, Aegon created the Iron Throne, and the dynasty he began would rule for nearly three hundred years.[5][3] According to the songs, the throne was constructed with a thousand blades, heated by the breath of Aegon's dragon Balerion.[3] According to history, however, the throne was forged by armorers.[3] The Iron Throne stood at Aegon's wooden castle, the Aegonfort, which was located at the place where he had first come to shore. The town that grew around it became King's Landing, the kingdom's new capital.[9][10] Aegon reconciled the Iron Islands under his rule in 2 AC, and continued his wars in 4 AC with the First Dornish War, in an attempt to subdue the seventh of the Westerosi kingdoms.[11]

The Iron Throne kept out of war following the conclusion of the First Dornish War in 13 AC.[11] Other wars with Dorne would follow under Aegon's successors: the Second Dornish War in 37 AC at the start of Aenys I Targaryen's reign, the Third and Fourth Dornish War during the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen,[12] and the Conquest of Dorne during the reign of Daeron I Targaryen.[13]

During Aegon's reign, one of his queens Rhaenys and Visenya Targaryen would sit on the Iron Throne while Aegon and his other sister were away from the capital for one of his progresses.[14] In 35 AC, Aegon had the Aegonfort where the Iron Throne stood torn down.[15] As construction of the Red Keep began, the Iron Throne remained where it had stood.[8]

Aegon's immediate successor, his eldest son Aenys I, faced several rebellions at the start of his reign in 37 AC, which were resolved by his bannermen and brother Maegor during the course of the year. Aenys later faced problems with the Faith of the Seven, first following his brother's polygamous marriage in 39 AC, and next after he married his own son and daughter to one another in 40 AC. The Faith rose in rebellion against the Iron Throne, eventually forcing Aenys and his family to flee King's Landing for Dragonstone. Aenys died the following year of illness.[16][8] Upon his death, his brother Maegor returned from his exile and claimed the throne over Aenys I's eldest son, Aegon, who was unable to travel to King's Landing. While Maegor took the throne, Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon proclaimed Prince Aegon king on Driftmark, but few came forth to support him. Called "the pretender" and "Aegon the Uncrowned", Aegon took up arms against Maegor in 43 AC after he slipped into the capital to claim the dragon Quicksilver. Aegon fell to Maegor during the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye later that year. During his six-year rule, Maegor continued to fight the Faith and did so harshly, causing the deaths of thousands. Notably, he ordered the construction of Maegor's Holdfast within the Red Keep in 43 AC. The Red Keep was completed in 45 AC, after which Maegor had all the workers killed to prevent the castle's secrets being spread.[8][17] Aenys I's youngest son Jaehaerys announced his claim to the throne at Storm's End early on in 48 AC. Maegor's main supporters flocked to Jaehaerys's side, leaving him with insufficient men to defend himself. Maegor was found dead seated on the Iron Throne by Queen Elinor Costayne hours after his last war council. The cause of Maegor's death is still debated; several potential murderers have been put forth, with some suggesting that Maegor had been killed by the throne, and others that Maegor had taken his own life.[8][18][17]

Following his death, Maegor was succeeded by his brother's youngest son, Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Jaehaerys reigned for fifty-five years.[19] He recognized first his sister's eldest daughter Aerea Targaryen as his heir,[20][21] followed by his own daughter Daenerys[22] and later his son Aemon.[23] Aemon's death in 92 AC resulted in a crisis in the line of succession, forcing Jaehaerys to choose between Aemon's daughter and only child, Rhaenys, and his own second son, Baelon. When Baelon was named, the pregnant Rhaenys proclaimed that the king had not only passed over her, but also her "unborn son". Upon Baelon's death in 101 AC, Jaehaerys called the first Great Council at Harrenhal, to appoint his new heir. For thirteen days, the fourteen claims were discussed by the lords of the realm. The lords assembled eventually chose between Rhaenys's son Laenor Velaryon and Baelon's eldest son Viserys. The elder Viserys was chosen with the great majority of the votes.[24]

