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| Death=[[Timeline#Robert's Rebellion|281 AL]]<br>Slain by [[Robert Baratheon]] at the [[Battle of the Trident]]
 
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{{Quote|Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly. And Rhaegar died.|Jorah Mormont|Walk of Punishment}}
 
{{Quote|Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly. And Rhaegar died.|Jorah Mormont|Walk of Punishment}}
'''Rhaegar Targaryen''' is an unseen character in ''[[Game of Thrones]]''. He is deceased when the events of the series commence. He was the son and heir of King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], holding the title of Prince of [[Dragonstone]]. Rhaegar was the older brother of [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]], though Daenerys was born after he died. He is blamed for starting [[Robert's Rebellion]] by abducting [[Lyanna Stark]]. He was killed by [[Robert Baratheon]] during that conflict.
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'''Rhaegar Targaryen''' is an unseen character in ''[[Game of Thrones (TV series)|Game of Thrones]]''. He is deceased when the events of the series commence. He was the son and heir of King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], holding the title of Prince of [[Dragonstone]]. Rhaegar was the older brother of [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]], though Daenerys was born after he died. He was the last great champion of [[House Targaryen]].
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Rhaegar is blamed for starting [[Robert's Rebellion]] by [[Abduction of Lyanna Stark|abducting]] [[Lyanna Stark]]. He was killed by [[Robert Baratheon]] at the climax of the war.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
[[Image:Rhaegar.png|thumb|Prince Rhaegar Targaryen]]
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[[File:Abduction of Lyanna Stark.png|thumb|Rhaegar's abduction of Lyanna Stark]]Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was the eldest son and heir to the Mad King, [[Aerys II Targaryen]], by his wife and sister Queen [[Rhaella Targaryen]]. [[Tywin Lannister]] desired for his daughter [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] to marry Rhaegar, but King Aerys II insulted Tywin by indicating that such a match would be beneath Rhaegar.<ref>"[[Mad King Aerys (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Tywin Lannister's perspective]]"</ref> Instead, Rhaegar was married to Princess [[Elia Martell]] of [[Dorne]], with whom he had a daughter named [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]] and then a son named [[Aegon Targaryen (Son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]. In spite of Elia's love and loyalty to him, Rhaegar [[Abduction of Lyanna Stark|abducted]] [[Lyanna Stark]] of [[Winterfell]] for unknown reasons.<ref>"[[Robert's Rebellion#Oberyn Martell's perspective]]"</ref>
Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was the son and heir to the Mad King, [[Aerys II Targaryen]]. He sparked the war known as [[Robert's Rebellion]] when he kidnapped [[Lyanna Stark]] of [[Winterfell]] for reasons unknown. He was killed by Lyanna's betrothed [[Robert Baratheon]] in single combat at the [[Battle of the Trident]].<ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-ofthrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/targaryen/rhaegar-targaryen/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Targaryen - Rhaegar Targaryen entry]</ref> When Rhaegar was killed, he was struck down with a massive blow from Robert's warhammer, which scattered the rubies encrusted in Rhaegar's armor under the water. That location was named the "[[Ruby Ford]]" thereafter.
 
   
===[[Season 1]]===
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After the Mad King had Lyanna Stark's father [[Rickard Stark]] and oldest brother [[Brandon Stark (Son of Rickard)|Brandon Stark]] executed for demanding Rhaegar release Lyanna, her other brother, [[Eddard Stark]], and her betrothed, [[Robert Baratheon]], joined forces with several other houses to overthrow the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] dynasty.<ref>"[[The Sack of King's Landing (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Luwin]]"</ref> This war became known as the War of the Usurper or [[Robert's Rebellion]]. After initially remaining away from the fighting in Dorne, Rhaegar was summoned to lead the Royalist forces in what would be the [[Battle of the Trident]].<ref>"[[Robert's Rebellion (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Robert Baratheon's perspective]]"</ref> During the Battle, Rhaegar was killed in single combat with Lyanna's betrothed [[Robert Baratheon]].<ref>"[[Robert's Rebellion (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Viserys Targaryen's perspective]]"</ref> Rhaegar was struck down with a massive blow from Robert's warhammer, which scattered the rubies encrusted in Rhaegar's armor under the water. That location was named the "[[Ruby Ford]]" thereafter.<ref>"[[Robert's Rebellion (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Robert Baratheon's perspective]]"</ref>
[[File:Robert_slays_Rhaegar.jpg|thumb|left|Rhaegar is slain by Robert Baratheon]]Lyanna's brother, [[Eddard Stark]], and her betrothed, [[Robert Baratheon]], joined forces with several other houses to destroy the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] dynasty. Rhaegar himself met Robert in combat at a ford during the [[Battle of the Trident]], and was slain by him there.<ref>"[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"</ref>
 
