House Jordayne

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House Jordayne of the Tor
House Jordayne.svg
Let It Be Written
Coat of arms A golden quill on checkered dark and light green
(Chequy vert and vert of a paler variety, a quill or)
Seat The Tor
Head Lord Trebor Jordayne[1]
Region Dorne
Heir Myria Jordayne[3]
Overlord House Martell
Founded Coming of the Andals[4]

House Jordayne of the Tor is one of the principal noble houses of Dorne. The Tor is situated on the southern coast of the Sea of Dorne.[5]

Their blazon is a golden quill on checkered dark and light green.[3][6] Their words do not appear in the books, but in a semi-canon source they are stated to be "Let it be Written".[7]


House Jordayne was founded during the coming of the Andals to Dorne, along with Houses Allyrion, Martell, Qorgyle, Santagar, House Uller, and Vaith.[4]

At some point, House Martell bent the knee to the Jordayne kings of the Tor.[4] By the time of Nymeria's War, House Jordayne was among the bannermen of King Yorick Yronwood, and they fought against Lord Mors Martell and his Rhoynar allies.[8]

During the first couple of years of the First Dornish War, King Aegon I Targaryen captured several Dornish castles, including the Tor, whose steward surrendered the castle peacefully to Aegon a short time after the death of Lord Jordayne. The Dornishmen quickly recaptured the castle in Aegon's absence. In 8 AC, Queen Visenya Targaryen mounted on Vhagar, burned Sunspear, Lemonwood, Ghost Hill and the Tor in retaliation for the Dornishmen's actions against the stormlands earlier that year.[9]

During the Fourth Dornish War, Prince Morion Martell assembled his host at Ghost Hill and the Tor before sailing to Cape Wrath.[10]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Myria Jordayne, the heir to the Tor, is among the Dornish nobles that accompany Prince Oberyn Martell to King's Landing.[3]

A Feast for Crows

Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, explains to his daughter, Princess Arianne, that Ser Balon Swann is being delayed at the Tor with games arranged in his honor by Lady Jordayne[N 1].[11]

A Dance with Dragons

Lady Jordayne[N 1] is present at the feast when Balon arrives in Sunspear to deliver the Mountain's skull. She drinks when Ricasso raises a toast to King Tommen I Baratheon.[12]

House Jordayne at the end of the third century

The known Jordaynes during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members

Behind the Scenes

House Jordayne and the Tor are references by George R. R. Martin to author Robert Jordan,[13] who was one of Martin's friends.[14] The lord is called "Trebor" which is "Robert" backwards. "Jordayne" is similar to "Jordan" and "Tor" is Jordan's publisher.


  1. 1.0 1.1 It is unclear who this Lady Jordayne is. If the reference is an error, Lord Trebor Jordayne might have been intended. Possibly, the "Lady Jordayne" is Lord Trebor's wife. A third option is Trebor's daughter and heir, Myria Jordayne.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
  5. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
  6. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from Dorne
  7. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  12. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  13. The Citadel: Are There Any Nods to Other Works in the Series?
  14. Not A Blog: R.I.P. Robert Jordan, September 16, 2007