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House of The Dragon: The Dark And Bloody History of The Iron Throne

By Rishabh Shandilya
August 31,2022

The Iron Throne, a symbol of the king’s sovereignty and the new political order established by Aegon’s invasion, is the chair of the Protector of the realm, and the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. The Red Keep’s Great Hall serves as the throne chamber, where the monarch often conducts meetings and administers punishment. The seat feels icy and rough all around.

As alluring as it might appear, the throne is the most dangerous place in the world, not only due to the multitude of steel blades carved in it but also owing to the weight of responsibility and duty that rests on the shoulders of whoever occupies it.  During the first episode of Dragon House, Viserys severing his finger on the Iron Throne adds to her fabled threat and sets her apart from the Game of Thrones.

King Viserys I sitting on the Iron Throne

King Viserys I sitting on the Iron Throne

No one with the exception of the King’s Hand is permitted to occupy the seat of power in his stead. No regent of a monarchy is entitled to this benefit. Three queens, nevertheless, deviate from this rule: Rhaenys Targaryen, Visenya Targaryen, as well as Rhaenyra Targaryen, who reigned on the throne after seizing King’s Landing following the Targaryen Civil War also known as The Dance of the Dragons.

The Legend of the Iron Throne Runs Deep

Aegon I Targaryen declared himself the Protector of the realm after uniting six of Westeros’ seven kingdoms under his rule and was anointed by the High Septon of Oldtown. Aegon fashioned the Iron Throne from the blades of his foes, and his family will remain in power for the next three centuries. The lyrics claim that a thousand swords were used to carve out the throne, warmed by  Balerion’s dragon flame who served as Aegon’s loyal beast.  But historians say that armorers were the ones who really made the seat.

Aegon I Targaryen

Aegon I Targaryen

Aegon’s hardwood stronghold, the Aegonfort, was situated on the coast where he had originally landed, and it was there that the Iron Throne was kept. A settlement sprang up there, and now that area is known as King’s Landing, the center of the kingdom. In 2 AC, Aegon brought the Iron Islands into his empire and launched the Very first Dornish Conflict in 4 AC to try to subjugate the last of the seven kingdoms.

After the inaugural Dornish Conflict ended in 13 AC, the Iron Throne refrained from starting any further wars. In 37 AC, at the beginning of Aenys I Targaryen’s tenure, the Second Dornish Conflict broke out, followed by the Third as well as Fourth Dornish Conflicts throughout Jaehaerys I Targaryen’s time in power, and finally the Invasion of Dorne during Daeron I Targaryen’s rule.

Aegon I Targaryen And his sisters

Aegon I Targaryen And his sisters

Whilst Aegon as well as his siblings were on one of their advances away from the city, the Iron Throne would be occupied by one of his wives, Rhaenys or Visenya Targaryen. Aegon ordered the destruction of Aegonfort, home of the Iron Throne, in the year 35 AC. The Iron Throne stayed in its original location while work started on the Red Keep.

The Death of Mad King and Robert’s Uprising

The Wildfire

The Wildfire

Aerys II Targaryen, often known as the Mad King, rejected to yield to the Lannister military following the Siege of King’s Landing at the conclusion of Robert’s Uprising and instead commanded the capital to be burnt to the ashes using underground stores of wildfire.

Ser Jaime Lannister, a member of the King’s bodyguards, ended the Mad King’s reign by killing him right in front of his seat. Jaime, deeply troubled by the fact that he had just murdered the king he had sworn holy vows to protect, sat quietly on the Iron Throne and paid little attention to the chaos unfolding around him.

A few hours afterward, when the bulk of the rebel forces had finally reached the kingdom, Ned Stark entered the throneroom to find Lannister still seated on the Iron Throne. Eddard promptly ordered him to vacate the seat.

The Mad King Sitting on Iron Throne

The Mad King Sitting on Iron Throne

Cersei, Jaime’s sister, criticized Eddard decades after for not trying to usurp the crown at the time, rather than allowing Robert to do so. Jaime’s genuine motivations for killing King Aerys were never revealed to Stark, and Eddard’s mistaken assumption that Jaime wanted the Iron Throne for himself was fueled by witnessing Jaime sit on it while acting arrogantly.