Aegon the Conqueror rides atop Balerion, as depicted by Jordi Gonzalez Escamilla in Świat Lodu i Ognia
|Przydomek||the Black Dread|
|Przynależność||Aegon I Targaryen
Maegor I Targaryen
Viserys I Targaryen
|Urodzony||W or before 126 BC, Valyria|
|Ksiązki||Świat Lodu i Ognia (mentioned)
Książę Łotrzyk (mentioned)
Księżniczka i Królowa (mentioned)
Gra o Tron (mentioned)
Starcie Królów (mentioned)
Uczta dla Wron (mentioned)
Taniec ze Smokami (mentioned)
Balerion, called the Black Dread, was one of the three great dragons of Aegon I Targaryen and his sisters, that were used to conquer much of Westeros during the Podbój Aegona. Balerion died of old age in 94AC during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, around two hundred years old.
- See also: Images of Balerion
Balerion was the largest of all the Targaryen dragons. His fire was as black as his scales, his wingspan so vast that entire towns would fall under his shadow when he passed overhead. His teeth were as long as swords, and his jaws were large enough to swallow an aurochs whole, or even one of the hairy mammoths that are said to roam the cold wastes beyond the Port of Ibben.
Balerion was named after the ancient god of the Valyrian Freehold. He was born in Valyria. Balerion was one of the five dragons Aenar Targaryen brought with him when he fled to Smocza Skała to survive the Zagłada Valyrii.
Aegon the Conqueror
Aegon Targaryen, became involved in the wars in the Sporne Ziemie, when Pentos and Tyrosh approached him, inviting him to join a grand alliance against Volantis, he chose to heed their call. Mounting Balerion, he flew east to meet the Prince of Pentos and the magisters of the Free City, then flew to Lys in time to set ablaze a Volantene fleet trying to take the city.
Aegon then turned west to conquer the Siedem Królestw.The first true test of Aegon's in his Podbój Aegona came from Lords Mooton and Darklyn who had joined forces to push the invaders out. Orys Baratheon rode out to meet them, while Aegon riding Balerion descended on them from above, both Lords were killed in the battle.
Aegon then crossed the Blackwater to meet King Harren Hoare at Harrenhal. King Harren the Black took refuge in the formidable fortress of Harrenhal. Aegon gave him till sunset to surrender, he did not yeild. Aegon took Balerion high up and descended inside the castle walls and put the castle to flame. Balerion's flames burned so hot that the towers of Harrenhal went up like candles, melting and twisting into the shapes they retain to this day. King Harren and his sons all perished, ending the line of Ród Hoareów.
Balerion was also deployed in the battle that became known as the Field of Fire, the only time in history that all three of the fabled Targaryen dragons took to the sky at the same time. Between Vhagar, Meraxes and Balerion, four thousand men were burned to death. King Mern died, and with him Ród Gardenerów. The army was broken and Aegon I was victorious.
Aegon then headed to Wysogród which yielded without a fight, when he heard word of King Torrhen Stark and the northmen marching south he flew to meet them calling his sisters and all bannermen to join him. Torrhen submitted the Północ to the rule of the Targaryens. After Aegon headed south and the submission of Stare Miasto.
After Aegon's death, Balerion was claimed by his son Prince Maegor, who had long coveted his father's mount and had not claimed another dragon because he considered all others unworthy. After Jonos Arryn imprisoned his brother Lord Ronnel and declared himself independant of the Żelazny Tron, Maegor rode the Black Dread to the Dolina Arrynów and put down his rebellion.
When he was exiled, Maegor took Balerion with him to Pentos. After his brother King Aenys I died, Maegor flew back to Westeros on Balerion's back to claim the Iron Throne. In his reign as king, Maegor used Balerion to destroy the Sept of Remembrance and in many other battles against the Wiara Wojująca. In the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye, Maegor used Balerion to kill his nephew Prince Aegon and his dragon Quicksilver.
Along with other Targaryen dragon skulls Balerion's huge skull used to hang on a wall in the Czerwona Twierdza's throne room. After the War of the Usurper King Robert had Balerion's skull removed and stored in a dank cellar along with the others.
There is a rather nice picture of Balerion the Black Dread done in coloured inks in the book Dragonkin, Being a History of House Targaryen from Exile to Apotheosis, with a Consideration of the Life and Death of Dragons written by Maester Thomax.
Known dragonriders of Balerion
|“||His fire was as black as his scales, his wings so vast that whole towns were swallowed up in their shadow when he passed overhead.||”|
|“||Balerion the Black Dread was two hundred years old when he died during the reign of Jaehaerys the Conciliator. He was so large he could swallow an aurochs whole. A dragon never stops growing, Your Grace, so long as he has food and freedom.||”|
References and Notes
- Książę Łotrzyk.
- Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 8, Daenerys I.
- Starcie Królów, Rozdział 12, Daenerys I.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 13, Tyrion II.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 43, Eddard XI.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 5, Samwell I.
- Książę Łotrzyk.
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