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Roddy Darwin

Three Dragons, three males

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This has been bothering me since Dany named her dragons. The three are probably male, since she gave each a male name.

Unless I missed something, we know very little about dragons' lifespan, or how they procreate - but I guess it is a fair assumption that there are male and female dragons?

I also assumed that the Targaryens of old made sure their dragons had babies, since we know for a fact there has been several more dragons than the three Aegon and his sisters brought with them.

So, while it should of course be of little concern to her now, should it not bother her that dragons will disapear again once her three die? Meaning, even if she was to regain the Iron Throne, her heirs would eventually have no dragons again?

Unless, of course, it is hard to determine a dragon's gender, and Dany just gave them male names because she did not know...

Am I the only one this is bothering?

(edited for spelling)

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Dragons change their gender during their lifespan, at least once, maybe several times.

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What!? Dragons change their gender?!? Where does it say this? I don't believe it.

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What!? Dragons change their gender?!? Where does it say this? I don't believe it.

Somewhere in five books. Hint: it is the authority on Targs and dragons. And the passage may contain spoilers.

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Somewhere in five books. Hint: it is the authority on Targs and dragons. And the passage may contain spoilers.

Minor feast spoiler below

Is that when Aemon Targaryen talks about Dany and her dragons on their way to Oldtown?

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Ok, thank you. I will take you both at your word and not open the spoiler.

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I think Bright Blue Eyes has the right of this. I remember something like this in the books. If not changing their gender, they are essentially both, or something to the effect when they feel they need to procreate.

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Not that I don't like dragons, I think their badass! But, dany only needs the dragons for one lifetime. I don't imagine they make fantastic pets either. Simply weapons

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Do you think Robert would have taken the throne if the mad king had a couple of pet dragons? Hell, do you think he would have tried?

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The thought occurred to me immediately after my comment. Apologies no he would not have

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I don't know about the spoilers because I am not looking at it. However, there was never any indication about gender. Also, the names she chose: Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal, are not necessarily male, they are just named after males. Those could very well be unisex names.

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In some fiction (and also some non fiction) dragons tend to be asexual. I know that the Komodo Dragon can reproduce without mating.

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Do you think Robert would have taken the throne if the mad king had a couple of pet dragons? Hell, do you think he would have tried?

No. I think if Dragon's didnt die out, the Targ's would still be in power but without the madness of the Mad King. Most of the Targaryens insanity comes from them trying to bring the dragons back so I think if they never died out they would have been much more stable rulers.

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It doesn't actually say that dragons change gender, I always took it though that dragons are perhaps gender less.

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