Everything that we've seen on Game of Thrones all began back when Aegon Targaryen set out to conquer the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The young man saw an opportunity to unite each area into one Kingdom with one ruler, and his conquering of Westeros is the stuff of legend. He remains one of the most revered men in the history of Westeros, and he's directly responsible for establishing the modern world that the show takes place in. Of course, many years and events have transpired since Aegon’s conquering of Westeros, and everything is reaching a fever pitch in Westeros. Game of Thrones has kept fans on the edge of their seats for seven incredible seasons, and fans are patiently waiting for the 8th and final season to debut on HBO. With rumors swirling of a possible Aegon television series, these facts will serve as a nice warm-up for fans.
Because of the importance he served in the grand scheme of things, we've decided to bring you all 15 incredible facts about Aegon the Conqueror. His place in the history of Westeros will never be challenged, and though he hasn’t been covered extensively on the series, Aegon the Conqueror is one of the greatest historical figures in their world. These 15 facts are sure to please fans of the series who are looking for a better understanding of the history of Westeros and those who are interested in seeing exactly where the Targaryen family first started their reign.
15 He Married Both Of His Sisters
Fans of Game of Thrones have spent plenty of time both reading and watching incestuous relationships unfold throughout the series. This is one of the more noteworthy elements of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and it's since become a new ripple in the relationship between Daenerys and Jon Snow. It's been mentioned before that the Targaryen bloodline was kept pure by people marrying within the family. Aegon the Conqueror was no stranger to this, though instead of going the usual route and taking one bride for himself, Aegon decided to marry both of his sisters.
Both of his sisters became nearly as famous as Aegon the Conqueror because of their efforts in his conquest of Westeros. Following their Targaryen heritage, all three were renowned for riding dragons into battle, and their efforts ultimately led to success. Say what you will about marrying both of his sisters, but this move turned out to be a stroke of genius by Aegon.
14 He Rode The Dragon Balerion
Much has been said about the connection of Targaryens and their dragons, and when Aegon the Conqueror set about taking down the Seven Kingdoms, he rode the dragon Balerion into battle. Balerion was a massive creature capable of wreaking havoc everywhere he went, and his exploits led him to earning the alias "the Black Dread." Out of all of the dragons possessed by the Targaryens, Balerion was the largest in the group, so it was only fitting that the Conqueror would ride him during his conquest.
Because of Balerion's relationship to Aegon, he was written about frequently, and legend has it that the fire he breathed was as black as his scales. While this could simply be a myth, it did wonders in making the people of Westeros terrified of him. After Aegon's death, there were two more people in the Targaryen lineage who were able to ride Balerion before he died of old age.
13 Balerion Has Made An Appearance On Game Of Thrones
While you may think that Balerion exists solely in the lore of the people of Westeros, you would actually be wrong because Balerion has, in fact, appeared in an episode of Game of Thrones. When word spread that Daenerys was making her way to Westeros with her dragons, Cersei saw to it that Kings Landing developed a weapon to help take down these giant monsters. In one episode, we see that Pycelle has helped develop a gigantic crossbow with the distance and the power needed to take out a dragon while it's in flight.
In order to prove to Cersei that this weapon packed a massive punch, he had her tested on a gigantic dragon skeleton that lay in a cellar. That giant dragon skeleton was none other than Balerion's, and we got to see just how strong the crossbow was. It was able to pierce through the dragon bone, and it was eventually wielded by Bronn, who did some damage with it while on the battlefield.
Every great warrior needs a signature weapon to wield while on the battlefield, and Aegon the Conqueror’s weapon of choice was a Valyrian steel sword named "Blackfyre." Of the Valyrian swords that were owned by House Targaryen, Blackfyre is easily the most famous, given its connection with Aegon the Conqueror. Not only is Blackfyre associated with perhaps the most famous sword in the history of Westeros, but it also helped give way to the name of House Blackfyre.
For those of you who don't know, House Blackfyre was started by a Targaryen bastard by the name of "Daemon." Though they haven't done much on the show, fans are anxious to see if house Blackfyre will make an appearance in the show's eighth and final season. Because the show is looking to end with a bang, expect to see House Blackfyre appear in an attempt to please fans of the book series.
