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Arya's new Valyrian steel dagger is even more interesting than we thought

Arya's new Valyrian steel dagger is even more interesting than we thought
From Mashable - August 12, 2017

Fair warning: This post contains spoilers for all of Game of Thrones books and episodes.

It's excellent advice for lawyers and omniscient stoners in fantasy series: Do not ask a question you do not already know the answer to.

Arya Stark was handed a shiny, deadly new toy in episode 4 of Game of Thrones last weekend: A Valyrian steel dagger. She was given it by her brother Bran, who not long before had been handed it by resident slimeball Littlefinger.

The dagger was used by a cutthroat who tried to murder Bran in Season 1, and as Littlefinger points out, in a very real way it started the War of the Five Kings. After fighting off the assassin, Catelyn Stark took the dagger to Kings Landing because she suspected the Lannisters were behind the attempt on Bran's life.

Upon receiving the weapon, Bran asks Littlefinger, "Do you know who this belonged to?" It sounds like a straightforward inquiry into who might have tried to kill him, but this is an odd ask coming from a guy who sees everything, so why pose the question at all?

Upon a rewatch, it sounds like a legit, but different, question: Does Littlefinger actually know who this dagger used to belong to?

Littlefinger might not, but it sure seems like Bran does.

There's good reason to think that the dagger is very old. Sam saw a drawing of it on a page in a book he helpfully lingered on in episode 1.

The text surrounding the image referenced the Targaryen custom of decorative dragonglass weapons and how the style spread throughout the noble houses of Westeros. Later in that same book, Sam learns of the dragonglass mine under Dragonstone, home of the Targaryens.

Assuming the dagger is the same, and we have good reason to do so, it stands to reason that this dagger belonged to the members of House Targaryen and was passed down among them.

Futhermore, we have a clue in the weapon itself: the stone in the hilt points to Rhaegar Targaryen.

Rhaegar's armour was described as studded with rubies, which fell to the ground when Robert's war hammer crushed the Targaryen prince's chest.

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