Aegon the Conqueror is a mythical figure in the story of the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin, along with the TV adaptation known as Game of Thrones. Aegon not only conquered Westeros, he also started a dynasty which lasted for nearly three hundred years. Characters in the books and show speak of him as though he was a demigod rather than an ordinary man, and it’s not hard to see why. But how did he become the person he was? What did he have to do to get to the Iron Throne? Find out more about Aegon the Conqueror below.

1. Did He Name a Month After Himself Too??

Aegon the Conqueror was so influential to the history of Westeros that they keep time based on his conquest! In Westeros, the years of the modern era are counted from the year that Aegon’s conquest of Westeros was (almost) completed. The abbreviation AC literally means “After Conquest.”

2. Have You Seen My Dragon?

During his lifetime, Aegon rode the black dragon called Balerion, who was also nicknamed “the Black Dread.” Named after a god worshipped by the Valyrians before the Doom, Balerion was the largest dragon ever seen in Westeros. In fact, Balerion’s jaws were so large that he could swallow a mammoth whole. No wonder he was also called Aegon the Dragonlord!

3. We’re Close Siblings

In keeping with the Targaryen tradition of practicing incest to keep their bloodline pure, Aegon the Conqueror married not just one, but both his sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys.

4. Recurring Character?

Although Aegon the Conqueror was long dead by the time the events of Game of Thrones are happening, he’s been named in four episodes so far. These episodes are found in seasons 1, 2, 6, and 7.

5. The Flower of his Youth

Believe it or not, Aegon the Conqueror was only 27 when he began his conquest of Westeros. Though to be fair, this is a world where teenagers are knighted and become leaders of armies, so maybe Aegon could be considered somewhat of a late bloomer?

6. Mom and Dad

Aegon was born to Lord Aerion Targaryen and Lady Valaena Velaryon of Dragonstone.

7. The Black Sheep of the Family

Aside from his sisters, Aegon is said to have also had a half-brother; his best friend Orys Baratheon. Orys was rumored to have been the illegitimate son of Aegon’s father, though he didn’t look like a Targaryen, being big, black-haired, and dark-eyed.

8. Humble King

Despite being known as a great warrior, Aegon never entered tourneys to show off or practice. Though to be fair, jousting with a dragon would have been deeply unfair to his potential opponents!

9. Cameo!

While Aegon never makes an official appearance in Game of Thrones, his dragon does! The huge dragon skeleton which rests in the bottom of the Red Keep belonged to Balerion the Black Dread.

10. Can You Eat Off It?

While he was living on Dragonstone, the traditional seat of the Targaryens after the Doom of Valyria, Aegon designed a large table upon which was painted a scaled-down version of the Seven Kingdoms. The paint job was so detailed that Aegon studied it while he was preparing his conquest. It became known as the Painted Table, and it remained intact throughout the centuries, being used by such people as Stannis Baratheon, who lived on Dragonstone for years.

11. The Look of a Man

Like most Targaryens, Aegon was said to have silver-gold hair and purple eyes. He was also broad-shouldered and tall, wearing black scale armor. After he became king, he wore a crown of Valyrian steel encrusted with rubies.

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