Swords From Game Of Thrones
Certain swords in Westeros serve as a status symbol and source of prestige, and are thus referred to as Named Swords.
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The very best blades, Valyrian Blades, are relics of Old Valyria. They are exquisite weapons, crafted using forgotten enchantments to produce the very best quality weapons. Nothing holds quite the edge like Valyrian steel. Only a handful of such swords still exist to this day.
One of the two Valyrian steel blades belonging to House Targaryen. This sword was wielded by Aegon I during the wars of conquest. It was passed down to the heirs apparent throughout the years until Aegon IV (The Unworthy) gave the sword to his bastard son Daemon after he had demonstrated great prowess in battle. This was seen by many to be Aegon's recognition of Daemon as his son and his intention for Daemon to succeed him instead of his trueborn heir Daeron. This matter was further complicated by Aegon IV legitimizing all his bastards on his death bed. Daemon took the name Blackfyre as his surname and led the Blackfyre Rebellion against House Targaryen. The sword has since been lost.
The ancestral Valyrian Greatsword of House Lannister. It was lost when Tommen II, King of the Rock, sailed to Valyria and failed to return. As such House Lannister has been without a Valyrian steel blade for centuries, much to the chagrin of Tywin Lannister the current patriarch. Tywin Lannister has tried to purchase swords from minor houses, but these poor houses are loathe to part with their heirlooms.
The second of the two Valyrian steel blades owned by House Targaryen. It was wielded by Visenya, sister wife to Aegon I. The sword was also wielded by the famed Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. The last known owner of the sword was one of Aegon IV's great bastards, Brynden Rivers (a/k/a Bloodraven and a/k/a the Three-Eyed Raven). The sword's whereabouts are unknown.
Heartsbane is the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Tarly. The two-handed greatsword has been in the Tarly family for over 500 years.
It was previously in the possession of Lord Randyll Tarly, and was later stolen by his son, Samwell.
Tywin Lannister had Ice melted down to create two new swords, Widow's Wail and OathKeeper. In the books he enlists Tobho Mott to re-forge Ice, and in the show an unamed Volantese smith take this role.
The Valyrian blade of House Mormont, this blade has served as the sole source of wealth for an otherwise impoverished house. Left behind after Ser Jorah Mormont's disgrace and subsequent fleeing of Westeros. The blade was later given to Jon Snow by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont after Jon saved him from a wight attack.
Described as a hand and a half or bastard sword. Originally had a pommel in the likeness of a bear's head, it was refashioned into a wolf's head after being damaged by fire in the wight attack on the Lord Commander.
This is the ancestral blade of House Harlaw. It is currently wielded by Ser Harras Harlaw.
Oathkeeper is a Valyrian steel longsword which was forged from Eddard Stark's greatsword Ice, along with the smaller blade Widow's Wail. It has black and red ripples through the steel. It was originally given to Jaime Lannister by his father Tywin Lannister, but Jaime gifted it to Brienne of Tarth before she begins her search for Sansa and Arya Stark.
This is the Valyrian blade of house Drumm. It was forged before "The Doom". It is currently wielded by Lord Dunstan Drumm. The sword could possibly have been the ancestral sword of House Reyne of Castamere.
Also originally Eddard Stark's sword Ice which was made out of Valyrian Steel. It was then melted down by Tywin Lannister and given to Joffrey Baratheon on his wedding day. It was named Widow's Wail by Joffrey as he claims "It will make many a widow, too". In the books it was described to have waves of colors, "waves of night and blood upon some steely shore".
The swords below are not made of Valyrian Steel, but are historic blades or blades that have gained notoriety and names.