Deciphering the Prophecy: ‘The Dragon Has Three Heads’

Deciphering the Prophecy:  ‘The Dragon Has Three Heads’

“No dragon has ever had three heads except on shields and banners,” Armen the Acolyte said firmly. “That was a heraldic charge, no more. Furthermore, the Targaryens are all dead.” –  A Feast For Crows, Prologue

Armen the Acolyte has a very good point, one which I have pondered. When we look at the Targaryen shield, it does not show us three dragons, it shows one dragon with three heads. Prophecy is a red herring goldmine.

The dragon has three heads in the prophecy as we have access to at present:

“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

We do not know if Rhaegar fully understood or had access to the entire prophecy. Perhaps he knew only the prophecy word which we know, yet possessed a more complete understanding of its implications and meaning based on the source he acquired the prophecy from, whatever that might have been.

Perhaps Rhaegar knew more of the prophecy than what we have heard and ‘the dragon has three heads’ was his addition, a reflection of his desire to maintain the rule of Westeros solely within the Targaryen family line.

There is also the possibility Rhaegar misinterpreted the prophecy, as prophecy has proven throughout history to be a sneaky riddle to solve.

“Prophecy is like a half-trained mule,” he complained to Jorah Mormont. “It looks as though it might be useful, but the moment you trust in it, it kicks you in the head.” – A Dance With Dragons, Tyrion IX

Even Daenerys questions what the deeper meaning is behind ‘the dragon has three heads’:

“Child of three, they had called her, daughter of death, slayer of lies, bride of fire. So many threes. Three fires, three mounts to ride, three treasons. “The dragon has three heads,” she sighed. “Do you know what that means, Jorah?” “Your Grace? The sigil of House Targaryen is a three-headed dragon, red on black.” – A Clash of Kings, Daenerys V

While Jorah Mormont has many skills, prophecy deciphering is clearly not one of them. Targaryens are prone to prophetic dreams so we can deduce the ‘dragon has three heads’ relates to the future of Westeros.

Contemplating the word ‘heads’ along with one being in a position of power, which is consistently the Targaryen end game, leads my mind to the term ‘heads of state’.

One Westeros + three headed dragon =

  • three heads of state, three States,
  •  three Government Leaders,
  • three Ruling Monarchs = Westeros will have three Kings, or Queens, and will be divided into three separate states.

I believe the ‘dragon has three heads’ is foreshadowing there will be three ruling monarchs, either Kings or Queens, in the future for Westeros and that Westeros itself will be divided into three separate states.

All this who will ride the dragon stuff ….. one big red herring 🙂

More on that coming soon

Ava Monroe

 

The Dragon Has Three Heads – Westeros Will Have Three Kings

 

“No dragon has ever had three heads except on shields and banners,” Armen the Acolyte said firmly. “That was a heraldic charge, no more. Furthermore, the Targaryens are all dead.” – A Feast For Crows, Prologue

 

Armen the Acolyte has a very good point, one which I have pondered. When we look at the Targaryen shield, it does not show us three dragons, it shows one dragon with three heads.

 

The dragon has three heads in the prophecy as we have access to at present:

 

“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

 

We do not know if Rhaegar fully understood or had access to the entire prophecy. Perhaps he knew only the prophecy word which we know, yet possessed a more complete understanding of its implications and meaning based on the source he acquired the prophecy from, whatever that might have been.

 

Perhaps he knew more of the prophecy than what we have heard and ‘the dragon must have three heads’ was his addition, a reflection of his desire to maintain the rule Westeros solely by Targaryens. Targaryens are prone to prophetic dreams so we can deduce the ‘dragon has three heads’ relates to the future of Westeros.

 

Perhaps Rhaegar misinterpreted the prophecy, as prophecy has proven throughout history to be a sneaky riddle to solve.

 

“Prophecy is like a half-trained mule,” he complained to Jorah Mormont. “It looks as though it might be useful, but the moment you trust in it, it kicks you in the head.” – A Dance With Dragons, Tyrion IX

 

Even Daenerys questions what the deeper meaning is behind ‘the dragon has three heads’:

 

Child of three, they had called her, daughter of death, slayer of lies, bride of fire. So many threes. Three fires, three mounts to ride, three treasons. “The dragon has three heads,” she sighed. “Do you know what that means, Jorah?”

 

“Your Grace? The sigil of House Targaryen is a three-headed dragon, red on black.” – A Clash of Kings, Daenerys V

 

While Jorah Mormont has many skills, prophecy deciphering is clearly not one of them. Contemplating the word ‘heads’ along with one being in a position of power, which is consistently the Targaryen end game, leads my mind to the term ‘heads of state’:

 

One Westeros + three headed dragon = three heads of state, three States, three Government Leaders, three Ruling Monarchs = Westeros will have three Kings, or Queens, and will be divided into three separate states (minus any dragons).

 

I believe the ‘dragon has three heads’ is foreshadowing there will be three ruling monarchs, either Kings or Queens, in the future for Westeros and that Westeros itself will be divided into three separate states.

 

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