   
His father was killed shortly afterwards by Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] during the [[Sack of King's Landing]]. His younger brother [[Viserys]] and sister [[Daenerys]] (who was born after Rhaegar's death) survived in exile in the [[Free Cities]] across the sea.<ref>"Winter is Coming"</ref> Lyanna also died during the war.<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
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His father was killed shortly afterwards by Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] during the [[Sack of King's Landing]]<ref>"[[The Sack of King's Landing (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Luwin]]"</ref> and his mother died in childbirth at [[Dragonstone (castle)|Dragonstone]].<ref>"[[Robert's Rebellion (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Viserys Targaryen's perspective]]"</ref> His younger brother [[Viserys]] and sister [[Daenerys]] (who was born after Rhaegar's death) survived in exile in the [[Free Cities]] across the sea.<ref>"[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"</ref> Lyanna also died during the war.<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref> Rhaenys and Aegon were killed in front of Elia by Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] better known as 'The Mountain' and afterwards raped Elia and fatally stabbed her with his sword.
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===[[Season 1]]===
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When King [[Robert Baratheon]] arrives at [[Winterfell]], he immediately goes with Lord [[Eddard Stark]] to see [[Lyanna Stark]]'s grave in the crypts beneath the castle. Robert tells Eddard that in kills Rhaegar every night in his dreams.<ref>"[[Winter is Coming]]"</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 3]]===
 
===[[Season 3]]===
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[[File:Dead-Rhaegar.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Rhaegar lies dead in the Ruby Ford.]]
 
When Daenerys Targaryen considers the possibility of buying [[Unsullied]] to employ as her army in her quest to win the [[Iron Throne]], Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] pleads her not to do it, mentioning Rhaegar [[Battle of the Trident|fighting]] with men that believed in his cause at [[the Trident]]. Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] counters that Rhaegar fought bravely and honorably, but perished nevertheless.<ref>"[[Walk of Punishment]]"</ref>
 
When Daenerys Targaryen considers the possibility of buying [[Unsullied]] to employ as her army in her quest to win the [[Iron Throne]], Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] pleads her not to do it, mentioning Rhaegar [[Battle of the Trident|fighting]] with men that believed in his cause at [[the Trident]]. Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] counters that Rhaegar fought bravely and honorably, but perished nevertheless.<ref>"[[Walk of Punishment]]"</ref>
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===[[Season 5]]===
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On her way to her father's funeral at the [[Great Sept of Baelor]], Cersei recalls visiting a [[maegi]] known as [[Maggy]] to predict her future. Young Cersei asks Maggy if she will the Prince as her father desired,<ref>"[[Mad King Aerys (Complete Guide to Westeros)#Tywin Lannister's perspective]]"</ref> but Maggy answers that she will not, but she will marry [[Robert Baratheon|the King]].<ref>"[[The Wars to Come]]"</ref>
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[[Barristan Selmy]] shares some of his memories of Rhaegar with [[Daenerys Targaryen|his sister]]. Dany is pleasantly surprised to discover that Rhaegar was more than the great killer that Viserys made him out to be. Selmy tells her how Rhaegar used to disguise himself as a minstrel and play on the streets of King's Landing while Ser Barristan stood guard. Rhaegar made quite a tidy profit on these excursions, and although he once spent the money on getting himself and Selmy very, very drunk, he usually gave the money away to other minstrels or to orphanages. Barristan mentions that Rhaegar never liked killing but instead loved singing.
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Around the same time, [[Petyr Baelish]] explains the events of the Tourney at Harrenhal to [[Sansa Stark]] when she accuses Rhaegar of kidnapping and raping Lyanna. Baelish gives Sansa a simple account of what everyone saw happen, rather than interpret the events that followed.<ref>"[[Sons of the Harpy (episode)|Sons of the Harpy]]"</ref>
   
