Arya’s Dagger On “Game Of Thrones” Has A Great Backstory
The catspaw dagger has been around since Season 1.
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OK. Now that the dust has settled a little on "The Long Night," let's talk about Arya Stark and that fancy Night King–killing dagger of hers.
Because it has a long and very interesting history on the show.
BTW, the dagger doesn't have a name, but it is often referred to as the "catspaw dagger" (more on that in a second) which is how I'll refer to it throughout this post.
1. Season 1, Episode 2, "The Kingsroad" — The first appearance of the dagger was the assassination attempt on Bran.
Later in the same episode, Catelyn holds a secret meeting with Maester Luwin, Ser Rodrik, Robb, and Theon — Ser Rodrik concludes someone gave the dagger to the assassin.
2. Season 1, Episode 3, "Lord Snow" — Lord Baelish tells Catelyn, "There's only one dagger like this in all of the Seven Kingdoms. It's mine." However, Baelish then goes on about how he recently lost it in a bet to Tyrion Lannister.
3. Season 1, Episode 4, "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" — Ned keeps the catspaw dagger on his desk, on the book that will eventually reveal the truth about Cersei and Jaime.
4. Season 1, Episode 5, "The Wolf and the Lion" — The dagger is still in Ned's study, on top of that book.
5. Season 1, Episode 6, "A Golden Crown" — Ned still has the dagger in his position, but puts it aside as he reads about the Baratheon family tree.
6. Season 1, Episode 7, "You Win or You Die" — Baelish tries to get Ned to conspire with him to keep the Lannisters in power. Looking at the catspaw dagger, Ned refuses.
7. Season 7, Episode 1, "Dragonstone" — While reading about dragonglass, and trying to figure out how to defeat the Night King, Sam literally skims past a page with a drawing of the catspaw dagger! (OH, the irony.)
Here's what that page says:
The Valyrians were familiar with dragonglass long before they came to Westeros. They called it "zīrtys perzys" which translated to “frozen fire” in Valyrian and eastern tales tell of how their dragons would thaw the stone with dragonflame until it became molten and malleable. The Valyrians then used it to build their strange monuments and building without seams and joints of our modern castles.
When Aegon the conqueror forged his Seven Kingdoms, he and his descendants would often decorate their blades with dragonglass feeling a kinship with the stone. The royal fashion for dragonglass ornamentation soon spread throughout the Seven Kingdoms to those wealthy enough to afford it. Hilts and pommels were and are the most common decoration for dragonglass if too brittle to make a useful crossguard. Indeed, its very brittleness is what relegate it to the great houses and the most successful merchants.