“The stallion is the khal of khals promised in ancient prophecy, child. He will unite the Dothraki into a single khalasar and ride to the ends of the earth, or so it was promised.”
Let's imagine how the prophesy came about. In anchient times, a powerful and wise Dothraki crone might have looked into 'the smoke', as the one eyed crone did in aGoT.
The anchient crone sees, in her minds eye, a united Khalasar heading to some kind of war. Leading them seems to be a dragon. However, at that stage the crone had never seen a dragon before, and perhaps no Dothraki had. There might not have even a Dothraki word for Dragon back then.
So, the crone tries to interpret what these beast might be, and of course, being Dothraki, describes it as a 'Stallion'. The Dothraki seem to interpret things they don't understand as being horse related. Example...
The Dothraki believed the stars were horses made of fire, a great herd that galloped across the sky by night.
The crone sees the 'Stallion' flying in front of/leading the united Khalasar. She knows what flying is, she has seen birds. However, there is something troubling about the scenario. The Dothraki, a very traditional race, are proud of their customs. One of their key beliefs is that a the leader of a Khalasar MUST RIDE.
“Drogo’s khalasar is gone,” she said.
“A khal who cannot ride is no khal,” said Jhogo.
So the crone doesn't interpret the Stallion as flying, it must be riding. She shoe-horns, and sees that the Stallion is in fact riding... It's riding the world... it has mounted the world.
So 'mounting the world' is allegorical, it means flying. That ties the visions together with the Dothraki beliefs.
The Stallion That Mounts the World = The Dragon that Fly's.
Given what we know is happening at the end of aDwD, and that Dany sees herself with the Dosh Khaleen in tHotU, we can assume that the dragon is Drogon.
Over the years and re-tellings, the original 'Stallion' vision and prophesy has simply been personified. The Dothraki are expecting a person to unite the Khalasars.
***The notion that anchient prophesies might be misinterpretations due to cultural limitations apparently comes from Tze.
The One Eyed Crone's Prophesy
This prophesy is often cited as 'proof' that these ancient prophesies are false or fallible... this reflection comes not only from the reader, but from Dany as well.
He shall be the stallion that mounts the world. Dany knew how it went with prophecies. They were made of words, and words were wind.
So it seems GRRM wants us to believe that this prophesy was wind. However, given what's been said above, and given that GRRM is the master of mis-direction, the occasion needs to be looked at again. It's not clear what parts of this are from her 'vision' and what parts are re-tellings, but here's what the Crone says...
"As swift as the wind he rides, and behind him his khalasar covers the earth, men without number, with arakhs shining in their hands like blades of razor grass. Fierce as a storm this prince will be. His enemies will tremble before him, and their wives will weep tears of blood and rend their flesh in grief. The bells in his hair will sing his coming, and the milk men in the stone tents will fear his name." "The prince is riding, and he shall be the stallion who mounts the world."
So, if Drogon is 'The Stallion', and the dragon causes the Khalasars to unite, perhaps the one eyed Crone wasn't so wrong after all...
As swift as the wind he rides = flying
Behind him his khalasar = a huge Dothraki army, united
Fierce as a storm = a storm is essentially 'of the air', Drogon's wings sound like "a clap of thunder" in aDwD
His enemies tremble before him = makes more sense than any 'human'
men in stone tents fearing his name = ditto, think Harrenhall/Balerion
bells in his hair = hair could be a personification, and who's to say Dany won't give him some bells when he goes to war.
It's worth pointing out that the crone doesn't say the prince is in her womb or name him Rhaego, so there's nothing else drastically wrong.
So the only really questionable thing here is that Drogon is twice referred as a 'prince'. Although it's an abstract concept, it can be argued that Dany is the Mother of the dragons. The characters accept this, and i think Grrm wants the reader to. The debate about how 'literal' that interpretation is will go off topic, but it's fair to say that it can reasonably be construed (albeit abstactly) that Dany is the Mother of Drogon.
Therefore, if Dany is a Queen, Drogon is a Prince.
The last things to note...
I have seen his face.../
The old woman trembled and looked at Dany
Is this an indication the one eyed Crone saw Drogon's face in her vision? She must have seen many savage things in her time, i can't imagine the Dosh Khaleen frighten easily.
I have... heard the thunder of his hooves
His wings stretched twenty feet from tip to tip, black as jet. He flapped them once as he swept back above the sands, and the sound was like a clap of thunder.
Overall, it's very possible the Crone wasn't as wrong as many people think.
If Drogon belongs to Dany, why isn't she the StMtW?
“The Dothraki follow only the strong,”
If Dothraki follow power, they don't need to look much further than Drogon. They abandoned Dany, they have no fear of her herself. But Drogon... the respect would be inherent. Remember that if Drogon is a 'Stallion' to them, a stallion has a rider. It's not the 'rider of the StMtW' that they bow to, it's the Stallion himself. Also bear in mind that Dany doesn't have full control of Drogon yet. I think we might see a display of power from Drogon, perhaps at Vaes Dothrak, that will be impressive enough to unite the Khalasars.
The Dothraki will follow Dany and fight for her, but only because of their amazement/awe/fear towards Drogon. If Drogon were to fly off, never to be seen again... i have a feeling the Dothraki would do the same, as they did when Drogo fell ill.
Beneath the Mother of Mountains, a line of naked crones crept from a great lake and knelt shivering before her, their grey heads bowed.
This is from the HotU. It indicates the Dosh Khaleen might be submitting/revering Dany in the future. I guess it's some evidence that Dany could be tStMtW. Yet GRRM likes to trick us, and this seems too simple an interpretation. The scene is purposely short & vague, and we don't know where Drogon is here. I don't think it's a significant threat to Drogon=Stallion. But it does show us that something will go down in Vaes Dothrak, and the hint might be that the Dosh Khaleen & Khals will unite the Khalasars.
It's worth noting that Jorah states the Stallion is prophesised to "ride (fly) to the ends of the earth."
Edited by yolkboy, 21 September 2013 - 04:36 PM.