Defender of the Vale

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Defender of the Vale,[1] alternatively Protector of the Vale,[2] is one of the hereditary titles traditionally held by the head of House Arryn, along with Lord of the Eyrie. The Arryns rule the Vale of Arryn, which includes the Vale proper and the Mountains of the Moon.

History

House Arryn ruled as Kings of Mountain and Vale after the Battle of the Seven Stars in the Andal invasion.[2] They submitted to House Targaryen during Aegon's Conquest,[3] however, and have since served as Defenders of the Vale and Wardens of the East.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Young Lord Robert Arryn serves as Defender of the Vale after the death of his father, Lord Jon Arryn.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Jon's widow, Lady Lysa Arryn, weds Lord Petyr Baelish and names him Lord Protector of the Vale.[5]

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conqquest.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.

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