11 He Was The Last Lord Of Dragonstone
Long before Aegon the Conqueror was born and set out to take down the Seven Kingdoms, the Valyrians fled their old country in an attempt to avoid mass destruction. They found a home at Dragonstone where they built a great Castle to try and reestablish their colony. Because of the line of succession, Aegon the Conqueror eventually assumed the title "Lord of Dragonstone." Thanks to making the decision to set out and conquer the Seven Kingdoms, Aegon was, in fact, the last Lord of Dragonstone due to his success on the battlefield.
Dragonstone still stands to this day, and it ended up being the location where Daenerys first set up shop upon her arrival at Westeros. Dragonstone rests on a mountain of dragon glass, which is going to prove monumentally important when the people of Westeros are forced to take on the Night King's army.
10 He Was 27 When He Began His Conquest
Age is little more than a number in Westeros, and we've seen younger people pull off incredible feats throughout the series. Though the actors may appear much older than the characters really are, many young people in Game of Thrones are thrust into situations, in which they must overcome massive amounts of adversity. A lot of the main characters began the show as either teenagers or children, ushering in an entirely new era for Westeros. When Aegon the Conqueror made the decision to conquer the Seven Kingdoms, he was only a 27-year-old man who already had his hands full as Lord of Dragonstone.
Nevertheless, his drive and ambition propelled him to accomplishing the unthinkable at a rather young age. 2 years after he left Dragonstone to claim the Seven Kingdoms, Aegon was still a young man when he achieved his lofty goal. If Daenerys is able to claim the Iron Throne, she'll be several years younger than Aegon was.
9 He Burned The Volantene Fleet
Despite all of the incredible battles that we've seen on screen, we've only been treated to one truly intense naval battle, and that's a downright shame. While we understand that most people would view hand-to-hand combat as far more entertaining, seeing a naval battle take place can be exhilarating when done correctly. When Aegon the Conqueror set to take down the Seven Kingdoms, he had the ability to wipe out armies and navies alike, and it should come as no surprise that a conqueror as loaded as Aegon was able to wipe out a mighty Fleet during his conquest.
Much has been made about the Iron Fleet being a dominant force on the waters, but other kingdoms have solid Navies as well. The Volantene fleet was a formidable force, but even they weren't able to escape the wrath of Aegon the Conqueror and his dragon Balerion. The destruction of the Volantene fleet was simply another feather in the cap for Aegon the Conqueror.
8 Some Kingdoms Negotiated Surrender
Bloodshed can prove to be a necessity when conquering kingdoms, and we've seen on countless occasions that lives will be lost when someone sets out to take what they believe should be theirs. Aegon the Conqueror was no stranger to slaughtering unfathomable numbers of people during his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, and his reputation preceded him everywhere that he went. Because of his violent nature, there were kingdoms that willingly negotiated the taking of their land as opposed to foolishly opposing Aegon the Conqueror and losing innocent lives in the process.
Given that the family as a whole seem to be among the most level-headed people in Westeros, it isn't shocking to learn that Torrhen Stark willingly bent his knee in an attempt to spare innocent lives. Thanks to his cooperation, he was named "Lord of Winterfell," and he then assumed the position as Warden of the North.
7 He Was The First Lord Of The Seven Kingdoms
Because the Seven Kingdoms were all different factions with their own rulers, there had never been one true Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. While they were able to coexist, Aegon realized that he had an incredible opportunity to do what no man had done before. It took a ton of strategic planning, and many people must've thought that he was insane to try this, especially due to his relatively young age. After leaving Dragonstone in an attempt to take the Seven Kingdoms, it had only been two years before Aegon the Conqueror became the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms in the history of Westeros.
The line of succession that was formally established stretched far past Dragonstone, and the Targaryen family was now the royal family of Westeros. It would remain this way until Robert’s Rebellion wiped out the Mad King and his heir. The Targaryen history on the throne could very well continue should Daenerys succeed.
6 Despite Being The First Lord, He Didn’t Conquer All 7 Kingdoms
Despite everything that's been said about the immense amount of success that Aegon the Conqueror had while claiming Westeros for his own, some people may not know that he didn't conquer all Seven Kingdoms. Despite boasting the claim to be the first ever lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Aegon the Conqueror was unsuccessful in trying to take Dorne for his own.
