Rhaegar Targaryen by M.Luisa Giliberti©
|Tytuł||Książę Smoczej Skały
|Urodzony||W 259AC, Summerhall|
|Zmarły||W 283AC, Bitwa nad Tridentem|
|Ksiązki||Gra o Tron (Wspomniany)
Starcie Królów (Wspomniany)
Nawałnica Mieczy (Wspomniany)
Uczta dla Wron (Wspomniany)
Taniec ze Smokami (Wspomniany)
Książę Rhaegar Targaryen był najstarszym synem Aerysa II i jego następcą, księciem Smoczej Skały. Za życia cieszył się popularnością wśród chłopów. Zginął w Rebelii Roberta, którą po części wywołał rzekomym porwaniem Lyanny Stark. Lojaliści Targaryenów zapamiętali go jako heroiczną postać.
Wygląd i Charakter
Rhaegar był niezwykle inteligentny i celował we wszystkim, czymkolwiek się zajął; Uważano go za utalentowanego muzyka i doświadczonego rycerza. Był głęboko poruszony "Cieniem Summerhall" ponieważ urodził się w smutnych i melancholijnych czasach.
Wielu szanowało i podziwiało Rhaegara, nawet najlepszy przyjaciel Roberta Ned Stark. Jaime wciąż pamięta żelazne brzmienie głosu Rhaegara .  Rhaegar był wysoki i przystojny, miał fioletowe oczy i srebrne włosy Targaryenów. Jego siostra Daenerys Targaryen często jest uznawana za podobną do niego.
Prince Rhaegar was King Aerys II Targaryen and Queen Rhaella first born son, and was born in the year 259AC, on the very same day that the Tragedy at Summerhall took place. As a child he read obsessively, to the point that jests were made about his habits. He became a noted warrior later in life, although he did not initially seem inclined to martial habits. However, he became motivated to excel in this field, apparently by something he read.
At 17 he was Rycerzed, and from all reports grew into a highly skilled and capable fighter, always distinguishing himself well at tournaments, but seldom entered the lists. Men said Rhaegar loved his harp more then he loved his lance.
He often liked to visit the ruins of Summerhall with only his harp and when he returned he sang songs of such beauty they could reduce women to tears. Although Rhaegar was often dour, private, and bookish, Cersei Lannister once noted that the Prostaczkowie cheered for Lord Tywin Lannister twice as much as for King Aerys II Targaryen, but only half as loudly as for Rhaegar, and Jaime Lannister still thinks he would have made a good king. Barristan Selmy who served three kings recalled that Rhaegar would have been better then all three combined.
Rhaegar's squires were Myles Mooton and Richard Lonmouth, and after he Rycerzed them they remained close companions. Lord Jon Connington was a good friend to Rhaegar too, but Rhaegar's closest and oldest friend was Ser Arthur Dayne. King Aerys, when he was not so mad, had sent his first cousin Steffon Baratheon to seek a bride for Prince Rhaegar, who had no sisters to wed. His mission proved fruitless. Later Rhaegar married the Dornish princess Elia Martell, with whom he had two children: a daughter, Rhaenys, and a son, Aegon Targaryen.
Elia, due to her delicate health, was bed ridden for a year after giving birth to Rhaenys and nearly died giving birth to Aegon, after which the Maester told Rhaegar she would be unable to have any more children. Maester Aemon, whom Rhaegar corresponded with via raven messages, remembered that Rhaegar erroneously believed his child Aegon to be the Prince Who Was Promised.
Love and Death
During the Turniej w Harrenhal, Rhaegar Targaryen seemed unstoppable, and defeated even Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. Taking the winter rose crown for the Queen of Love and Beauty, he revealed his interest in Lyanna Stark by passing over his wife, the Princess Elia of Dorne, and setting it in Lyanna's lap. A year later Rhaegar apparently kidnapped Lyanna, for reasons unknown; this act ultimately triggered Rebelia Roberta and the downfall of the Targaryen dynasty.
Rhaegar met Robert in combat at a ford during the Bitwa nad Tridentem, where the pair had a legendary duel in the raging rivers of the Trident. Rhaegar, despite wounding Robert, 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.
Later his wife Elia and their son were murdered by Ser Gregor Clegane and Ser Amory Lorch during the Zdobycie Królewskiej Przystani. Lorch dragged the screaming toddler, Rhaenys, from under her father's bed and stabbed her to death. Ser Gregor killed an infant (who was believed by many to be Aegon VI, but was actually a peasant baby) by dashing his head against the wall. He then raped and killed Elia.
