Azor Ahai is an intriguing figure in the legends of R’hllor, the Lord of Light. Many winters ago, he fashioned the sword Lightbringer which he used to overcome the obscurity of the Great Other. The Sword, however, came at a price. Be that as it may, as so as to release the sword’s actual forces he needed to drive it into the heart of his cherishing spouse, Nissa Nissa. A prediction prognosticates that he will be reborn as The Prince That Was Promised.
Roughly before eight thousand years of Aegon’s Landing, darkness spread over the world and Azor Ahai was the hero chosen to rid the world of it. In order to do so, Azor Ahai needed to forge a sword worthy of a hero. He toiled for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword shattered.
Azor Ahai started over. The second time it took him fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword. It was even better than the first. In order to temper it, this time he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart but alas! Once more the sword shattered.
He actually knew what he had to do to finish the blade. As it was a lot to sacrifice he tried to avoid that way altogether. But with the first two failed attempts and the sense of duty creeping under his conscience; Azor Ahai started creating the sword for the third time with a heavy heart. He worked for a hundred days and hundred nights straight. After it was finished, he called for his wife, Nissa Nissa and asked her to bare her breast. He then drove the sword into her beating heart. Her soul and blood concerted with the steel of the sword and the Lightbringer was created.
The rebirth of Azor Ahai is described and prophecied in the ancient books of Asshai. In the five thousand year prophecy, it is told that this event will take place after a long summer when an evil, cold darkness swallows the world. The prophecy also mentions that Azor Ahai, wielding his Lightbringer once again will stand against the Others and should he fail, the world will fall with him.
People all over the world of ice and fire have stories about a similar kind of hero who ended the last long night. The northerners say that the last hero joined with the children of the forest and won the battle for the dawn against the great others. The descendants of the Rhoyne believes that a hero convinced their gods to bring back the day with a secret song. The Yitish say a woman with a monkey’s tail restored the sun. The Dothraki believe in such a figure as The Stallion who mounts the world. The name Hyrkoon the hero, Yin Tar, Neferion and eldric shadow chaser are also used. There is also the ‘Prince that was promised’. Lastly, the people of Asshai named this hero Azor Ahai. They believe in a prophecy that tells about the rebirth of Azor Ahai in a time of darkness.
Some people think that The Prince that was promised and Azor Ahai are separate figures but there is apparently no good reason to think this. Mellisandre, Aemon Targaryen and even George R. R. Martin; they all talk as if the prince that was promised and Azor Ahai are the same figures. Besides no one in the song of ice and fire has ever distinguished between the two. In fact all of these legends across the world, given the blurry overlaps and similarities between them it seems likely that they are all about the same person. About the hero who saved the world from the long night and who has been prophesied to return once again to save the world once more.