The silver

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The silver
Daenerys Her Silver.jpg
by Amok ©

Allegiance Daenerys Targaryen
Race Horse
Born In or between 294 AC and 298 AC[1], at the Dothraki sea
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

The silver is a magnificent mare gifted as a filly to Daenerys Targaryen by Khal Drogo at their wedding. Since it is not Dothraki custom to name horses, Dany thinks of it as the silver or her silver.[2]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of the silver

The silver is young and spirited. She is grey, with a silver mane.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Drogo brings forth the silver, his bride gift to Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys Targaryen astride her silver in Game of Thrones

Khal Drogo presents Daenerys Targaryen with the horse at their wedding outside of Pentos. Dany is not an experienced rider, but the silver responds well to her non-verbal commands and they leap through a fire.[3]

While traveling through the Dothraki sea toward Vaes Dothrak, Dany suffers from saddle sores and blisters. Irri provides instruction to the girl, but Dany feels she learns more from the silver, which matches her instincts.[2] The silver easily keeps pace with Drogo's stallion, but Dany is relieved when they arrive at Vaes Dothrak.[4] Dany tries to follow the Dothraki custom of pregnant women staying on horseback almost up to the time of giving birth, but she sometimes uses a litter.[5]

After Ser Jorah Mormont and Jhogo defend Daenerys against a poisoner in the Western Market, Drogo gives them free choice on claiming any horse from his herds, excluding his red stallion and the silver.[5] Two days later, Drogo and his khalasar leave Vaes Dothrak, heading on a southwest course. Drogo and his red stallion take the lead, with Daenerys and the silver right beside them. Chains are fastened to the silver's halter, the horse dragging along the would-be assassin.[5]

After Drogo becomes incapacitated from wounds inflicted fighting the khalasar of Ogo, Drogo's khalasar dissolves into a dozen splinter groups. Daenerys claims those left behind after Drogo's death as her own khalasar.[6]

A Clash of Kings

Daenerys leads her khalasar into the red waste, mounting the silver. Like the rest of the khalasar's horses, the silver survives on a diet of devilgrass.[7] The surviving horses are able to regain their strength in Vaes Tolorro, which has sufficient grass and water for them.[7]

Daenerys crosses the gates of Qarth, but the mare shies when Xaro Xhoan Daxos and his camel approach, as horses do not abide the close presence of camels.[8] Daenerys uses a palanquin for her transportation in Qarth, a gift from Xaro.[9][10]

In the House of the Undying, Dany has a vision depicting her silver trotting through the grass to a darkling stream beneath a sea of stars. There is no mention of a rider.[10] Another vision might also involve the silver, as it depicts a silver horse dragging the bloody corpse of a naked man, presumably the assassin.[10][5] A third vision depicts Daenerys and her silver riding past ten thousand slaves who call her "mother".[10]

Following the death of the Undying Ones, Daenerys decides to dress and act as a Dothraki again. She rides her silver along Qarth's quays, docks, and storehouses to the harbor reserved for foreign vessels. There she discovers that Illyrio sent her three ships: Joso's Prank, Saduleon, and Summer Sun.[11]

A Storm of Swords

Queen Daenerys Targaryen leading her army astride her silver - by © Rene Aigner

The three ships with Daenerys and her khalasar depart from Qarth, heading for Pentos. The horses are nervous, unused to transport by ship. The Dothraki are also nervous, considering the sea to be "poison water". Six days into the voyage, a sudden squall envelops the ships. The horses kick and scream for its durations.[12] Late in the voyage, Jorah Mormont suggests redirecting the ships towards Slaver's Bay, pointing that they could buy pit fighters in Meereen and Unsullied in Astapor. Daenerys decided to set sail for Astapor.[12]

For her transportation during her initial visit to Astapor and the negotiations with Kraznys mo Nakloz, Daenerys uses a litter.[13] Meanwhile, the horses were getting restless within the ships. Irri later reports that the horses are screaming and kicking at the wooden walls.[13]

Daenerys returned to Astapor to continue negotiations with the eight greatest slave traders in the city, partners in the creation and sale of the unsullied. Again she uses her litter to enter and exit the city.[14] The following day, Daenerys rides the silver when entering Astapor. She is once again dressed as a Dothraki. The mare is surrounded on all sides by the trusted followers of the Targaryen: Aggo walking in front of it, Belwas to its right, Missandei to its left, and Mormont right behind it.[14] Daenerys had the silver approach the Plaza of Punishment, allowing the young rider a closer look at the tortured and executed rebellious slaves. She then had the silver turn towards a different direction, towards the Unsullied assembled at the Plaza.[14] Dismounting to complete the transaction, Daenerys receives the harpy's fingers, a nine lashed whip that symbolizes her ownership of the Unsullied. She then mounts the silver again, stands in her stirrups and raises the harpy's fingers for the Unsullied to see. Proclaiming her ownership of the Unsullied.[14]

A touch of her heels sends the silver galloping along the first rank of the assembled Unsullied, making sure that they can both see and hear her. She then redirects the silver towards Kraznys, who is preoccupied with trying to handle the chained Drogon. Still on horseback, Daenerys uses the harpy's fingers to whip Kraznys himself. The signal for her followers and dragons to start attacking. The Unsullied were at first unresponsive to the battle. Daenerys then has the silver galloping in front of them, giving them commands to join the battle. Ordering them to kill the Good Masters, their soldiers, and every man wearing a tokar. The Sack of Astapor then takes place.[14]

