"Maybe magic was once a mighty force in the world, but not anymore."
Luwin to Brandon Stark[src]
Magic, occasionally referred to as "the higher mysteries" is a powerful but little understood force in the world. In Westeros it is believed, particularly by the Maesters of the Citadel, that magic, if it ever existed, is now gone from the world. Only one in every hundred Maesters, Luwin among them, bother to study the subject long enough to earn a Valyrian steel link for their chains. In Essos magic is still practiced, particularly in the eastern regions of the continent, but even there its effects and the power of its practitioners are frequently questioned. 

It has long been believed that dragons have a strong connection to magic, and magic is said to be strongest in their presence. With the birth of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons - the first ones in more than a century - magic (at least eastern magic) seems to be slowly making its way back into the world. Charlatans have found that their tricks are becoming spells, while the power of established practitioners has begun to rapidly and greatly increase.

Types of Magic and Magic-Related Abilities

Ancient Valyrian Shepherds Fourteen Fires

The ancient Valyrians were thought to have used magic to control dragons.

  • Valyrian Magic: practiced by the Valyrians in the time of the Valyrian Freehold. It involves fire-related abilities as well as the ability to bond with and control dragons.
  • Blood magic: practiced by maegi​​ beyond the Dothraki Sea, as well as by Red Priests of the Lord of Light. Blood magic involves the sacrifice of both animals and humans and is forbidden among the Dothraki.
    Bran Warging s6

    Bran Stark not only has the ability to warg into the minds of animals, but those of others.

  • Warging: the ability to enter the mind of an animal and experience and/or control its actions.
  • Greensight: experiencing prophetic dreams. Associated with the Greenseers of the Children of the Forest.
  • Shadow-birthing: Shadowbinders from Asshai may give birth to shadows shortly after being impregnated by a man.

    The High Priestess Melisandre produces a shadow as a servant of R'hllor.

  • Water magic: the ancient Rhoynar people, who lived along the Rhoyne River in western Essos, were said posses magic drawn from the river itself. Their "water wizards" were able to call upon great water spouts, knocking Valyrian dragon riders out of the sky.


Notable magic practitioners

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the overall nature and state of magic is similar to how it is presented in the TV series. Magic at the start of the series is so rare that almost everyone west of Valyria believes it to be gone, if it even existed. To the east of Valyria's ruins, magic's existence is not in doubt, only its potency. When Daenerys successfully hatches her dragons, practitioners of magic across the world, from Qarth to Oldtown, gradually discover that their once-meager power has increased significantly. 

​Although it has not been established much in the series, Asshai is widely regarded as the center of magical lore. It and the nearby Shadow Lands are also rumored to be the home of the darkest magics known.

See also

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