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Mellario of Norvos - by Magajaga ©
|Alias||Mellario of Norvos|
|Born||In or between 248AC and 263AC|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Lady Mellario of Norvos is the estranged wife of Prince Doran Martell. She has had three children by him: Arianne, Quentyn, and Trystane. She is from the Free City of Norvos. She is younger than her husband.
Lady Mellario first met her future husband, Prince Doran in the city of Norvos, when he travelled the Free Cities. She returned with Doran to Dorne, as his wife, on her way she was escorted by Areo Hotah. She and Doran had a falling out when he sent Quentyn to be fostered at Yronwood, and she returned to Norvos.
When asked about Doran and Mellario's marriage George R. R. Martin answered,
|“||It wasn't a good marriage. They married because of an attraction to something new and exotic. Sometimes, attraction happens when you least expect it. He was a prince of a distant country, and she was a woman full of life, who was very appealing, who came from a very different culture. When she comes to Dorne, she finds that there are customs that are different from those of Norvos, especially regarding the fostering away of children to others.
This wasn't a political marriage, nor a magical one, it was simply an example of human nature. Sometimes relationships start on a good foot: you become acquainted, there's a great sexual attraction, you establish a relationship, you marry... and then in four or five years you realize that you don't really have anything in common, that at best you've made a mistake and are in a situation that doesn't have any easy solution in a society such as that of the Seven Kingdoms, where divorce simply isn't common. This is an example that it's not only marriages of convenience that fail, but even the marriages for love can fail.
Sometimes the marriages of convenience in the Seven Kingdoms come out well and those that are for love don't. Sometimes a couple loves one another, and then at some point they don't. There are marriages that also develop out of nothing more than lust (laughs). There's no guarantee that things will go well and the consequence of this is that disappointments develop and you end up estranged, each person going their own way. There's some bitterness from Mellario about this, because as Prince of Dorne, Doran has been able to stay with his children and she has had to leave them.
A Feast for Crows