Daenerys rides the silver through a birchwood forest and up a slanting sandstone ridge. Her only escort is Mormont.[15] She pulls the reins and stops the mare at the summit of the hill. She wanted to personally inspect the current defenses of her next target, the city of Yunkai. The elevated place gives her a clear look at the fields of the city and the 5000 Yunkish troops gathered there. Mormont points that the flanks of the enemy force consist of two sellsword companies: the Second Sons and the Stormcrows. Together representing 1/5 of the enemy force. After discussing strategy plans, Daenerys redirected the silver, heading back to their camp.[15]

Following a three-day siege of Yunkai, the Wise Masters released a large number of slaves to Daenerys. The Targaryen mounts the silver to greet the new arrivals. The new freedmen start shouting terms for "Mother" in various languages: "Mhysa", "Maela", "Aellala", "Qathei", "Tato", etc. They chant the terms with loud voices, frightening the silver. The mare moves away from them, shakes its head, and lashes its tail. Still many of the freedmen approached, some of them stroking the silver's mane. Remembering the vision in the House of the Undying (see above), Daenerys decides she is currently living it. She uses her heels to command the horse to further approach the slaves. The silver begins moving with a trot, then a canter, and finally with a gallop. The ranks of freedmen part before the mare, offering it a running area between them.[15]

During the Siege of Meereen, Daenerys calls for Missandei to have the silver and the girl's own horse saddled, in preparation for a visit to the camps. Choosing "Arstan Whitebeard" (Barristan Selmy) as her only guard. With all three horses saddled, their riders have them start on the trail. The chosen path takes them along the shoreline, away from the city of Meereen. The tide is coming in, the surf foaming about the feet of the silver. The three of them ride past the fortifications surrounding the camp of the Unsullied, heading south towards the camp of the freedmen. Children run behind the silver and the other two horses, skipping and laughing. A number of adults kneel in their path and are allowed to touch the stirrups of the silver. Daenerys stops the horse to converse with a pregnant woman, and is then assaulted by Mero. He yanked the young rider from the saddle. The silver whinnies and backs away from the assailant.[16]

Following the failed assassination attempt, Daenerys returns to her own tent. Her POV does not indicate whether she rides the silver or returns through other means.[16] During the final attack of Meereen, Daenerys remains in the rear of the army. She sits uppon the silver and wears a chainmail shirt. They are at a distance of 0,5 leagues (2,78 kilometers) from the city, when the sounds of its fall reach them. Daenerys rides into Meereen when the city is already secure, following the crush of its last resistance and the completion of the sacking. Her freedmen remove many corpses from the broken city gate, clearing a path for the silver. Rider and horse pass through the brick street, withnessing the remains of the battle: burned buildings and gutters full of corpses.[17] With Meereen taken, Daenerys takes the Great Pyramid as her seat.[17]

Daenerys recalls dragging the unnamed would-be assassin (see above) behind the silver until there was nothing left of him.[17] Probably confirming that he was the bloody corpse pulled by a silver horse.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Daenerys rides the silver while visiting the Astapori refugees, camped outside Meereen. The mare is surrounded on all sides by supporters of Daenerys and their own horses: Jhogo riding in front of the her, Aggo and Rakharo riding behind her, Barristan Selmy and his dapple grey to her right, Symon Stripeback and Marselen to her left. Some Astapori kneel while the silver proceeds through their camp. She rides by a man lying in the ground, seemingly covered by a black cloak. With the approach of horse and rider, the cloak dissolves into flies. The man under the "cloak" was one more corpse left unburied. Daenerys dismounts her silver to tend to the sick.[18]

Prior the marriage of Daenerys and Hizdahr zo Loraq Daenerys intends in riding the silver to the Temple of the Graces for the wedding ceremony. However Missandei reminds her that she cannot ride in a tokar. Daenerys sees the sense in this and arranges to be taken to the temple in a sedan chair, rather than ride her silver.[19]

When Ser Barristan goes to have a clandestine meeting with Skahaz mo Kandaq within the Great Pyramid, he makes his way past the elephants and the silver, to the back of the stables.[20] By this point Daenerys has gone missing on Drogon and most of her khalasar have departed Meereen in order to look for their missing queen in the Dothraki Sea. The silver is left behind in Meereen.[20]

Meanwhile Daenerys is somewhere in the Dothraki Sea with Drogon. Astride him in flight she feels as if she learning to ride all over again, comparing and contrasting the reactions of the silver and the black dragon. Whipping the right flank of the silver, would set the mare turning left. Daenerys realises that like all horses, the silver's first instinct is to flee from danger. When using the same move on Drogon, the dragon turns right. Daenerys realizing that being a predator, rather than prey, his own instinct is to attack. The whip itself being a mere annoyance for him.[21] Eventually Dany decides to try to return to Meereen on foot. While walking through the tall grass of the Dothraki Sea Dany is surprised at its height recalling that in never seemed so high from the back of her silver.[21]


She was a young filly, spirited and splendid. Dany knew just enough about horses to know that this was no ordinary animal. There was something about her that took the breath away. She was grey as the winter sea, with a mane like silver smoke.[3]

- thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

Illyrio: Silver for the silver of your hair, the khal says.

Daenerys: She's beautiful.

Illyrio: She is the pride of the khalasar. Custom decrees that the khaleesi must ride a mount worthy of her place by the side of the khal.[3]

Illyrio Mopatis and Daenerys Targaryen

Tell Khal Drogo that he has given me the wind.[3]

- Daenerys Targaryen to Illyrio Mopatis

References and Notes

  1. Introduced as a "filly" in 298 AC. The term filly is used for female horses below the age of four.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys VI.
  19. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 71, Daenerys X.