Rhaegar Targaryen

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Rhaegar Targaryen
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Title Prince of Dragonstone
Allegiance House Targaryen
Culture Valyrian
Born In 259 AC, at Summerhall
Died In 283 AC, at Trident
Spouse Elia Martell
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows

Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was the eldest son of Aerys II and, as heir-apparent, Prince of Dragonstone. Rhaegar was popular with the smallfolk during his life, but died in Robert's Rebellion, which was triggered in part by his alleged abduction of Lyanna Stark. Rhaegar is remembered as a heroic figure to Targaryen loyalists.[1]

Character and Appearance

Rhaegar was exceedingly intelligent and excelled at anything he put his mind to, he was considered to be a talented musician and skilled knight. He was deeply affected by "the shadow of Summerhall", because he was "born in grief" and was considered melancholic at times. Many thought of Rhaegar with respect, even Robert's best friend, Ned Stark. Rhaegar was tall and handsome, he had dark lilac eyes and the silver hair of the Targaryens.


Rhaegar Targaryen fighting Robert Baratheon by M.Luisa Giliberti©

Early Life

Prince Rhaegar was King Aerys II and Queen Rhaella first born son, and was born in the year259 AC, on the very same day that the Tragedy at Summerhall took place. As a child he read obsessively, to the point that jests were made about his habits. He became a noted warrior later in life, although he did not initially seem inclined to martial habits. However, he became motivated to excel in this field, apparently by something he read.[2] At seventeen he was knighted, and from all reports grew into a highly skilled and capable fighter, always distinguishing himself well at tournaments, but seldom entered the lists. Men said Rhaegar loved his harp more then he loved his lance.

He often liked to visit the ruins of Summerhall with only his harp and when he returned he sang songs of such beauty they could reduce women to tears. Although Rhaegar was often dour, private, and bookish, Cersei Lannister once noted that the smallfolk cheered for Lord Tywin Lannister twice as much as for King Aerys II, but only half as loudly as for Rhaegar, and Jaime Lannister still thinks he would have made a good king. Barristan Selmy who served three kings recalled that Rhaegar would have been better then all three combined.

Rhaegar's squires were Myles Mooton and Richard Lonmouth, and after he knighted them they remained close companions. Lord Jon Connington was a good friend to Rhaegar too, but Rhaegar's closest and oldest friend was Ser Arthur Dayne. Later Rhaegar married the Dornish princess Elia Martell, with whom he had two children: a daughter, Rhaenys, and a son, Aegon Targaryen. Maester Aemon remembered that Rhaegar erroneously believed his child Aegon to be Prince Who Was Promised.[3]

Love and Death

During the Tourney at Harrenhal, Rhaegar Targaryen seemed unstoppable, and defeated even Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. Taking the winter rose crown for the Queen of Love and Beauty, he revealed his interest in Lyanna Stark by passing over his wife, the Princess Elia of Dorne, and setting it in Lyanna's lap[2] A year later Rhaegar apparently kidnapped Lyanna, for reasons unknown, however this act ultimately triggered Robert's Rebellion and the downfall of the Targaryen dynasty.

Rhaegar himself met Robert in combat at a ford during the Battle of the Trident, where the pair had a legendary duel in the raging rivers of the Trident, Rhaegar was struck down with a massive blow from Robert's warhammer, which scattered the rubies encrusted in Rhaegar's armor under the water. That location was named the 'Ruby Ford' thereafter. Later his wife Elia and their son were murdered by Ser Gregor Clegane and Ser Amory Lorch during the Sack of King's Landing. Lorch dragged the screaming toddler, Rhaenys from under her father's bed and stabbed her to death. Ser Gregor killed an infant (who was believed by many to be Aegon VI, but was actually a peasant baby) by dashing his head against the wall. He then raped and killed Elia.

Recent Events

Clash of Kings

Rhaegar appears in Daenerys Targaryen vision in the House of the Undying. He's seen talking to his wife Elia discussion about what he'll name his son and his destiny. He also states that the "Dragon has three heads, there must be one more".


Aegon V
of Oldstones
Jaehaerys II
Aerys II
stillborn child
zo Loraq

References and Notes

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