Ghost of High Heart
Fan art by Paul Phillips©.
|Alias||The woods witch|
|Book(s)|| The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
- See also: Images of the Ghost of High Heart
The ghost of High Heart walks with a gnarled black cane. She has white hair so long it almost touches the ground. Her flesh is very pale, and she has red eyes. She is no more than three feet tall.
When Jenny of Oldstones came to court after marrying Prince Duncan Targaryen, she was accompanied by her friend, a dwarfish, albino woman who was reputed to be a woods witch in the riverlands. Lady Jenny claimed that she was a child of the forest, although this was not true. After hearing the woods witch's prophecy that the prince that was promised would come from the line of Aerys and Rhaella Targaryen, their father Prince Jaehaerys insisted that they marry. The woods witch was present at the tragic destruction of Summerhall in 259 AC, and was believed to have died there. However, she somehow survived and returned to the riverlands, where she mourns for her friend Jenny.
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. She relates her prophetic dreams about 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, likely Euron Greyjoy. She also talks of the death and resurrection of Catelyn Stark.
Later, the outlaws return to High Heart, and the dwarf woman tells them of new dreams she has had. She relates that Balon Greyjoy has died per her prophecy, and that Vargo Hoat waits in Harrenhal where Gregor Clegane will soon arrive to deal with him. She also speaks of the Red Wedding and King Joffrey's wedding, and prophecies related to Sansa Stark. When she notices Arya, she becomes distressed, insinuating the girl is associated with death, and saying she has enough grief from Summerhall.
A Feast for Crows
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 of High Heart
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.
– the ghost of High Heart, to Arya Stark
Quotes about the ghost of High Heart
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 65, Arya XII.
- A Storm of Swords, Epilogue.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion VIII.