Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for House of the Dragon Episodes 1-3 as well as the Fire and Blood book.game of thrones is a franchise that is very fond of unwinnable scenarios. Heroes outnumbered against a relentless enemy, saved at the last second by a dragon, turning the tide and winning an impossible victory in a blaze of glory. It’s almost a franchise staple now, and Dragon House already delivered one of those scenes in the closing sequence of its latest episode, “Second of His Name.” Demon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) turned the tide of the war for the Stepstones, and victory was cemented when a dragon blazed to the cries of “dracarys” from Laenor Velaryon (John Macmillan).
Wait what? Laenor Velaryon? But aren’t dragons a House Targaryen thing? Well yes. But it’s not exclusive. In fact, it makes perfect sense for a Velaryon to ride a dragon as well. Especially Laenor. And spoiler alert: he’s not the only one.
Dragonriders are known as Dragonseeds
It turns out that young Laenor is a dragonseed – a term which, in the mythology of A song of ice and fire, is used to refer to a person who has the potential to ride a dragon. The term will eventually be coined by Prince Jacaerys Velaryon (who has yet to appear in Dragon House) when he discovered that his mother (Rhaenyra Targaryen, currently played by Milly Alcock) the Targaryen Civil War faction known as the Dance of Dragons had too many dragons, but no Dragonriders.
Jacaerys’ idea was to search for Dragonstone – which was the base of operations for Rhaenyra and her followers, known as the Blacks – to find dragon seeds. His idea came from the fact that, in the past, the Targaryens held the custom of the First Night, in which they reserved the right to spend the first night with the brides who lived on their lands. This custom was banned by King Jaehaerys (Michael Carter), but some Targaryens still challenged that and did it anyway. As a result, Jacaerys concluded that there were bound to be plenty of people with at least some Targaryen blood living in Dragonstone. People who might just try to tame and bond with a dragon.
Velaryons are Dragonriders thanks to Rhaenys Targaryen
So far in the show, Laenor Velaryon, who rides Seasmoke, has already been mentioned by Lord Lyonel Strong (Gavin has spoken) to be of pure Valyrian descent, but he is also a Dragonseed. He is the son of Lord Corlys and Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best), so he has a lot of Targaryen blood. His mother is also a dragon rider, related to a dragon called Meleys.
As mentioned before the series debut by the producer Miguel Sapochnik, Dragon House will display seventeen different dragons, which is clearly a larger number of dragons than Targaryens, so the concept of dragon seeds is important in determining who can stand a chance of claiming their own mount. Besides Laenor, her own sister is also destined to be a dragon rider, as Lady Laena (Nova Foueillis-Mosé), who is now only twelve years old, will eventually bond with the legendary beast Vhagar, one of Aegon the Conqueror’s original dragons and the current largest dragon in the world. Rhaenyra’s own children with Laenor will also have their own mounts, Jacaerys with Vermax and Lucerys Velaryon with Arrax.
But there are still plenty of dragons to go. Based on the dragon seed concept, there are still other dragon trees in A song of ice and fire traditions. When Jacaerys sent out the call looking for people willing to try and bond with the available mounts, many people – mostly men – came forward, wanting a chance to bond and claim their own. dragon. Who wouldn’t, right?
Which non-Targaryans end up riding dragons?
The most famous or prominent is Addam of Hull. He was a bastard of Driftmark, claimed by his mother Marilda to be the son of Laenor Velaryon – and, therefore, having some Targaryen blood in his veins. To enhance such a claim, Addam even bonded with Laenor’s former mount, Seasmoke. Eventually, during the Dance of the Dragons, he was legitimized and heir to House Velaryon. His brother, Alyn of Hull, was also legitimized as a Velaryon and named a Dragonseed, but was shunned by every dragon he tried to bond with.
Another interesting case is that of the Two Traitors, Hugh Hammer and Ulf White. Both were Dragonseeds from Dragonstone and claimed their dragons when Jacaerys sent his call. Hugh claimed Vermithor, the dragon that once belonged to King Jaehaerys, and Ulf claimed Silverwing, which belonged to former Queen Alysanne Targaryen. But when sent to defend the town of Tumbleton, both defected to the rival Black faction, the Greens. Both were simple men who could neither read nor write, but had delusions of grandeur to the point of thinking they had a right to the Iron Throne itself. Unfortunately (or fortunately), they died in later battles during the dance.
The last known Dragonseed from this period was a girl called Nettles. She answered the call sent by Jacaerys and managed to do something considered impossible: she tamed and claimed a wild dragon named Sheepstealer. The name is pretty self-explanatory, as the dragon had a taste for eating sheep and spent nearly seven decades living on Dragonstone alone. To win him over, Nettles began feeding him sheep every morning, which habituated the beast to the girl’s presence. She was to become that of Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) Black’s favorite lieutenant, sparking the rumor that the two were having an affair. Rhaenyra, who eventually married her uncle Daemon, sent word for Nettles’ head. Hearing this, Daemon let the girl escape and she fled with Sheepstealer to Crab Bay. We would see her again with the dragon in the Vale, but that would be the last time.
The big mystery now is whether or not all of these people will make it to the screen in Dragon House. With seventeen dragons predicted, this number is higher than known dragon seeds from the time of A song of ice and fire traditions. Could George RR Martin create new dragon seeds for the series? Maybe we’ll see original dragon riders for the show. One thing is certain, however: the Targaryens are not alone in the skies.