29 Facts About Melisandre


Melisandre is a priestess of the god R'hllor from the continent Essos and a close advisor to King Stannis Baratheon in his campaign to take the Iron Throne.

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Melisandre is often nicknamed the Red Woman due to the color of her hair and clothes and has mysterious powers over fire and shadow.

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Melisandre is a prominent example of Martin's use of magic within the story, and is the source of several important prophecies that guide the narrative.

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Melisandre subsequently appeared in Martin's A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons.

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Melisandre is not a point-of-view character in the first four novels.

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Melisandre's actions are witnessed and interpreted through the eyes of other characters, such as Davos Seaworth and Jon Snow.

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Melisandre was born an unknown number of years before the start of the series, possibly with the name "Melony".

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Also known as "The Red Woman", Melisandre is described as an exotically beautiful and voluptuous foreign woman with red eyes and red hair, always dressing in red robes and wearing a red gold choker set with a large shiny ruby.

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Melisandre rarely sleeps or eats, possesses magical abilities that can cast glamour and manipulate fire and shadow, has prophetic visions by looking into fire, and takes an aggressively militant stance against the other religions of Westeros.

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Melisandre is introduced in the prologue of the second book, A Clash of Kings, and reappears in the third book, A Storm of Swords, as a background character and is mostly narrated through the viewpoints of Davos Seaworth and later Jon Snow.

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Melisandre becomes a point-of-view character in A Dance with Dragons with a single viewpoint chapter.

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When Stannis' brother Renly declares himself king, Melisandre has a vision of Renly defeating Stannis' host at King's Landing.

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Melisandre convinces Stannis to impregnate her, giving birth to a shadow demon that kills Renly.

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Melisandre then accompanies Stannis and Davos to the Wall to defeat Mance Rayder's wildling host.

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Melisandre later reveals this to Jon Snow and sends Mance to Winterfell with six spearwives to rescue "Arya Stark" from Ramsay Bolton.

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Melisandre is first introduced during a beachside ceremony on Dragonstone, where she burns the statues of the Faith of the Seven, drawing the ire of Stannis' maester Cressen.

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Melisandre convinces Stannis to impregnate her, giving birth to a shadow demon that kills Stannis' brother Renly, a rival claimant to the throne.

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However, Stannis' advisor, Davos Seaworth, counsels Stannis to leave Melisandre on Dragonstone when he attacks King's Landing; when the attack fails, Melisandre claims that Stannis' defeat was a result of not bringing her to the battle.

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Melisandre begins burning members of Stannis' court alive at Dragonstone.

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Melisandre accompanies Stannis, Davos, and their army to the Wall.

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Melisandre later joins Stannis and Davos on their mission to take Winterfell from the Boltons.

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Melisandre flees to Castle Black, where her distraught demeanour leads Davos and Jon to realise that Stannis and Shireen are dead.

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Still reeling from Stannis' defeat, Melisandre is further shocked when Jon is assassinated by his officers since she had had a vision of him fighting at Winterfell.

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Melisandre removes her ruby necklace while undressing, proving that the necklace is a magical glamour, as she is revealed to have a physical body countless years older than she normally appears.

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Melisandre comes to believe that the "prince that was promised" was not Stannis but Jon and dedicates herself to his service.

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Melisandre arrives on Dragonstone, which is occupied by Daenerys Targaryen.

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Melisandre is confronted by Davos as she enters Winterfell but assures him she will be dead before dawn.

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Wights ultimately make their way into the castle, and Melisandre takes refuge in the Great Hall, later joined by Arya, Sandor Clegane, and a mortally wounded Beric Dondarrion.

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Melisandre tells Arya that Beric was resurrected for a purpose that has now been served, and reminds her of her prophecy that Arya would "shut many eyes forever", emphasizing the blue eyes of the wights and White Walkers.

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