I was rereading certain chapters of A Game of Thrones and stumbled upon the following quote:
The shields displayed outside each tent heralded its occupant: the silver eagle of Seagard, Bryce Caron's field of nightingales, a cluster of grapes for the Redwynes, brindled boar, red ox, burning tree, white ram, triple spiral, purple unicorn, dancing maiden, blackadder, twin towers, horned owl, and last the pure white blazons of the Kingsguard, shining like the dawn.
A Game of Thrones, Eddard VII
I wondered if there are other mentions of unicorns throughout the books. I don't remember any, but I might be mistaken. As far as I can imagine, there are three possibilities around the existence of unicorns:
- Unicorns exist and are as common as horses and fish. This doesn't seem likely to me, since there are not mentioned as much as these animals.
- Unicorns exist but are rare or extinct, like dragons.
- Unicorns don't really exist, even though they are depicted on shields and sigils. People that claim they do exist have been drinking too much milk of the poppy.
So is there any mention of unicorns that confirms any of these theories?