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
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{{Quote|In my dreams, I kill him every night.|[[Robert Baratheon]] to [[Eddard Stark]]|Winter is Coming}}
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{{Quote|Your brother Rhaegar was the last dragon.|[[Jorah Mormont]] to [[Daenerys Targaryen]]|Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things}}
 
{{Quote|Your brother Rhaegar was the last dragon.|[[Jorah Mormont]] to [[Daenerys Targaryen]]|Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things}}
   
{{Quote|When your brother Rhaegar led his army into battle at the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him, because they loved him.|Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] to Daenerys|Walk of Punishment}}
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{{Quote|When your brother Rhaegar led his army into battle at the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him, because they loved him. I fought beside the last dragon on that day, your Grace. I bled beside him.|Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] to Daenerys|Walk of Punishment}}
   
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Daenerys Targaryen|Did you know him well, Ser Barristan?|Barristan Selmy|I did, your Grace. Finest man I ever met.|I wish I had known him, but he was not the last dragon.|Rhaegar Targaryen remembered.|Walk of Punishment}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Daenerys Targaryen|Did you know him well, Ser Barristan?|Barristan Selmy|I did, your Grace. Finest man I ever met.|I wish I had known him, but he was not the last dragon.|Rhaegar Targaryen remembered.|Walk of Punishment}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Barristan Selmy|Viserys never told you?|Daenerys Targaryen|He told me Rhaegar was good at killing people.|Rhaegar never liked killing. He loved singing.|Ser Barristan recounts his time with Rhaegar|Sons of the Harpy (episode)}}
   
 
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==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Rhaegar is depicted as a chivalrous, honorable, well loved by the smallfolk and just warrior, albeit one often distracted by other concerns and apparently unable or unwilling to restrain the worst excesses of his father. The only person who genuinely hated Rhaegar was Robert Baratheon. Rhaegar had silver-gold hair and dark lilac eyes. He was considered to be tall and handsome. [[Cersei Lannister]], who was infatuated with him, remembers Rhaegar as the most beautiful man she had ever seen. Rhaegar was very bookish in his youth, such that people jested that the Queen swallowed some books and a candle while he was in her wombs. As a boy he was able to impress the maesters with his wit. He was married to Princess Elia Martell of [[Dorne]], with whom he had two children, Rhaenys and Aegon. It is suggested that he was not in love with Elia but was content in his marriage nonetheless.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Rhaegar is depicted as a chivalrous, honorable, well loved by the smallfolk and just warrior, albeit one often distracted by other concerns and apparently unable or unwilling to restrain the worst excesses of his father. He had a strained relationship with his father, which was helped along by the king's paranoia, and lords who spoke ill of the Crown Prince and claimed he was plotting to overthrow Aerys.
   
Rhaegar's reasons for kidnapping Lyanna Stark remain a mystery to both his supporters and his detractors, but the entire realm knows that they had met at a great tourney at the castle of [[Harrenhal]] a year before the kidnapping. Rhaegar had crowned her Queen of Love and Beauty, passing over his wife.
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Rhaegar had silver-gold hair and dark lilac eyes. He was considered to be tall and handsome. [[Cersei Lannister]], who was infatuated with him, remembers Rhaegar as the most beautiful man she had ever seen. Rhaegar was very bookish in his youth, such that people jested that the Queen swallowed some books and a candle while he was in her wombs. As a boy he was able to impress the maesters with his wit.
   
