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"Valyrian Steel"[3] is the fifteenth short of the fourth season of Histories & Lore. It is the seventy-fourth short of the series overall. It was released on February 17, 2015 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season. It was narrated by Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont and written by Dave Hill.


Jorah Mormont details the mysterious properties of Valyrian Steel, a metal considered magical that was used to forge the blades of the great Houses of Westeros.[3]


Jorah Mormont: Iron chainmail and steel plate over the chest; metal gauntlets over the hands and greaves over the legs; a visored helm over the skull.

A knight in full armor can shrug off swords, spears, and axes. But Valyrian steel slices through his protections like so much cloth. As advanced as iron is from bronze, so is Valyrian steel from ordinary steel.

Lighter yet stronger, and nothing holds an edge like it. If you take a whetstone to a Valyrian blade, you will need another whetstone. And maybe another hand to hold it.

Nobody knows how the Valyrians forged their steel. Less than a handful of smiths can now even reshape it. The process, like so much of their civilization, was lost in the Doom. Many claim they wove magic spells into the molten metal and blasted it with dragonfire.

When you see a Valyrian blade, smokey and dark as if drinking in the sun and rippling with a thousand folds, you may not scoff so loudly.

The Valyrian steel that exists now is all there will ever be. Some survives in the Citadel with the maesters' chains, where a link of Valyrian steel signifies study of the higher mysteries, whatever those are.

Some drifts through the world as prized daggers and jewelry for rich merchants; I've even seen a Dothraki arakh.

But much more of Valyrian steel lives on in the Great Houses of Westeros, as their most treasured possession. A sword passed down from father to son for generations.

Ice of House Stark. Heartsbane of House Tarly. Lady Forlorn of House Corbray.

But even precious treasures can be lost. Aegon Targaryen's Blackfyre and Visenya's Dark Sister disappeared in Daemon Blackfyre's rebellion.

A foolish King of the Rock took House Lannister's Brightroar to Valyria, and neither blade nor man was seen again.

And then there are the swords that are not lost, but lose their owners.

For five centuries, Longclaw was the pride of House Mormont, my house. Even penniless and in great debt, I chose to sell men rather than the sword.

And when my shame became known, and I fled Bear Island for the east, I left it behind for my father to hold it for a worthier heir.

Valyrian steel is a wonder of the world. Sharper than wits, truer than men, rarer than virtue. But even its edge cannot cut so deeply as a son's failure nor its value match that of redemption.












  1. Cian Gaffney (July 15, 2014). Game of Thrones Season 4 DVD/Blu-ray Release Date Confirmed. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 15: "Valyrian Steel" (2015).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season (2015).
  4. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.