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Lady Rhaena Targaryen is the daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon.

Biography

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Rhaena Targaryen is the second daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon. She is the younger sister of Baela Targaryen.[1]

Family tree

Paternal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Aemon
Targaryen

 
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Jocelyn
Baratheon

 
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Baelon
Targaryen

 
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Alyssa
Targaryen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Corlys
Velaryon
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Rhaenys
Targaryen


 
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Viserys I
Targaryen


 
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Aemma
Arryn


 
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Daemon
Targaryen


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Laena
Velaryon
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Laenor
Velaryon
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Rhaenyra
Targaryen



Maternal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Corlys
Velaryon


 
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Rhaenys Velaryon
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Vaemond
Velaryon


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Laena
Velaryon


 
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Laenor
Velaryon



Behind the scenes

On March 30, 2022, HBO announced that Phoebe Campbell had signed on for House of the Dragon in the role of Rhaena Targaryen. The character breakdown reads as follows:

"The second daughter of Lady Laena and sister to Baela."
―HBO[|[src]]

In the books

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Rhaena and Baela are actually described as twins in the books, but not identical twins: they started out looking very similar, but in their teenage years their appearance and personalities diverged. The TV series changed this to make Rhaena slightly younger than Baela (apparently to avoid the confusion that they're "twins" but not "identical twins"). Even in the books, Baela was the elder twin by a matter of minutes. While Baela was lean and muscular with her hair cut short like a boy, Rhaena became slender and graceful, wearing her hair long. Baela was tomboyish, preferring riding and brawling with castle squires, while Rhaena enjoyed proper ladylike pursuits such as dancing.

Rhaena was born in Pentos while Daemon and Laena were staying there for several years. When Baela and Rhaena were half a year old, Daemon brought his wife and children back to Westeros and presented them to the royal court. Baela and Rhaena spent their early years on Driftmark (seat of their mother's family) but in their teenage years moved to nearby Dragonstone.

Rhaena was named in honor of her maternal grandmother, Rhaenys Velaryon (born Rhaenys Targaryen), though this also meant she shared her name with the older sister of King Jacaerys (great-aunt of her father Daemon). Though Jacaerys's sister Rhaena died forty years before Daemon's daughter was born, she was very prominent in events of the time. To avoid confusion, Daemon's daughter was sometimes called "Rhaena of Pentos", in reference to where she was born. A third Targaryen princess was later named Rhaena, but she was born about 20 years after the Dance of the Dragons.

While Baela was bonded to the young dragon Moondancer, Rhaena did not yet have a dragon in the years leading up to the civil war. She was given an egg, but the hatchling was sickly and died within hours. She was given a new clutch of three eggs from Rhaenyra's dragon Syrax, and she prayed nightly for them to hatch.

See also

References


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