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A letter written in High Valyrian.

High Valyrian is the language of the old Valyrian Freehold which was located on the eastern continent of Essos.

Much of Essos was once dominated by the Valyrians for thousands of years, stretching from the Free Cities in the west, to Slaver’s Bay in the east. The Valyrians forced the peoples they subjugated to speak in (or at least be able to converse in) their language.

After the Doom of Valyria 400 years before the War of the Five Kings, «High Valyrian» (as it became known) ceased to be a living language, instead being used as a lore-language by scholars throughout both Essos and Westeros.

Westerosi typically do not speak High or Low Valyrian; [1] Tyrion can understand Zanrush’s introduction of Kinvara, and uses the same language to say «Welcome to Meereen», but then confesses «That’s about the extent of my Valyrian». [2] It can surprise many in Essos when a Westerosi such as Daenerys fluently speaks the language. [3]

High Valyrian is used by Red Priests to communicate with each other. [1] This may have less to do with its use as a liturgical language and more to do with the fact that most Red Priests are Essosi, and High Valyrian is the easiest mode of communication amongst them.

Contents

  • 1 Lexicon
    • 1.1 Family terms
  • 2 Speakers of High Valyrian
  • 3 Low Valyrian
  • 4 Behind the scenes
  • 5 Appearances in the TV show
  • 6 In the books
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References

Lexicon

  • daor — «no,» «not». [4] generally at end of sentence e.g., tubi daor («not today») or zaldrīzes buzdari iksos daor («a dragon is not a slave»).
  • dracarys — («drah-KAH-ris») [5] The High Valyrian word for «dragonfire». Daenerys says «Dracarys» to Drogon, the young dragon, to encourage him to breathe fire and cook his own meat. [6] Daenerys teaches her newly hatched dragons to breathe fire on command when she says dracarys, burning Pyat Pree alive. [7] She also uses the command to make Drogon roast Kraznys mo Nakloz alive, [3] and to order her dragons to burn the ships of the Slavers’ Alliance in the Second Siege of Meereen. [8] Later on, during her war for Westeros, after the Battle of the Goldroad, she uses the command to have Randyll and Dickon Tarly executed by Drogon. [9]Missandei says «Dracarys» as her final word just before being executed by Cersei. Daenerys later uses the command to execute Varys for treason. Daenerys uses this term for the last time at Battle of King’s Landing, to burn the city to the ground. Another word for this is «zaldrīzo perzys» (lit. fire of the dragon).
  • kēli — Cat (David J. Peterson’s cat is named «Keli», so he made it the noun for «cat» in High Valyrian). [4]
  • kirimvose — (or kirimvos, for short; stress on the second «i» for both; pronounced as four syllables:
    «Key-RIM-voh-say», with a rolled «R») — «thank you». [10]
  • issa — «yes» [4]
  • Skorī dēmalȳti tymptir tymis, ērinis iā morghūlis. — «When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.» [4]
  • Sesīr kipi! — «And now, we ride!» (command) [11]
  • sōvētēs — «Fly». Daenerys tells this in plural form to her dragons in Yunkai. [12] She was intended to say sōvēs to Drogon to have him take off from Daznak’s Pit with her aboard, but instead said valahd («horizon»; informally, «Giddyup!» or «Hya!») in Dothraki. [13][14]
  • valar morghūlis — (val-are mor-goo-lis: «valar» is pronounced with an «a» as in father) [15] «all men must die», in the sense of «all men must (eventually) die (sooner or later)». Throughout the Valyrian-speaking world, it is loosely analogous to «who wants to live forever?» in that it is used to indicate acceptance of a potentially unpleasant truth or assignment. [16][17] The word is also a common greeting, especially in Braavos[18] and particularly among the guild of assassins known as the Faceless Men. [7] When used as a greeting, it is answered with the phrase «valar dohaeris«, [18] which translates to «all men must serve».
  • zaldrīzes — Dragon [4]
  • zīrtys perzys — Translated literally as «frozen fire», the words for dragonglass. [19]

Family terms

High Valyrian Kinship Terminology chart, produced by David J. Peterson (click to expand).

