“The House of the Dragon”: keys to the book in which George RR Martin told the Targaryens

George RR Martin writes fantasy, science fiction, and horror literature.

It was 1,190 days of abstinence. On May 19, 2019 the most staunch followers of the series game of Thrones they saw the final chapter of that story that they followed week by week. This Sunday that emptiness that opened in their chest more than three years ago ends, when there were no more episodes ahead of the fiction that they had followed for eight seasons, each time with greater fanaticism and, proportionally, each time with more fear that the ending would not live up to everything that the series had made them feel.

the premiere of The House of the Dragon this Sunday is, for the usual fans, the end of that abstinence and, for those who have not yet seen anything about this universe and because it is a prequelan invitation to begin to know what it is about. The series, which will be broadcast on HBO Max and which complies with the tradition of game of Thrones to premiere each episode on Sunday nights, is based on a universe that before being audiovisual was literary. american writer Jorge R.R. Martin he is the father of the child.

The House of the Dragon tells the story of one of the main families of those narrated in the eight seasons of game of Thrones: the Targaryens. The book behind the series that HBO Max begins to make known this Sunday is called fire and blood and it’s from 2018. It has (no less than) 880 pages dedicated very emphatically to that clan composed of “dragon lords”, that is, by men and also women who can bond with and dominate these creatures, and use them militarily in favor of their objectives.

In his 2018 book, the writer, born in New Jerseystands a few 300 years before what he had narrated in the saga Song of ice and fire. That was the saga that served to build the first seasons of game of Thrones and to which two volumes are still missing. Martin does not confirm when he will publish them but the HBO writers managed to give closure to that world that the writer began to invent in 2002when he published Game of Thronesthe first of the five volumes that he edited until 2011. The sixth and seventh are to be seen, but there was time to focus on the Targaryens.

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In fire and blood the great protagonist is the internal dispute of that family of platinum blondes capable of flying on the back of a fantastic creature that shoots fire through its mouth and that, inserted in an already fantastic plot, does not clash at all. Aegon I Targaryen is none other than the creator of the coveted Iron Thronethat one in the series game of Thrones It was the main objective of each of the opposing or allied lineages as it suited them to dominate the Seven Kingdoms.

The Targaryens, settled on Dragonstone, experience perhaps their most serious internal conflict when King Viserys I must decide who will succeed him on the throne. There are two possible inheritors: his daughter Rhaenyra and his brother Daemon. Both have the right to claim the crown because they both have the right to succession, although Rhaenyra has an obstacle: the law privileges males.

The civil war unleashed between the two – the Dance of the Dragons the writer called it, poetically, is the epicenter of the book. That same civil war is the main plot of the series, one of all the cleave possible of the successful game of Thrones. In principle, there will be ten episodes in this first season of The House of the Dragon.

the narrator who Jorge R.R. Martin chose for his book is a maestre, characters that have already appeared in game of Thrones and that they are scholars, healers and scientists at the same time. Omniscient sages of those who speak little but observe a lot and who lead an almost monastic lifeme

In the first episode of the first season of game of Thronesthe king who sits on the Iron Throne ruling the Seven Kingdoms is Robert Baratheon. He arrived there after usurping the reign from Aerys II, the so-called “Mad King”, the last monarch of the long targaryen dynasty. Aerys was the 16th consecutive king of that house. But although they held themselves in the highest position of power, the Targaryens constantly avoided their internal confrontations, especially the most raw, between Rhaenyra and Daemon.

All this was told by George RR Martin in fire and blood and (some of) all of that will count The House of the Dragon from this Sunday. All that nobody wrote better than Leo Tolstoy to start your anna karenina: “All happy families resemble each other, but each family is unhappy in its own way.”

