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[[File:Dragonglass_Spear.jpg|thumb|250px|A spear head, made of Dragonglass.]]
 
[[File:Dragonglass_Spear.jpg|thumb|250px|A spear head, made of Dragonglass.]]
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'''Dragonglass''' is a common name in [[Westeros]] for the substance known as '''obsidian''', a form of volcanic glass. They are notable for being thus far seen to be the only substance capable of killing [[White Walkers]].
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'''Dragonglass''' is a common name in [[Westeros]] for the substance known as '''obsidian''', a form of volcanic glass. It is notable for being, thus far seen, the only substance capable of killing [[White Walkers]].
   
 
Large amounts of dragonglass can be found on [[Dragonstone]] island.<ref>[[Complete Guide to Westeros]]: Dragonstone</ref>
 
Large amounts of dragonglass can be found on [[Dragonstone]] island.<ref>[[Complete Guide to Westeros]]: Dragonstone</ref>
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===[[Season 1]]===
 
===[[Season 1]]===
[[Doreah]] tells [[Viserys]] she's seen a man from Asshai with a dagger of real dragonglass.<ref>"[[Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things]]"</ref>
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[[Doreah]] tells [[Viserys]] she's seen a man from [[Asshai]] with a dagger of real dragonglass.<ref>"[[Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things]]"</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 2]]===
 
===[[Season 2]]===
[[Grenn]], [[Dolorous Edd]], and [[Samwell Tarly]] find a cache of dragonglass spear heads buried in the snow on the [[Fist of the First Men]]. Sam identifies the material, but is unsure why it would have been left on the Fist by a ranger of the [[Night's Watch]]. Edd suggests that whoever it was, they wanted someone else to find the weapons.<ref>"[[The Prince of Winterfell]]"</ref>
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[[Grenn]], [[Eddison Tollett|Edd]], and [[Samwell Tarly]] find a cache of dragonglass spear heads along with an [[old warhorn]] buried in the snow on the [[Fist of the First Men]]. Sam identifies the material, but is unsure why it would have been left on the Fist by a ranger of the [[Night's Watch]]. Edd suggests that whoever it was, they wanted someone else to find the weapons.<ref>"[[The Prince of Winterfell]]"</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 3]]===
 
===[[Season 3]]===
After escaping [[Craster's Keep]] with Gilly, Sam shows her a piece of the dragonglass he had found. She asks what it does, and Sam responds that he isn't sure it does anything. He does remark how beautiful it is however.<ref>"[[The Climb]]"</ref> Sam later uses his dagger to slay a [[White Walker (Valar Morghulis)|White Walker]] that was after [[Gilly's baby]]. When Sam stabs the White Walker in the shoulder, it turns to ice and shatters.<ref>"[[Second Sons (episode)]]"</ref>
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After escaping [[Craster's Keep]] with Gilly, Sam shows her a piece of the dragonglass he had found. She asks what it does, and Sam responds that he isn't sure it does anything. He does remark how beautiful it is however.<ref>"[[The Climb]]"</ref> Sam later uses his dagger to slay a [[White Walker (Valar Morghulis)|White Walker]] that was after [[Gilly's baby]]. When Sam stabs the White Walker in the shoulder, the creature turns to ice and shatters.<ref>"[[Second Sons (episode)]]"</ref>
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, dragonglass is found in quantity on [[Dragonstone]] and in the ruins of [[Valyria]], where it was used to make different kinds of ornaments, including [[Glass candle|candles]]. It is also an export from [[Asshai]]. According to legend, the [[Children of the Forest]] also made use of the substance. It is also discovered that weapons made of dragonglass are the only thing that can harm or kill [[White Walkers]], and according to legend, the Children of the Forest would provide the [[Night's Watch]] with weapons made of dragonglass specifically for that purpose.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, dragonglass is found in quantity on [[Dragonstone]] and in the ruins of [[Valyria]], where it was used to make different kinds of ornaments, including [[Glass candle|candles]]. It is also an export from [[Asshai]]. According to legend, the [[Children of the Forest]] also made use of the substance. [[Samwell Tarly]] discovered, by chance, that dragonglass is one of the few materials that can harm or kill [[White Walkers|Others]]. According to legend, the Children of the Forest would provide the [[Night's Watch]] with weapons made of dragonglass specifically for that purpose.
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Stabbing an Other with dragonglass will cause it to melt into a puddle of very cold liquid, not shatter to pieces. Samwell later stabs a wight with a dragonglass dagger, but discovers that it has no more effect on wights than regular swords do.
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There are old notes claiming that [[Valyrian steel]] is also lethal to the Others, but so far it has not been put to test. Dragonglass is the only thing that was actually proved to be effective against the Others, not only in theory.
   
