Why Did Daemon Sing to the Dragon & Why Is It Important for Season 2?

While there were a lot of highlights in the season 1 finale of House of the Dragon, the one thing that caught the attention of a lot of people was Daemon Targaryen and the song that he was singing to the dragon in the dragonpit of Dragonstone. We know for a fact that Daemon stressed the importance of how they had more dragons on Dragonstone than the Greens have in King’s Landing, and that was what probably led him to the dragonpit to sing to the dragon that is widely believed to be Vermithor. So, why did Daemon sing to the Dragon, and why is it important for season 2?

Daemon was singing to the dragon to seemingly prep it for a new rider and to remind it that it had a bond that it shared with the Targaryens. If that dragon was Vermithor, it would have been nearly 30 years since he had a rider. As such, the song was to remind it of its nature and bond with the Targaryen dragonriders.

The thing about the bond between the Targaryens and their dragons is that it was always suggested to be magical and supernatural in terms of its overall nature, as this bond goes back thousands of years ago during the earlier part of Old Valyria. Daemon’s song was probably a way of reconnecting the Targaryen’s bond with Vermithor, who hasn’t had a dragonrider for a long time. So, with that said, let’s look at the importance of Daemon’s song to the dragon.

Why Did Daemon Sing To The Dragon In The Season Finale?

The finale of season 1 of House of the Dragon was one that was tragic for the side of the Blacks because of the fact that it ended up with blood being spilled, which was what eventually turned the Dance of the Dragons into a war of fire and blood instead of one that was supposed to be diplomatic. However, while the focus of the season finale was the death of Prince Lucerys Velaryon, it is important to note that there were also other scenes that were quite interesting in that episode.

During the episode, one of the lords that supported Rhaenyra Targaryen’s claim to the Iron Throne reminded her that her side had the power of the dragons. Daemon Targaryen also stressed the fact that they had more dragons on Dragonstone and Driftmark than the three adult dragons that the Greens had on their side. That was when he began to make an accounting of the dragons that were still on their side. He mentioned the fact that Vermithor and Silverwing were still dwelling in the Dragonmont on Dragonstone and were still without any riders.

So, in that regard, when he left Rhaenyra after having an argument in relation to what King Viserys said about Aegon the Conqueror’s dream, he went to see the dragons that were still residing in Dragonstone. That was when he started singing in Valyrian, as a huge dragon appeared. This dragon was confirmed to be Vermithor in a Variety interview with showrunner Ryan Condal.

“That is one of the unclaimed dragons that lives in the Dragonmont: Vermithor, the Bronze Fury,” Condal said. “King Jaehaerys’ dragon, the king that we saw in the opening of the first episode, the king that passes on his succession to Viserys.”

Daemon was seen singing to the dragon in that scene as he was seemingly lulling it. Of course, Vermithor reacted by breathing fire in an excited manner. And Daemon’s song had Valyrian lyrics that were confirmed to mean the following:

“Fire breather / Winged leader / But two heads To a third sing. From my voice: The fires have spoken / And the price has been paid / With blood magic. With words of flame / With clear eyes / To bind the three / To you I sing. As one we gather / And with three heads / We shall fly as we were destined / Beautifully, freely.”

The way that Daemon was singing to Vermithor, as mentioned, had a tone that is similar to a lullaby, as it is possible that the dragon was already familiar with this song. But why is it that Daemon was singing this song to the dragon?

One of the things that people were quick to point out was the possibility that Daemon was familiar with this song because he learned it from his grandfather, King Jaehaerys, who we all know was the first and only rider of Vermithor at that time. It is possible that Vermithor was familiar with this song already and was quite fond of it when Jaehaerys was singing to it. As such, Daemon was probably trying to make Vermithor more receptive to him and to a new possible rider by singing this song to him.

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However, going back to the English lyrics of the song, there could be a more haunting reason why Daemon was singing it to Vermithor. And it is important that we look at some of the most striking words that we can see in the lyrics.

In the lyrics, we can see that it says, “the firers have spoken, and the price has been paid with blood magic.” We learned in Game of Thrones that there was a magical kind of moment between Daenerys Targaryen and the way that she hatched her dragons. She had to sacrifice Khal Drogo, who she was able to save using the blood magic of the witch. But we do know that Drogo was saved through the sacrifice of Daenerys’s unborn child and her womb.

So, in a sense, it was only through blood magic that Daenerys was able to hatch her dragons and form an instant bond with them. And this becomes interesting to take note of because of the fact that it is often said that the Old Valyrian dragonlords were only able to form bonds with the dragons using blood magic.

The lyrics of Daemon’s song also say, “To bind the three, To you, I sing.” The “three” he was referring to probably meant the three dragons that can be seen on the Targaryen sigil. Of course, we know that Daemon and Rhaenyra’s third child died at birth and was burned during the funeral. So, in that regard, there might be a supernatural connection between the burning of the child and the “bonding” of the Targaryens to the dragons, as that was the case when Daemon was singing to Vermithor.

We already know for a fact that there is somewhat of a supernatural bond between the dragons and their riders. For instance, Rhaenyra’s dragon Syrax was screaming while she was also screaming when she was in pain while giving birth to her third child. Meanwhile, we also know that Caraxes and Daemon seem to have an emotional and mental bond that allows the dragon to know what to do without the need for Daemon to say anything.

In that regard, Daemon’s song was seemingly “re-establishing” the connection between Vermithor and the Targaryens, as we know that they are in need of more dragons in the battle against the Greens that were sitting in King’s Landing. The song was probably a way for Daemon to remind Vermithor of its bond with the Targaryens because it has already been nearly 30 years since the dragon lost his rider. And this becomes even more important in season 2.

Why Is Daemon’s Song Important For Season 2?

As mentioned, Daemon and the Blacks are in need of more dragonriders because they don’t have the advantage over the Greens when it comes to manpower. This makes things interesting because we know for a fact that the Fire & Blood book says that Prince Jacaerys will be calling for more dragonriders to claim the riderless dragons that were on Dragonstone.

So, in that regard, Daemon’s song was probably prepping Vermithor for a rider because it has been nearly three decades since the last time he had a rider. The song, as mentioned, was probably a way for Daemon to remind Vermithor of its bond with the Targaryens.

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Of course, we all know that Daemon could no longer claim Vermithor or any other dragon because he already has Caraxes. The bond between a dragonrider and a rider is one that is exclusive in the sense that one rider cannot have more than one dragon, similar to how one dragon cannot have more than one rider.

The fact that he was prepping Vermithor could mean that he was preparing the dragon to be ridden by someone else. Of course, he might have been prepping the dragon for someone familiar to him, especially considering that his daughter, Rhaena, doesn’t have a dragon. But if the series is going to follow the book, then Vermithor’s next rider will be a Targaryen bastard or a dragonseed named Hugh Hammer. And Hugh’s storyline in the book is an important side story that will eventually lead to Rhaenyra’s ruin.

  • Ysmael is a self-professed geek that loves anything related to fantasy, sci-fi, video gaming, and anime. Spends his free time watching movies, TV shows and gaming, a lot.