The Iron Throne is the seat of kings in the Siedem Królestw and is often used as a metonymic device to refer to the king's authority. The king often holds audiences and dispenses Justice from atop it and other individuals who act on the king's behalf, such as his Hand or regent, may sit on the throne in his absence. The chair itself is cold and hard, with many jagged edges.
The Iron Throne
The Iron Throne was constructed by Aegon I Targaryen, the first king of the Siedem Królestw. Aegon the Conqueror had the Throne made from the swords surrendered by his enemies. It is supposed to have taken a thousand blades to make, heated in the breath of Balerion the Black Dread. The hammering had taken fifty-nine days.
The Iron Throne is a monstrosity of spikes and jagged edges and twisted metal. It is uncomfortable, and the back is fanged with steel which makes leaning back impossible. Aegon I had it made this way deliberately, saying that a king should never sit easy. King Aerys II Targaryen, the "Mad King," was always cutting himself upon it, and it is said that the throne itself has caused the deaths of several people.
The Throne Room
- Zobacz także: Czerwona Twierdza
Since the construction of the Czerwona Twierdza, the Iron Throne has been located on a high platform in the Throne Room. Usually, the members of the Gwardia Królewska stand guard below and when the king is presiding, only he, his family, and his council may sit. All others must stand or kneel.
During the rule of the Targaryens, the Throne Room was decorated with the skulls of their smoks. When the Robert Baratheon overthrew them, the smok skulls were replaced by hunting tapestries. These were taken down after Robert's death.
The Throne Room was the scene of these major events:
- The murders of kings Maegor I Targaryen and Aerys II Targaryen
- The executions of Rickard and Brandon Stark
- The poisoning of Joffrey I Baratheon at his wedding feast
Kings on the Iron Throne
- Zobacz także: Ród Targaryenów
Once Aegon I had conquered six of the seven kingdoms, he proclaimed himself king of Westeros, and the rule of the Iron Throne extended over the continent. He was acknowledged by the previous kings in Północ and the Rock, and had the support of the rulers he had appointed to Krainy Burzy, Dorzecze and Reach.
The first years of Targaryen reign were a period of uneasiness and turmoil. Upon King Aegon's death, his son Aenys, born of incest and considered a weakling, took the throne. The Wiara w Siedmiu rejected his legitimacy to rule which led to the Faith Militant uprising uprising against the Iron Throne. Unable to deal with the crisis, King Aenys handed much of the responsibility for the war to his half-brother, Maegor, who served as the King's Hand. He succeeded Aenys after he died five years later as Maegor I Targaryen. Maegor I the Cruel was a harsh ruler - his response to the rebellion was bloody and ferocious, resulting in the deaths of thousands in battle, slaughter and smokfire. The slaughter lasted all of Aenys and Maegor's reigns. During Maegor's reign contruction of the Czerwona Twierdza was completed, and to preserve its secrets, Maegor had all its builders put to death. Eventually, Maegor was succeeded by Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Jaehaerys brought peace to the realm for over fifty years.
King Viserys I reigned over a time of peace and plenty for the Siedem Królestw. However, upon his death there was a succession dispute between his elder daughter and designated heiress Rhaenyra and his younger son Aegon. This dispute led to the first major civil war in the history of the unified Siedem Królestw, that would be known as the Taniec Smoków. The civil war ended with Rhaenyra's defeat and execution, but the rule of Aegon II was short. After his death, Rhaenyra's son Aegon III took the throne taking the daughter of Aegon II as a wife. Although the conflict had been resolved and the continuity of the Targaryen line was again assured, the war caused great damage to their power: many smoks had died during the fratricidal fightings, thus depriving them of their most valuable resource.
Dorne had long been a source of frustration to the Targaryens. Upon taking the throne in 157AC King Daeron I Targaryen, at the age of fourteen almost immediately launched an invasion of Dorne, in an attempt to finish Aegon the Conqueror work and unify all the seven original Kingdoms and the rule of the Iron Throne. His campaign was a success, he managed to invade Dorne, but the rebellious Dornish made holding it a costly adventure. It is said the conquest of Dorne lasted but a summer and that the Young Smok spent ten thousand men taking Dorne and lost fifty thousand trying to hold it. Daeron himself died while trying to solidify control of the area, after the Dornishmen rose in rebellion. He died at age eighteen and was succeeded by his brother King Baelor the Blessed proved a peaceful king and a pious man. He constructed the Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing. He died in 171AC and was succeeded by his uncle, King Viserys II, who was the tenth Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne. He reigned for only a year but it said he truly ruled and preserved the land for much longer, as the Namiestnik Króla during King Baelor's time and King Daeron's before him, while he was campaigning in Dorne.
