September 15, 2017
Animals in the Game of Thrones
Fire-breathing dragons, wolves… Many noble houses have been fighting a war of who should get the throne, an exiled princess is trying to find her way back, and a kingdom faces threat from supernatural forces… Indeed, the world of Westeros is packed with strange and magical creatures. The animals in Game of Thrones hold great symbolism and as the season 7 ends, there are still some questions which are stuck in the minds of fans! Why is it Daenerys who receives the dragon eggs? Why does Stark House use a direwolf on their flag? Let’s get into the deeper meanings of the animals which have shined on the flags of the houses.
A grey direwolf sits on a white background on House Stark’s sigil. The wolf symbol is a great choice for this house, as this creature can be found mainly in cold regions. It matches the house motto which is ‘Winter is Coming’. It is not unknown that wolves can survive harsh weathers, and have a great sense of loyalty while travelling in packs. The direwolf on this sigil symbolises goodness, peace and innocence. This animal perfectly reflects the Stark family who always protect and put their own first, no matter what.
Lannister’s sigil is painted in crimson and portrays a golden lion. Ferocity, courage, dignity, royalty, power, wisdom… these are all the characteristics which the lion symbolises. But when it comes to Lannister House, it also reflects pride and thirst for power. The lion has been associated with the golden colour which adds to its worth as it means wealth and importance. The background’s colour complements the lion logo as it represents anger, death and hatred.
The House Targaryen is left with only few members, and yet they proudly flaunt their black sigil which exposes a three-headed dragon. Normally, dragons are representations of wisdom, power and luck. But red ones have a higher meaning! They signify death, anger, protection, respect and victory. Plus, the black background further associate the dragon with evil, fear, mystery and blood.
The royal house of Baratheon’s sigil is made up of a black stag on a gold background, which wears a golden crown. This sigil has multi-faced meaning just like Stannis, Robert and Renly. It denotes virility, growth and wisdom. Stags review their horns on a regular basis, thus they signify regeneration. This four-legged creature is a figure of masculinity and royalty, which reflects Baratheon House. The crown worn by the animal adds authority and power, to the meaning it holds. The crown’s golden aspects mean wealth as it evokes feelings of prestige.