Viserys's reign gave peace and plenty to the realm. In 126 AC, after passing judgement seated on the Iron Throne, Viserys injured himself severely on the barbs. The amputation of two of Viserys's fingers, Maester Gerardys managed to save the knig's life.[25] Following the death of his second son, Viserys officially proclaimed his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir. Viserys remarried after the death of his first wife, but despite having three sons during his second marriage, he continued to view Rhaenyra as his heir.[24] At Viserys's death in early 129 AC, Aegon, his eldest son, claimed the throne, making use of Rhaenyra's presence at Dragonstone during her pregnancy. Brother and sister fought over the throne during the two and a half years that followed, in a struggle called the Dance of the Dragons. In 130 AC, Rhaenyra took King's Landing and sat the first night on the Iron Throne to accept fealty from those present at the Red Keep, wearing her armor. Regardless, Septon Eustace, one of the supporters of Aegon II, claims that Rhaenyra had cuts on her legs and the palm of her left hand once she got up from the throne, and claimed this was an indication that "the Iron Throne had spurned her".[26] Rhaenyra fled King's Landing half a year later following riots, at which point two new "kings" declared themselves during the Moon of the Three Kings: Trystane Truefyre, a young squire who took possession of the Red Keep and sat on the Iron Throne, and Gaemon Palehair, a small child.[27] Both were eventually arrested by Lord Borros Baratheon, and Aegon II Targaryen, who had by then executed Rhaenyra, retook the Iron Throne, which he held until he was killed with poison half a year later.[28] Rhaenyra's eleven year-old son Aegon III was crowned king, and married to Aegon II's daughter and only remaining child, Jaehaera Targaryen, uniting the claims.[29] When Lord Corlys Velaryon died in 132 AC, his body was placed beneath the Iron Throne for seven days.[30]

Aegon III was succeeded in 157 AC by his fourteen-year old son, Daeron I Targaryen, who was succeeded by his brother Baelor I four years later. When Baelor died in 171 AC after a forty-day fast,[31] the succession of the Iron Throne was again unclear. The claims of Baelor's three sisters were discussed, but dismissed, after which Baelor's uncle, Viserys II Targaryen, was crowned. Viserys reigned for only a year, but it said he truly ruled and preserved the land for much longer, as he had been Hand of the King during the time of his brother Aegon III's reign, as well as the reigns of his nephews Daeron and Baelor. Despite the shortness of his reign, Viserys implemented several new reforms.[32]

After Viserys II died of a sudden illness, his eldest son Aegon IV Targaryen ascended the throne, who is remembered in history as "the Unworthy". On his deathbed, Aegon IV legitimized all of his bastards, including Daemon I Blackfyre, his bastard son by his cousin Daena Targaryen. Aegon IV had previously gifted Daemon with the Targaryen sword Blackfyre, typically considered the "sword of kings".[33] This, combined with the growing Dornish influence during the reign of Aegon IV's son Daeron II Targaryen, ultimately brought forth the First Blackfyre Rebellion, in which Daemon Blackfyre fought King Daeron II Targaryen for the Iron Throne.[34]

Workers help Balerion forge the Iron Throne

King Daeron II Targaryen brought Dorne peacefully into the realm early on in his reign, by wedding his younger sister Daenerys to his good-brother Maron Martell, the Prince of Dorne.[34] In 196 AC, Daemon I Blackfyre announced his claim to the throne. When he died during the Battle of the Redgrass Field later that year with his two eldest sons, his remaining children fled to Essos. Four other rebellions would follow in the decades that followed. The second and third rebellion took place during the reign of Aerys I Targaryen,[35] the fourth during the reign of Aegon V Targaryen, [36] and the fifth and final rebellion as part of the War of the Ninepenny Kings during the reign of Jaehaerys II Targaryen. [37]

Following the death of his eldest son Baelor and Baelor's two sons Valarr and Matarys, Daeron II was succeeded by his second son, Aerys I Targaryen . Throughout his reign, Aerys acknowledged four different heirs: first came his brother Rhaegel.[38] After Rhaegel's death, Aerys acknowledged Rhaegel's only son Aelor as his heir, but Aelor died in 217 AC during a mishap caused by his twin sister and wife, Aelora.[38] Aerys's third heir was Aelora.[39] However, she was mad with grief and committed suicide sometime later, leaving Aerys to recognize his fourth and last heir to the throne, his youngest brother Maekar. When Aerys died in 221 AC, Maekar succeeded him.[38][40]

