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What is a "mummer's dragon"?

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What is a "mummer's dragon"? As a mummer is an actor ( https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Mummer ) , I guessed first that a mummer's dragon is an articulated puppet in the form of a dragon, used in stage plays and shows to represent a dragon; and that it has become proverbial by its powerlessness (except in stage pretence), as compared with the great power of a real dragon.

 

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I take it as you have written above. And/or a "fake" dragon (what the above alludes to)/a dragon that is manipulated or controlled (also possibly alluded to above).

Edited by Travis

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“A cloth dragon on poles,” Dany explained. “Mummers use them in their follies, to give the heroes something to fight.”

The cloth dragon, or mummer's dragon, as Daenerys later describes the vision, is Aegon, a descendant of Daemon Blackfyre. The George is using Aegon in his folly to give Daenerys a dragon to fight. 

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It probably refers to Young Griff and  imo it can either mean 2 things:

1. A fake Dragon, hinting on fAegon theories.

2. Vary's (mummer) puppet.

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Using 'Mummer' may imply a few word associations.  

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mummer

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mum

Mask, disguise, silence, mumble, mother, chrysanthemum, eeltail catfish, breast, candle.   

So much like 'Sun's Son' seems to refer to Drogo's son, Rhaego.   

'Mummer's Dragon' might just be a flowery way of saying 'Mother's Dragon' with a suggestion Dany isn't who she thinks she is and also implying a connection to Rhaego/Rhaegal.  

Though perhaps it also implies connections to Quaithe wearing a mask and using a glass candle.  

And maybe a Euron hint with Silence.  

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