One of the main reasons that the other noble Houses of the realm put up with King Aerys' increasing madness for as long as they did is because Rhaegar was widely loved and respected by all, and it was believed he would make a great king. Most were willing to simply wait out the rest of Aerys' reign until his son succeeded him, rather than deal with the controversy of rebelling against and killing a king. It was therefore a great shock when Rhaegar absconded with Lyanna Stark, but even so, royalists in the civil war weren't primarily fighting out of loyalty to Mad King Aerys, but out of loyalty to Prince Rhaegar. Thus when Rhaegar died in the Battle of the Trident, the Targaryen cause was doomed, and not simply due to a decisive military defeat. Without Rhaegar, Aerys's allies began to slip away, and it was only after the defeat at the Battle of the Trident that the Lannisters turned on the Targaryens, resulting in the Sack of King's Landing and the death of Aerys.
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Rhaegar's reasons for taking Lyanna Stark remain a mystery to both his supporters and his detractors, but the entire realm knows that they had met at a great tourney at [[Harrenhal]]. Rhaegar had crowned her Queen of Love and Beauty, passing over his wife.
   
When [[Daenerys Targaryen]] was in the [[House of the Undying]], one of the visions she saw was a man resembling [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] but taller than him, with dark indigo eyes, and a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. Both Daenerys and the readers believe them to be Rhaegar, Elia, and their infant son Aegon.
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A year after the tourney, Rhaegar and two knights of the [[Kingsguard]] fell upon Lyanna in [[the Riverlands]] and took her to a secure location (eventually revealed to be a hidden redoubt in the Red Mountains of [[Dorne]]). This event is cited as the catalyst for Robert's Rebellion, although strictly speaking it was Aerys whose paranoia and brutal reaction finally pushed the [[House Stark|Starks]], [[House Baratheon|Baratheons]] and [[House Arryn|Arryns]] over the edge.
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With Rhaegar's death and the loss of the Battle of Trident, the Royalist cause was seen as doomed. With this decisive rebel victory, the Lannisters and Greyjoys, who had stayed out of the conflict, joined the war on the rebels' side. This led to the Greyjoy raid of the Reach, as well as the Lannister Sack of King's Landing and the death of Aerys.
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When [[Daenerys Targaryen]] was in the [[House of the Undying]], one of the visions she saw was a man resembling [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] but taller than him, with dark indigo eyes, and a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. They were confirmed by [[George R.R. Martin]] to be Rhaegar, Elia, and their infant son Aegon.<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Prophecies/Entry/1811 The Citadel: Prophecies - Westeros.org]</ref>
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Rhaegar_Targaryen Rhaegar Targaryen at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (spoilers from the books)
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*{{AWOIAF}} (spoilers from the books)
   
 
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Targaryen mini shield
Targaryen mini shield
Rhaegar Targaryen
Rhaegar
Season(s) 1, 3, 4, 5
Mentioned in "Winter is Coming"
"Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things"
"Fire and Blood"
"Walk of Punishment"
"Two Swords"
"The Wars to Come"
"Sons of the Harpy"
Titles Prince of Dragonstone
Also known as The Last Dragon
Status Deceased
Death 281 AL
Slain by Robert Baratheon at the Battle of the Trident
Origin King's Landing
Allegiance House Targaryen
Culture Valyrian
Family {Aerys II Targaryen} - father/uncle
{Rhaella Targaryen} - mother/aunt
Aemon Targaryen - great-uncle
{Duncan Targaryen} - uncle
{Daeron Targaryen} - uncle
{Viserys Targaryen} - brother
Daenerys Targaryen - sister
{Elia Martell} - wife
{Rhaenys Targaryen} - daughter
{Aegon Targaryen} - son
"Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly. And Rhaegar died."
―Jorah Mormont[src]

Rhaegar Targaryen is an unseen character in Game of Thrones. He is deceased when the events of the series commence. He was the son and heir of King Aerys II Targaryen, holding the title of Prince of Dragonstone. Rhaegar was the older brother of Viserys and Daenerys, though Daenerys was born after he died. He was the last great champion of House Targaryen.

