Ghost of High Heart
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|Alias||The woods witch|
|Book(s)|| A Storm of Swords (Appears)|
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
The old woman walks with a gnarled black cane, and her white hair is so long it almost touches the ground. Her flesh is very pale and she has red eyes. Arya Stark thinks of her as a dwarf woman no more than three feet tall.
A Storm of Swords
Arya Stark and the brotherhood without banners camp overnight at High Heart to meet with the ghost of High Heart to hear her tell the future and to learn the whereabouts of Lord Beric Dondarrion. There she predicts the deaths of Lord Renly Baratheon and King Balon Greyjoy, in wording that suggests that Balon is killed by a Faceless Man contracted by someone among the ironborn. She also talks of the death and resurrection of Catelyn Stark. The woman is distressed when she meets Arya, insinuating the girl is associated with death. The old woman requests that Tom of Sevenstreams play Jenny's song for her after each meeting.
A Dance with Dragons
Barristan Selmy reveals to Daenerys that her grandsire, King Jaehaerys II Targaryen, arranged the marriage between her parents, Prince Aerys II and Princess Rhaella. Jaehaerys did this after hearing a prophecy from a woods witch that the prince that was promised would be born from their line. While most people believed the woods witch to be a dwarf, her friend, Jenny of Oldstones, claimed she was one of the children of the forest. While Barristan believes the woods witch died at the Tragedy of Summerhall, the description fits the ghost of High Heart.
Quotes by the ghost
|“||The old gods stir and will not let me sleep. I dreamt I saw a shadow with a burning heart butchering a golden stag, aye. I dreamt of a man without a face, waiting on a bridge that swayed and swung. On his shoulder perched a drowned crow with seaweed hanging from his wings. I dreamt of a roaring river and a woman that was a fish. Dead she drifted, with red tears on her cheeks, but when her eyes did open, oh, I woke from terror. All this I dreamt, and more.||”|
|“||I dreamt a wolf howling in the rain, but no one heard his grief. I dreamt such a clangor I thought my head might burst, drums and horns and pipes and screams, but the saddest sound was the little bells. I dreamt of a maid at a feast with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow.||”|
|“||I see you. I see you, wolf child. Blood child. I thought it was the lord who smelled of death ... You are cruel to come to my hill, cruel. I gorged on grief at Summerhall, I need none of yours. Begone from here, dark heart. Begone!||”|
Quotes about the ghost
|“||... she has her own ways of knowing things, that one. The weirwoods whisper in her ear when she sleeps.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn.
- ↑ As confirmed by Chapters 45 and 54 of A Storm of Swords
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 65, Arya.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Epilogue.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys, pages 300-301.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion, page 441.