 
Dragonglass is sharper than steel, but also more brittle. For this reason it does not make good swords because they might shatter, but smaller daggers are more sturdy and therefore more common. They are also very effective as arrowheads.
 
Dragonglass is sharper than steel, but also more brittle. For this reason it does not make good swords because they might shatter, but smaller daggers are more sturdy and therefore more common. They are also very effective as arrowheads.
   
In the books, it was [[Jon Snow]] who found the buried bundle. In it there were a dozen knives, leaf-shaped spearheads, numerous arrowheads, and a broken warhorn.
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In the books, it was [[Jon Snow]] who found the buried bundle. In it there were blades, a dozen knives, leaf-shaped spearheads, numerous arrowheads, and an [[old warhorn|broken warhorn]].
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Apart from its effectiveness against White Walkers and its use in magic, dragonglass is identical to real-world obsidian, down to its volcanic origins, its overall functional limitations, and its use as a reliable cutting tool by peoples who had yet to develop metallurgy. ''The World of Ice and Fire'' directly states that "obsidian" is what maesters officially call this type of volcanic rock, while "dragonglass" is a popular name for it used by the common people. That being said, it is often referred to as "dragonglass" in the novels, except for one or two points when a maester calls it "obsidian" (to point out to readers that "dragonglass" actually is "obsidian") and in ''A Storm of Swords'', Samwell Tarly refers to it as "obsidian" a number of times. The Valyrian word for dragonglass translates as "frozen fire".
   
 
==Image Gallery==
 
==Image Gallery==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org:8080/index.php/Dragonglass Dragonglass at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (major spoilers from the books)
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* {{AWOIAF}} (major spoilers from the books)
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

Latest revision as of 01:10, November 2, 2014

Dragonglass Spear

A spear head, made of Dragonglass.

"The Maesters call it 'obsidian'."
Samwell Tarly[src]

Dragonglass is a common name in Westeros for the substance known as obsidian, a form of volcanic glass. It is notable for being, thus far seen, the only substance capable of killing White Walkers.

Large amounts of dragonglass can be found on Dragonstone island.[1]

HistoryEdit

Season 1Edit

Doreah tells Viserys she's seen a man from Asshai with a dagger of real dragonglass.[2]

Season 2Edit

Grenn, Edd, and Samwell Tarly find a cache of dragonglass spear heads along with an old warhorn buried in the snow on the Fist of the First Men. Sam identifies the material, but is unsure why it would have been left on the Fist by a ranger of the Night's Watch. Edd suggests that whoever it was, they wanted someone else to find the weapons.[3]

Season 3Edit

After escaping Craster's Keep with Gilly, Sam shows her a piece of the dragonglass he had found. She asks what it does, and Sam responds that he isn't sure it does anything. He does remark how beautiful it is however.[4] Sam later uses his dagger to slay a White Walker that was after Gilly's baby. When Sam stabs the White Walker in the shoulder, the creature turns to ice and shatters.[5]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, dragonglass is found in quantity on Dragonstone and in the ruins of Valyria, where it was used to make different kinds of ornaments, including candles. It is also an export from Asshai. According to legend, the Children of the Forest also made use of the substance. Samwell Tarly discovered, by chance, that dragonglass is one of the few materials that can harm or kill Others. According to legend, the Children of the Forest would provide the Night's Watch with weapons made of dragonglass specifically for that purpose.

Stabbing an Other with dragonglass will cause it to melt into a puddle of very cold liquid, not shatter to pieces. Samwell later stabs a wight with a dragonglass dagger, but discovers that it has no more effect on wights than regular swords do.

There are old notes claiming that Valyrian steel is also lethal to the Others, but so far it has not been put to test. Dragonglass is the only thing that was actually proved to be effective against the Others, not only in theory.

Dragonglass is sharper than steel, but also more brittle. For this reason it does not make good swords because they might shatter, but smaller daggers are more sturdy and therefore more common. They are also very effective as arrowheads.

In the books, it was Jon Snow who found the buried bundle. In it there were blades, a dozen knives, leaf-shaped spearheads, numerous arrowheads, and an broken warhorn.

Apart from its effectiveness against White Walkers and its use in magic, dragonglass is identical to real-world obsidian, down to its volcanic origins, its overall functional limitations, and its use as a reliable cutting tool by peoples who had yet to develop metallurgy. The World of Ice and Fire directly states that "obsidian" is what maesters officially call this type of volcanic rock, while "dragonglass" is a popular name for it used by the common people. That being said, it is often referred to as "dragonglass" in the novels, except for one or two points when a maester calls it "obsidian" (to point out to readers that "dragonglass" actually is "obsidian") and in A Storm of Swords, Samwell Tarly refers to it as "obsidian" a number of times. The Valyrian word for dragonglass translates as "frozen fire".

Image GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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