Valyrian Steel: Characters That Have Swords That Can Destroy White Walkers
After seven seasons, it finally became clear that the biggest threat in Westeros is the White Walkers, although none of its inhabitants wanted to believe it. In the books, they are also known as the Others and are incredibly dangerous because their swords go through steel. They can only be fought with weapons made of Dragonglass or Valyrian Steel. Let’s find out about every Valyrian blade mentioned in this epic saga.
THE EXTRAORDINARY METAL
Valyrian steel is unlike any other metal found in Westeros, and with it, people are able to create weapons that are “spell-forged and razor-sharp, nigh on indestructible”. The weapons made of this material are also lighter, and so, they provide more agility in a duel. It was created in the country of Valyria, located in Essos, which is also where the Targaryens and the dragons originated.
Sadly, when Valyria was destroyed, the secrets to forging this kind of steel were gone forever. Therefore, the remaining weapons are extremely valuable. In the novels, Tyrion once said, “Valyrian steel blades were scarce and costly, yet thousands remained in the world, perhaps two hundred in the Seven Kingdoms alone.”
However, only about 20 are actually ever mentioned in the books, and most of them belong to the noble Houses of Westeros. They have been passed down through hundreds of years. Some of these swords have their histories and legends, and some could play a part in the coming fight against the White Walkers. Although, it seems like the show is focusing on Dragonglass.
This might be the most recognized Valyrian sword in ‘Game of Thrones’ because it is the one used by Jon Snow. It is a “bastard sword”, meaning a longer sword than average, which works perfectly because Jon is also a bastard (or, that’s what people thought for many years). Jeor Mormont, Commander of the Night’s Watch, gave Jon this weapon that had been passed down in the Mormont Hosue for five centuries.
Jeor had originally given the sword to Jorah Mormont, but he later “dishonored” House Mormont and ran away leaving the steel blade behind. That’s how he ended up in Essos and met Daenerys. However, it is extremely interesting that the sword is considered a bastard, and Jon Snow changed the pommel from a bear to a white wolf. It is now perfect for him.
He has already used it a bit to fight against a White Walker and disintegrated him, but it could also play a role in the prophecy of Azor Ahai, which states, “A warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer.” Melissandre and Stannis tried to act like they were doing this as the red priestess believed that he was the Prince Who Was Promised. Some theories think that Longclaw will become Lightbringer.
Another important Valyrian sword belongs to House Tarly. Randyll Tarly went on a tirade saying that he never wanted Sam to inherit the famous weapon, which is why he was forced to join the Night’s Watch in the first place. Heartsbane has a pretty interesting history. Hundreds of years ago, an outlaw from Dorne called the Vulture King faced off against Sam “Savage” Tarly.
The Savage Sam used the sword to kill many Dornish soldiers, and our beloved Samwell Tarly was probably named after him. In the books, Randyll Tarly still has the sword, and he is known as one of the best fighters in the continent. However, in the show, Samwell went back home for a short spell and stole the blade, taking it to the Citadel. Later, he stole some books from the Citadel and went to Winterfell.
This is another important Valyrian steel blade in Westeros, and it belonged to House Stark. “Four hundred years old it was, and as sharp as the day it was forged. The name it bore was older still, a legacy from the age of heroes, when the Starks were Kings in the North.” Ice is even bigger than Longclaw, and because of its size, it was more for ceremonies than dueling.
However, Ned Stark used it to kill the member of the Night’s Watch who had fled after seeing the White Walkers in the first episode. Later on, Ilyn Payne killed the Stark patriarch with it. Therefore, the Lannisters ended up with Ice, and Tywin ordered it melted, creating two smaller swords from it. No one knows how to make Valyrian steel, but some smiths can still work it.
Tywin hired Tobho Mott, who also happened to be Gendry’s teacher. So, some people believe that Gendry might know more about Valyrian steel than anyone else in Westeros. Anyway, Tywin gave one sword to Jaime Lannister, and the other to Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey named it Widow’s Wail, while Jaime named it Oathkeeper.
He also gave the weapon to Brienne of Tarth because he promised Catelyn Stark that he would return Sansa and Arya to her after she set him free. Brienne has to keep that oath in his stead. It also sealed their special bond after that weird journey. Joffrey used his sword to destroy a book and then, a cake. The sword allegedly passed down to Tommen after Joffrey’s, but he is now dead as well.
Now, no one knows where Widow’s Wail is, but it is the only Valyrian sword in King’s Landing, and Cersei probably has it. These are the most important Valyrian blades in the main story, but there are others in Westerosi history that are worth mentioning.
This might be the most famous Valyrian sword in their history. It belonged to Aegon I Targaryen, the Conqueror, and he used his blade in the battles of Aegon’s Conquest, which founded the Seven Kingdoms and the Targaryen Dynasty. It was passed down to the Targaryen Kings since then; so, it was extremely important for that family. The owner of the sword was the rightful heir.
However, Aegon IV, who was also one of the worst Targaryen rulers, gave the weapon to his bastard son, Daemon. Daemon decided to use the name Blackfyre for his House and rebelled against the throne, claiming to be the heir. That was known as the “First Blackfyre Rebellion”. One of the great battles of this conflict happened in the Red Grass Field.
Daemon used the sword against Gwayne Corbray, who also had a Valyrian blade named Lady Forlorn. Daemon won the duel, but he was killed by his half-brother Brynden “Bloodraven” Rivers with arrows. Bloodraven later became the Three-Eyed Raven, who passed down the ability to Bran Stark. Although, Daemon died in the Red Grass Field, the rest of Blackfyre House warred against the Targaryens for years.