Peterson was hesitant to develop many terms specifically about Valyria’s social structure, which no longer exists in the present day of Game of Thrones. Some of these were unavoidable, however, such as terms for family members — which inherently introduces assumptions about their social structure. These may have been developed after consultation with George R.R. Martin, though specific inferences about Old Valyria are subject to change.

Valyria was a society that actively practiced brother-sister incest whenever possible, to «keep the bloodline pure», and if that was not possible, as close a cousin as could be found. Peterson’s vocabulary demonstrated several unique features about the Valyrians: [20]

  • Possibly due to the many incestuous pairings, the same word was used for «parent» and «parent’s sibling» — so long as they were of the same gender. Kepa could refer interchangeably to «father» or «father’s brother / paternal uncle», Muña could refer to «mother» or «mother’s sister».
  • Like several real-life languages (such as Japanese), they had distinct terms for «older sibling» or «younger sibling»: Lēkia = older brother, Valonqar = younger brother, Mandia = older sister, Hāedar = younger sister.
  • Extending from how the same term was used for a parent or «parent’s same-gender sibling», first cousins of these same-gender siblings were referred to using the same terms for «brother» and «sister», interchangeably. Therefore, the term Valonqar could equally refer to your «younger brother», or, «son of my father’s brother (or son of my mother’s sister), who happens to be younger than me». Any relative of this proximity, «sibling or parallel cousin», can be referred to as Dubys regardless of age or gender (comparable to «sibling»). A twin sibling is referred to as Idaña (literally «twin», just like how English has a special term for that).
  • A distinction is only drawn for a parent’s siblings who are not the same gender as the parent, which are not interchangeable. Each of the four possible combinations has a unique term: Iāpa = mother’s older brother, Qȳbor = mother’s younger brother, Velma = father’s older sister, ñāmar = father’s younger sister.
  • In turn, the child of a parent’s sibling who is not of their same gender would be broadly known as Dubāzma — «Cross Cousin» (or more accurately, just «Cousin», as the son of mother’s sister would just be called a «brother», with no distinction). More specifically, each of the four avuncular (uncle or aunt) relationships has an associated term meaning «child of maternal-uncle» etc., but which doesn’t specify whether this cousin is male or female, or if they are younger or older. This is achieved by just adding the suffix «-anna» to the parent’s sibling term, in some cases causing a slight spelling shift in the stem word: Iāpanna = child of mother’s older brother, Qȳbranna = child of mother’s younger brother, Velmanna = child of father’s older sister, ñābranna = child of father’s younger sister.
  • Peterson has not, as of yet, provided corresponding terms for «nephew» or «niece».
  • Given that Daenerys is the younger sister of Jon Snow’s father, Daenerys would thus be termed Jon’s ñāmar.
  • Due to the frequent incestuous pairings of the Valyrians, there were many cases where someone was both a sibling and a cross-cousin. King Aerys II Targaryen, the Mad King, married his younger sister Rhaella. Thus Rhaella was simultaneously Daenerys’s Muña (mother) as well as her ñāmar (father’s younger sister), meaning that Rhaegar was both her Lēkia (older brother), and also her ñābranna (child of father’s younger sister).

Speakers of High Valyrian

  • Daenerys Targaryen
  • Missandei
  • Melisandre
  • Thoros
  • Tyrion Lannister
  • Varys

Low Valyrian

Without the central influence of the Valyrian empire, the speech of their descendants and former colonies transformed into derivative languages known as «Low Valyrian», or «Bastard Valyrian». Low Valyrian is not a single language, so much as a family of diverse dialects well on their way to becoming separate languages — so much so that even those who speak one might not be able to speak another, and without mutual intelligibility, it could be argued that they have truly become separate languages.

Each of the Nine Free Cities has its own dialect/language of Low Valyrian. These include Braavosi, Lorathi, Lysene, Myrish, Norvoshi, Pentoshi, Qohorik, Tyroshi, and Volantene. Slaver’s Bay also has its own dialect/language of Low Valyrian, making for a total of ten different branches.

