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Dragonsilver: The True Nature and Purpose of Lightbringer

“I found one account of the Long Night that spoke of the last hero slaying Others with a blade of dragonsteel. Supposedly they could not stand against it.”
SAMWELL TARLY — JON II, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

“Sam, we tremble on the cusp of half-remembered prophecies, of wonders and terrors that no man now living could hope to comprehend . . . or . . .”
“Or?” said Sam.
“. . . or not.” Aemon chuckled softly.
AEMON TARGARYEN — SAMWELL IV, A FEAST FOR CROWS

What is dragonsteel? This has been a mystery ever since it was first mentioned in A Feast for Crows. Jon Snow and Sam both suggest that it is most likely a reference to Valyrian steel, but that is all it is – a suggestion, a hypothesis.

Can we actually determine what it is? If so, can we derive any compelling speculations on just what kind of weapon we’re looking for?

I believe the answer to both questions is a definitive and resounding YES. I believe in three ideas:

Dragonsteel is actually silver.

Lightbringer is not a weapon at all.

Yet it is the key to ending the conflict with the Others.

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