Lost Melnibonean Posted March 19, 2015 Share Posted March 19, 2015 One of the most frequent retorts to the Aegon Blackfyre theory is that there is not enough development for it early in the novels, and by early in the novels, I mean the first three, which were all published within four years of each other, Game (08/06/1996), Clash (11/16/1998), and Storm (08/08/2000).Part of the problem is that we don't even see the word Blackfyre until well into Storm. But we have to keep in mind that, as the George's recently disclosed 1993 letter makes clear, he intended ASOIAF to be a trilogy divided into: 1) the game of thrones, when houses Stark and Lannister would struggle for supremacy, 2) a dance of dragons, when Daenerys Targaryen would return to reclaim her father's throne, and 3) winds of winter, when a new battle for the dawn would be fought against the Others. And the George has told us that his tale grew in the telling, so that the first part, or act, of the trilogy became Game, Clash, and Storm, and the first half of the second part became Feast and Dance. So, we can at least say that Blackfyre appeared in the first act.The first time we read the word Blackfyre was in Catelyn IV, Storm 35..."Precedent," she said bitterly. "Yes, Aegon the Fourth legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed. And how much pain, grief, war, and murder grew from that? I know you trust Jon. But can you trust his sons? Or their sons? The Blackfyre pretenders troubled the Targaryens for five generations, until Barristan the Bold slew the last of them on the Stepstones. If you make Jon legitimate, there is no way to turn him bastard again. Should he wed and breed, any sons you may have by Jeyne will never be safe."We read Blackfyre again in the following chapter, Davos IV, Storm 36..."It has always been so. I am not . . . I am not a cruel man, Ser Davos. You know me. Have known me long. This is not my decree. It has always been so, since Aegon's day and before. Daemon Blackfyre, the brothers Toyne, the Vulture King, Grand Maester Hareth . . . traitors have always paid with their lives . . . even Rhaenyra Targaryen. She was daughter to one king and mother to two more, yet she died a traitor's death for trying to usurp her brother's crown. It is law. Law, Davos. Not cruelty."The reader noticed here that this Daemon Blackfyre was mentioned with, among others, the brothers Toyne and Rhaenyra Targaryen.And we read Blackfyre again in the chapter after that, Jaime V, Storm 37...He floated in heat, in memory. "After dancing griffins lost the Battle of the Bells, Aerys exiled him." Why am I telling this absurd ugly child? "He had finally realized that Robert was no mere outlaw lord to be crushed at whim, but the greatest threat House Targaryen had faced since Daemon Blackfyre. The king reminded Lewyn Martell gracelessly that he held Elia and sent him to take command of the ten thousand Dornishmen coming up the kingsroad. Jon Darry and Barristan Selmy rode to Stoney Sept to rally what they could of griffin's men, and Prince Rhaegar returned from the south and persuaded his father to swallow his pride and summon my father. But no raven returned from Casterly Rock, and that made the king even more afraid. He saw traitors everywhere, and Varys was always there to point out any he might have missed. So His Grace commanded his alchemists to place caches of wildfire all over King's Landing. Beneath Baelor's Sept and the hovels of Flea Bottom, under stables and storehouses, at all seven gates, even in the cellars of the Red Keep itself."Very interestingly here, we read Daemon Blackfyre mentioned in passing when Jaime told us about the griffin's part in Robert's Rebellion. From Arya V, Storm 29, we knew that dancing griffin was Jon Connington. And we knew from Daenerys I, Storm 8, that young Lord Connington was dear to Prince Rhaegar.So, in three successive chapters, the George presented us with this Blackfyre, and associated this Blackfyre with House Toyne, Rhaenyra Targaryen, and Jon Connington. Before the first act of the original trilogy ended, though, we read Blackfyre one more time in Jaime VIII, Storm 67Ser Barristan of House Selmy. . . . . Slew Maelys the Monstrous, last of the Blackfyre Pretenders, in single combat during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. . . .And that's all we knew about Blackfyre from the early novels: The traitor Daemon Blackfyre was a bastard legitimized by Aegon the IV, and his line continued to trouble the crown for five generations until Barristan the Bold slew Maelys the Monstrous, who was the last of the Blackfyre Pretenders, during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. In fact it was only in correspondence with fans released 06/13/2001, nearly a year after Storm had been published that the George first revealed the name of the primary Valyrian steel blade of House Targaryen. There were more bits and pieces of Blackfyre backstory in the early novels, but we did not have enough information to realize it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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