His son King Aegon IV would end being remembered as Aegon the Unworthy, held to be the worst king in the history of the Siedem Królestw, in part because he legitimized all of his bastards on his deathbed, planting the seeds for the Samozwaństwo Blackfyreów.
King Daeron the Good who brought Dorne peacefully into the Siedem Królestw through a dual marriage pact. He survived the first of the Blackfyre rebellions which ended with the death of his half brother Daemon Blackfyre.
Daeron died in the great spring sickness and was succeeded by Aerys I, a bookish man who left most of the running of the realm to his Namiestnik Króla, Brynden Rivers. Another Blackfyre rebellion was ended at Białe Mury during his rule. Aerys' death without issue let to the crowning of his younger brother Maekar I who ruled a dozen years. He was followed by his son Aegon V who became known as "the Unlikely" seeing as he was the fourth son of a fourth son. Ród Blackfyreów was finally exterminated during his reign in the Wojna Dziewięciogroszowych Królów. Aegon perished in the tragedy of Summerhall.
Next came the sickly Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Though frail, he was wise and ruled well in his short reign (three years). He was followed by Aerys II Targaryen who would become known as the Mad King. His madness led to the War of the Usurper and an end of the Targaryen Dynasty on the Iron Throne after nearly 300 years. Aerys was cut down by one of his own Shield, who became known as the Kingslayer. Robert Baratheon was crowned King and the surviving Targaryens were exiled to Essos.
- Zobacz także: Ród Baratheonów
Lord Robert Baratheon, of Ród Baratheonów of the Krainy Burzy, ascended to the Iron Throne in the year 283AC after successfully leading a rebellion against the Targaryens which erupted after Aerys’ unjust murders of several important lords and other atrocities. The fact that Aerys Targaryen was slain by a Lannister spared Robert from being labelled a kingslayer. Six years after Robert's accession, Lord Balon Greyjoy, of the Żelazne Wyspy, believing that King Robert's rule was still insecure, proclaimed independence for the Żelazne Wyspy and led a rebellion against the Iron Throne. He was proven wrong and the same coalition which won Rebelia Roberta put down the Greyjoy rebellion and repatriated the Żelazne Wyspy.
King Robert's reign came to end after his wife, Queen Cersei, arranged his death. The eldest son of Cersei, Joffrey I Baratheon, took the throne. Robert had acknowledged him as a trueborn son, but he was not. This led Robert's brothers Stannis and Renly to put forward their claims to the Iron Throne. Other noble Houses sought independence from the rule of the Iron Throne, leading to the Wojna Pięciu Królów.
During the Wojna Pięciu Królów, the Północ and the Żelazne Wyspy claimed independence and seceded from the Iron Throne, while the rest of kingdoms were thrown into turmoil. The Starks entered the war after Joffrey capriciously ordered the beheading of Ned Stark. The Greyjoys entered the war out of opportunism to re-establish independence for the Żelazne Wyspy.
After two years of bitter fighting the war was unofficially ended with King Joffrey as the victor. Despite his victory however he was poisoned at his own wedding feast and his younger brother Tommen Baratheon was crowned in his place. This child king, Tommen I Baratheon, is the current occupant of the Iron Throne. Tommen is controlled by his advisors and his mother, Queen Regent Cersei, and his grandfather, Tywin Lannister, who serves as Tommen's Namiestnik Króla.
