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The Eyrie
Small castle, regional capital of the Vale
The Eyrie by Ted Nasmith ©.
Location Vale of Arryn, Westeros.
Government Seat of House Arryn , Feudal society.
Religion Faith of the Seven
Notable places The High Hall of Arryn, Sky Cells, The Crescent Chamber, The Maiden's Tower

The Eyrie is the ancient seat of House Arryn, one of the oldest lines of Andal nobility. It is situated in the Mountains of the Moon astride the peak known as the Giant's Lance, several thousand feet above the valley floor below. It's considered impregnable to attack. During winter years, the Arryns seek refuge against the cold at the base of the mountain in the Gates of the Moon.



It is said a dozen armies dashed themselves against the Bloody Gate in the Age of Heroes.[1] Legends claim that the Winged Knight, Ser Artys Arryn, drove the First Men from the Vale and flew to the top of the Giant's Lance on a huge falcon to slay the Griffin King. There are hundreds of stories about his adventures.[2][3] The Eyrie was built as a summer pleasure palace for the Kings of Mountain and Vale.[4]

Eddard Stark and Lord Robert Baratheon were fostered at the Eyrie by Lord Jon Arryn. When King Aerys II called for the boys to be sent to King's Landing, Lord Arryn refused and raised his banners in revolt, thus beginning what would become Robert's Rebellion. After winning the war, Arryn was named King Robert's Hand. In his absence, the Eyrie was ruled by Nestor Royce, acting as High Steward of the Vale.[5]

The Castle

The Eyie as depicted in the Tv adaptation Game of thrones
The Eyie by Feliche©
Main articles: Moon Door, Maiden's Tower, and Sky Cells
See also: Images of the Eyrie

The Eyrie is the smallest of the great castles, consisting only of a cluster of seven slim, white towers bunched tightly together. They can hold up to five hundred men.[5] The castle is made of fine white stone.[6] The towers encircle a garden, which had been meant as a godswood, but no weirwood tree would take root in the stony soil.[7] The barracks and stables are carved directly into the mountain. Though it is a small castle, the granary is as large as those found in much larger castles, like Winterfell.[5]

Mountain Defenses

Main articles: Bloody Gate, and Gates of the Moon

To reach the Eyrie, an invading army would have to overcome the Bloody Gate guarding the High Road, then overcome the Gates of the Moon located at the bottom of the mountain and climb up the narrow goat trail. Under normal circumstances this would take half a day, all the while being exposed to attack from the defenders in the Eyrie and its three waycastles along the path[5]:

Recent Events

At the Eyrie Sansa sculpted a snow castle, slowly forming it into a replica of her home, Winterfell - by Michael Komarck ©

A Game of Thrones

After Lord Jon Arryn's death in King's Landing, his widow Lysa Tully returns here with their son, Robert Arryn. Lysa's sister, Catelyn, captures Tyrion Lannister and brings him to the Eyrie, where Lysa imprisons him in the Sky Cells, although he escapes after demanding trial. The captain of the guard, Ser Vardis Egen, is killed in trial by combat against the sellsword Bronn.

A Storm of Swords

The widowed Lady Lysa marries her childhood friend and lover, Petyr Baelish. Petyr takes Sansa Stark in the guise of "Alayne Stone" with them to the Eyrie. Petyr later throws Lady Lysa from the Moon Door and places blame on Marillion.

A Feast for Crows

Lord Baelish is left as Lord Protector of the Vale, ruling in the name of the child Lord Robert Arryn. Here he meets with the Lords Declarant before the court leaves for the Arryn winter castle at the Gates of the Moon.


In winter this will be a cold white prison.[6]
– "Alayne Stone's" thoughts

The Eyrie is impregnable. You saw for yourself. No enemy could ever reach us up here.[5]
Lysa Tully, to Catelyn Tully

Chapters that take place at the Eyrie

References and Notes

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