Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Azor Ahai Prophecy

Azor Ahai will be reborn amidst smoke and salt wielding the flaming sword Lightbringer to defend the world from R'hllor's nemesis, the Other.

Who is Azor Ahai and what did/will he do?

Approximately 8000 years ago, before Aegon's Landing, there lived a legendary hero, Azor Ahai. It is said that during the midst of The Long Night, Azor Ahai defeated the Others wielding a sword of fire, Lightbringer.

The world lay in darkness and a hero was chosen to fight against it, Azor Ahai. To the fight the darkness he needed to forge a sword worthy of a hero. For thirty days and thirty nights he worked until it was complete. When he tried to temper it in water however, the sword broke. But Azor Ahai was not so easily defeated so he began to forge a new sword and this time he laboured for fifty days and fifty nights. This time, to temper it, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but again the sword shattered. With a heavy heart, for he knew what was needed to finish the blade, he began to forge the sword for a third time. He laboured for 100 days and 100 nights. He then called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove the blade into her beating heart, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, created Lightbringer.

Azor Ahai drives his blade into the heart of his wife.

According to prophecy, from over 5000 years ago, Azor Ahai is to be reborn again to challenge the Others. This will happen after a long summer when an evil darkness once again descends on the world. It is believed that Azor Ahai will return once again wielding Lightbringer and will stand against the Others. If he fails, the world fails with him.
''There will come a day after a long summer when the starts bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.'' -Davos Seaworth, A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10
There is a similar prophecy about the prince that was promised and some readers believe that he is the same person as Azor Ahai. Many others believe that this is false and they come from two different prophecies. So far Azor Ahai and the prince that was promised have never been mentioned in the same sentence, however Melisandre has spoken of both prophecies interchangeably, but she does tend to use the name Azor Ahai far more often.

Ok here is where some Spoilers for those who only watch the TV show come in! (Don't read ahead if you don't want spoilers!!)

So who do we think could be Azor Ahai? Here are 5 people I think most will agree may be possible.

1. Stannis Baratheon

  • Well we all know that Melisandre is completely convinced that Stannis is Azor Ahai reborn again.
  • Stannis wields a magic sword that was forged by plunging a blade through a burning statue of the Maiden at the sept in Dragonstone. This ceremony is meant to be his ''rebirth'' as Azor Ahai. 
  • Stannis was named the Lord of Dragonstone after Robert's Rebellion, Dragonstone being a place of smoke and salt.
  • Stannis' paternal grandmother was Rhaelle Targaryen, meaning he has the Blood of the Dragon, which may or may not be a prerequisite.
  • Maester Aemon remarks that Stannis' sword, while shining brilliantly thanks to Melisandre's magic, gives off no heat and so couldn't possibly be Lightbringer
2. Daenerys Targaryen

  • After Sam tells Maester Aemon about Daenerys and her dragons he becomes sure that she is the prophesied leader. 
''No one ever looked for a girl...It was a prince that was promised, not a princess....What fools we were,....Dragons are neither male nor female....the language misled us all for a thousand years.
Daenerys is the one,born amidst salt and smoke. The dragons prove it.'' -Samwell Tarly, A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35
 He then tell's Sam to relate all his findings to the Maesters in Oldtown and convince them to send a               Maester to Daenerys.

  • The prophecy was originally made by dragons, who are neither male nor female meaning Azor Ahai may not necessarily be a man.
  • Dany was born on Dragstone (amidst salt), and reborn as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo's funeral pyre (amidst smoke). On that same pyre her three dragon eggs hatched (born amidst salt and smoke to wake dragons from stone), and on the morning for the first time the Red Comet appeared in the sky (When the stars bleed...).
  • In another prophecy from a woods witch, we are told that the Prince who Was promised would be born from the line of Prince Aerys and Princess Rhaelle. Daenerys is their daughter.

3. Jon Snow

  • Jon's wounds smoke while Bowen Marsh cries, providing the prophecised salt, and Ser Patrek's bloody star laden heraldry is in the air above.
  • When Melisandre looks into her fire for Azor Ahai, she sees only things to do with Jon or snow, which he thinks must be ash but she sees as a possible connection to Jon.
  • Jon has a dream where he is fighting the Others with a red sword burning in his hand.
  • If having the Blood of the Dragon is a must, and if Rhaegar really is Jon's father then Jon would satisfy this prerequisite. He would be from the line of Aerys and Rhaella as he would be their grandson.
  • Jon indirectly caused Ygrittes death by warning Castle Black of the incoming raid, this is similar to Azor Ahai sacrificing Nissa Nissa to complete Lightbringer.
4. Victarion Greyjoy
If you do not read the books you won't be familiar with this character, he is one of Theon's uncles.
  • While Victarion is travelling to capture Daenerys, he sustains a likely mortal sword wound but this is healed by a red priest of R'hllor, Moqorro. Afterwards his arm smokes and the ritual was performed at sea, which provides the salt.
  • Victarion was saved from death which could be seen as a form of rebirth.
  • Moqorro says he see's a great future for Victarion in the services of R'hllor.
  • Victarion previously beat his wife to death, which could be a possible Nissa Nissa connection?
SPOILER ALERT Don't read on if you haven't read the books and don't want things to be spoiled!

5. Aegon VI Targaryen
  • Before his death Rhaegar believe his son to be the Prince who was promised! . . . (Ya that's right non book readers, Rhaegar's son is alive!!)

So there we have the 5 candidates for Azor Ahai! Rhaegar was included in this list but, to me there isn't enough evidence to support that he might be Azor Ahai reborn. Plus Robert killed him so if he was the one the prophecy speaks of then Robert has doomed everyone!

Do you agree with these? Or do you think someone else could be Azor Ahai reborn? Let me know in the comments below! 

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