List of Kings
- 1-37: Aegon I Targaryen, Zdobywca/Zmok
- 37-42: Aenys I Targaryen
- 42-48: Maegor I Targaryen, Okrutny
- 48-103: Jaehaerys I Targaryen, the Conciliator/the Wise
- 103-129: Viserys I Targaryen
- 129-131: Aegon II Targaryen
- 131-157: Aegon III Targaryen, the Smokbane
- 157-161: Daeron I Targaryen, Młody Smok
- 161-171: Baelor I Targaryen, the Blessed/the Beloved
- 171-172: Viserys II Targaryen
- 172-184: Aegon IV Targaryen, the Unworthy
- 184-209: Daeron I Targaryen, the Good
- 209-221: Aerys I Targaryen
- 221-233: Maekar I Targaryen
- 233-259: Aegon V Targaryen, the Unlikely
- 259-262: Jaehaerys I Targaryen
- 262-283: Aerys II Targaryen, Szalony Król
- 283-298: Robert I Baratheon, Uzurpator
- 298-300: Joffrey I Baratheon, the Ill Born
- 300-: Tommen I Baratheon, Król Chłopiec
Claimants to the Iron Throne
- 42AC-43AC: Aegon Targaryen, eldest son of Aenys I Targaryen and his rightful heir, laid claim to the throne after his uncle Maegor I Targaryen took it. He was killed by his uncle in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye.
- 129AC-130AC: Rhaenyra Targaryen, also known as "the Realm's Delight", Princess of Dragonstone, the rightful heir to Viserys I Targaryen; she was usurped by her half-brother, Aegon II Targaryen. This led to the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
- 130AC: Trystane Truefyre, alleged bastard son of Viserys I Targaryen, during the Moon of the Three Kings.
- 130AC: Gaemon Palehair, alleged bastard son of Aegon II Targaryen and a whore, during the Moon of the Three Kings.
- 196AC-196AC: Daemon I Blackfyre, the first of the Samozwaństwo Blackfyreów, trying to claim the throne during the First Blackfyre Rebellion.
- 211AC: Daemon II Blackfyre, plotting to claim the throne during the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. The second of the Blackfyre Pretenders.
- 219AC: Haegon I Blackfyre, trying to claim the throne during the Third Blackfyre Rebellion. The third of the Blackfyre Pretenders.
- 236AC: Daemon III Blackfyre, trying to claim the throne during the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion. The fourth of the Blackfyre Pretenders.
- 260AC: Maelys I Blackfyre, trying to claim the throne during the Wojna Dziewięciogroszowych Królów. The fifth and last of the Blackfyre Pretenders.
- 283AC-298AC: Viserys Targaryen, the Beggar King, styling himself as Viserys III Targaryen; killed by the Dothrakowie for violating the laws of Vaes Dothrak.
- 298AC-Present: Daenerys Targaryen, the Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea.
- 298AC-299AC: Renly I Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End; killed by a shadow.
- 299AC-Present: Stannis I Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone.
- 300AC-Present: Aegon Targaryen, the son of the late Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.
Quotes about the Iron Throne
|“||He spoke truly, it is a monstrous uncomfortable chair. In more ways than one.||”|
|“||I swear to you, sitting a throne is a thousand times harder than winning one.||”|
|“||Seat Stannis on the Iron Throne and I promise you, the realm will bleed.||”|
|“||This is war, this is what it looks like, this is the price of the Iron Throne.||”|
– Daenerys Targaryen's thoughts
|“||They can keep their red castle and their iron chair as well.||”|
|“||Have you ever seen the Iron Throne? The barbs along the back, the ribbons of twisted steel, the jagged ends of swords and knives all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat, ser. Aerys cut himself so often men took to calling him King Scab, and Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest at ease. Ofttimes I wonder why my brothers wanted it so desperately.||”|
|“||By the end the Mad King had become so fearful that he would allow no blade in his presence, save for the swords his Gwardia Królewska wore. His beard was matted and unwashed, his hair a silver-gold tangle that reached his waist, his fingernails cracked yellow claws nine inches long. Yet still the blades tormented him, the ones he could never escape, the blades of the Iron Throne. His arms and legs were always covered with scabs and half-healed cuts.||”|
– Jaime Lannister's thoughts
|“||If Daenerys is no more than a sweet young girl, the Iron Throne will cut her into sweet young pieces.||”|
|“||I will claim the Iron Throne by myself, with your swords and your allegiance.||”|
Behind the Scenes
- George R.R. Martin: This is what the Iron Throne REALLY looks like
- Starcie Królów, Rozdział 25, Tyrion VI.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 43, Eddard XI.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 12, Eddard II.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 47, Eddard XIII.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 61, Daenerys VII.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 71, Catelyn XI.
- Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 36, Davos IV.
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 16, Jaime II.
- Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 5, Tyrion II.
- 92nd Street Y: Game of Thrones Mastermind George R. R. Martin: The World of Ice and Fire, Oct 26, 2014
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