References in the Book
Gra o Tron
During her fever dream, Daenerys sees her brother Rhaegar mounted on a stallion as black as his armor. Fire glimmers red through the narrow eye slit of his helm. Dany lifts his polished black visor. The face within is her own.
Clash of Kings
|“||"The Smok has three heads, there must be one more". ||”|
|“||Rubies flew like drops of blood from the chest of a dying prince, and he sank to his knees in the water and with his last breath murmured a woman's name.||”|
While aboard the ship Balerion, Daenerys tells Arstan Whitebeard that she knows little of Rhaegar. Only the tales Viserys told, and he was a little boy when their brother died. When she asks him what was Rhaegar was truly like Arstan replies:
|“||"Able. That above all. Determined, deliberate, dutiful, single-minded".||”|
He then tells Dany a tale told of Rhaegar:
|“||"As a young boy, the Prince of Smocza Skała was bookish to a fault. He was reading so early that men said Queen Rhaella must have swallowed some books and a candle whilst he was in her womb. Rhaegar took no interest in the play of other children. The maesterzy were awed by his wits, but his father’s Rycerzs would jest sourly that Baelor the Blessed had been born again. Until one day Prince Rhaegar found something in his scrolls that changed him. no one knows what it might have been, only that the boy suddenly appeared early one morning in the yard as the Rycerzs were donning their steel. He walked up to Ser Willem Darry, the master-at-arms, and said, 'I will require a sword and armor. It seems I must be a warrior.'"||”|
While sleeping with his head resting on a czardrzewo stump, Jaime has fever dreams. In part of his dream he sees five of his old Gwardia Królewska brothers under Aerys II Targaryen. Beside them, crowned in mist and grief with his long hair streaming behind him, rides Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Smocza Skała and rightful heir to the Żelazny Tron. Prince Rhaegar burns with a cold light, now white, now red, now dark. He tells Jaime:
|“||"I left my wife and children in your hands".||”|
Jaime replies to Rhaegar that he never thought he’d hurt them.
Uczta dla Wron
The prince had donned his night-black armor, with the three-headed smok picked out in rubies on his breastplate. Jamie pled with him to accompany him but Rhaegar refused, telling Jaime that Aerys feared his father, Tywin Lannister, more than he did cousin Robert. He wanted Jaime close so Tywin could not harm him. Rhaeger stated that he dare not take that crutch away from Aerys at such an hour. When Jaime balked at that Rhaegar put a hand on young Jaime’s shoulder and told him:
|“||"When the battle’s done I mean to call a council. Changes will be made. I meant to do it long ago, but ... well, it does no good to speak of roads not taken. We shall talk when I return".||”|
Those were the last words Rhaegar Targaryen ever spoke to Jaime. Outside the gates an army had assembled, whilst another descended on the Trident. So the Prince of Smocza Skała mounted up and donned his tall black helm, and rode forth to his doom. 
Cersei Lannister remembers Rhaegar when he jousted in the west, the common folk of Lannisport cheered Rhaegar more loudly then they did King Aerys or Tywin Lannister. Rhaegar defeated a dozen of Tywin Lannisters finest jousters. Cersei was infatuated when she was presented to him.
Taniec ze Smokami
|“||"Princess Elia was a good woman, Your Grace. She was kind and clever, with a gentle heart and a sweet wit. I know the prince was very fond of her.||”|
Dany thinks to herself that the word fond speaks volumes.
During her wedding procession the girl in Daenerys looks about for her paramour Daario, hoping secretly that he will come and carry her off at swordpoint, as Rhaegar carried off his northern girl. But the queen in her knows that is folly. 
|“||King Aerys was one such. By the end, even Rhaegar saw that plain enough.||”|
When Prince Aegon Targaryen tells Jon Connington that he likes his castle, the Griffin's Roost, Jon suddenly recalls Rhaegar’s words to him and the way he looked when he was standing on the roof of the east tower, the tallest at Griffin's Roost:
|“||"Your father’s lands are beautiful,” he said. His silvery hair was blowing in the wind, and his eyes were a deep purple, darker than this boy’s.||”|
Quotes about Rhaegar
|“||"In my dreams, I kill him every night. A thousand deaths will still be less than he deserves"-Robert Baratheon. ||”|
References and Notes
- Starcie Królów, Rozdział 48, Daenerys IV.
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 8, Jaime I.
- Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 42, Daenerys IV.
- Taniec ze Smokami, The Griffin Reborn
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 35, Samwell IV.
- Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 23, Daenerys IV.
- Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 43, Daenerys VII.
- Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 24, Zaginiony Lord.
- Taniec ze Smokami, The Griffin Reborn
- Gra o Tron, Rozdział 4, Eddard I.
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