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.
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.
can look at Brynden’s quote:
have always been Targaryens
dreamed of things to come, since long before the Conquest.”
uses Targaryens, in plural. So that means not only Daenys, but many
The Dreamer recorded her abilities in a book that is believed to be called Signs and Portents, but the book is now lost.
don’t know how exactly the visions came to Daenys – were they with
a hidden meaning she interpreted, or more explicit?
then, we have The Tales of Dunk and Egg.
Targaryen, eldest brother of Maester Aemon, and Aegon “Egg”
Targaryen, was known for his prophetic visions.
first appearance in the tale:
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.”
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
dreamed of you,” said the prince.
“You said that at the inn.”
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.”
I kill it?”
I could not say, but you were there, and so was the dragon.”
we see, Daeron’s dream isn’t very explicit, rather vague. And after
the trial, Dunk worries if any “dragons” – Targaryens – were
Prince Daeron?” Dunk blurted. “Did he survive?”
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.”
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?”
said Egg. “You spared him. Don’t you remember?”
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.
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.”
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).
dream came true.
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.
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.”
Daeron’s dream was metaphorical.
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.
the dragons will return. My brother Daeron’s dreamed of it, and King
it in a prophecy. Maybe it will be my egg that hatches. That would be
a decade later, Aegon perished at Summerhal (and
many others too) while
trying to hatch dragon eggs.
his last days, Maester Aemon confessed to Sam:
brothers dreamed of
and their dreams killed them, every one.”
sentence refers to Daeron’s prophetic dream of dragons, and probably
Aegon’s normal wishful dream.
from Maester Aemon, we have a hint at another of Daeron’s portent:
prophecy … my brother’s dream … Lady Melisandre has misread the
may imply that Daeron had visions of the Prince that was Promised too, or
something else related to the prophecy.