Maekar's reign lasted until 233 AC, when the king fell in battle fighting a rebellious lord on the Dornish Marches[40] during the Peake Uprising.[41] A Great Council was convened after Maekar's death, and his fourth son, Aegon V Targaryen, was elected as king.[40] King Aegon V perished in 259 AC in the tragedy of Summerhall,[36] and was succeeded by his second son, Jaehaerys II, who died three years later of illness. Jaehaerys was followed by his son, Aerys II. Although his reign began promising, Aerys's madness slowly grew. By 280 AC, he had become nown as the “Mad King” and “King Scab”, for he had cut himself on the Iron Throne many times.[7] In 282 AC, the Vale, North, and parts of the Stormlands and riverlands rose in rebellion against Aerys following the executions of Rickard and Brandon Stark. During the Sack of King's Landing, Aerys was cut down by one of his own Kingsguard, Ser Jaime Lannister. Following the deaths of Aerys, his heir Rhaegar, and Rhaegar's young children, and the exile of Aerys's pregnant wife Rhaella and young son Viserys, Robert Baratheon was crowned king, ending the Targaryen dynasty.

Baratheon Dynasty

The Iron Throne from Game of Thrones

King Robert I Baratheon ascended to the Iron Throne in 283 AC, following the death of King Aerys II Targaryen during the Sack of King's Landing. Robert sat the Iron Throne, although he came to strongly dislike his kingship;[42] according to Donal Noye, becoming king changed Robert, and not for the better.[43] Finding ruling his realm tedious,[44] Robert refers to the Iron Throne as "that damnable"[45] and "monstrous uncomfortable" chair.[46] Meanwhile, his love for tournaments and feasts beggared the realm,[44] and despite the fact that Aerys II had left treasure vaults overflowing with gold, Robert's spending has left the crown in debt of over six million golden dragons.[44]

In 289 AC, Lord Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands, proclaimed the independence of the Iron Islands and led a Greyjoy's Rebellion against the Iron Throne. The rebellion was put down within a year, after which Robert pardoned Greyjoy.[47]

Recent Events

King Joffrey I Baratheon upon the Iron Throne - by Magali Villeneuve. © Fantasy Flight Games

A Game of Thrones

King Robert Baratheon's reign comes to end after his wife, Queen Cersei Lannister, arranges his death. The eldest son of Cersei, Joffrey I Baratheon, takes the throne. Robert had acknowledged him as a trueborn son, but the father of Cersei's children is actually her twin, Jaime Lannister. The hunting tapestries which had replaced the dragon skulls are taken down from the throne room.

After Joffrey capriciously orders the beheading of Lord Eddard Stark, the North claims independence and secedes from the Iron Throne. Joffrey's bastardy leads Robert's younger brothers, Stannis and Renly Baratheon, to put forward their own claims to the Iron Throne.

A Clash of Kings

The Seven Kingdoms are thrown into turmoil during the War of the Five Kings. Renly is assassinated and Stannis is defeated at the Blackwater. The Greyjoys enter the war out of opportunism to re-establish independence for the Iron Islands.

A Storm of Swords

After two years of bitter fighting and the death of King of the North Robb Stark in the Red Wedding, the war is believed to have largely ended. Despite Joffrey's victory, he is poisoned at his own wedding feast in the throne room and his younger brother Tommen Baratheon is crowned in his place. Tommen is controlled by his advisors: his mother, Queen Regent Cersei, and his grandfather, Tywin Lannister, who serves as Tommen's Hand of the King.

A Feast for Crows

King Tommen Baratheon and his kittens by the Iron Throne - by Magali Villeneuve ©

Following the death of Tywin, Cersei holds the Iron Throne as regent on behalf of her son, the young Tommen. However, after she re-establishes the Faith Militant, she is arrested by the Faith of the Seven for various crimes. Her uncle Kevan Lannister becomes regent in her place. King of the Iron Islands Euron Greyjoy tells the ironborn they can conquer all of Westeros.

