Sharpen your knowledge of the Valyrian steel blades in Game of Thrones
This Westerosi winter on Game of Thrones, essential seasonal accessories include wolf skin cloaks, fitted white fur coats, and Valyrian steel blades. Now that the Wall has been breached and the Army of the Dead is marching south, these prized White Walker-slaying weapons are converging on Winterfell, and their whereabouts have never been more relevant.
Ahead of the eighth and final season of Thrones, here’s our guide to five potentially crucial blades.
When Jon Snow (Kit Harington) saved Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo) from a wight in season 1, the Lord Commander gave the blade to his steward, replacing the ancestral Bear Island pommel with a Winterfell direwolf. Longclaw was originally meant to be passed down to Jeor’s son, Jorah (Iain Glen), but when Jorah left Westeros for exile in Essos, he left the sword behind. Since returning to the west with his new queen, Jorah has given Jon his blessing to keep the blade.
The mysterious dagger poured fuel on the Stark/Lannister feud when it was used in an attempt on Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) life. Little is known about the dagger’s origin, but it did appear on a page of one of Sam’s (John Bradley) scholarly tomes about Valyrian steel. Closely associated with Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen), it eventually wound up in the hands of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who used it to kill scheming Littlefinger.
This is one of two swords forged from the Stark family’s greatsword, Ice, after the execution of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) gave the sword to his son Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and Jaime then passed it to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) when he sent her to find Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
Oathkeeper’s sibling sword, briefly owned and gaudily named by King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) during the lead-up to his wedding, has been taken up by his father/uncle Jaime since that event’s lavender-hued reception. Recently, Jaime broke ranks with his sister/lover/queen to head north and fight the coming cold snap.
Until recently, the sword of House Tarly was a Horn Hill hearth decoration. After his latest falling-out with his father, Sam took the sword, and it is now with him at Winterfell, where it could find its way into the hands of a number of capable fighters (Jorah Mormont? The Hound?) to combat the coming darkness.
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