The Low Valyrian of Slaver’s Bay is somewhat influenced by the old language of Ghiscar, but owes more of its descent to High Valyrian than the old local languages. The three great slaver cities of Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen each speak a different dialect of Low Valyrian, but unlike the Free Cities dialects, they are still mutually intelligible. People in Astapor would call their language «Astapori Valyrian» (or just «Valyrian»), to differentiate it from «Meereenese Valyrian». [21]

Behind the scenes

  • Valyrian was designed by David J. Peterson, who constructed all of the fictional languages used on Game of Thrones. Peterson created High Valyrian independently, then applied a series of phonological, semantic and grammatical changes to create the Slaver’s Bay Low Valyrian. [22]
  • High Valyrian was not identified as such on screen until «The Climb», which also featured the first extended dialogue in the language. Kraznys mo Nakloz’s lines and his short dialogue with Daenerys were in Low Valyrian, identified only as «Valyrian» on screen.
  • Chain in High Valyrian is pronounced «belmon», this is a reference to Simon Belmont, the main protagonist of the Devil’s Castle/Castlevania series who can upgrade his whip to a chain.
  • According to Peterson, when he first created High Valyrian for Season 3, there were about 500 words in it — and by Season 8, there were around 2,000 words in it. [23]

Appearances in the TV show

In the books

As a dead language of a fallen empire used by scholars and educated noblemen throughout a medieval world, High Valyrian is basically their world’s equivalent of Latin. Indeed, author George R.R. Martin has said that the old Valyrian Freehold is basically his fantasy world’s equivalent of the Roman Empire. Most of the people in the western part of Essos speak one of the languages that derive from High Valyrian, including all of the Free Cities and all of Slaver’s Bay.

Tyrion learned High Valyrian from his tutors growing up, as apparently many of the noble-born of Westeros do. Thus even though the Valyrian Freehold never extended to Westeros, many of the better-educated characters are capable of understanding it. Numerous times throughout the books, Tyrion or other characters are observed reading books written in High Valyrian. Even Winterfell had several rare books written in High Valyrian in its collection. Samwell and even Arya were taught High Valyrian by their castles’ Maesters, though they don’t know as much of it as certain older characters like Tyrion who have devoted a considerable number of years to its study.

As for Low Valyrian, Tyrion could speak some Braavosi reasonably well, knew a smattering of Myrish, and a few phrases of Tyroshi. Tyrion apparently could not speak Pentoshi. Tyrion himself says that Low Valyrian is «not so much a dialect as nine dialects on the way to becoming separate tongues». However, the fact that Tyrion knows High Valyrian and some dialects like Braavosi, but cannot understand others, lends a large amount of evidence to the position that they have reached the point where they are not mutually intelligible and are truly separate languages.

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In contrast, the Low Valyrian of Slaver’s Bay, which is influenced by the old Ghiscari language, is more uniform. It is stated that while the Low Valyrian of Yunkai is a different dialect than that of Astapor, they are still mutually intelligible. However, a great multitude of other languages are spoken in large numbers in Slaver’s Bay, due to the large influx of slaves from many distant lands.

Valyrian is described as sounding «liquid». The Valyrian writing system is said to involve «glyphs». This appears to have been changed for the series, as the handful of props bearing High Valyrian writing clearly show they use the same alphabet as the Common Tongue.

House Targaryen, a noble family of the Valyrian Freehold living on their most distant outpost on Dragonstone island, survived the Doom along with their dragons. Presumably, the Targaryens of Dragonstone spoke High Valyrian as well. After the Targaryens conquered Westeros three hundred years ago, they conversed with their subjects in the Common Tongue of the Andals which was spoken throughout the continent. It is not clear if the Targaryens stopped speaking High Valyrian entirely, or continued to teach it to their children. Certainly, the Targaryens were proud of their descent from Old Valyria, and the children of powerful noble Houses like Tyrion Lannister learned High Valyrian, so it stands to reason that even Rhaegar Targaryen’s generation could speak High Valyrian.

