Game of Thrones – Dragons of Westeros

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Game of Thrones – Dragons of Westeros

Vivek Varyani
August 25th, 2017
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Game of Thrones may not be a fiction, but the story for many is all too real. With a timeline ranging over thousands of years, Game of Thrones is here to stay. Dragons, magic and war, this fantasy series has taken the world by storm, engaging younger and older generations alike. This article talks about all things Dragons. Their history, appearance and even their birthing!

 

History

Dragons had existed about 5,000 years before the current rule of the Lannisters. Free Valyrian folk were the first to learn how to master and ride the dragons into war. These Dragons, however, went completely extinct about 500 years ago, when a natural calamity known as the Doom of Valyria took place. Almost all of the Valyrian empire, along with their dragons, became all but extinct.

 

One noble family of Valyria, the Targaryens were lucky enough to escape this calamity with three dragons. The family fled to Dragonstone, and 100 years later, Aegon Targaryen the first, also known as the conqueror, set out to Harenhall in a bid to unify the seven kingdoms and take control of the throne. His 3 Dragons, namely Balerion, Meraxes and Vhagar led the charge to conquer the kingdom. Balerion’s breath of fire was also responsible to have forged the Iron Throne.

 

Belerion, the Black Dread, was also responsible for forging the iron throne with his breath of fire. And his skull is still kept within the Red Keep, in King’s Landing. Years after that, the dragons could not survive due to inbreeding and became fully extinct. The last dragon was believed to be only the size of a domestic dog.

 

 

Physical appearance

Dragons are large reptiles, with wings that enable them to fly, and a breath that exudes fire. Scaled like a reptile, Dragons reportedly are believed to have two tubes at the back of their mouth that enable a chemical reaction that creates a jet of fire from their mouths. Dragons can be almost any colour and have differing highlights on their scales. Their colours range from black, silver, red, gold, to even blue.

 

Dragons can live for centuries, with the oldest dragon, Balerion, living to around 200 years. These massive beasts -as Jon Snow likes to call them- never cease to grow as long as they’re alive. The older the Dragon is, the bigger he becomes thus making Balerion one of the biggest dragons in existence.

 

 

How are they born?

Dragon Eggs do not just hatch over time but are rather very demanding. In order for a dragon egg to hatch, it needs a lot of fire and life sacrifice at the same time. By life sacrifice, we mean that a living being must be burnt alive for the Dragons to hatch.

 

When born, Dragons are about the size of a cat, but keep growing as long as they live. Just like humans, Dragons become rebellious at their teenage years too and do not obey their masters. However, with age comes maturity, and these Dragons more often than not remain loyal to their masters. It is interesting to note that Dragons can never be tamed. They can only be bonded with and trained. Their growth also depends on their surroundings. Closed captivity limits their growth. Dragons may also be dangerous to the riders. However, when they form strong bonds with their riders, they tend to be very affectionate and also like being petted. Fancy buying a dragon for yourself?

 

 

Danaerys and her Dragons

Danaerys Targaryen, breaker of chains, blah blah blah and mother of dragons, is known to be the last surviving Targaryen. Daughter of the Mad King Aries II, Daenerys as we all know was gifted three dragon eggs on her wedding to Khal Drogo. Dragon eggs, in Westeros, are usually used for decorative purposes. The three Dragons Rhaegal, Viserion & Drogon are named after her brothers and ex-husband.

 

 

Drogon: Named after Khal Drogo, Drogon is the largest and most aggressive of the 3 dragons. It’s coloured Black with touches of red.

 

Viserion: Named after Viserys Targaryen, brother of Danaerys, who was killed by Khal Drogo, Viserion is the fairest of the 3 Dragons, with cream colours and touches of gold.

 

Rhaegal: Named after Danaerys’ eldest brother Rhaegar Targaryen, Rhaegal has not yet bonded with a rider, but obeys Daenerys’ commands. It is coloured Green with touches of bronze. Hopefully, Jon Snow rides the Dragon with Danaerys when the Night King comes with his army on the wall.

 
No matter how the season finale takes shape, and no matter how long we will have to wait for the last season, one thing is guaranteed. We are sure to see these magnificent beasts at war. Who do you think will sit on the iron throne at the end? Danaerys with her army of the unsullied and Dragons, Cersei with her evil plans and hold of King’s Landing, or do you think the end has a totally different twist in store. Let us know how you feel by keeping in touch on any of our Social Platforms.

 

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