A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 11 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 11 Summary

Daenerys has wed Khal Drogo outside the walls of Pentos. The ceremony is held outdoors because the Dothraki believe that all important things should be done beneath the open sky. Drogo came to the wedding with his "khalasar," a community of forty thousand warriors, not to mention the women, children, and slaves. Dany sits with Illyrio and Ser Jorah Mormont, who has offered his service to Viserys. Viserys is impatient to begin the assault on the Seven Kingdoms, but Illyrio cautions him: the Khal does not see their agreement as a trade. He sees Dany as a gift, and Drogo will gift Viserys with Westeros at a time of the Khal's choosing. Dany considers what she knows of the Dothraki. She understands neither their language nor their customs. During the wedding, men coupled with women in the open, and Jorah explains that sex and sin are not understood by the Dothraki in the way that they are in Westeros. After the wedding, Dany is showered in gifts. Illyrio gives her three dragon eggs that have turned to stone over the eons. Viserys gives her three handmaids: Irri, Jhiqui, and Doreah. Dany finds Drogo terrifying, but she loves his gift to her: a silver mare. She and Drogo ride off on their horses. Later, they sleep together for the first time.