Rhaegar Week 2021
Day 2: Book moments
The brazier warmed a chamber at the bottom of a shaft where half a dozen tunnels met. On the floor he’d found a scuffed mosaic of the three-headed dragon of House Targaryen done in tiles of black and red. I know you, Kingslayer, the beast seemed to be saying. I have been here all the time, waiting for you to come to me. And it seemed to Jaime that he knew that voice, the iron tones that had once belonged to Rhaegar, Prince of Dragonstone.
The day had been windy when he said farewell to Rhaegar, in the yard of the Red Keep. The prince had donned his night-black armor, with the three-headed dragon picked out in rubies on his breastplate. “Your Grace,” Jaime had pleaded, “let Darry stay to guard the king this once, or Ser Barristan. Their cloaks are as white as mine.”
Prince Rhaegar shook his head. “My royal sire fears your father more than he does our cousin Robert. He wants you close, so Lord Tywin cannot harm him. I dare not take that crutch away from him at such an hour.”
Jaime’s anger had risen up in his throat. “I am not a crutch. I am a knight of the Kingsguard.”
“Then guard the king,” Ser Jon Darry snapped at him. “When you donned that cloak, you promised to obey.”
Rhaegar had put his hand on Jaime’s shoulder. “When this battle’s done I mean to call a council. Changes will be made. I meant to do it long ago, but... well, it does no good to speak of roads not taken. We shall talk when I return.”
Those were the last words Rhaegar Targaryen ever spoke to him. Outside the gates an army had assembled, whilst another descended on the Trident. So the Prince of Dragonstone mounted up and donned his tall black helm, and rode forth to his doom.
(AFFC, Jaime I)
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𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟑: 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴
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Rhaegar is someone with the Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging personality. He tends to approach life with deep thoughtfulness and imagination. His inner vision, personal values, and a quiet, principled version of humanism guide him in all things. He has the rarest personality types of all. Still, he leaves his mark on the world. Rhaegar has a deep sense of idealism and integrity, but he isn't an idle dreamer, he takes concrete steps to realize his goals and make a lasting impact.
He enjoys finding the perfect solution for the people he cares about. To do this, he uses his vivid imagination and his strong sense of compassion. Rhaegar typically strives to move past appearances and get to the heart of things, this can give him an almost uncanny ability to understand people’s true motivations, feelings, and needs. Rhaegar can pursue his ideals with a single-mindedness that may catch others off guard. He can't settle for good enough, and he is willing to disrupt the status quo may not please everyone. That said, Rhaegar’s passion for their chosen cause is a key aspect of his personality.
When someone challenges their principles or values, Rhaegar may react strongly. He can become defensive in the face of criticism and conflict, particularly when it comes to issues that are near to his heart. He tends to be motivated by a sense of having a greater purpose in life, yet his perfectionism and reserve demeanour may leave him with few options for letting off steam. Rhaegar can exhaust himself if he doesn't find a way to balance his drive to help others with necessary self-care and rest.
Rhaegar tends to take time in the process of finding a romantic partner seriously. He looks for depth and meaning in his relationships, preferring not to settle for a match that’s founded on anything less than true love. It takes time for him to find a compatible partner. Some might think of him as choosy, and it’s true that these personalities can have unrealistic expectations. Rhaegar recognizes that love isn’t a passive emotion but rather an opportunity to grow and learn, and he expect his partners to share this mindset. He fears uncommitted and the shallow.
When it comes to intimacy, Rhaegar can be incredibly passionate in ways that go beyond the physical. He craves an emotional and even spiritual connection with his partner. The Valyrian prince cherishes not just the act of being in a relationship, but also what it means to become one with another person in mind, body, and soul. Few people are as passionate and enigmatic as Rhaegar . As someone with his personality type, he stands out for his imagination, compassion, integrity, and deeply held principles. Even the most idealistic and dedicated of people can become frustrated when it comes to navigating interpersonal conflicts, confronting unpleasant facts, pursuing self-realization, or finding a fulfilling career path.
