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Distant Thoughts. Pino Daeni (Italian, 1939-2010). Oil.

In a warm, domestic kitchen interior, a mother and her daughters read what may be the mail recently delivered. The mother and younger girl go through a magazine while the older girl, holding a letter she has just read, has a distant look and thoughts, perhaps of a young man.

Daenerys, House Targaryen, and Prophetic Dreams

A Targaryen magical trait, that some family members possessed over generations, is the ability to have prophetic dreams. While rereading Daenerys’s chapters, I noticed that she inherited this power.

  • But let’s first have a look at how the Prophetic Dreams influenced Targaryens of Old.

The first (and one of the most important, probably) Targaryen we know of, to have the ability of visions, is Daenys the Dreamer. When still a young girl, she dreamed of the Doom of Valyria, 12 years before the Doom actually happened. She told her father Aenar Targaryen of her vision, and that led to the relocation of the House on Dragonstone.

I think it is safe to say that Daenys used to have dreams that became true Before her dream of the Doom, for Aenar took her warning very seriously. He knew it was no simple dream, but a visions of the future. Most probably, this power was common among Targaryens prior to Daenys as well.

We can look at Brynden’s quote:

“There have always been Targaryens who dreamed of things to come, since long before the Conquest.”

He uses Targaryens, in plural. So that means not only Daenys, but many others too.

The Dreamer recorded her abilities in a book that is believed to be called Signs and Portents, but the book is now lost. 

 We don’t know how exactly the visions came to Daenys – were they with a hidden meaning she interpreted, or more explicit? 


But then, we have The Tales of Dunk and Egg.

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Daeron Targaryen, eldest brother of Maester Aemon, and Aegon “Egg” Targaryen, was known for his prophetic visions.

- His first appearance in the tale:

Across the room, the lordling raised his head from the wine puddle. His face had a sallow, unhealthy cast to it beneath a rat’s nest of sandy brown hair, and blond stubble crusted his chin. He rubbed his mouth, blinked at Dunk, and said, “I dreamed of you.” His hand trembled as he pointed a finger. “You stay away from me, do you hear? You stay well away.”

Daeron seems to be afraid of Dunk at first. Later in the tale, few hours before the Trial of Seven, Daeron talks with Dunk and explains his behavior.

“I dreamed of you,” said the prince. 
“You said that at the inn.”
“Did I? Well, it’s so. My dreams are not like yours, Ser Duncan. Mine are true. They frighten me. You frighten me. I dreamed of you and a dead dragon, you see. A great beast, huge, with wings so large they could cover this meadow. It had fallen on top of you, but you were alive and the dragon was dead.”
“Did I kill it?”
“That I could not say, but you were there, and so was the dragon.”

As we see, Daeron’s dream isn’t very explicit, rather vague. And after the trial, Dunk worries if any “dragons” – Targaryens – were killed.

“And Prince Daeron?” Dunk blurted. “Did he survive?”
“Once Ser Robyn unhorsed him, he lay where he fell. He may have a broken foot. His own horse trod on him while running loose about the field.”
Dazed and confused as he was, Dunk felt a huge sense of relief. “His dream was wrong, then. The dead dragon. Unless Aerion died. He didn’t though, did he?”
“No,” said Egg. “You spared him. Don’t you remember?”

Dunc interpreted Daeron’s words as a Targaryen Prince dying during the battle of the Trial. He feels relieved that every member of the royal family is safe. But then he approaches Prince Baelor. 

“Dunk saw something red and wet fall out of the helm. Someone was screaming, high and terrible. Againstthe bleak grey sky swayed a tall tall prince in black armor with only half a skull. He could see red blood and pale bone beneath and something else, something blue-grey and pulpy. A queer troubled look passed across Baelor Breakspear’s face, like a cloud passing before a sun. He raised his hand and touched the back of his head with two fingers, oh so lightly. And then he fell.”

Baelor Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone and heir to the Iron Throne, died few minutes after the end of the Trial, falling on top of Duncan after removing his helm (half his skull was missing).

Daeron dream came true.

The part “A great beast, huge, with wings so large they could cover this meadow” doesn’t refer to the size of a dragon, or Baelor himself; but to Baelor’s personality -> By all accounts, Baelor was not only a skilled warrior and a capable Hand, but a good person as well.

“Few could doubt that Baelor Breakspear would be a great king, for he was the heart of chivalry and the soul of wisdom, and came to serve his father most ably as Hand.”

So Daeron’s dream was metaphorical.


- Another Daeron’s dream that will have a huge impact on his family many years afterward was his vision of the dragons returning. This impressed his little brother Aegon.

“Someday the dragons will return. My brother Daeron’s dreamed of it, and King Aerys read it in a prophecy. Maybe it will be my egg that hatches. That would be splendid.”

Half a decade later, Aegon perished at Summerhal (and many others too) while trying to hatch dragon eggs.

In his last days, Maester Aemon confessed to Sam:

“My brothers dreamed of dragons too, and their dreams killed them, every one.”

This sentence refers to Daeron’s prophetic dream of dragons, and probably Aegon’s normal wishful dream.


- Still from Maester Aemon, we have a hint at another of Daeron’s portent:

“The prophecy … my brother’s dream … Lady Melisandre has misread the signs.”

This may imply that Daeron had visions of the Prince that was Promised too, or something else related to the prophecy.

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