Ronnel Arryn (king)

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Ronnel Arryn
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Biographical Information
Alias The King Who Flew
Other Titles King of Mountain and Vale
Lord of the Eyrie
Warden of the East
Died in 37 AC or shortly after, at the Eyrie
Royal House House Arryn
Mother Queen Regent Sharra Arryn

Ronnel Arryn was the last King of Mountain and Vale, reigning until the invasion of Westeros by Aegon the Conqueror. Only a boy, rule of the Vale of Arryn fell to his mother, Queen Regent Sharra Arryn, who was regarded as one of the most beautiful women of Westeros.[1]

The War of Conquest

After Aegon launched his invasion and made his intentions known to the rulers of the seven independent kingdoms of Westeros, Sharra sent a portrait of herself to him and offered her hand in marriage with the condition Aegon would make her son his heir. Aegon refused.[1]

The Vale scored a victory against the invaders in a battle in the waters off Gulltown, though the Arryn fleet was burned by Visenya Targaryen. However, after the Arryn fleet was destroyed, the Lord of the Vale faced a new problem, as the Sistermen revolted against the Eyrie.[1]

As other regions of Westeros fell to Aegon, Ronnel's mother Sharra amassed the Vale army at the Bloody Gate. However, Aegon sent Visenya to the Eyrie atop her dragon Vhagar. When the queen regent returned to the Eyrie she found her son sitting on Visenya's lap asking if he could ride the dragon with Visenya. Sharra afterward bent the knee. The Arryns were declared Wardens of the East and Defenders of the Vale, and Ronnel received his ride on Vhagar. And so ended the last reign of the Kings of Mountain and Vale.[1]

Post Conquest

Ronnel became Lord of the Vale during the reign of King Aegon the Conqueror, a position he held throughout the Conquerers thirty-seven year reign. He was nicknamed "the King Who Flew" for the ride he has on Vhagar as a boy.[1][2]

Queen Rhaenys Targaryen arranged the marriage of Lord Ronnel to the daughter of Lord Torrhen Stark.[2]

Upon the death of Aegon the Conqueror, however, and the ascension of his son Aenys to the Iron Throne, rebellion broke out in Westeros, including the Vale. Ronnel's own brother Jonos Arryn rose in rebellion against him. Ronnel was imprisoned and his title usurped by Jonos.[2][3]

House Royce of Runestone gathered forces to sweep away Jonos and his supporters, penning him at the Eyrie. Ronnel was executed by his brother who had him flung out of the Moon Door, earning him the nickname Jonos the Kinslayer. Ronnel's death added a dark twist to his nickname, "the King Who Flew". Ronnel's kinslaying brother was later to be hanged by Prince Maegor who flew to the Eyrie atop Balerion to crush the rebellion.[3] House Arryn continued through a kinsman after Ronnel's and Jonos' death,[2] a cousin, Hubert Arryn.[4]


Daughter of
Torrhen Stark


Mother, can I go flying with the lady?[1]
- Ronnel to Sharra Arryn


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  4. Sons of the Dragon reading, LonCon 2014

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