House of the Dragon is expanding the High Valyrian vernacular as the season progresses, introducing two new words in the latest episode (“Driftmark”) – but what is the meaning of ‘lykiri’ which plays a role in quelling the fearsome dragons?
WARNING: Spoilers for House of the Dragon season 1 episode 7 are to be discussed throughout
Westeros is heading towards political, bloody turmoil this season of House of the Dragon. The Targaryens and Velaryons gather at Driftmark for the funeral Lady Laena Velaryon, who tragically passed in the previous episode. With all the family gathered, tensions are stoked and party lines drawn. The developing feud between Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen is publicly cemented as they fight (literally) over their children.
Amidst all the drama, the writers introduced new High Valyrian words to the Game of Thrones universe. So, let’s take a look at the meaning and role these words play in the latest episode.
Aemond quells Vhagar with ‘lykiri’ command
In previous episodes, we’ve watched Aemond Targaryen, the second son of Alicent and Viserys Targaryen, grow frustrated that he does not have a dragon. Unlike his elder brother Aegon and two cousins, Jacaerys and Lucerys, Aemond’s dragon egg did not hatch.
After Lady Laena’s death, Vhagar was without rider. Aemond seeks out the opportunity to claim Vhagar as his own.
When approaching to mount the gigantic dragon, Aemond angers Vhagar. The prince then quells the dragon with a series of Valyrian commands: “Dohaeras. Lykiri. Soves.”
House of the Dragon viewers thrown by new word
Given that High Valyrian is not the most simple of languages to follow, each time a new word is added to the language, it comes as a surprise to viewers. Particularly as the showrunners occasionally introduce Valyrian words which are not from George RR Martin’s original novels.
After debuting the new word ‘lykiri’ in House of the Dragon episode 7, viewers took to the internet to share their confusion over this new addition.
One fan jokingly tweeted: “Is lykiri like dragon wifi password?”
Lykiri has a pretty simple meaning
For all those stuck on the meaning of Aemond’s command, it’s relatively simple. It means ‘calm’ or ‘calm down’ in High Valyrian.
So, when Aemond says “Dohaeras. Lykiri. Soves,” he is saying “Serve. Calm down. Fly.”
It sounds like the Hightower’s and Targaryen’s could be told ‘lykiri’ after the latest House of the Dragon episode…
More High Valyrian words introduced in House of the Dragon
In Aemond’s Valyrian commands to Vhagar, ‘dohaeras’ was another new word introduced to the show.
When comparing House of the Dragon to its predecessor Game of Thrones, High Valyrian has much more of a presence in the show. One of the most important uses of the languages is to train dragons. Given that Daenerys Targaryen was the only character to raise and command dragons in Game of Thrones, she was one of the few characters who spoke in the ancient language.
As a result, we have heard a significant amount of High Valyrian in House of the Dragon, including several new words.
Here are some more High Valyrian words which are used to command dragons:
- Umbas – wait
- Mazis – come
- Rybas – focus
- Naejot – forward