A Dance with Dragons

Tommen continues to hold the Iron Throne under the regency of his grand-uncle, Kevin Lannister, but Stannis still maintains his claim even while in the North. The Golden Company begins their campaign to place Aegon VI Targaryen on the throne. In King's Landing, the regent is murdered by Varys.


Monarchy

Succession

Inheritance customs for the Iron Throne differ from the inheritance customs in the rest of the Seven Kingdoms. Generally, like elsewhere in the kingdom, male-preference primogeniture is customary. Aenys, the eldest son of King Aegon I, the first king on the Iron Throne, was considered Aegon's clear successor. Following the birth of Aenys's first child, Rhaena, brought forth the question as to who should stand next in line following Aenys: his daughter Rhaena, or his younger brother Maegor? The birth of Aenys's son Aegon settled the discussion of who should succeed Aenys, it was not concluded whether Rhaena or Maegor stood earlier in the line of succession.[8]

After Aenys died, his brother Maegor took the throne by force, ignoring the claim of Aenys's son Aegon. Following Aegon's death, his wife Rhaena feared for the safety of their eldest daughter, Aerea, who stood Aegon's heir by the laws of the Seven Kingdoms. Aerea was eventually appointed as Maegor's heir, until he would have a son of his own.[8] However, Maegor died childless, and several claims were discussed. As the only surviving son of the late King Aenys I, Jaehaerys I Targaryen's claim was strong. However, his elder brother Aegon had claimed the throne before him, and if he were to be considered to have been the true king, the throne should pass to his eldest child, Aerea. Some even suggested that the claim of Princess Rhaena, as Aenys I's eldest child, was the strongest of them all. However, Aerea and her younger twin were discounted on account of their sex and young age, and Rhaena on account of her sex alone. As a result, Jaehaerys ascended the Iron Throne.[48]

Jaehaerys named his niece Aerea as his heir as well,[20][21] a position she held for five years (with the exception of three days during 52 AC), until the birth of Princess Daenerys in 53 AC.[22] The title of heir apparent was given to Prince Aemon following his birth two years later,[23] upsetting Queen Alysanne Targaryen. Aemon remained heir to the throne until his own death in battle in 92 AC. Aemon's death caused a crisis in the succession, as his only issue was a daughter, Rhaenys. Rhaenys was pregnant upon the death of her father, and when Jaehaerys appointed Aemon's brother Baelon over Rhaenys, Rhaenys proclaimed that the king had not only passed over her, but also her "unborn son". Upon Baelon's death in 101 AC, Jaehaerys followed the advice of his only surviving son Vaegon and called the first Great Council. There, fourteen claims were considered. Nine lesser claims were dismissed, including those of a man claiming descent from Lord Gaemon Targaryen through a daughter, three bastard grandsons of King Jaehaerys through his daughter Saera Targaryen, a man claiming to be a bastard son of Maegor I Targaryen, a hedge knight claiming to be a bastard son of King Jaehaerys, Archmaester Vaegon, Jaehaerys I’s only remaining son, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Jaehaerys I’s grandchild through his eldest son, Aemon, and Laena Velaryon, Rhaenys’s eldest child. The two claims that remained belonged to Laenor Velaryon, Rhaenys’s son, and Viserys Targaryen, the eldest son of Prince Baelon. As Laenor descended from the king through the king’s eldest son, primogeniture favored him, but proximity favored Viserys, as Viserys was the king’s grandson, while Laenor was his great-grandson. Laenor’s young age spoke against him, however, and the lords present voted for Viserys over Laenor twenty to one. Many felt that a male line was preferred over a female line, and believed that the decision of the Great Council set a precedent stating that the Iron Throne could not pass to a woman, or to the male descendants of a woman.[49][24] Ironically, it was Prince Viserys, by then crowned king, who disregarded these precedents in 105 AC by naming his daughter and only remaining child at the time, Rhaenyra Targaryen, as his heir. Despite the birth of three healthy sons during his second marriage in the years that followed, Viserys remained intent that Rhaenyra should succeed him.[50][51] Viserys's decision would eventually lead to the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, where his eldest son Aegon II Targaryen claimed the throne, ignoring Rhaenyra’s status as heir. During the war, Aegon II's sons, Jaehaerys and Maelor, died, as did Rhaenyra's eldest three sons (Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Velaryon), while her youngest son, Prince Viserys, was presumed dead.[52][53] In an attempt to end the war, Lord Corlys Velaryon ensured that Aegon II's only remaining heir, his daughter Jaehaera, was betrothed to Rhaenyra's son, Aegon the Younger, and that both were named Aegon II's heirs.[28] Following Aegon II’s death, Aegon III was crowned.

