In the episode of Game of Thrones "Mother's Mercy" (S5 E10) when

Daenerys is surrounded by a Khalasar,

she drops a ring into the dirt.

Do we know the significance of this ring? Is it meaningful that she dropped that particular piece of jewelry into the dirt?

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    I was just coming to ask that.
    – user46271
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 14:22
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    @TheHonorableNedStark - Didn't you get your head chopped off like 4 seasons back? :P
    – Stark07
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 15:32
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    @Stark07: Now I'm like a dead teammate in Counter-Strike.
    – user46271
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 17:07
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    @HC_ IMHO dropping a ring is hardly something that requires spoiler protection.
    – M.M
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 0:04
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    @MattMcNabb, I think the point was that the unedited title proved Dany made it to the last episode alive, hence spoiling any uncertainty while watching the fifth season (I think that's what HC was saying)
    – Mac Cooper
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 6:51

9 Answers 9


It's explained in Game of Thrones Season 5: Inside the Episode #10.

Start watching from 4:50 to get your answer.

In short:

The ring is "bread crumb" to point the direction that she's been taken.

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    Seriously? She expects her companions to find her based on a ring she drops in the middle of a huge grass plain? That's D&D's idea behind this scene?
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 13:16
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    That was my first guess, but then I had the same reaction as @BCdotWEB here.
    – user46271
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 14:37
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    @BCdotWEB "Not idly do the leaves of Lórien fall"
    – Demarini
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 15:16
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    I mean, how useful is a ring as a breadcrumb when there was already a thousand horses tramping through the grass, circling around a central point for no discernible reason, then heading off in a common direction together. THAT is your breadcrumb, even I could follow that trail. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 17:19
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    JBear: "Looks like a massive khalasar has been here, swirling around a central point. Probably nothing." Daario: [walking over to centre] "Look , a ring!" JBear: "Khaleesi's ring" Daario+JBear: [eyes meet]
    – M.M
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 0:01

Why the tv-script writers thought she should drop her ring, who knows. It does sound like Nika's answer is the official story. I would like to add some things, and a few thoughts.

It does seem like this is an homage to Lord of the Rings, when Merry and Pippin are abducted by orcs, and leave a piece of jewellery behind as a way to signal their friends. GRRM is fond of homages, and his books are full of them.

Not idly do the leaves of Lorien fall. If this is the case, it is rather weak, in my opinion. Aragorn and Legolas had extraordinary abilities, and followed a given track. This was in the middle of nowhere. If she expects anyone to find it, she is optimistic on the verge of delusional. If this is an actual plot line that is going to happen, it is rather far fetched.

Another explanation might be that she would get rid of evidence of her new marriage to Hizdahr, or her old marriage to Khal Drogo. However, seeing as she was discovered because she was flying a dragon, the chance of any such ruse to work would be microscopic indeed. "Say, perhaps she is some other girl riding a dragon." No.

However... SPOILER Season 6, and/or ADWD/TWOW -- Mystery spoiler, be warned!

as the script writers are not unaware, this is when Mirri Maaz Duur's prophecy starts to come true:

"When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east," said Mirri Maz Duur. "When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he [Drogo] will return, and not before."

As described here, the following things have happened in the books:

- Dorne has "risen" in Westeros, and Quentyn died in Mereen, "The Suns Son"
- The Dothraki sea -- the vast grasslands around Mereen -- have gone dry with the coming winter
- Rhaegal and Viserion broke free and destroyed pyramids (mountains) in Mereen
- Daenerys' womb quickened when she had her "moon blood" (menstruation)

  • I wouldn't exactly say it was in the middle of nowhere, her dragon took her to what appears to be one of his nests. And IIRC, Daario eludes to the fact that he and Jorah are both capable trackers. Though, if this really is the proper answer, it probably would have been a bit wiser of her to tear off strips of her dress instead. But it could be, as you said, a homage to LotR.
    – arkon
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 18:34

Not idly do the leaves of Lorien fall

she was leaving something for jorah and daario to track.


No... she dropped the ring because this is the original army she was with when she was married to drogo... and according to their tradition... she couldn't get married again. hence why she dropped the ring

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    Within the context of the show, it seems that we've seen no evidence that the ring she dropped was symbolic of her marriage to Hizdahr zo Loraq, nor was it revealed that the Khalasar approaching had any association with Khal Drogo. All we have to go on is the (reliable) source @NikaG. referenced. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 18:03
  • @chriszumberge I figured it was related to Drogo somehow, and if the leader of the Khalasar that found her (regardless of who lead it) noticed it on her it would have marked her as a potential enemy (i.e. rival queen that could bear an enemy) and she'd just be killed outright instead of taken captive. Official or not, I like that theory better than "find a ring among the Dothraki sea" :P
    – Nick T
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 18:20
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    @NickT trust me.. I like every answer better than "finding a ring among the Dothraki sea" :) Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 18:30

So who was this army that immediately surrounded our new favorite dynamic duo? If the books are any indication, they are none other than a khalasar Dothraki army, led by Khal Jhaqo, who was a former lieutenant of Drogo’s before his untimely death. So, naturally, this is bound to make things a little awkward for all parties involved, given that a Khaleesi is traditionally supposed to live with the crones of the Dosh Khaleen shortly after her Khal dies. Since Dany failed to do so, they may be a little curious (and more than a little upset) if they catch wind of what she’s been up to instead. Like the fact that she got married again to a nobleman of Meereen, Hizdahr zo Loraq. Hence why she dropped her ring out of sight as the army approached her.

  • Great answer, and welcome to the site!
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 6:43
  • Do you have any citation that the ring indicates a betrothal or even her status as a ruler? Otherwise there would not be any reason to drop it for this reason.
    – KillianDS
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 9:38

Maybe it was an "engagement ring" given by Hizdahr and she didn't want the Khalasar to see see that she had taken another husband and not followed the custom of becoming a dosh khaleen. I'm not sure, but by just looking at her face it looks like she was trying to hide it inconspicuously rather than leave a "breadcrumb" (and seriously, who did she expect to find that ring? Someone that just happened to be combing the entire Dothraki sea?)


While the "bread crumb" answer is probably the correct (intended) one, in either case I think it wise to drop jewelry in case the Dothraki prefer to just cut ones finger/hand off rather than persuade one to remove it.


Actually i think it's her engagement ring . and if you remember at Season 1 and Episode 1. Dothrakis show their liking to a girl when they circle around.


This is read off from somewhere else.. the ring is apparently from her betrothal to Hizdahr zo Loraq. As widow Khaaleesi of Khal Drogo, upon his death, she was meant to become the wife/mistress of the new Khal, which was not what happened in her case. When she sees a Dothraki clan approaching, she quickly removes her engagement ring, as she fears the Dothraki Khal may get even more hostile on seeing what he might look upon as his property, wed/engaged to another.

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    I may have missed this in the show, but in the books this is not how it works. A widow of a Khal is taken back to Vaes Dothrak to live out her days with the other former Khaleesis, called dosh khaleen.
    – Dima
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 14:33
  • Agree with Dima. Don't think this is anywhere close to a correct answer. She was supposed to 'retire' with the rest of the former Khaleesis, not marry the next Khal. Anyway Nika G's answer above is the official answer from the show creators. Do you have any evidence to support this theory?
    – kuhl
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 14:59
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    Sorry that your first question on this site didn't turn out so well. But on the plus side, deleting one of your answers with three or more downvotes gives you a badge! Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 4:19

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