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"Stannis Baratheon, Warrior of Light... your sword awaits you."

Lightbringer is the sword of Stannis Baratheon. At the behest of Melisandre, he pulls it out of the fire created by burning statues of the Seven.[1]

It is unknown what became of the sword after Stannis leaves it behind on the beach at Dragonstone. It was last seen being carried off by Davos Seaworth.

According to prophecy, Lightbringer would be pulled from fire by the Lord's Chosen, the Prince That Was Promised, champion of the Lord of Light.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Lightbringer is a sword of legend, forged and wielded by Azor Ahai, chosen by the Lord of Light to fight the darkness. The sword was said to glow and radiate heat, burning whoever touches it.

As in the TV series, Melisandre enchants Stannis's sword and dubs it Lightbringer, as she believes him to be Azor Ahai reborn. However, Melisandre is apparently unable to get the sword to radiate heat, and it only gives off bright light. Thus there is a discrepancy between the "Lightbringer" of legend, and Stannis's sword "Lightbringer", named after the original.

In A Clash of Kings, Renly Baratheon and Salladhor Saan do not believe that Stannis's sword is the legendary Lightbringer, though they don't delve deep into prophecy with their reasoning.

In A Storm of Swords, Maester Aemon asks Stannis to see the sword. Stannis cannot understand how a blind man can see his sword, but shows it to him. Sam describes the sword in details to Aemon: "It glows as if it were on fire. There are no flames, but the steel is yellow and red and orange, all flashing and glimmering, like sunshine on water, but prettier. I wish you could see it, Maester". While they are walking away, Aemon seems to be deep in thought. He asks Sam whether he felt any heat from the sword. Sam admits he saw lights, but did not feel any heat. Aemon does not reveal the purpose of his question (perhaps it is ironic that a blind man noticed what others with eyesight did not).

In A Feast for Crows, Aemon reveals to Sam what he perceived: the sword is not the real Lightbringer, since the real Lightbringer is supposed to radiate heat, and Stannis is not Azor Ahai. He claims that Melisandre has misread the signs, and Daenerys is the one whom the prophecy is about.

After reading about Azor Ahai in the book the Jade Compendium, Jon reaches the same conclusion as Aemon - that Stannis's sword is not the real Lightbringer. He comments "I’ll be curious to see how his Lightbringer behaves in battle".

In the taunting letter that Ramsay sends Jon, he claims that he destroyed Stannis and his host, and has possession of his magic sword. It is unknown if Ramsay indeed has Lightbringer, since there are reasons to believe the rest of the letter's contents are false.

It is unknown whether the real Lightbringer is just a legend or if actually exists, and if it does, what happened to it. There are fan theories that it is not an actual sword but a metaphor; it can be even a person.

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