The agnatic principle laid down in the Great Council of 101 AC was slightly modified after the Dance of the Dragons. Thereafter, according to a semi-canon source, women came after all men in the Targaryen succession,[54] i.e., women could only succeed if the entire male line of House Targaryen became extinct. Nonetheless, several females claims have since been considered. In 171 AC, following the deaths of Aegon III's two sons Daeron I and Baelor I, both childless, the claims of Aegon III’s three daughters were considered. However, with the Dance of the Dragons still fresh in their minds, the claims of the three women were passed over and Aegon III’s brother Viserys II ascended the throne.[55] Another few decades later, King Maekar I Targaryen died without a clearly established heir. His simple-minded granddaughter Vaella Targaryen, the only child of Maekar's eldest son, was seen as a possible claimant. However, her claim was quickly dismissed.[40][43]

In 283 AC, the Sack of King's Landing during Robert's Rebellion led to the death of King Aerys II Targaryen. His sister-wife, Queen Rhaella Targaryen, pregnant with Princess Daenerys, was at Dragonstone with Aerys's surviving son, Prince Viserys, who was declared king on the island fortress.[56] Robert I Baratheon, however, acceded the Iron Throne by right of conquest,[57] chosen as claimant by the rebels due to his Targaryen descent,[58] as he was the grandson of Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, the youngest daughter of King Aegon V Targaryen,[59] which gave him the better claim among the rebels. Nonetheless, the exiled Viserys declared his sister Daenerys his heir, naming her Princess of Dragonstone,[60] and following Viserys's death, Daenerys has declared her own claim for the Iron Throne.[61]

List of Kings

The following kings have ruled the Seven Kingdoms with the Iron Throne as their seat:

Order Monarch Epithet Spouse/s Mode of Accession Reign Royal Lineage Heir
1 Aegon I Targaryen the Conqueror
the Dragon
Visenya Targaryen
Rhaenys Targaryen
Conquest 1 AC-37 AC Founder of the Line Aenys Targaryen
2 Aenys I Targaryen Alyssa Velaryon Succession 37 AC-42 AC Son of Aegon I Aegon Targaryen
3 Maegor I Targaryen the Cruel Ceryse Hightower
Alys Harroway
Tyanna of the Tower
Elinor Costayne
Rhaena Targaryen
Jeyne Westerling
Usurpation 42 AC-48 AC Son of Aegon I Aerea Targaryen
4 Jaehaerys I Targaryen the Conciliator
the Wise
the Old King
Alysanne Targaryen Usurpation 48 AC-103 AC Son of Aenys I Viserys Targaryen
5 Viserys I Targaryen the Young King Aemma Arryn
Alicent Hightower
Succession 103 AC-129 AC Grandson of Jaehaerys I Rhaenyra Targaryen
6 Aegon II Targaryen the Usurper Helaena Targaryen Usurpation 129 AC-131 AC Son of Viserys I Aegon Targaryen
7 Aegon III Targaryen the Dragonbane
the Unhappy
the Unlucky
the Broken King
Jaehaera Targaryen
Daenaera Velaryon
Succession 131 AC-157 AC Grandson of Viserys I Daeron Targaryen
8 Daeron I Targaryen the Young Dragon
the Boy King
Succession 157 AC-161 AC Son of Aegon III Baelor Targaryen
9 Baelor I Targaryen the Blessed
the Beloved
Daena Targaryen Succession 161 AC-171 AC Son of Aegon III Viserys Targaryen
10 Viserys II Targaryen Larra Rogare Succession 171 AC-172 AC Grandson of Viserys I Aegon Targaryen
11 Aegon IV Targaryen the Unworthy Naerys Targaryen Succession 172 AC-184 AC Son of Viserys II Daeron Targaryen
12 Daeron II Targaryen the Good Mariah Martell Succession 184 AC-209 AC Son of Aegon IV Aerys Targaryen
13 Aerys I Targaryen Aelinor Penrose Succession 209 AC-221 AC Son of Daeron II Maekar Targaryen
14 Maekar I Targaryen Dyanna Dayne Succession 221 AC-233 AC Son of Daeron II Maegor Targaryen
15 Aegon V Targaryen the Unlikely Betha Blackwood Election 233 AC-259 AC Son of Maekar I Jaehaerys Targaryen
16 Jaehaerys II Targaryen Shaera Targaryen Succession 259 AC-262 AC Son of Aegon V Aerys Targaryen
17 Aerys II Targaryen the Mad King
King Scab
Rhaella Targaryen Succession 262 AC-283 AC Son of Jaehaerys II Aegon Targaryen
18 Robert I Baratheon the Usurper Cersei Lannister Rebellion 283 AC-298 AC Great-grandson of Aegon V Joffrey Baratheon
19 Joffrey I Baratheon the Illborn Margaery Tyrell Succession 298 AC-300 AC Son of Robert I Tommen Baratheon
20 Tommen I Baratheon Margaery Tyrell Succession 300 AC-Present Son of Robert I Myrcella Baratheon (heiress presumptive)

