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Why the Noble Houses of Westeros Choose Valyrian Steel

Valyrian metal is uncommon and prized by the noble homes for its skills and wonder. And it has a historical past older than Westeros itself.

The steel was initially cast within the days of the Valyrian Freeholds, an influence that managed over half the identified world earlier than it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption (The Doom). Valyrian metal was cast with dragon fireplace and magic that’s been misplaced, so the method is now not replicable. Due to this misplaced technique Valyrian metal, together with dragonglass, is likely one of the few supplies that may kill White Walkers.

It can maintain an edge that’s sharp without end with out the must be honed, making it the best materials for swords and daggers. It’s additionally light-weight, exceptionally sturdy, and has a definite seen rippled sample that units it aside from regular metal.

Since the destruction of the freeholds, Valyrian metal weapons have develop into heirlooms of Westeros’ noble homes like Stark, Tarly, and Lannister. Not all of them have made it via the numerous battles and wars which have occurred on the earth’s historical past.

Spoilers for ‘House of the Dragon’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ under

Ancient Valyrian Freeholds after The Doom

There are two Valyrian metal objects from the books that we haven’t seen on display screen: Lady Forlorn (the sword of House Corbray) and Brightroar (the ancestral sword of House Lannister). There’s nonetheless an opportunity for these to indicate up in House of the Dragon and the deliberate initiatives set on the Song of Ice and Fire timeline.

Valyrian Steel in House of the Dragon


Blackfyre was wielded by Aegon the Conqueror (the identical Targaryen that construct the Iron Throne) throughout the Targaryen Conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. It turned the ancestral sword of the home and was handed between kings and princes. In House of the Dragon, it resides with King Viserys I Targaryen. In the time between the 2 reveals, the sword is misplaced generations later throughout the Blackfyre Rebellion.

Valyrian Steel

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Dark Sister & Dragon Helmet

Dark Sister is one other ancestral sword of House Targaryen. It initially belonged to Visenya Targaryen, the sister-wife of Aegon the Conqueror. She was a dragon rider and a terrific warrior throughout the War of Conquest. It’s a thinner blade than Blackfyre because of it being her chosen weapon, but it surely was simply as sharp and robust. It handed to Daemon Targaryen and was additionally finally misplaced throughout the Blackfyre Rebellion.

Daemon additionally wears a helmet made from Valyrian metal.

Valyrian Steel

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Rhaenyra Targaryen’s Necklace

Daemon Targaryen gave his niece a necklace made from Valyrian metal and holds a pendant with a ruby. She might be seen sporting it till Daemon steals an egg that was alleged to be bonded along with her brother if he had lived.

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In Game of Thrones

Aegon the Conqueror’s Dagger

“From my blood come the prince that was promised, and his will be the song of ice and fire.”

The blade bears the Conqueror’s prophecy, but it surely has no identify. It was carried by the Targaryans for hundreds of years. It reveals up once more in GoT when utilized by an murderer trying to kill Bran Stark. It’s been linked to Lord Eddard Stark, Petyr Baelish, Bran Stark, and Arya Stark. The latter used it as her secondary weapon and killed the Night King with it.

In House of the Dragon, it’s seen on King Viserys I Targaryen’s belt.

Valyrian Steel

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Traditionally the sword of House Mormont. When Lord Jeor Mormont retired to take the black and command of the Night’s Watch, he gave it to his son Ser Jorah Mormont. He ended up in exile for promoting poachers into slavery, so Longclaw went to his sister Maege who ultimately returned it to him throughout his service on the Wall. There it went to Jon Snow for saving Mormont’s life. The sword’s pommel was remade, changing the bear with a direwolf.

Valyrian Steel


The sword of House Tarly of Horn Hill. In The Game of Thrones, Samwell Tarly took the sword from its house and headed to Oldtown and labored on the Citidel. He gave it to Ser Jorah Mormont after saving him from greyscale, who wielded it within the Battle of Winterfell and died defending Daenerys Targaryen.

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Ice, Oathkeeper, and Widow’s Wail

Ice was the greatsword of House Stark. When it was captured by House Lannister (who had misplaced their ancestral sword centuries earlier than) it was reforged into two new longswords. He gave one to Jaime Lannister and the opposite to King Joffrey I Baratheon as a marriage reward. Jamie gave it to Brienne of Tarth who named it Oathkeeper. The different was named Widow’s Wail by Joffrey because of his abject cruelty. Jamie wielded the sword after Joffrey was assassinated.

Valyrian Steel

Oathkeeper, Widow’s Wail, Ice by way of HBO


Pop tradition employees author that has been on the BoLS staff since 2010. Contributor on the One of Us podcast. Marvel, Vertigo, and dystopian sci-fi fan. Enjoys dangerous motion pictures, wonderful stunt performances, and the web. Hates rom-coms. (she/they)



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