This article is about the magical creatures. For the Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series episode, see "The Ice Dragon".
"Bloody ice dragon! Gods be good, now that I would love to see."
Gared Tuttle[src]

An ice dragon is a legendary creature somewhat resembling a dragon, but made of ice and breathing cold instead of fire.


"The Lost Lords"

If Gared Tuttle chooses to tell Jon Snow that he intends to find the North Grove, Jon will laugh and say that Old Nan used to tell him and his half-siblings a tale about it that featured ice dragons and trees as tall as the sky.[1]

"The Sword in the Darkness"

Duncan Tuttle delivers some ironwood to Castle Black and gives his nephew Gared a map that belonged to Lord Gregor Forrester that seems to show how to find the North Grove. Gregor has written on the map that the North Grove is located "beneath the watchful eye of the Ice Dragon".[2]

''The Ice Dragon''

It is revealed that the Ice Dragon referred to by Gregor Forrester on the map for the North Grove meant the constellation of 'The Ice Dragon', rather than a literal Ice Dragon. The North Grove is located in an Ironwood forest below the constellation.

Behind the Scenes

Viseron dragon finale

Viserion, an "ice dragon".

In Season 7, Viserion is killed and raised as a wight by the Night King.[3] Viserion is incorrectly referred to as an "ice dragon" in the recap for the episode in the HBO Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide;[4] however, it is not made of ice and does not breathe ice. As an undead regular dragon, it still breathes fire, although the color of its flames is blue.[5]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, ice dragons are said to roam the Shivering Sea and the White Waste. They are said to be larger than the dragons of Valyria and made out of living ice, with pale blue crystal eyes, vast translucent wings and very cold breath - which can instantly freeze people and things solid, a mirror opposite of how the breath of regular dragons burn them. There is a constellation of stars to the north called the ice dragon, with blue eyes that point north.

If they do exist they are probably not closely related to regular dragons - which are said to be fire made flesh - though given that all dragons are heavily implied to have a magical origin, for all anyone knows they may have a shared or at least related magical source.

As he does in "The Lost Lords", Jon Snow recalls several times the stories that Old Nan told of ice dragons when he was a child.

George R.R. Martin published a children's novel in 1980 titled The Ice Dragon, which follows a young girl who forms a bond with an ice dragon. The world that it is set in contains several similarities to the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but it also contains several differences. Some publishers suggest that it is set in the same world, though this has been a topic of some debate.

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