Daenerys knows High Valyrian, though how she learned it in exile is unexplained. Daenerys has been observed in the TV series saying words of High Valyrian, like «dracarys«. Daenerys is also stated to know the (Low) Valyrian of the Free Cities, because she grew up there, though which variants she knows are not clear. When Daenerys responds to a merchant in Vaes Dothrak speaking in «Valyrian», the variant she replies in makes him think she is from Tyrosh, so she seems to be able to speak Tyroshi. Daenerys may be reasonably familiar with Braavosi and Pentoshi, because those were the Free Cities that she spent the longest time in. She also briefly stayed at various times in Myr, Qohor, Volantis, and Lys, so she may have some familiarity with those variants as well. Daenerys quickly learns the Low Valyrian spoken in Slaver’s Bay, which is very different from the variants spoken in the Free Cities, though her experience with other variants of Low Valyrian helped her learn it faster than a Westerosi with no knowledge of Valyrian languages.

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In the third novel (specifically A Storm of Swords — Daenerys II) confusing descriptions are given about what variant of Valyrian is spoken in Slaver’s Bay:

  • «Even the Ghiscari tongue was largely forgotten; the slave cities spoke the High Valyrian of their conquerors, or what they had made of it.»
  • «Kraznys’ High Valyrian was twisted and thickened by the characteristic growl of Ghis, and flavored here and there with words of slaver argot.»

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It isn’t clear from this if Kraznys is speaking in «High Valyrian» or if he is speaking in Ghiscari Low Valyrian — the Romance version of the language which developed in Slaver’s Bay, twisting the language much as French twisted Latin.

When asked, David J. Peterson explained that even in the books, Kraznys is speaking Ghiscari Low Valyrian. This chapter was narrated from Daenerys’s POV and she is simply commenting on how much they have «twisted» High Valyrian — to the point that it is the different language of Low Valyrian.

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In the TV series, Peterson explained that in Season 3 Daenerys always speaks in High Valyrian, not Low Valyrian — albeit she quickly picks up several specific terms from Ghiscari Low Valyrian. Specifically when she says «a dragon is not a slave» (Zaldrīzes buzdari iksos daor), the word «buzdari» is actually Ghiscari Low Valyrian for «slave». The High Valyrian word for slave is «dohaeriros», but Daenerys used the common word for «slave» in Low Valyrian to emphasize to Kraznys that she could understand what he was saying in Low Valyrian. [24] Given that Kraznys understands her response, he apparently knows High Valyrian as well, but prefers speaking in his mother-tongue. Melisandre and Thoros explicitly state that they are speaking in High Valyrian during their exchanges in «The Climb».

In Peterson’s words:

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Kraznys speaks Astapori Valyrian—in the book and in the show. Astapori Valyrian is descended from High Valyrian, but descended directly after a process of creolization and de-creolization with the Ghiscari language. This development was different from the development of the other Low Valyrian languages, but given that the source material is the same, it’s understandable that Dany gets it pretty well, despite the fact that she’ll miss a word here or there that’s of Ghiscari origin. Dany only speaks High Valyrian on the show. Thoros and Melisandre only speak HIgh Valyrian on the show. Every episode that has them speaking Valyrian of any kind has High Valyrian in it. [25]

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Daenerys Targaryen is a dragon.

The truth has been in plain view the entire time.
Just as Arya’s relationship with Death becomes clear in perspective…
Daenerys Targaryen is a dragon. An actual dragon.

Daenerys Stormborn, first of her name, came into the world during the greatest storm in the living memory of Westeros. A storm that wiped out the Targaryen fleet as Robert’s Rebellion ended her father and their family reign. A great ending seeding a great beginning.

The words of Mirri Maz Duur, the maegi who worked blood magic to ‘save’ Khal Drogo, illuminate. Ser Jorah, over a recovering Dany, tells her,
“The boy did not live… the child was —”
“Monstrous.” Mirri interjected, “Twisted. I pulled him out myself. He was scaled like a lizard. Blind, with leather wings, like the wings of a bat. When I touched him, his skin fell from his bones. Inside, he was full of graveworms.”
The sorceress interpreted this as part of the exchange she made with her magic, slaughtering a horse for the ritual, knowing not of the Khaleesi’s
true nature.
The ‘Stallion’ Who Mounts the World wasn’t going to bear a half-human…
She was always “the blood of the dragon.”