Rhaegar is blamed for starting Robert's Rebellion by abducting Lyanna Stark. He was killed by Robert Baratheon at the climax of the war.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Abduction of Lyanna Stark

Rhaegar's abduction of Lyanna Stark

Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was the eldest son and heir to the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, by his wife and sister Queen Rhaella Targaryen. Tywin Lannister desired for his daughter Cersei to marry Rhaegar, but King Aerys II insulted Tywin by indicating that such a match would be beneath Rhaegar.[1] Instead, Rhaegar was married to Princess Elia Martell of Dorne, with whom he had a daughter named Rhaenys and then a son named Aegon. In spite of Elia's love and loyalty to him, Rhaegar abducted Lyanna Stark of Winterfell for unknown reasons.[2]

After the Mad King had Lyanna Stark's father Rickard Stark and oldest brother Brandon Stark executed for demanding Rhaegar release Lyanna, her other brother, Eddard Stark, and her betrothed, Robert Baratheon, joined forces with several other houses to overthrow the Targaryen dynasty.[3] This war became known as the War of the Usurper or Robert's Rebellion. After initially remaining away from the fighting in Dorne, Rhaegar was summoned to lead the Royalist forces in what would be the Battle of the Trident.[4] During the Battle, Rhaegar was killed in single combat with Lyanna's betrothed Robert Baratheon.[5] Rhaegar was struck down with a massive blow from Robert's warhammer, which scattered the rubies encrusted in Rhaegar's armor under the water. That location was named the "Ruby Ford" thereafter.[6]

His father was killed shortly afterwards by Ser Jaime Lannister during the Sack of King's Landing[7] and his mother died in childbirth at Dragonstone.[8] His younger brother Viserys and sister Daenerys (who was born after Rhaegar's death) survived in exile in the Free Cities across the sea.[9] Lyanna also died during the war.[10] Rhaenys and Aegon were killed in front of Elia by Ser Gregor Clegane better known as 'The Mountain' and afterwards raped Elia and fatally stabbed her with his sword.

Season 1Edit

When King Robert Baratheon arrives at Winterfell, he immediately goes with Lord Eddard Stark to see Lyanna Stark's grave in the crypts beneath the castle. Robert tells Eddard that in kills Rhaegar every night in his dreams.[11]

Season 3Edit

Dead-Rhaegar

Rhaegar lies dead in the Ruby Ford.

When Daenerys Targaryen considers the possibility of buying Unsullied to employ as her army in her quest to win the Iron Throne, Ser Barristan Selmy pleads her not to do it, mentioning Rhaegar fighting with men that believed in his cause at the Trident. Ser Jorah Mormont counters that Rhaegar fought bravely and honorably, but perished nevertheless.[12]

Season 5Edit

On her way to her father's funeral at the Great Sept of Baelor, Cersei recalls visiting a maegi known as Maggy to predict her future. Young Cersei asks Maggy if she will the Prince as her father desired,[13] but Maggy answers that she will not, but she will marry the King.[14]

Barristan Selmy shares some of his memories of Rhaegar with his sister. Dany is pleasantly surprised to discover that Rhaegar was more than the great killer that Viserys made him out to be. Selmy tells her how Rhaegar used to disguise himself as a minstrel and play on the streets of King's Landing while Ser Barristan stood guard. Rhaegar made quite a tidy profit on these excursions, and although he once spent the money on getting himself and Selmy very, very drunk, he usually gave the money away to other minstrels or to orphanages. Barristan mentions that Rhaegar never liked killing but instead loved singing.

Around the same time, Petyr Baelish explains the events of the Tourney at Harrenhal to Sansa Stark when she accuses Rhaegar of kidnapping and raping Lyanna. Baelish gives Sansa a simple account of what everyone saw happen, rather than interpret the events that followed.[15]

QuotesEdit

"In my dreams, I kill him every night."
Robert Baratheon to Eddard Stark[src]
"Your brother Rhaegar was the last dragon."
Jorah Mormont to Daenerys Targaryen[src]
"When your brother Rhaegar led his army into battle at the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him, because they loved him. I fought beside the last dragon on that day, your Grace. I bled beside him."
―Ser Barristan Selmy to Daenerys[src]
Daenerys Targaryen: "Did you know him well, Ser Barristan?"
Barristan Selmy: "I did, your Grace. Finest man I ever met."
Daenerys Targaryen: "I wish I had known him, but he was not the last dragon."
— Rhaegar Targaryen remembered.[src]
Barristan Selmy: "Viserys never told you?"
Daenerys Targaryen: "He told me Rhaegar was good at killing people."
Barristan Selmy: "Rhaegar never liked killing. He loved singing."
— Ser Barristan recounts his time with Rhaegar[src]

