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The Untold
Truth of House Of
The Dragon's
Rhaenyra
Targaryen
By LEAH FLAVELL
Born in 97 AC, Princess Rhaenyra is the firstborn child of King Viserys I and Queen Aemma Arryn. Primogeniture is, arguably, the central theme of Rhaenyra's story, so after a non-consensual C-section ended her mother's life, teenage Rhaenyra is officially named Viserys' heir.
97 AC
As a child, Rhaenyra is beloved by the people of Westeros and dubbed "The Realm's Delight" in honor of her esteemed beauty. Young Rhaenyra is portrayed by Milly Alcock in "House of the Dragon," while actor Emma D'Arcy plays an older, less-liked version of the character.
Realm’s Delight
For the first time at the tender age of seven, Rhaenyra takes to the sky on the dragon Syrax, nicknamed the "Golden Beast." Unlike other famous Targaryen dragons, such as Balerion the Black Dread and Vhagar, Syrax only has one rider — Rhaenyra — throughout her life.
First Dragon Ride
In the long and bloody history of Westeros, Rhaenyra Targaryen is the first woman to sit on the Iron Throne. She has her reign disputed and discredited by her rival Aegon II, and she only rules for six months in King's Landing, earning her the moniker "The Half-Year Queen.”
Westeros’ First Queen
When Raenyra was pregnant with her sixth child, her father Viserys dies. The news triggers a difficult labor and tragedy strikes for the Targaryen queen, as her daughter, Visenya, does not survive the birth.
Tragedy