“Fire and Blood,” the Targaryen motto goes. They obsessed over bloodlines and interbreeding. The Targaryens were consumed with visions of dragons, some of them destroyed in attempts to fulfill their prophetic dreams of transformation.
While touring Lady Margaery around the Sept of Baelor, Joffrey Baratheon regaled,

“Over there in that urn, the ashes of Aerion Targaryen. Aerion Brightflame, they called him. He thought drinking wildfire would turn him into a dragon. He was wrong.”

“The Targaryens have always danced too close to madness. King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.”
-Ser Barristan Selmy

Viserys threatened Daenerys, “ You don’t want to awaken the dragon,” believing himself it. A nod to the truth, taken for metaphor.
He met his end with her noting,


“He was no dragon.
Fire cannot kill a dragon.”
Fire can kill Targaryens, yes.
Yet, Dany is clearly something much more than her brother ever was. Ancient blood magic finally manifesting in a perfect storm…

Her father Aerys, the Mad King, was taken with visions and found endlessly chanting, “Burn them all.” Like his ancestors before, he believed himself the focus of them as a broken Jaime Lannister recounted to Brienne,

“You’ve heard of Wildfire? The Mad King was obsessed with it. He loved to watch people burn… Aerys saw traitors everywhere, so he had his pyromancer place caches of wildfire all over the city. Beneath the Sept of Baelor and the slums of Flea Bottom. Under houses, stables, taverns. Even beneath the Red Keep itself. Finally, the day of reckoning came. ‘Burn them all,’ he kept saying. ‘Burn them all.’ I don’t think he expected to die. He meant to burn with the rest of us and rise again, reborn as a dragon to turn his enemies to ash.”

Her story has always been about identity, her place in the world. Always the outsider, she found herself struggling with who she was. As an outsider with the Dothraki, a foreign ruler of Meereen, a stranger in Westeros.
Extensive proclamations of title, an armor of insecurity.
Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains, the Mother of Dragons…

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Tywin Lannister satisfyingly checked an obnoxious Joffrey with,
“Any man who must say ‘I am the King’ is no true king.”
Power comes not from the telling, but the showing. Truth on the other hand, truth is a teller.
The ever-refreshingly lucid Lady Olenna Tyrell told Daenerys straight,

“You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.” Literally. Delivered on a silver platter.

“The most heroic thing we can do now is look the truth in the face,” remarked Sansa, perceptively familiar with the machinations of unchecked power in the hands of the dangerously unbalanced.

With the Targaryen family history of instability, Dany’s personal battle has always been a question of her looming shadow. Her Jekyll/Hyde, her BruceBanner/Hulk. Without a support system, it’s all too easy to lose grip. When vengeance and anger enter the picture, forget about it. After killing her family and exiling her, Westeros will again take it all away. Daenerys will lose everything she has left: Two of her dragons, likely soon to be a third. The closest thing to family, Jorah and Missandei, gone. The rest of the Dothraki. The Unsullied. Her rightful claim to the throne. Varys. At some point, Tyrion, an enraging betrayal. There will be more merciless executions.
Without anyone to effectively check her worst impulses… she’ll snap.
She’ll honor Missandei’s final word and burn them all.

All of her genuine attempts of righteousness were forever reconciling with her true nature, and her true drive… taking whatever she wants. As dragons do.
Daenerys’ lasting successes were never the product of measured diplomacy, but rather the result of unrestrained conquering through bloodshed,
an iron fist of fear and horror.
Astapor — she took the Unsullied with Fire and Blood.
Vaes Dothrak — she killed the Khals, taking the Khalasar with Fire and Blood.
Meereen — when things went south, she finally brought the slavers to heel with Fire and Blood.
After being outmaneuvered by the Lannister army and the Iron Fleet, she went barreling in with… Fire and Blood.
She repeatedly lost, only to turn things around with uncompromising force.
Her luck will run out.

