Bloody Gate

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The Vale and the location of the Bloody Gate
The Vale and the location of the Bloody Gate
Bloody Gate
The Vale and the location of the Bloody Gate[1]
Bloody Gate by Cris Urdiales ©

The Bloody Gate is a series of battlements placed across the mountain road that leads into the Vale of Arryn from the Mountains of the Moon.



See also: Images of the Bloody Gate

There are two long parapets built into the stone of the mountains. The pass, narrow where it meets the gate, is watched over by twin watchtowers, which are joined by a covered bridge of grey stone that arches above the road.[2] The Bloody Gate is located southwest of the Eyrie and northwest of the Redfort.[3]

The gate has its own commander who is given the title the Knight of the Gate. This commander traditionally asks the question, "Who would pass the Bloody Gate?" to all who would pass through.[2]


During the Age of Heroes, a dozen armies smashed themselves to bits upon the Gate.[2]

Originally a rough-hewn unmortared wall built in the fashion of the ringforts of the First Men, it was constructed anew during the rule of King Osric V Arryn.[4]

Many a year later, during the War of Conquest, Visenya Targaryen was charged with subduing the Vale. Sharra Arryn, Queen Regent of the Vale of Arryn, who ruled in her son's name, the boy-king Ronnel Arryn, amassed the Vale's army at the Bloody Gate, to take the battle to House Targaryen. Visenya, however, simply bypassed the gate and flew on her dragon Vhagar straight up to the courtyard of the Eyrie to obtain the surrender of House Arryn.

After Robert's Rebellion, which led to House Targaryen's downfall, Lord Jon Arryn named Ser Brynden Tully the Knight of the Gate.

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A Game of Thrones

When Catelyn Tully brings Tyrion Lannister to the Vale of Arryn, Ser Brynden Tully meets her at the Gate after a sortie led by Ser Donnel Waynwood saves her party from the mountain clans. Brynden resigns his title of Knight of the Gate to return to Riverrun.

A Feast for Crows

At some point, Donnel replaces Brynden as the new Knight of the Gate at the Bloody Gate.[5][6]

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