- Targaryens are fireproof. Event Horizon Chat Transcript
Granny -Do Targaryens become immune to fire once they "bond" to their dragons?
George_RR_Martin -Granny, thanks for asking that. It gives me a chance to clear up a common misconception. TARGARYENS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO FIRE! (emphasis mine) The birth of Dany's dragons was unique, magical, wonderous, a miracle. She is called The Unburnt because she walked into the flames and lived. But her brother sure as hell wasn't immune to that molten gold.
- 'X' can't be a Targaryen, he/she doesn't have silver hair and purple eyes. The most recent example (not counting Jon Snow) is Rhaenys, daughter of Rhaegar and Elia.
Rhaenys took after her mother in appearance, she had brown hair and looked like a Martell.
- Characters with purple eyes and silver hair must be (secret) Targaryens. These particular genetic traits are common in Essos, and therefore not exclusive to Targaryens.
- Targaryens cannot get sick.
Dany has been sick and/or feverish twice in the series. Once in AGOT after the stillbirth of her son and once in ADWD after eating bad berries and/or drinking bad water.
Several Targaryens died during the Great Spring Sickness including King Daeron and two of his grandsons. Another Daeron, Daeron the Drunken (who had sandy brown hair), died of pox.
- Genetic traits are inherited through the male line in aSoIaF. House Stark is probably the most obvious example to the contrary: Robb, Sansa, Bran, and Rickon all display the Tully traits of their mother, Lady Catelyn. Only Arya inherited the Stark traits passed down from Lord Eddard.
- Bran's Greensight is limited to weirdwoods. i.e.: "Bran shan't see X, because there were no weirdwoods where/when X happened."
“<SNIP> Nor will your sight be limited to your godswood. The singers carved
eyes into their heart trees to awaken them, and those are the first eyes a new greenseer learns to use …
but in time you will see well beyond the trees themselves.”
- Even if R+L=J Jon Snow has to still be a bastard because Rhaegar was already married.
Targaryens have been involved in polygamous marriage in the past. Targaryen Family Tree
- Azor Ahai reborn and the Prince that was Promised are different people. This is listed as a point of reference rather than an absolute truth. That said, the characters in aSoIaF who are familiar with the prophecies do use the terms interchangeably. Religions of Westeros - GRRM
All of them seemed surprised to hear Maester Aemon murmur, “It is the war for the dawn you speak of, my lady. But where is the prince that was promised?” “He stands before you,” Melisandre declared, “though you do not have the eyes to see it. Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai come again, the warrior of fire.”
- 'Valonqar' is, or may be gender-neutral. This likely misconception seems to stem from the fact that the High Valyrian word for 'dragon' is gender-neutral. The reason for this is that dragons have no gender differentiation, unlike humans.
In the case of 'valonqar' all indications are that the word specifically means 'little brother'. From Maggy the Frog's wiki page:
She allowed Cersei three questions and made the prophecy of the valonqar (High Valyrian for "little brother")...
Cersei:"Will the king and I have children?"
Maggy:"Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you."
Maggy:"Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds," she said. "And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you."(emphasis mine)
- Rhaegar disappearing with Lyanna started the war known as Robert's Rebellion. This was not the beginning of the rebellion but, in fact, the prologue. A minor distinction to some, but also an important one. The Cliffsnotes version:
- Arrest and detention of Brandon Stark, et al.
- Summoning to King's Landing of Rickard Stark, et al.
- Executions without trial of Rickard and Brandon Stark, et al.
- Aerys II orders Jon Arryn to send him the heads of Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark.
- Jon Arryn refuses. Instead, He, Robert and Ned raised their respective banners in revolt, and thus began Robert's Rebellion; aka The War of the Usurper.
- Because many people on the internet (a fraction of the total readership) have figured out R+L=J, GRRM might change it. Spoiler
Edited by J. Stargaryen, 24 August 2013 - 05:41 PM.