Increasingly reckless, feeling isolated and enraged, Daenerys will mount Drogon and do some serious damage to King’s Landing and the Iron Fleet. She’ll terrify and murder innocent people, roasting the Red Keep.
It’ll be ugly, turning all eyes against her, just as Cersei planned. Just as Dany’s advisors feared. Jon will begin to actually focus on what he’s refused to admit about the woman he loves. She won’t heed his attempts to reign it in.
He’ll finally have the answer to that piercing question of priorities that Samwell haunted him with,
“You gave up your crown to save your people. Would she do the same?”

After a brutal fight and sieging, Cersei, having repeatedly proven herself a shrewd tactician, will dramatically bring Daenerys down. No dragon to contend with and victory within her grasp, Cersei will bring the entire affair to its knees, a worthy opponent.

In the Thrones fashion of poetic justice killings — Olenna with poison, Eddard beheaded, Ramsey’s hounds — and the viciously angry crowds crying for it,
Cersei will victoriously march Daenerys out to be burned at the stake.
Just like Dany burned the sorceress on Drogo’s funeral pyre.
Twice she’s survived fire…
But never that supposedly magical and mysterious substance, wildfire.
Cersei will have heard the stories so her forces will be at the ready to launch a thousand arrows into the Unburnt.
Fiercely indignant, Daenerys will roast…
And a smug Cersei will have won.

“Only death can pay for life.”

— Then,
In a still growing and brilliant green firestorm, born… Daenerys, the Targaryen her ancestors dreamed of, that her father envisioned being, will be
“ reborn as a dragon to turn enemies to ash.”
The Daughter of Death, true to name.
Breaking the chains of her human form, her chrysalis, she’ll spread her wings and transform into the Largest. Dragon. Ever. Seen.
No weapons, no armies, will stand a chance against her. She’ll demolish everything in her path. Burn the entire city. Madness. End times.
Pure Fire and Blood.

Not the falling snow of winter, but the ash of this carnage was descending in her vision at the House of Undying. A ruined throne room of her own making, within her reach, when a dragon cries out…

Amongst the continued chaos and devastation, probable surprise caches of wildfire in King’s Landing set alight, people running for their lives,
Jon will know what he has to do.
No longer afraid to stand and challenge a dragon, he will yell out to her.

Slamming down in front of him in a massive quake, he’ll give her pause.
The recognition in her eyes. The scent of his dragon blood.
A painful moment of understanding.
She’ll be too far gone, though.
A vicious whirlwind of a roar blasting him to the ground.
Jon will do what heroes do… finally…
Slay the dragon.

With Valyrian steel and perhaps help from the Three Eyed Raven…
Aegon will break his Queen, his last Targaryen relation, and his heart.
A sword plunged into the heart of love, forged in a breast of dragon fire… Lightbringer.
Wielded by a dragon tempered with the blood of winter.

To honor his original oath, to guard the realms of men…
Like the only father he ever knew, he’ll have to sacrifice one integrity to keep another. A complicated compromise, slaying your sworn crown.
Beyond loyalty, beyond feelings, beyond self.

Seemingly forgotten, will the wheel have been broken? If not, will a promised prince with no desire to rule, turn it sideways into a table with iron seats?
Or walk away from it all, his watch ended…

A Song of Fire and Ice.
Winter was coming.
Fire was coming.
Both to destroy.
Spirals and sigils spinning in.
Different threats, posing varied perceptions of peril.

First was the classically existential evil; detached, cold, and meaningless…
but an unambiguous adversary coming to end everyone.
The other, that no one sees until it’s too late, the blindspot…
is the fire within.
It’s the personal, the passionate, the unbridled stallion that requires reflection… questions of what it means to be human, the costs of winning. Invested and life-giving, fire germinates and inspires — begs to be embraced.
Yet left unchecked, it will grow out of control and tragically consume.
Extinguishing a blaze makes it no less beautiful to behold,
demanding appreciation.

But a song needs balance, harmony.