Gallery

Rival Kings and Claimants to the Iron Throne

Quotes about the Iron Throne

Marc Simonetti ©

He spoke truly, it is a monstrous uncomfortable chair. In more ways than one.[46]

I swear to you, sitting a throne is a thousand times harder than winning one.[45]

Seat Stannis on the Iron Throne and I promise you, the realm will bleed.[62]

This is war, this is what it looks like, this is the price of the Iron Throne.[63]

Daenerys Targaryen's thoughts

They can keep their red castle and their iron chair as well.[64]

Have you ever seen the Iron Throne? The barbs along the back, the ribbons of twisted steel, the jagged ends of swords and knives all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat, ser. Aerys cut himself so often men took to calling him King Scab, and Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest at ease. Ofttimes I wonder why my brothers wanted it so desperately.[18]

By the end the Mad King had become so fearful that he would allow no blade in his presence, save for the swords his Kingsguard wore. His beard was matted and unwashed, his hair a silver-gold tangle that reached his waist, his fingernails cracked yellow claws nine inches long. Yet still the blades tormented him, the ones he could never escape, the blades of the Iron Throne. His arms and legs were always covered with scabs and half-healed cuts.[65]

Jaime Lannister's thoughts

If Daenerys is no more than a sweet young girl, the Iron Throne will cut her into sweet young pieces.[66]

I will claim the Iron Throne by myself, with your swords and your allegiance.[67]

When dead men come hunting in the night, do you think it matters who sits on the Iron Throne?[68]

Behind the Scenes

George R. R. Martin intends the Iron Throne to be intimidating. In an interview, he referenced Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Ozymandias": 'Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'[69]

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  25. Fire & Blood, The Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  26. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  27. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  29. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  30. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  31. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  32. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  33. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  34. 34.0 34.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  35. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  36. 36.0 36.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  37. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  39. asoiaf.westeros.org: R+L=J v. 164 – Comment by Ran (December 12, 2017)
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  41. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  42. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 33, Eddard VIII.
  43. 43.0 43.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  45. 45.0 45.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  46. 46.0 46.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  47. The World of Ice & Fire, The Glorious Reign.
  48. Fire & Blood, Prince into King – The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  49. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  50. The Rogue Prince.
  51. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  52. The Princess and the Queen.
  53. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  54. So Spake Martin: Comic Con San Diego (July 23, 2006)
  55. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  56. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Rhaella Targaryen.
  57. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  58. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  59. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
  60. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  61. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  62. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
  63. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 61, Daenerys VII.
  64. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  65. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  66. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  67. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
  68. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 70, Jon IX.
  69. 92nd Street Y: Game of Thrones Mastermind George R. R. Martin: The World of Ice and Fire, Oct 26, 2014