When Aegon went about taking over Dorne, it was being ruled by Meria Martell, who was already an old woman at that point. She issued a stiff warning to Aegon's sister that Dorne would never bend the knee. Instead of being met with a massive force of people, there were only women and children that were left in Dorne, and Aegon ultimately decided to not conquer Dorne, leaving it independent.
5 His Conquering Of Westeros Is Used To Keep Time
Art often imitates life, and in the case of keeping track of years in Game of Thrones, the author took a page straight out of our modern society. The two terms we use to divide up periods of time are anno domini and before Christ, usually abbreviated as "AD" and "BC." While most people don't follow the Christian faith, keeping track of years this way has proven to be an easy thing that's accepted by virtually every society.
In Westeros, Aegon the Conqueror and his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms is what's used to distinguish two different periods in time. Annotated as "BC" and "AC," the two different periods of time that are tracked by people in Westeros are centered around the conquest of Aegon Targaryen. BC stands for "before conquest," and AC stands for "after conquest." Because Aegon was the first one to unite the kingdoms, it's only fitting that modern times in Westeros are designated "AC."
4 The Aegonfort
After conquering the Seven Kingdoms and becoming the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Aegon Targaryen, one might think, would rule his new empire from his home in Dragonstone. After all, it's the area in which he grew up, and he knew that area better than anyone at the time. Instead of choosing this route, however, Aegon elected to set up what became known as "the Aegonfort," and it was from this location that he began his reign.
While it was originally called "the Aegonfort," you might know this area better as its modern name, "King's Landing." It is from King's Landing that Aegon would rule Westeros, and it would be here that he would make the Iron Throne. Using the swords from the men who opposed his reign, Aegon had them melted down into a throne, and he used this as a reminder for all would-be usurpers.
3 The Chamber Of The Painted Table
In one of the best shots of season 7, Daenerys entered the Chamber of the Painted Table and ran her hands along the scaled map of Westeros. It was a truly powerful moment. After all that she had to deal with while making her way to Dragonstone, the moment served as a culmination of her journey. The room itself is older than she could've realized, and it was, in fact, set up for Aegon the Conqueror prior to him launching his assault on Westeros. It represents the start of the Targaryen rule in Westeros, and it could be where Daenerys reignites their reign.
This wasn't the first time that we'd seen the room on Game of Thrones. If you remember, Dragonstone was the location in which Stannis Baratheon had settled down for a while. What made Daenerys's moment all the more interesting was seeing Davos back in that same chamber. Davos had previously served under Stannis Baratheon, and he currently serves Daenerys Targaryen.
2 He Died From A Stroke
The Chamber of the Painted Table proved to be an important location for Aegon the Conqueror, and he spent many hours studying that map, figuring out all of the ways he could conquer the Seven Kingdoms. While you would expect someone with as much time in the theater of war to have died on the battlefield, this wasn't the case for Aegon Targaryen. At the age of 64, while in the Chamber of the Painted Table, Aegon Targaryen died of a stroke.
After accomplishing the impossible, Aegon Targaryen finally died, giving way to his successor Aenys to take the Iron Throne. The legend that Aegon Targaryen left behind is nearly unrivaled by anyone in the history of Westeros. Though it took an immense amount of bloodshed to fulfill his destiny, Aegon was able to bring peace to Westeros during his rule, something that Daenerys is hoping to achieve should she sit on the Iron Throne.
1 Jon Snow Was Named After Him
Since the show debuted on HBO, Jon Snow has been one of the most popular characters of the series. Jon was so popular that even after he was killed off, he was brought back to life after fans went mental. We've seen on countless occasions that Jon Snow is an excellent leader on the battlefield, and when the eighth and final season rolls around, he'll be looking to conquer the Night King and his army of the dead.
At the end of season 7, we finally learned that Jon's father is, in fact, a Targaryen and that his real name is "Aegon Targaryen." Given his accomplishments on the battlefield, "Aegon" is a very fitting name for Jon Snow, though we're not sure if he will, in fact, take this name once he learns his true identity in season 8. Nevertheless, learning that Jon Snow is actually named after the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms was a nice surprise for fans.
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