Warrior Princess in Fiction: Daenerys Targaryen

With “Game of Thrones” hyped up during its final episodes, I thought it would be a great time to take a look at one of my favorite fictional characters, Daenerys Targaryen—mother of dragons, breaker of chains, and a whole slew of other names. Though she doesn’t always display characteristics of Christ in her actions, can any of us say we do as well? Let’s dig deeper into her redeeming qualities that make her a wonderful Warrior Princess.

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Daenerys Targaryen (HBO)

One of Daenerys’s greatest qualities is that she cars for the lesser people—the poor and the enslaved. She has made it one of her great missions and the foundation for her reign as queen, if it should happen, to free all slaves.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

1 John 3:17-18

Daenerys doesn’t just talk about helping the poor and enslaved, she gets up and does something about it. I think we can all take a page from her book of compassion. Maybe don’t wage war with unsullied, but get out there in the world and make a difference. Even the smallest act can help someone in need. It doesn’t have to be quite the grand gesture as the dragon queen to mean something.Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

John 7:24 (NLT)

Another quality I just love about Daenerys is that she does not judge a book by its cover. What I mean is, she takes people the world calls freaks, who are really just different or misunderstood, and she raises them to a place of power. We see this over and over again in the Bible. It’s common Christian knowledge that God uses the misunderstood, the unique, the different, the “freaks” if you will. Her first act of this was with Missandei. In the books she is a young girl, about twelve years old, when Daenerys came in and set her free from her enslavers. She took Missandei under her wing, kept her close, loved her like a sister, and eventually made her part of her Queen’s small council. Though Daenerys was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and Missandei was just a freed slave, there were several times in the show when we intentionally were shown Daenerys serving Missandei. She was not too proud to give and serve to this poor girl. She saw through he label of slave and rose her up to be her right hand woman.

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Missandei and Daenerys

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5 (NLT)

Another character in the story who is misunderstood and considered a freak is Tyrion Lannister. Though he is of noble birth he is also a dwarf and looked down upon because of it. No one seems to really see his wit and knowledge, but only sees how small he is and he is often despised for it. But Daenerys sees something in him right from the beginning. Even though Tyrion’s family, his own brother in fact, murdered Daenerys’s father and took the throne from their family, she over looks everything and sees him for how smart and valuable a person he is. She raises him to be the Hand of the Queen, making him one of her most trusted advisers. She doesn’t see his size. She only sees who he is on the inside and all the potential that lies within him.

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Daenerys and Tyrion the day he was made Hand of the Queen (HBO)

In fact, no one that surrounds Daenerys is upheld in the current society they live in. They are all seen as outcasts, some quiet literally like Ser Jorah Mormont who was exiled from Westeros and became Daenerys’s closes friend. In these closing days of the HBO series, we find Daenerys, closer than ever to the throne, has kept her ragtag team of misfits in tact as best she can, never straying from helping the poor and freeing the enslaved, lifting up the downtrodden, and fighting for what she believes in with unwavering certainty.

We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties. You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.” When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better.”

1 Corinthians 4: 10-13 (MSG)
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The Eunich, the dwarf, the slave, the pirate, the bastard, and the dragon queen (HBO)

Another great quality of Daenerys that I feel can be very hard for many of us these days is her capacity to forgive. When her nearest and dearest friend, Ser Jorah Mormont, reveals that he is the one who has been feeding the Throne secrets of hers including her whereabouts in exchange for revoking his exile, of course she is angry. She tells him to leave her, which I think in if we were put in the same situation we would react the same way. Because of his actions, someone posing as a wine merchant tried to poison her on King Robert Baratheon’s orders. Of course, Ser Jorah saved her from drinking the wine, but he also put her in that situation in the first place. I know I would be furious at the betrayal. Long story short, Jorah leaves, ends up being captured and enslaved himself to fight in the pits of Meereen, wins the favor of the queen again when he tracks her down and gets her back from the Dothraki that capture her after the fighting pit disaster, but turns out he has dragonscale, a deadly disease that basically turns people into stonemen zombies. He goes away again and comes back free of the disease and in the dragon queen’s good graces again. She forgave him after he saved her from the Dothraki despite all the wrong he had done to her. When he returned clean from dragonscale she added him back into her group of trusted advisers and kept him close by her side till the end. When she took him back in, she didn’t hold what he did over his head, punish him passive aggressively, tell everyone around them what he had done to her, none of that. She forgave him from the bottom of her heart, let the pain of it go, and loved him as if he’d never hurt her before. Wow. I hope I can have that level of compassion and forgiveness some day. Working on it!

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Daenerys and Ser Jorah

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4: 31-32 (NLT)

These are just a few of the Christlike qualities of Daenerys Targaryen that stood out to me while I watched the show and read the books. She is a strong, forgiving, kind-hearted, compassionate, loyal, loving, hard working woman whom I personally hope will sit on the Iron Throne in the next last two episodes here.

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