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Rhaegar Week 2021
Day 3: Personality traits and skills
“As a young boy, the Prince of Dragonstone was bookish to a fault. He was reading so early that men said Queen Rhaella must have swallowed some books and a candle whilst he was in her womb.” (ASOS, Daenerys I)
A notable warrior despite the lack of natural inclination
“[...] The maesters were awed by his wits, but his father’s knights would jest sourly that Baelor the Blessed had been born again. Until one day Prince Rhaegar found something in his scrolls that changed him. No one knows what it might have been, only that the boy suddenly appeared early one morning in the yard as the knights were donning their steel. He walked up to Ser Willem Darry, the master-at-arms, and said, ‘I will require sword and armor. It seems I must be a warrior.’” (ASOS, Daenerys I)
“Prince Rhaegar's prowess was unquestioned, but he seldom entered the lists. He never loved the song of swords the way that Robert did, or Jaime Lannister. It was something he had to do, a task the world had set him. He did it well, for he did everything well. That was his nature. But he took no joy in it. Men said that he loved his harp much better than his lance.” (ASOS, Daenerys IV)
“‘My brother Rhaegar was a fierce warrior, my sun-and-stars,’ she told him.” (AGOT, Daenerys V)
“‘You took a wound from Rhaegar,’ Ned reminded him. ‘So when the Targaryen host broke and ran, you gave the pursuit into my hands.’” (AGOT, Eddard II)
“Seventeen and new to knighthood, Rhaegar Targaryen had worn black plate over golden ringmail when he cantered onto the lists. [...] Two of her uncles fell before his lance, along with a dozen of her father's finest jousters, the flower of the west.” (AFFC, Cersei V)
“When he was young, His Grace rode brilliantly in a tourney at Storm’s End, defeating Lord Steffon Baratheon, Lord Jason Mallister, the Red Viper of Dorne, and a mystery knight who proved to be the infamous Simon Toyne, chief of the kingswood outlaws. He broke twelve lances against Ser Arthur Dayne that day.” (ASOS, Daenerys IV)
“Yet when the jousting began, the day belonged to Rhaegar Targaryen. [...] it seemed no lance could touch him. Brandon fell to him, and Bronze Yohn Royce, and even the splendid Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning.
[...] the prince circled the field after unhorsing Ser Barristan in the final tilt to claim the champion's crown.” (AGOT, Eddard XV)
“‘But what tourneys did my brother win?’
‘Your Grace.’ The old man hesitated. ‘He won the greatest tourney of them all.’” (ASOS, Daenerys IV)
“[...] Lord Whent was as open handed as he was rich. The lavish purses he proclaimed drew hundreds of challengers. Even your royal father came to Harrenhal, when he had not left the Red Keep for long years. The greatest lords and mightiest champions of the Seven Kingdoms rode in that tourney, and the Prince of Dragonstone bested them all.” (ASOS, Daenerys IV)
A skilled musician
“It was said that no man ever knew Prince Rhaegar, truly. I had the privilege of seeing him in tourney, though, and often heard him play his harp with its silver strings.” (ASOS, Daenerys I)
“At the welcoming feast, the prince had taken up his silver-stringed harp and played for them. A song of love and doom, Jon Connington recalled, and every woman in the hall was weeping when he put down the harp.” (ADWD, The Griffin Reborn)
“Many a night she had watched Prince Rhaegar in the hall, playing his silver-stringed harp with those long, elegant fingers of his.” (AFFC, Cersei V)
“By night the prince played his silver harp and made her weep.” (AFFC, Cersei V)
“The dragon prince sang a song so sad it made the wolf maid sniffle [...].” (ASOS, Bran II)
“[...] Summerhall was the place the prince loved best. He would go there from time to time, with only his harp for company. [...] He liked to sleep in the ruined hall, beneath the moon and stars, and whenever he came back he would bring a song. When you heard him play his high harp with the silver strings and sing of twilights and tears and the death of kings, you could not but feel that he was singing of himself and those he loved.” (ASOS, Daenerys IV)
“His is the song of ice and fire, my brother said. I’m certain it was my brother. Not Viserys, Rhaegar. He had a harp with silver strings.” (ACOK, Daenerys V)
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