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Ser Jorah Mormont is an exiled knight from the North of Westeros. Jorah inherited the lordship of Bear Island at a young age, and after his first marriage of ten years ended after three miscarriages, he received multiple marriage offers. Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands rose in rebellion before Jorah could make his decision, and when the banner were called, Jorah travelled south to fight the ironborn. He distinguished himself in battle, and was knighted as a reward. During the tourney held at Lannisport to celebrate the victory, Jorah met the southern Lynesse Hightower and fell in love with her. After Jorah asked Lynesse's father, Lord Leyton Hightower, for Lynesse's hand in marriage, the two were married at Lannisport.
Their happiness lasted a fortnight, as Lynesse was unprepared for life on the harsh and isolated Bear Island. Jorah attempted to reproduce the lifestyle his wife was accustomed to by lavishing her with expensive gifts, but drove himself into financial ruin as a result. In an attempt to gain money, Jorah sold poachers he had caught to a Tyroshi slaver. However, his liege lord, Eddard Stark, the Warden of the North, learned about this, and travelled to Bear Island to carry out the punishment for the crime of slavery. By the time he arrived, Jorah and Lynesse had already fled to Lys. Jorah became a sellsword and left Lys to battle the Braavosi, but discovered upon his return that Lynesse had become the lover of Tregar Ormollen, who forced Jora to give up Lynesse and leave Lys. Jorah traveled further through the Free Cities, and even to Vaes Dothrak, but continued to long for home. Eventually, he ends up in Pentos, employed by King Robert I Baratheon's master of whisperers Varys, where he crosses paths with the exiled Viserys Targaryen and his young sister Daenerys. Read more...