Lewyn Martell

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Lewyn Martell
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Title Prince of Dorne
Allegiance House Martell
Culture Dornish
Died In 283 AC, at the Trident
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Prince Lewyn Nymeros Martell, better known simply as Prince Lewyn Martell, was a knight of House Martell who served as a member of the Kingsguard for King Aerys II Targaryen. He was the uncle of the current Prince of Dorne, Doran Martell.[1]


Prince Lewyn was the younger brother of the former ruling Princess of Dorne. He was appointed a member of the Kingsguard in service of King Aerys II.

During Robert's Rebellion, Aerys used Lewyn's niece, Princess Elia Martell, as a hostage against him, and sent him to command the ten thousand Dornishmen that were to join Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's force that was assembling to take on Robert Baratheon.[2] He died during the Battle of the Trident at the hands of Ser Lyn Corbray, although Prince Lewyn was mortally wounded before his final duel with Ser Lyn.[3]

Dorne was incensed by the deaths of Prince Lewyn and Princess Elia during the war, and Oberyn Martell tried to raise the kingdom to support Viserys Targaryen, the surviving son of King Aerys II. In response, Jon Arryn travelled to Sunspear the year after Robert took the throne (284 AC) to return the bones of Prince Lewyn and was able to broker a peace with Doran Martell.[4]

Arianne Martell recalls her great uncle fondly, remembering when she a little girl how her great uncle Lewyn would tower over her and tickle her till she could barely breathe from laughter.[5]

It was a closely held secret that Prince Lewyn kept a paramour despite the Kingsguard oaths of chastity.[5] Ser Barristan Selmy and his other sworn brothers were aware of this but kept their sworn brother's secret.[6]

Quotes by Prince Lewyn

It is the sword in a man's hand that determines his worth, not the one between his legs.[5]

Quotes about Prince Lewyn

I never had the honor to know Prince Lewyn but all agree that he was a great knight.[7]
– Ser Arys Oakheart, to Princess Arianne Martell


Princess of Dorne
Mellario of Norvos
Rhaegar Targaryen
Various women
Oberyn "the Red Viper"
Ellaria Sand
Rhaenys TargaryenAegon Targaryen
Obara SandNymeria SandTyene SandSarella Sand
Elia SandObella SandDorea SandLoreza Sand

References and Notes

  1. The Kingsguard. (May 22, 1999) So Spake Martin
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime.
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight (Barristan II).
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight, p 239.

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