Why Rhaegar Fell For Lyanna- The Real Story Of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen


Although Rhaegar Targaryen did not appear on Game Of Thrones, he is one of the most crucial characters ever. According to what most fans believe, Rhaegar did not kidnap Lyanna. She eloped with him because they were in love and she obviously didn’t wish to marry Robert Baratheon. He just claimed “abduction” out of blindness and frustration to the fact that Lyanna Stark did not love him. The story of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen is presented in the books in such a way that we get two versions. Robert’s version which is the official story that Rhaegar abducted Lyanna Stark, imprisoned her and repeatedly raped her. During the season six finale of GOT, we got the answer to what happened in the Tower of Joy, when Lyanna made Ned promise her something that he never ever revealed. Lyanna made him swear to protect her newborn son Jon Snow. But how did it happen? How did she end up pregnant with the child of Rhaegar Targaryen who was already married?

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Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen

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After winning the jousting competition at the Tourney of Harrenhall, Rhaegar shocked the Seven Kingdoms by naming Lyanna Stark the Queen of Love and Beauty instead of Elia Martell, his own wife. This moment was referred to as the day “all the smiles died.”Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen

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This Is How Robert’s Rebellion Began:Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen

According to what we know, after the tournament, Rhaegar Targaryen “kidnapped” Lyanna. This led to her oldest brother Brandon Stark going to King’s Landing and demanding Rhaegar Targaryen face him. Brandon and his friends were imprisoned by The Mad King for treason, and he then called for their fathers. They were all executed. Lord Rickard Stark was burned alive while Brandon Stark choked himself to death in order to rescue him. When King Aerys the mad king called for Jon Arryn to send him the heads of Robert and Ned, he refused, and instead, Robert’s Rebellion began. Robert Baratheon killed Rhaegar Targaryen at the ruby ford. Shortly after, Jaime killed The Mad King while the Lannister army took the city for Robert, brutally killing and raping Rhaegar’s wife and killing her children in the process. With the war almost over, Ned Stark and his bannermen traveled to the Tower of Joy, where, Rhaegar Targaryen had ordered his three best Kingsguard to protect Lyanna.

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Reasons Why Rhaegar Fell For Lyanna- The Real Story Of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar TargaryenLyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen

  1. Lyanna was known as the She-Wolf. She was courageous, stubborn, and fierce.
  2. Howland Reed, who was a bannerman of the House Stark, attended the Tourney and was dishonored by three squires. While they were picking on him, Lyanna came to his rescue on her horse. Of course, she was a great rider. During the feast Rhaegar played such a beautiful song on his harp, it made Lyanna Stark weep.
  3. Then, a few days later, a short mysterious knight who was dressed in an improper armor, and carrying a shield having a laughing weirwood tree painted on it entered the joust and defeated the knights of those three squires that mistreated Howland Reed. When the mystery knight spoke it didn’t seem to be the knight’s real voice. The theory states that Lyanna was the Knight of the Laughing Tree. Rhaegar was sent to uncover the Knight’s secret identity and he found out that she was Lyanna.
  4. Lyanna Stark was the Knight of the Laughing Tree. Rhaegar fell in love with her for her bravery and charm and she fell in love with him too. This is the reason why she ran away with Rhaegar, and probably why he had the best Kingsguard protect her during Robert’s Rebellion. She was the love of his life who was also carrying his child.
  5. Also, Rhaegar was obsessed with the prophecy of the prince that was promised. And of course, the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen would truly be of ice and fire.

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