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“Ghosts lined the hallway, dressed in the faded raiment of kings. In their hands were swords of pale fire. They had hair of silver and hair of gold and hair of platinum white, and their eyes were opal and amethyst, tourmaline and jade. “Faster,” they cried, “faster, faster.” She raced, her feet melting the stone wherever they touched. “Faster!” the ghosts cried as one, and she screamed and threw herself forward. A great knife of pain ripped down her back, and she felt her skin tear open and smelled the stench of burning blood and saw the shadow of wings. And Daenerys Targaryen flew.” (AGOT Daenerys IX)

  • shout out to Sandor Clegane, may he find peace and forgiveness.

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9 “They Can Live In My New World Or They Can Die In Their Old One.”

For much of the series, Daenerys is a good queen. She frees the slaves and punishes the masters, setting a new precedent for how things will work moving forward. And she doesn’t give anyone the option to continue committing old crimes and sticking to old traditions. This quote shows that she’s confident in her revolution and she will make no exceptions when it comes to making people embrace it.

8 “The Next Time You Raise A Hand To Me Will Be The Last Time You Have Hands.”

When Daenerys is still married to Khal Drogo, she’s a much more timid character than the conqueror she grows into by the end of the series. One of the first signs of her inner-strength that viewers see comes through this threat, which she makes to her brother Viserys after he strikes her.

Although assertive, the quote shows that she’s willing to give him another chance to redeem himself, rather than chopping off his hands for hitting her once.

7 “I Will Answer Injustice With Justice.”

Few rulers in the Game of Thrones universe are known for ruling fairly. By the end of the series, Daenerys completely disregards the concept of justice by burning thousands of innocent people to a crisp. But she begins by intending to rule fairly and answer injustices with justice rather than with more wrongdoings. If only she could stick to her guns.

6 “It Seems To Me That A Queen Who Trusts No One Is As Foolish As A Queen Who Trusts Everyone.”

Quite a few of the lines that Daenerys utters throughout the series are evidence of the fact that, under different circumstances, she would make a great queen. Unlike other rulers in Westeros, past and present, Daenerys isn’t paranoid and afraid to trust others. She allows several people to give her advice and teach her about different things and is willing to trust easily compared to other sovereigns. Of course, this quality diminishes as time goes on.

5 “I’m Not Going To Stop The Wheel. I’m Going To Break The Wheel.”

The wheel mentioned in this Daenerys Targaryen quote refers to the wheel of power that perpetually spins in the Game of Thrones universe, raising some as it turns while crushing those at the bottom.

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Daenerys reinforces how innovative her vision is with this line, where she promises to destroy the concept of the wheel altogether rather than temporarily stop it from moving while she’s queen.

4 «Slavery Is Real. I Can End It. I Will End It. And I Will End Those Behind It.”

In the final season of the show, Daenerys wreaks total havoc on King’s Landing. But in Essos, she does a world of good by eradicating slavery. This line shows her determination to obtain justice for the slaves by destroying the very notion of slavery and punishing those who kept the system in place for so long. This is also one of the instances where Daenerys ends up sticking to her word.

3 “My Enemies Are In The Red Keep. What Kind Of Queen Am I If I’m Not Willing To Risk My Life To Fight Them?”

Studying the various rulers and leaders in Game of Thrones, it’s clear that some are content to let their armies do all the fighting while they watch from afar. Think Cersei Lannister and Ramsay Bolton, two figures who don’t actually get near the front lines when the going gets tough. By contrast, Daenerys understands the importance of getting into the action herself, even if she does so on the back of a dragon.

2 “Do You Know What Kept Me Standing Through All Those Years In Exile? Faith.”

This line gives viewers more of an insight into the character of Daenerys Targaryen and what makes her tick. She goes on to confirm that the faith she refers to is “not in any gods, not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen.” And so with this quote, she teaches a lesson that even applies to audiences watching the show from the real world: that self-belief is really the most important factor in success.

1 “If I Give Everyone What They Deserve, I’ll Have No One Left To Rule.”

By the end of the show, this line becomes ironic since Daenerys does nearly destroy King’s Landing and kills the majority of the people within it, making it so she really does have very few people left to rule in the city. But early on in the series, she does have the right idea behind ruling. She intends to rule with mercy, which would save her having to execute every one of her subjects who commits a crime. It’s a pity she loses sight of this vision by the final season.