Family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerion family tree
Aerion Targaryen
"Aerion Brightflame"
Deceased
 
Aemon Tree
Aemon Targaryen
"Maester Aemon"
Night's Watch Crow mini shield
 
Aegon V family tree
Aegon V Targaryen
"Aegon the Unlikely"
Deceased
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Unknown
Targaryen Queen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Duncan Targaryen
"Duncan the Small"
Deceased
 
Mad-king-tree
Aerys II Targaryen
"The Mad King"
Deceased
 
Rhaella tree
Rhaella Targaryen
Deceased
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Daeron Targaryen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar-family-tree
Rhaegar Targaryen
Deceased
 
Elia-family-tree
Elia Martell Martell-small
Deceased
 
Viserys tree
Viserys Targaryen
Deceased
 
Daenerys tree
Daenerys Targaryen
"Daenerys Stormborn"
 
Drogo tree
Drogo
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys tree
Rhaenys Targaryen
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Aegon Targaryen
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Rhaego
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In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Rhaegar is depicted as a chivalrous, honorable, well loved by the smallfolk and just warrior, albeit one often distracted by other concerns and apparently unable or unwilling to restrain the worst excesses of his father. He had a strained relationship with his father, which was helped along by the king's paranoia, and lords who spoke ill of the Crown Prince and claimed he was plotting to overthrow Aerys.

Rhaegar had silver-gold hair and dark lilac eyes. He was considered to be tall and handsome. Cersei Lannister, who was infatuated with him, remembers Rhaegar as the most beautiful man she had ever seen. Rhaegar was very bookish in his youth, such that people jested that the Queen swallowed some books and a candle while he was in her wombs. As a boy he was able to impress the maesters with his wit.

Rhaegar's reasons for taking Lyanna Stark remain a mystery to both his supporters and his detractors, but the entire realm knows that they had met at a great tourney at Harrenhal. Rhaegar had crowned her Queen of Love and Beauty, passing over his wife.

A year after the tourney, Rhaegar and two knights of the Kingsguard fell upon Lyanna in the Riverlands and took her to a secure location (eventually revealed to be a hidden redoubt in the Red Mountains of Dorne). This event is cited as the catalyst for Robert's Rebellion, although strictly speaking it was Aerys whose paranoia and brutal reaction finally pushed the Starks, Baratheons and Arryns over the edge.

With Rhaegar's death and the loss of the Battle of Trident, the Royalist cause was seen as doomed. With this decisive rebel victory, the Lannisters and Greyjoys, who had stayed out of the conflict, joined the war on the rebels' side. This led to the Greyjoy raid of the Reach, as well as the Lannister Sack of King's Landing and the death of Aerys.

When Daenerys Targaryen was in the House of the Undying, one of the visions she saw was a man resembling Viserys but taller than him, with dark indigo eyes, and a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. They were confirmed by George R.R. Martin to be Rhaegar, Elia, and their infant son Aegon.[16]

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Lord: Queen Daenerys Targaryen Heir: None
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Seat: (Exiled) Lands: Exiled, currently holds Meereen in Slaver's Bay
Title(s): Queen of Meereen · Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea · Queen of Qarth· Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant) · Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant) · Protector of the Realm (claimant)
Ancestors:Aegon I, the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Aenys I · Maegor I, the Cruel · Jaehaerys, the Concilliator · Viserys I · Daemon · Rhaenyra · Aegon II · Aemond · Aegon III · Daeron I, the Young Dragon · Baelor the Blessed · Viserys II · Aegon IV, the Unworthy · Naerys · Aemon the Dragonknight · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron II, the Good · Daenerys Martell · Myriah Martell · Daemon Blackfyre · Brynden Rivers · Aegor Rivers · Shiera Seastar · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Aerion Brightflame · Aegon V, the Unlikely · Duncan the Small · Daeron
Current members:Aemon Targaryen
Deceased members:Aerys II, the Mad · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego
Household:Ser Jorah Mormont (formerly) · {Ser Barristan Selmy} · {Rakharo} · Kovarro · Aggo · {Irri} · {Doreah} · Jhiqui · Malakho · Missandei · Grey Worm · Daario Naharis

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