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"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 is blamed for starting Robert's Rebellion by abducting Lyanna Stark. He was killed by Robert Baratheon during that conflict.




Prince Rhaegar Targaryen

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.[1] 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

Robert slays Rhaegar

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 Targaryen dynasty. Rhaegar himself met Robert in combat at a ford during the Battle of the Trident, and was slain by him there.[2]

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.[3] Lyanna also died during the war.[4]


"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."
―Ser Barristan Selmy to Daenerys[src]
"Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly. And Rhaegar died."
Jorah Mormont[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]

Family tree

Aerion family tree
Aerion Targaryen
"Aerion Brightflame"
Aemon Tree
Aemon Targaryen
"Maester Aemon"
Night's Watch Crow shield icon
Aegon V family tree
Aegon V Targaryen
"Aegon the Unlikely"
Targaryen Queen
Duncan Targaryen
"Duncan the Small"
Aerys II Targaryen
"The Mad King"
Rhaella tree
Rhaella Targaryen
Daeron Targaryen
Rhaegar Targaryen
Elia Martell Martell-small
Viserys tree
Viserys Targaryen
Daenerys tree
Daenerys Targaryen
"Daenerys Stormborn"
Drogo tree
Rhaenys tree
Rhaenys Targaryen
Aegon Targaryen

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.

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.

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.

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. Both Daenerys and the readers believe them to be Rhaegar, Elia, and their infant son Aegon.

See also


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Lord: Queen Daenerys Targaryen Heir: None
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
Deceased members:Aerys II, the Mad · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego · Aemon Targaryen
Household:Ser Jorah Mormont · Tyrion Lannister · {Ser Barristan Selmy} · {Rakharo} · Kovarro · Aggo · {Irri} · {Doreah} · Jhiqui · Malakho · Missandei · Grey Worm · Daario Naharis · {Mossador} · Malcolm Branfield · Croft

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