Daenerys Targaryen, the member of that most important family of "game of Thrones" (Helen Sloan/HBO)
Daenerys Targaryen, the member of that most important family of “Game of Thrones” (Helen Sloan/HBO)

Many mistakenly assume that the reign of King Aegon Targaryen, the first of his name, began on the day he landed at the mouth of the Blackwater River, at the foot of the three hills, where the city of King’s Landing would later be founded. . But it was not to be: the king and his descendants celebrated the Day of Aegon’s Landing, but the Conqueror pegged the beginning of his reign on the day the High Septon of the Faith crowned and anointed him in the Starry Sept. from Antigua. This coronation came two years after Aegon’s landing, when the three great battles of the Wars of Conquest had long been fought and won. Therefore, it is inferred that most of Aegon’s conquest actually took place from 2 to 1 BC (before the Conquest).

The Targaryens were of pure Valyrian blood, dragon lords of ancient ancestry.. Twelve years before the Curse of Valyria (114 BC), Aenar Targaryen, having sold his holdings in Freehold and the Long Summer Lands, moved with all his women, wealth, slaves, dragons, brother relatives, and children to Dragonstone, a gloomy citadel situated at the foot of a smoking mountain, on an island in the Narrow Sea.

In its heyday, Valyria was the largest city in the known world, the pinnacle of civilization. Within its gleaming wall, two houses vied for power and glory at court and council, now rising, now falling, in an endless, subtle, and often bitter struggle for power. The Targaryens were by no means the most powerful dragonlords, and their rivals interpreted their flight to Dragonstone as a surrender.an act of cowardice. But Daenys, Lord Aenar’s maiden daughter, whom she would always know from then on as Daenys the Dreamer, had had a vision in which Valyria was burned to the ground. And twelve years later, when the Doom came, no dragonlords survived but the Targaryens.

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For two centuries, Dragonstone was the westernmost outpost of Valyrian power. Its location, in the middle of the Gaznate, gave its lords absolute control over Blackwater Bay and allowed both the Targaryens and their closest allies, the Velaryons of Driftmark, a minor house of Valyrian descent, to fill their coffers at the cost of the merchants passing through it. The ships of the Velaryon, along with those of the Celtigar of Paw Island, another allied house of Valyria, controlled the waters of the Narrow Sea; Meanwhile, the Targaryens they ruled the sky with their dragons.

Still, for most of the century following the Doom of Valyria, the aptly named Bloody Century, House Targaryens had their sights more set on the East than the West, and showed little interest in the affairs of Westeros. . Gaemon Targaryen, the brother and husband of Daenys the Dreamer, was lord of Dragonstone after Aenar the Exiled and became known as Gaemon the Glorious. When he died, his son Aegon and Elaena ruled together. They were succeeded by his son Maegon, his brother Aerys, and his sons: Aelyx, Baelon, and Daemion. The last of the three brothers was Daemion, whose son Aerion inherited the lordship of Dragonstone.

The Aegon who went down in history as Aegon in Conqueror and Aegon the Dragon was born in Dragonstone in 27 BC. He was the only son and second child of Aerion, Lord of Dragonstone, and Lady Valaena of House Velaryon, the latter Targaryen on the other hand. of Mother. Aegon had two sisters of true lineage: Visenya, older than himself, and Rhaenys, younger. for a long time it was customary among the dragon lords of Valyria for a brother and sister to marry, in order to preserve the purity of their bloodbut Aegon married both of his sisters. By tradition he should have married only Visenya, the eldest; though unusual, the inclusion of Rhaenys as a second wife was unprecedented. People say that Aegon married Visenya out of obligation and Rhaenys out of devotion..

♦ Born in New Jersey, United States, in 1948.

♦ He is a writer and screenwriter. His works are fantastic literature, science fiction and horror.

♦ Your saga Song of ice and fire inspired the series game of Throneswhich became a global hit. There are still two volumes to be published, with no set date.

fire and blood is a 2018 book: it tells the story of the Targaryen family, which is part of the saga, and served to create the series The House of the Dragon.


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