Taringail Damodred

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Author: Kayla Tari

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General

Taringail Damodred was a nephew of Laman Damodred, and a Royal Prince of Cairhien. Laman helped him to marry Tigraine, the then Daughter-Heir of Andor, for a treaty between Cairhien and Andor.

Taringail had a son, Galadedrid Damodred. After the disappearance of his wife in 972 NE and the death of Mordrellen, his mother-in-law, he looked to marry the winner of the Succession in order to become Prince Consort (TEotW, Ch. 34). He married Morgase Trakand and fathered Elayne and Gawyn. He meant Morgase to die and himself to be Andor's first King, but instead, Taringail himself died in a "hunting accident" (TSR, Ch. 17).

Timeline

  • Taringail marries Tigraine and fathers Galad. His wife disappears in 972 NE (TWoRJTWoT).
  • Taringail marries Morgase (TWoRJTWoT).
  • Taringail wishes to become the first king of Andor, which means that Morgase must die, but Thom Merrilin learns of his plot and arranges his death (TSR, Ch. 17).
  • Taringail is presumed dead (TEotW, Glossary).

Relationships

Taringail didn't marry Tigraine or Morgase for love. He spent little time with Elayne and Gawyn, but spent a lot of time with Galad (TWoRJTWoT; TFoH, Ch. 16).

Morgase only married Taringail because of his marriage to the previous Daughter-Heir. Morgase thinks to herself that it was almost a relief when Taringail died (TFoH, Ch. 19).

He is a half-brother of Moiraine Damodred (TFoH, Ch. 17).

The dominance that marriage gave Taringail was the reason Morgase did not re-marry or make Bryne her official consort (ToM, Ch. 44).

Miscellaneous

  • Taringail's personal sign was a golden, double-bitted battle axe (TEoTW, Glossary).
  • Gaebril tells Morgase that she can use her marriage to Taringail Damodred to claim the Sun Throne (TDR, Ch. 46.
  • Elayne angrily retorts to Nynaeve that her father was Taringail Damodred (TFoH, Ch. 9). She tells Nynaeve that Thom was Morgase's lover after her father died (TFoH, Ch. 16).
  • Dyelin tells Rand about how Tigraine disappeared and left behind her husband, Taringail. (LoC, Ch. 16) Rand realizes that Tigraine/Shaiel is his true mother.
  • Elayne intends to claim the Sun Throne by right as the daughter of Taringail Damodred by sending a letter to every major House in Cairhien (WH, Ch. 9).

Quotes

"And Taringail Damodred. You wouldn't have thought he'd lost his wife, him hot to figure which House would win so he could marry again and become Prince Consort after all. Well, he managed it, though why Morgase chose ... ah, no man knows the mind of a woman, and a queen is twice a woman, wed to a man, wed to the land. He got what he wanted, anyway, if not the way he wanted it." (Almen Bunt to Rand and Mat; The Eye of the World, Chapter 34).

"Taringail Damodred she had wed for political reasons. He had been married to Tigraine, the Daughter-Heir whose disappearance had set off the Succession when Mordrellen died. Marrying him had made a link with the old queen, smoothing the doubts of most of her opponents, and more importantly, had maintained the alliance that had ended the ceaseless wars with Cairhien. In such ways did queens choose their husbands. Taringail had been a cold, distant man, and there was never love, despite two wonderful children; it had been almost a relief when he died in a hunting accident." (Morgase; The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 19).

"There are two groups of people you should never trust. The first are pretty women, the second are Aes Sedai. Light help you, son, if you ever have to face someone who is both" (To Gawyn, The Gathering Storm, Chapter 30)

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