The Blackfyre sword was always a symbol of the rightful heir, but no one knows what happened to it. This could explain the secret plans of Varys and Illyrio. In the novels, they want to put a child named Young Griff on the throne. They believed that he was Aegon VI, but he could be a descendant of Daemon Blackfyre instead.
In a draft reading of ‘A Dance With Dragons’ by George R.R. Martin, Illyrio says that he has a gift for Griff, and that “there are things Griff must know”. If they give him the sword, Griff could be viewed as an heir to the throne. Furthermore, it would solve the mystery of Blackfyre’s whereabouts.
After the battle at the Red Grass Field, the sword was returned to House Corbray, and many years later, Lyn Corbray wielded it during Robert’s Rebellion. He killed Prince Lewyn Martell who was in the Kingsguard. In the books, Lyn was part of Littlefinger’s scheming in the Vale, but he does not appear on the show. Lyn Corbray is considered a very dangerous man.
This blade also belonged to the Targaryens. Queen Visenya, who was part of the three dragon riders that conquered Westeros, had this sword. It was a slim blade that could easily fit a woman’s hand. The weapon ended up in the hands of Daemon Targaryen, also known as the rogue prince. He used it during the Dance of the Dragons, which was the Targaryen ‘Civil War’.
Daemon fought against his nephew Aemond One-Eye in midair, both on top of their dragons. However, at one point, Daemon jumped to Aemond’s dragon and stabbed him in his remaining eye. Both Aemond and his dragon died. After that, the sword passed down to Aemon Targaryen, also known as the Dragonknight.
Viserys once said, “Aemon… the greatest jouster and swordsman of his age – a knight worthy to bear Dark Sister.” Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night’s Watch was named after this great warrior. Later, the weapon was given to Brynden “Bloodraven” Rivers, who was also the Three-Eyed Raven. He was a king’s bastard but also great at spying, sword fighting, magic wielding, and more.
He had an affair with Shiera Seaster, who might be Quaithe. He later joined the Night’s Watch, became the Lord Commander, and went beyond the wall. He became a Tree-wizard man, which the show changed to Three-Eyed Raven. However, the whereabouts of Dark Sister is a mystery. Bloodraven might have taken it with him to the Night’s Watch as Jeor Mormont did.
It might have been in the cave where Bran and Meera met him, and some people speculated that she would pick it up because it was made for a woman’s hand. On the other hand, other fans think that she already has it as she grabbed a sword in a brief scene in Season Six. We might have to wait for the next book to possibly find out more.
This sword belonged to House Lannister as they bought it before Valyria was destroyed for a lot of gold. A hundred years of the Doom of Valyria, King Tommen II Lannister decided to travel there to ransack the ruins. He had Brightroar in his expedition, but he disappeared along with the weapon. Tywin always hated the fact that one of the Lannister’s treasures was lost so senselessly.
At one point, his brother Gerion Lannister went to find it, but he was lost as well. However, Tywin was able to get two Valyrian swords from Ice.
RED RAIN AND NIGHTFALL
These swords were owned by Ironborns. Red Rain belonged to Dunstan Drumm, who was the Lord of Old Wyk. He would tell the story of his ancestor Hilmar Drumm, The Cunning, who took the weapon from a knight with his intelligence. Some believe that this knight was part of House Reyne, a familiar destroyed by Tywin Lannister.
Nightfall is owned by Ser Harras Harlaw, who stood behind Asha – Yara in the show – Greyjoy’s army. However, Euron made him a Lord, and he changed sides. This sword was historically used by the infamous Ironborn Dalton Greyjoy, the Red Kraken. He apparently only loved three things: the sea, women, and the weapon, which he used to shed so much blood that he was named Red Kraken.
This weapon is not technically a sword; so, it doesn’t seem to have a name. However, in the books and the show, after Bran was thrown from a tower, someone tried to kill him with this blade. Littlefinger told Catelyn Stark that it belonged to Tyrion Lannister. Therefore, she arrested Tyrion and started the War of the Five Kings as a result.
But, the real person behind this was Joffrey, who stole it from his father and gave it to a thief so that he would kill Bran. Littlefinger lied to start a war, and in the books, after he betrayed Ned Stark, he was always wearing it as a symbol. Sansa is still in the Vale in the novels, but we know how things ended up for Petyr Baelish on the show.
SWORDS FROM THE TARGARYEN CIVIL WAR
This sword was used in ‘A Dance of Dragons’ by Willum Royce, and he was caught up in the storming of the Dragonpit, where common people killed chained dragons. Jon Roxton had a blade named Orphan-Maker, and Ormund Hightower had one called Vigilance. Roxton was killed; so the whereabouts of his sword is not known. But, the Hightowers are still alive, and they might Vigilance.
OTHER BARELY-MENTIONED BLADES
A soldier named Moredo Rogare from Lys had one named Truth, and someone from Claw Isle was said to own an ax made of Valyrian steel. Additionally, a man named Caggo has an arakh made of Valyrian steel. That is one of the weapons used by the Dothraki. There were even more Valyrian daggers in the treasure presented by Euron at the King’s Moot.
It is very weird that they just mention these weapons on the side as if Valyrian steel was nothing. If there were more daggers than swords made out of Valyrian, someone like Tywin could have bought a bunch of them and created more the one that he desperately wanted for so long.
Those are all the weapons mentioned in the novels and the show which were forged from Valyrian steel. Let us know if you also think that Jon’s Longclaw could become Lightbringer. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who want to see who ends up on the Iron Throne. See you next time!
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