There are many great houses throughout Westeros, none of them have a legacy like House Targaryen. They are famous throughout the lands, even years after they were wiped out. This is due to the rich history and legendary stories that have been spawned throughout the centuries. House Targaryen are arguably the most interesting family in the Game of Thrones universe, here’s the 10 most interesting facts about House Targaryen!
Originally from the kingdom of Valyria, the Targaryen house was a noble family that left years behind the doom of Valyria. A Targ maiden called Daenys had a vision of the doom, this is when the House relocated to Dragonstone, then used magic to build and shape the castle. There they stayed for over a century.
The sigil of House Targaryen is a red three-headed dragon on black background. Their words are “Fire and Blood”. This is a long standing theme for the House as it matches their past, present and future.
8. The Mad King
Aerys Targaryen, otherwise known as the Mad King, is perhaps the most famous Targaryen in living memory. He was the last Targaryen to sit on the throne. At first he was a decent King, ruling well and keeping the seven kingdoms in peace. Over time though, he grew mad and paranoid due to multiple tragedies that would occur. This madness spawned more problems, which made him more insane. This would lead to him making terrible decisions and starting Robert’s Rebellion, which would lead to the downfall of House Targaryen.
7. After the rebellion
Towards the end of the rebellion, Robert Baratheon slew Prince Rhaegar Targaryen in single combat, Ser Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard struck down the Mad King and Robert took the Iron Throne to himself. House Targaryen survived though through Dragonstone which was still held by a small force of Targaryen loyalists, with the Mad King’s sister-wife, Queen Rhaella residing there along with their son, Viserys. Rhaella promptly crowned Viserys as the King of the seven kingdoms but died nine months later, giving birth to Daenerys. During her birth, a huge storm raged Dragonstone and destroyed the last remaining Targaryen fleet. Both Viserys and Daenerys were smuggling into Braavos, they then traveled throughout Essos until being harbored by Illyrio Mopatis, then followed the events of the TV show.
As their origins point to Valyria, House Targaryen are the last remaining house with ties to dragons. Valyrians were the first to tame dragons and used their might to conquer most of Essos. They appear to bring magic back into the world as, when Daenerys hatched her three dragons, a large comet drifted through the sky. Numerous reports from pyromancers and warlocks support this too. Targaryens are the greatest people since Valyria to use dragons for war, their bond with them has allowed for great conquests.
5. Blackfyre Rebellion
House Blackfyre was a House created by Daemon Blackfyre, once a bastard son of Daena Targaryen and King Aegon Targaryen. Daemon was legitimised by Aegon on the King’s deathbed, as was all of Aegon’s bastard sons. The Blackfyre name was taken after Aegon gave Daemon the legendary ancestral sword of House Targaryen, called Blackfyre. The rebellion started years after Aegon’s death, Daemon claimed the throne despite having brothers with a much better claim. He did this because the people were behind him, believing Daemon to be the proper ruler and he did not agree with King Daeron’s decisions.
War ensued with Westeros completely split in half over who to back. The rebellion would go on for a year until the Battle of the Redgrass field, Blackfyre and Targaryen forces met before Daemon, and his two sons, were killed by archers led by Brynden Rivers (the Three-Eyed Raven Before Brandon Stark). Unfortunately, House Blackfyre is now extinct so we won’t be seeing them again.
Like in real-life, House Targaryen has often wed brothers, sisters and cousins to keep their blood-line pure. This has proved successful as the more recent generations of Targaryens have the same traits as the original founders. However, another trait has been created due to such incest, as you’ll see below..
The Targaryens have a number of unique traits, the most visible being their pale skin, white/silver hair and eye colours, ranging from light blue to various shades of purple. They are not immune to fire, as per popular belief. The show has shown Daenerys Targaryen survive fire twice, although this is down more to powerful magic than her being a Targaryen, although there is no official explanation (GoT creator has confirmed Targs are not immune to fire). They also have the ability to have a vivid dreams that can sometimes predict the future, this is what caused their relocation from Valyria to Dragonstone.
Lastly is the frequency of the Targaryens that end up going mad. This is mostly likely due to their incestuous relations but it could just be something in their DNA. It’s said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin to see if they’ll be normal or crazy.
2. Current Status
The current status of House Targaryen is a strange one, they are still very much alive but with no male members left, it could be the end of them very soon. However, Jon Snow, thought to be the bastard child of Ned Stark, is actually a Targaryen, although not legitimised. This could all change as Brandon Stark knows this and is on his way South, he could very well meet up with Jon soon. The only surviving legitimised Targaryen is Daenerys. She currently commands an army over 100,000 strong and is sailing the Narrow Sea to conquer Westeros.
1. Aegon’s Conquest
This conquest was led by Aegon Targaryen with the ambition of ruling all seven kingdoms under one King. He invaded from Dragonstone with a large host but the reason his conquest was so successful is due to him and his two sister-wives riding dragons into battle. Castle after castle, kingdom after kingdom, they could not defeat the dragons and Aegon took control of them all, up until Dorne. Aegon would construct a great wooden fort at the place where he landed, which would then grow to become King’s Landing, the Capital of the new kingdom.
Aegon would go on to be known as The Conqueror, he would go down in legend as one of the best commanders to ever live, certainly the most powerful Targaryen.