Apple Martini, on 25 January 2012 - 04:54 AM, said:
That same day, Rhaegar was born to Rhaella and had a deep-seated melancholic connection to Summerhall for the rest of his life. Rhaegar was the dragon that hatched out of Summerhall.
Interesting post, Apple Martini. I wish we knew more about the relationship between the Ghost of High Heart and the recent generations of Targaryens. I want to talk about the Ghost for a bit before getting into the theory itself. Was she only as close to Aegon as she seemed to be because of Duncan Targaryen's close ties to Jenny of Oldstones?
The Ghost herself strikes me as someone with potentially strong ties to the First Men or the Children of the Forest. Barristan mentions that Jenny of Oldstones made the claim that the Ghost was
one of the Children, though the physical description doesn't line up with what we see in Bran's PoV. With her gift for dreams, visions, and prophecies and her red eyes, there's a good chance she might be a greenseer (but then Bloodraven wouldn't be the last one). In some ways, she seems to be much older than even her physical age would suggest.
The majority of the prophecies the Ghost gives are very dark, portending suffering, death, and sadness. For that reason, it might make sense to suspect that whatever she told Aegon might have been similarly dark or prone to misinterpretation. Alternatively, the darkness in her visions could have occurred as a result of the tragedy of Summerhall. Does her previous involvement with the Targaryen royal family tell us anything useful about what her recent prophecies might mean, or whether there's more going on with her than it seems?
Other than being a theory as to how and why the Summerhall tragedy occurred, what does this matter? I think it's threefold: It would be yet another instance of "dragons" in prophecy referring to a Targaryen and not a literal dragon (which I believe has implications for AA/PTWP), it broadly shows the danger of taking any prophecy at literal value, and it further illustrates that when it comes to literal dragons, the Targaryens are unstable and prone to nuttiness, even a saner one like Aegon.
I think your idea is plausible, but I also wonder if there's any significance to the designation of "dragon" in the Targaryen line. Most Targaryens like to invoke dragon imagery to describe themselves, their heritage, their tempers, and their belief in their special status among mortal men. The dragon symbolizes the Targaryen family as a whole, but it's pretty clear that not all individual members are "the dragon." When Viserys dies, Dany tells us he wasn't a dragon. Rhaegar is described as the last dragon. In your post, it seems likely Aegon V was also a dragon. In a way, the desgination seems a bit like the Targaryen version of the Sword of the Morning, reserved for exceptional members of the family.
In the sense of the story, what does a human "dragon" get us? Is it any more than just an exp
ression of Targaryen conceit? Does it tell us something special about the individual bearing the title? Does it mark that person as potential candidate for the PtwP or Azor Ahai reborn? Rhaegar seemed like had the potential to be a great man in many regards, ranging from his interest in prophecy to his prowess as a warrior and his promises of reform. He never really had the chance to deliver on any of it before his life and his dynasty came to an end. What do all these people have in common and what does the concept tell us about the story and the nature of events in Westeros over the past centuries?