Who is Aegon Targaryen?

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In Game of Thrones season 3 somewhere Jorah Mormont said that a dragon is worth more than any army and Barristan Selmy confirmed it with saying that:

Aegon Targaryen proved that.

And in the season 7 final episode Bran Stark said about Jon Snow:

His name is Aegon Targaryen.

So I'm wondering, are there two Aegon Targaryens in the series?

Best Answer

Aegon I Targaryen, also known as Aegon the Conqueror was the one (along with his sisters/wives Rhaenys, and Visenya) who united the Seven Kingdoms through the use of of his dragons, Balerion, Meraxes, and Vhagar. This is whom Ser Barristan is referring to.

Aegon has been used numerous times since (at least 12) in Targaryen family. Much like a real royal family, the popular names get reused.

In the show universe there are even two more Aegons we are introduced to, both sons of Rhaegar...

  • Aegon the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell (killed during the sack of King's Landing during Robert's Rebellion)

  • Aegon the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (aka Jon Snow)

It is possible that Rhaegar was naming his sons Aegon due to prophecy. The quote below is about naming his first born son.

The man had her brother's hair, but he was taller, and his eyes were a dark indigo rather than lilac. "Aegon," he said to a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. "What better name for a king?"

"Will you make a song for him?" the woman asked.

"He has a song," the man replied. "He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire." He looked up when he said it and his eyes met Dany's, and it seemed as if he saw her standing there beyond the door. "There must be one more," he said, though whether he was speaking to her or the woman in the bed she could not say. "The dragon has three heads."

A Clash of Kings - Daenerys IV

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Who is Aegon Targaryen to Daenerys?

We can all put two and two together, right? Jon is actually Aegon Targaryen, RHAEGAR and LYANNA's son. And thanks to the annulment and secret marriage, he's their legitimate son \u2013 so the rightful heir to the throne. So Daenerys is Rhaegar's baby sister.

Is Aegon Targaryen the Mad King?

After Jaehaerys's death, his son the Mad King took over as the last Targaryen king. This would make Aegon V the grandfather of the Mad King, the great-grandfather of Rhaegar, Viserys, and Daenerys Targaryen, and great-great-grandfather of Jon Snow.

Are there 2 Aegon Targaryen?

In naming him Aegon, Rhaegar and Lyanna were probably hoping that their son would follow in the footsteps of the most illustrious Targaryen of all \u2014 Aegon the Conqueror. But the Targaryen family tree is full of other Aegons, including Jon's own half-brother (Prince Rhagear's son with his first wife Elia Martell).

Who is Aegon Targaryen in the book?

Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)Elia Martell holding Aegon and Rhaenys Targaryen, by Rae Lavergne \xa9Alias(es)The prince that was promised Young GriffTitle(s)Prince King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant) Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant)AllegianceHouse TargaryenRaceValyrian7 more rows

Game of Thrones Prequel: Aegon the Conqueror Targaryen History (HBO) | House of the Dragon

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Answer 2

The Aegon Targaryen referred to by Barristan is the first Aegon, there are lots of them in the Targaryen family as you can see in this family tree.

Aegon The Conqueror as defined by the song of ice and fire wiki:

Aegon I Targaryen, also known as Aegon the Conqueror and Aegon the Dragon, was the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and king on the Iron Throne, having conquered six of the Seven Kingdoms during the Conquest. The dragonlord was the founder of the ruling Targaryen dynasty of Westeros.

Jon Snow name is simply the same as the late Aegon The Conqueror, but Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.

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